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.

Does It Make Sense to Buy Choice Points With Up to a 30% Discount?

Choice Privileges launched a new buy points sale offering a 30% discount when buying 15,000 or more Choice Privilege points now through February 12, 2021. That lets loyalty members snag Choice Privileges points for as little as 0.69¢ a piece. From a getaway along Route 66 to an ice bar in Stockholm, here’s where Choice points can be especially valuable.

Choice New Year’s Promotion: Earn Double Points on Every Stay

Choice Privileges’ New Years’ promotion is live. For a limited time, Choice is offering double base points on every qualifying stay. The more expensive the room, the more bonus points you earn. Depending on your travel plans, this can deliver a solid return for your spending. If you have an upcoming stay, be sure you register before checking out!

Buy Hilton Honors Points With a 100% Bonus

Hilton just extended its latest buy points promotion, offering Honors members a 100% bonus on point purchase through March 5, 2021. This enables you to purchase Hilton points at a compelling 0.5¢ per point. We dig in to demonstrate how this can be an excellent deal in some situations.

Make Sure to Use Your New Credit Card Statement Credits

Many of our favorite credit cards offer lucrative statement credits every year. With 2021 well underway, now’s the perfect time to go through your card portfolio and start making use of them all. To help you with this, we’ve compiled a list of valuable statement credits that cardholders should use in the new year.

[Status Boost Posted] United Makes It Easier to Earn Premier Status in 2021

United has announced a series of changes to the MileagePlus program for 2021. These include lowering status thresholds, giving current elite members an elite-qualifying boost, increasing PQP earning rates in early 2021, and allowing co-branded cardholders to spend their way to higher statuses. But with ‘normal’ travel still a dream, are these changes enough to get you to fly United?

Citi Prestige’s $250 Travel Credit Isn’t Limited to Travel in 2021

In 2020, Citi debuted the ability for cardmembers of the Citi Prestige® Card to redeem their annual $250 travel credit for supermarket and restaurant purchases. This made it much easier for cardholders of Citi’s premium travel rewards card to receive value when they can’t—well—travel. With things not looking too much better for 2021, the card issuer has extended this flexibility through 2021.