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.

Why the 80K Sapphire Preferred Bonus May Be a One-Time Chance

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card has never had a bonus higher than 60,000 points since it made its debut back in 2009. The current 80,000 point offer is now officially on the chopping block, and there isn’t much time left to apply. Here’s why I think this could be the only time we see an 80K bonus—and why everyone should consider this top-tier card before it’s too late.

The Ultimate Guide to United MileagePlus

United’s MileagePlus program is one of the most accessible and rewarding frequent-flyer programs. Although we’ve seen significant changes in recent years, MileagePlus has retained its core value for members. In this guide, we’ll cover how to earn United miles, the best ways to redeem them, and how to make the most of MileagePlus Premier elite status.

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.

Limited Time 65K Offers on Southwest Credit Cards Ending Soon

All three Southwest credit cards are currently offering an excellent 65,000-mile welcome bonus. According to Southwest’s website, there are only a few more days left before these offers end. Whether it’s the $69 annual fee Southwest Plus Card or the benefits-packed Southwest Priority Card, here are the options to consider before this deal goes away.

Earning Points as a Team with the Freedom Unlimited

Chase Ultimate Rewards are the perfect type of points to earn as part of a two-person strategy. My wife, Gabriela, is just getting started with points and miles, and the Freedom Unlimited is the ideal choice for her first rewards card. In today’s post, I’ll share our strategy for earning rewards as a team—and how you can do it too.

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.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card Review

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card pays huge dividends to hold over the long term. While many hotel cards are best suited for a small group of committed brand loyalists, the Marriott Boundless stands out because it provides value to such a broad range of travelers. Here’s our full review of the card and its many benefits.

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.