Erik Paquet

Editor-in-Chief

Erik joined the AwardWallet team in 2018. He attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. During school, he discovered points and miles as a way to fund frequent international trips and a semester abroad in Santiago Chile.

 

Following school, he began traveling full time and co-founded Abroaders.com, a startup that helps travelers earn and redeem rewards points for maximum value.

 

Erik first connected with AwardWallet while looking for a tool to manage complex award bookings for clients. With the help of the AwardWallet booking platform, he and his team have redeemed over 49 million points for 2.2 million in airfare savings.

 

Erik lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Gabriela. When not obsessing about points and miles, his hobbies include cooking, photography, learning languages, exploring national parks, watching Michigan athletics (Go Blue!) and of course, travel.

A Complete Guide to American Airlines Award Travel Rules

American Airlines AAdvantage miles can offer huge value if you know how and when to use them. If you learn the rules for booking awards, you’ll spend fewer miles, avoid unnecessary fees, and save valuable time planning your next trip. Here’s everything you need to know about booking award tickets with AAdvantage miles.

Back to Basics: An Introduction to the Types of Reward Points

Points and miles can help you travel for a fraction of what you’d normally pay. But there are several different types of points and miles categories, and these can be hard to understand if you’re just getting started. Here’s an introduction to the different types of reward points and how they can each can play a role in your award wallet.

(Expired) 70K American Airlines Bonus Ending Soon

The limited-time 70,000-mile bonus on the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® ends in just a few days. This offer is close to an all-time high for this card and not something we’re likely to see repeated anytime soon given current economic woes. The annual fee is waived for the first year, giving you 12 months to roadtest the benefits before deciding if it earns a longterm place in your wallet.

United Club Infinite Card Review

The United Club℠ Infinite Card is Chase’s premium United co-brand card and provides a host of top perks and benefits for anyone that regularly flies United. Check out our full review of the United Club Infinite and see if this card deserves a spot in your wallet.

How Long Does it Take to Buy and Transfer Points?

After months of collecting data, we’re excited to announce that we’ve made point transfer and purchase times available to all AwardWallet members. In today’s post, we’re going to cover how you can use this new information and share what we’ve learned about buying and transferring miles while building this feature.

Flying Blue Flash Sale (Ends October 20th)

Flying Blue, the loyalty program for Air France and KLM is running a special, mid-month edition of its popular Promo Rewards offer. Through October 20, 2019, you can book discounted awards between select cities and Europe. Offers include travel in economy, premium economy, and business class.