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.

How to Get Airline Elite Status Without Flying

For non-business travelers, airline elite status presents a conundrum. It’s desirable to improve your travel, but airlines only tend to bestow it to those who fly (and suffer) a ton without it. But what if you could shortcut your way to elite status without paying your dues first? In this post, we’ll show you how.

Transfer Bank Points to Asia Miles and Receive a 20% Bonus

American Express is currently offering a transfer bonus to Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific’s loyalty program). Often overlooked, Asia Miles can provide fantastic value, particularly on select Oneworld partner redemptions. Great sweet spots opened up by this transfer bonus include 59k-point Cathay Pacific business class flights to Asia or 70k-point Qatar and Japan Airlines business class as far as you can fly.

Amex Giving All Cardmembers $50 to Shop Small

American Express just launched a unique new Amex Offer to incentivize cardmembers to “shop small”. Through December 31st, cardmembers who activate the offer will receive a $10 credit every time they spend $10 or more with a small business, up to five times! That’s $50 of credits when you use your Amex at a small business.

Last Chance to Buy Iberia Avios for Just 1.39¢ Each, and Why You Might Want to Do So

Iberia just launched its newest mileage sale, offering a 50% bonus on Avios purchases through November 12, 2021. If maximized, Iberia members can grab Avios for as little as 1.39¢ a piece. Considering the sweet spots offered by the Avios program—from business class to Europe for 68,000 Avios round-trip to domestic awards on American Airlines from 6,000 Avios each way—this could be a great deal for those with a plan.

Capital One’s 4 Most Valuable Transfer Partners

Last year, Capital One made game-changing improvements to its loyalty program, adding four new transfer partners and giving you a better conversion rate for seven existing partners. To help you make the most of the Capital One Venture X card’s 75,000-mile signup bonus, we’ve created this guide to the best partners and how to use them.

Best Credit Card for Dining and Restaurants [2022]

Restaurant and delivery spending is a large portion of many American’s budgets. In fact, over 37% of all spending on food in the U.S. is spent dining out. That’s why it’s so important to have a credit card in your wallet that earns solid rewards for restaurant purchases. To help you find that perfect card, we’ve rounded up all of the top choices here.

The Most Incredible Suites Bookable With World of Hyatt Points

The World of Hyatt program is an incredible example of hotel loyalty done right. Hyatt charges far fewer points for a free night than the competition—including to book the best rooms at top-tier properties. My favorite Hyatt redemptions are for ‘Premium Suites’, which members can book for double the standard award rate. Here are our picks for the best Hyatt Suites across the globe.