Patrick Stouffer

Patrick Stouffer

Staff Writer

Patrick is a freelance musician, writer, and travel consultant currently based in Los Angeles. He joined the AwardWallet team in 2019.


For the last ten years, Patrick has been living on the road full-time as a musician for various Broadway musical theatre tours and cruise ship productions. He met his wife, Patricia, while they were both working on a cruise ship in the East China Sea. Since then, their mutual love for travel has been a driving force in their relationship. Between work and leisure, Patrick and his wife have visited over 50 countries together, using points and miles to finance and elevate all of their experiences.


When he’s not playing trumpet, writing about points and miles, or traveling, Patrick enjoys going to the gym, trying craft beers, and spending time at the lake with his family.

Hyatt Credit Card Changes: Phase Out of Legacy Card, Change to Earning Free Night Awards

Hyatt has announced a string of new promotions and card updates, so we’ve rounded them all up in one place for you. Hyatt cardholders can earn bonus points at Amazon and at grocery stores this holiday season. Plus, legacy Hyatt Card holders have the opportunity to earn a free night by the end of the year. Hyatt is also adjusting how cardholders earn Free Night Awards in 2021. And, remaining legacy Hyatt Cards are being phased out in January 2021.

Get Up to 15X Points This Week, Plus 4,000 Bonus Points on New Rakuten Accounts

Rakuten (formerly known as eBates) is offering up to 15% Cash Back (or 15X Membership Rewards points) on purchases through the end of the month. Plus, new members can score a top-notch offer of 4,000 bonus Membership Rewards points just by signing up for a new account and linking your account to a Membership Rewards-earning card. We will show you step-by-step how to take advantage of both of these incredible offers.

Buy United Miles With Up to a 85% Bonus, 1.89 Cents Per Mile

United has launched its latest buy miles sale, offering up to 85% bonus miles. If maximized, you’ll pay as little as 1.89¢ per mile. That’s the sold rate and could translate into significant savings in some circumstances. But, when does it make sense to buy miles, especially during a pandemic? Let’s take a look at some examples.

Buy LifeMiles With a Best-Ever 200% Bonus, Just 1.1¢ Per Mile

LifeMiles just launched a new buy miles promotion, offering targeted members the opportunity to purchase LifeMiles with a 200% bonus. This rate allows members to top-off their LifeMiles balance for only 1.1¢ per mile—matching the best price ever offered. If you have a good redemption you’ve been waiting to make, now’s your chance.

Buy IHG Points With a 100% Bonus, Just 0.5 Cents Each

IHG just launched its latest point sale, offering up to a 100% bonus on point purchases through November 27. If maximized, members can buy points for as little as 0.5 cents each. This matches the best point sale we’ve ever seen IHG offer, but it’s only a good option if you need points now.