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.

Last Chance: Get the Brex Cash Card to Score 110,000 Points With No Annual Fee

Brex is one of the most exciting newcomers to the world of award travel. If you open a new Brex Cash account this week, you can earn a bonus of up to 110,000 points (worth $1,100+)—with no annual fee! One of the huge advantages of this offer is that applying won’t trigger a hard inquiry on your personal credit. Brex Cash is only available to small businesses. But if you do qualify, you don’t want to miss this offer.

American Airlines Updates Checked Bag Policy, Creates New Basic Economy Option

American Airlines just announced several updates to its checked luggage policy. The airline is “simplifying” its checked bag policies and will offer a new form of Basic Economy fare to customers traveling to Asia and Oceania. Don’t believe the spin from the airline. By and large, these updates represent more of a downgrade than an improvement. In this post, I’ll explain why.

Delta SkyMiles Further Devalues Partner Awards to Europe and Asia

Delta Air Lines has done it again. For reasons unknown, it’s just raised partner award prices to Europe and Asia for the second time in four months. To make matters worse, these aren’t small, forgettable price hikes. These are significant, balance-busting increases that make certain partner awards laughably expensive. Let’s go over this and see if there’s anything salvageable.

The Only Airline That’s Still Blocking Middle Seats

Since the start of the pandemic, some airlines adopted policies limiting the number of passengers allowed onboard—including blocking middle seats. Unfortunately, all but one of these airlines have rolled back these policies since the beginning of December. To help you keep track, we’ve compiled all of the airlines that ever blocked middle seats and the current timelines for when this flyer-friendly policy will end.