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 Buy Iberia Avios for Just 1.46¢ Each, and Why You Might Want to Do So

Iberia just launched its newest mileage sale, offering a 50% bonus on Avios purchases through July 13, 2021. If maximized, Iberia members can grab Avios for as little as 1.46¢ 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.

A Complete Guide to Southwest Rapid Rewards

Southwest Rapid Rewards is a unique loyalty program among the big four domestic carriers. It doesn’t offer any first-class seats, and it utilizes a boarding process that’s disliked by many. However, it also provides awards on all flights, easy-to-earn points, and a one-of-a-kind “elite status” that’s arguably the best deal in domestic travel. Here’s everything you need to know about this unique program.

Register to Earn 5X Points on Shipping and Home Improvement Stores Using Chase Business Cards

Chase just announced an exciting promotion offering increased earning rates for targeted small business credit cards. Starting today, June 8, 2021, customers currently carrying an Ink, Southwest, or United business card are eligible to earn up to 5X (or 5%) per dollar on up to $10,000 in combined shipping and home improvement purchases. That’s 50,000 total points if maximized!

How to Search and Book British Airways Avios Award Flights

British Airways Avios provide incredible value if you know how to redeem them. Beyond flights with British Airways itself (which can have high taxes and fees), Avios can also be used to book award travel on 20+ airlines across the globe – including American Airlines and Alaska. In this guide, we’ll show you how to redeem your Avios for maximum value.

Capital One Adds New Redemption Options – Restaurants, Streaming Services, and Phone Services

As travel came to a standstill in April 2020, Capital One offered Venture and Spark cardholders another use for their travel-oriented miles: using them for restaurants and streaming services. This promotion has been extended multiple times since and is now valid through June 30, 2021. Here’s what you need to know about using your miles for these alternatives.

FoundersCard Adds New Elite Status Shortcuts. Should I Finally Sign Up?

FoundersCard is a membership program designed for traveling entrepreneurs and business executives. Through its partnerships, members can get a slew of travel perks. For 2021, FoundersCard announced several exciting new benefits, including complimentary Virgin Atlantic elite status. So, in this post, I dive into all of the perks to consider whether a FoundersCard membership is worth the cost.

You Can Now Book Etihad Awards Using Aeroplan Points — Including ‘The Apartment’

In June 2020, Air Canada Aeroplan partnered with Etihad Guest, allowing reciprocal earning and redeeming opportunities. Now that Aeroplan has relaunched as a new program, we are revisiting this partnership. While both programs can offer solid value, we’re particularly excited about how this partnership makes booking Etihad’s premium-class cabins a little more accessible for award travelers.