Erik Paquet

Director of Marketing

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, 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 Sao Paulo, Brazil. 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.

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In addition to lucrative opportunities to earn a new cardmember bonus, the United co-branded cards from Chase come with an extensive list of perks that can make them easy to justify keeping for the long term. In this post, we break down the different levels of benefits on offer from each of the United credit cards to help you decide which one is the best fit for your budget and travel plans.

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Citi Custom Cash® Card Review (2023): Earn Up to 5% Cash Back

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