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.

Earn Bonus Miles For Commenting

Interested in earning some AAdvantage® miles for free? Leave a comment on any blog post for an opportunity to earn a few miles. While it won’t be enough for a free flight, it’s an easy way to keep your account active and keep your miles from expiring.

How Much Do AwardWallet Members Actually Save When Redeeming Points?

How much is a mile really worth? It’s one of the key questions of the points and miles hobby, and we’ve always been skeptical of the conventional wisdom. So we decided to take a look at real trips booked with points by AwardWallet members. Our initial release is far from perfect, but we’re excited to share what we’ve learned so far. Here’s a look behind the scenes at how we’re calculating mile values—and what we have planned for the future.

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.

United℠ Explorer Card Review

If United is your airline of choice, carrying a co-branded credit card will give you a bunch of perks often associated with elite status. Early boarding, free checked bags and lounge access can be yours.