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.

Is the Chase Sapphire Reserve Worth $550 per Year?

In January 2020, the annual fee for the Chase Sapphire Reserve® increased from $450 to $550 for new cardholders. To help make up for the higher cost, Chase has added some great new benefits. Since then, Chase has added even more benefits due to COVID-19. In this post, we’ll take a fresh look at the card’s value to help you decide if the benefits justify the annual fee.

Fly to Europe in 2021 in Polaris Business Class for Just 45,000 Miles

We’ve hit the jackpot of business class award availability to Europe! There’s excellent availability through May 2021 to almost all European destinations served by United Airlines. Even better, most of this award availability is bookable with Turkish Miles & Smiles, meaning that these redemptions can cost as little as 45,000 miles per person! Who’s ready to book a European vacation?

Citi Accelerates Premier Benefits, Adds Temporary Spending Bonus for Prestige

Citi has accelerated increased earnings on the Citi Premier® Card due to go into effect later this year. Plus, Citi announced a temporary new spending bonus for the Citi Prestige® Card. Cardmembers with accounts active on May 22nd can now earn bonus ThankYou Points on the things that we’re spending more on lately—including online retailers, supermarkets, and restaurants.

Chase Temporarily Lowers Sapphire Reserve Annual Fee, Adds New Option to Cash Out Points

Chase offers Sapphire cardholders some terrific travel benefits. Unfortunately, the problem with offering great travel-based credit cards is that they’re a lot less valuable when you can’t travel. Today, Chase has announced several new benefits for these products—including lowering annual fees and adding a way to cash out your points at up to a 50% bonus.