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.

Delta Devalues Partner Awards to Europe and Asia Without Notice

This week, Delta devalued partner redemptions to specific destinations without any notice. Now, flights between the U.S. and Europe / Asia cost up to 40% more miles than before. While Delta isn’t the first airline to raise award prices during the pandemic (we’re still mad at you, United), the timing leaves many award travelers wondering—why?

American Express Adds New Uber Cash Credits, Uber Eats Pass to Select Amex Cards

Amex has announced the replacement for the Amex Gold card’s $100 annual Airline Fee Credit that ends in 2022. Starting in 2021, cardmembers will receive Uber Cash credit each month. That means that 2021 cardmembers can take advantage of both benefits. Plus, Amex has announced that Amex Platinum, Amex Gold, and Green from Amex cardholders each get a free, 12-month Uber Eats Pass available for immediate activation.

World Of Hyatt Selling Points With 30% Bonus

Hyatt just announced its latest buy points sale, offering members a 30% bonus on purchased miles now through November 24, 2020. If maximized, World of Hyatt members can snag Hyatt points for as little as 1.85¢ per point. Here are the amazing opportunities this opens up, from an all-suite resort in Bali to a private island in the Caribbean.

Confirmed: Amex Gold is Losing the $100 Airline Fee Credit in 2022

One of Amex’s go-to benefits for justifying high(er) annual fees is the Airline Fee Credit. This credit reimburses cardmembers for making eligible purchases with their airline of choice every year. However, for the Amex Gold, this benefit is in its last years. Starting in January 2022, Amex will no longer offer the annual $100 Airline Fee Credit to Amex Gold cardholders. What’s next for this card?

Chase Introduces New Grocery Spending Bonuses for Sapphire Cards

Chase just announced a couple of updates to its Sapphire line of credit cards. Starting in November, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders will get new spending bonuses for grocery purchases. And, for a limited time, Sapphire Reserve cardmembers can use their annual $300 travel credit to offset gas and grocery purchases.

Buy Wyndham Points With a 25% Discount, Under 1 Cent Each

Wyndham Rewards just launched its latest buy points promotion. Through November 9, loyalty members can buy Wyndham Rewards points with a 25% discount. That’s a rate of just under 1¢ per point! With over 9,000 properties worldwide, there are lots of properties where you can receive outsized value from this deal. In this post, we go through the details to show you how to take advantage of this offer.