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.

This Week: Get 15X Points Through Rakuten, Plus 4,000 Bonus Points for New Members

Rakuten (formerly known as eBates) is offering up to 15% Cash Back (or 15X Membership Rewards points) on purchases through May 16. 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 JetBlue TrueBlue Points With Up to a 60% Bonus

There’s a new sale through which you can buy JetBlue points with up to a 60% bonus. The promotion runs through May 8, 2022. While the 60% bonus may sound attractive, how does the math check out? Here’s a closer look at whether or not it’s a good deal when buying points for a fixed-value rewards program.

Buy LifeMiles With up to a 150% Bonus (1.32¢ per LifeMile)

Avianca is back with yet another buy miles promotion. Through May 17, 2022, you can buy LifeMiles with up to a 150% bonus by registering through a special link. When maximized, that drops the price of buying LifeMiles down to as little as 1.32¢ per mile. It’s not their best promotion ever, but it could be worth it in some situations. Here are some times when buying LifeMiles at 1.32¢ could make sense.

Buy Flying Blue Miles With a Best-Ever 100% Bonus

Flying Blue just relaunched its buy miles promotion sale, offering loyalty members the opportunity to snag miles for as little as 1.53¢ per mile. This rate matches the best we’ve ever seen Flying Blue offer. Here are some times where it can make sense to buy Flying Blue miles.

Donate Aeroplan Points to Miles4Migrants and Double Your Impact

Miles4Migrants is a 501(c)(3) charity that uses donated frequent flyer miles to help reunite asylum-seekers and refugees on their journey to their new forever home. Now through July 2022, the Shapiro Foundation will match all donations to Miles4Migrants, up to 5 million points. So donate now for double the impact towards helping Ukrainian refugees.

Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Flying Blue With a 25% Transfer Bonus

Now through May 20, 2022, Citi cardholders can convert ThankYou points to Flying Blue miles and receive a 25% transfer bonus. This opens the door to several lucrative redemption opportunities, including business class flights from the U.S. to Europe for just 32k ThankYou points each way or economy flights to Europe from 13k points one-way. If you know how to utilize Flying Blue miles, this transfer bonus is an awesome opportunity.

15 Airline, Hotel Programs That Have Still Paused Point Expiration Due to COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic brought most travel to standstill, many airline and hotel programs paused point expiration. However, as more people are traveling these days, airline and hotel loyalty programs are resuming normal expiration policies. Here is the latest information on point expiration rules related to COVID-19 – including the 15 major airline and hotel programs that have still paused expiration.