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.

Hyatt Postpones Program Updates, Tweaks Hotel Award Categories, Extends Point and Award Validity

Hyatt just announced even more program updates. Thankfully, most of them are positive for World of Hyatt members. First, Hyatt further paused point expirations and further extended all Free Night, Club Lounge, and Suite Night Awards. Second, Hyatt postponed the introduction of peak/off-peak award pricing (again) and will only make changes to award pricing at 16 properties between now and 2022.

Best Rewards Cards for Dining and Restaurants [2020]

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 our top choices here.

Who is Eligible to Get a Bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred?

Can you get a Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card if you’re an authorized user on someone else’s account? This is a question that we get asked all the time. The short answer is ‘yes’, but you’ll need to factor in the other eligibility rules before you apply. In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to consider before submitting that application.

IHG Traveler Card: 100,000-Point Bonus and No Annual Fee

Normally when an all-time-high bonus changes it’s bad news. The IHG Traveler card was already a solid deal with a 75,000-point bonus, but Chase has increased the offer even further! For a limited time, new cardholders can earn 100,000 IHG points from a card with no annual fee. Check out the latest offer before it disappears.

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

With travel at a standstill, many people are reconsidering the value of their travel credit cards. Does it make sense to keep a card meant for traveling when you can’t travel? With this question in mind, Capital One has made a bold move to continue providing value to its cardholders, now allowing members to redeem for more than just travel.

Chase Extends Pay Yourself Back, Expands to Ink and Freedom Cards

Chase has announced the extension of its popular ‘Pay Yourself Back’ feature, which was initially set to expire on September 30. Even better, Chase is expanding the feature to certain Ink and Freedom credit cards and offering several new eligible purchase categories. In this post, we cover all the details, including why we think ‘Pay Yourself Back’ is here to stay.