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.

Bask Bank to Offer Bonus of 5,000 AAdvantage® Loyalty Points Starting September 15th

Bask Bank just released the details of an exciting limited-time offer for new customers who open a Bask Mileage Savings Account between September 15 and December 15, 2022. For the first time ever, the Mileage Savings Account signup bonus will award Loyalty Points to help you reach the next level of American AAdvantage® elite status. Should you wait for the new offer or apply for the current new-account bonus? Here are the key details to help you decide which is best for you.

Citi Custom Cash℠ Card: Earn a $200 Bonus and 5% Cash Back

The Citi Custom Cash℠ Card is an innovative rewards card that features an excellent $200 cashback bonus (issued as 20,000 ThankYou points), earns up to 5% back on eligible bonus categories, and charges no annual fee. The latest ThankYou Rewards card to join Citi’s ThankYou Points ecosystem, the Citi Custom Cash is the perfect card to complement Citi’s premium ThankYou Rewards cards like the Citi Premier® Card.

A Beginner’s Guide to Credit Card Application Rules

U.S banks play a huge role in the travel rewards ecosystem. Learning about credit card application rules won’t be the most exciting part of your points-and-miles education. But it’s hard to overstate the importance of building a healthy relationship with the banks. In this post, we explain how to build a sustainable, long term credit-card strategy—without falling out of the banks’ good graces.

How Does the Chase 5/24 Policy Work?

One rule we’re asked to clarify on a regular basis is the Chase 5/24 policy. Although not an officially published rule, 5/24 is a set of guidelines restricting the approval of new Chase credit card products to applicants with less than 5 new credit card accounts added to a credit report over the past 24 months.

Earn a $500 Bonus with Altitude Connect and Pay No Annual Fee for the First Year

U.S. Bank’s Altitude Connect card has one of the most underrated offers on the market! Earn a sign-up bonus worth $500 and pay no annual fee for the first year. And if that weren’t enough, cardmembers earn at least 4x points—equivalent to 4% cash back—on virtually any purchase related to travel, including taxis, rideshare, or even gas stations and electric vehicle charging.