Erik Paquet

Editor-in-Chief

Erik joined the AwardWallet team in 2018. He attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. During school, he discovered points and miles as a way to fund frequent international trips and a semester abroad in Santiago Chile.

 

Following school, he began traveling full time and co-founded Abroaders.com, a startup that helps travelers earn and redeem rewards points for maximum value.

 

Erik first connected with AwardWallet while looking for a tool to manage complex award bookings for clients. With the help of the AwardWallet booking platform, he and his team have redeemed over 49 million points for 2.2 million in airfare savings.

 

Erik lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Gabriela. When not obsessing about points and miles, his hobbies include cooking, photography, learning languages, exploring national parks, watching Michigan athletics (Go Blue!) and of course, travel.

Jess Farley

Compliance Guru

Jess is a long-time member of the AwardWallet family, having joined the team in early 2016. Hailing from the lush surrounds of New Zealand’s South Island, Jess discovered travel early courtesy of his Mum’s career as a luxury travel journalist. A relative latecomer to points and miles, he studied frequent flyer programs in-depth to reduce costs while traveling full-time with his wife and young son.

 

Interested in adventure and experience-based travel, he primarily uses points and miles to transport his wife and kids between family in New Zealand, his home in Australia, and whatever perilous quest he can dream up in Asia. His favorite travel experiences include traveling through the highlands of Tibet and dragging his then 6-year-old son to stay at Everest Basecamp, and an extended winter stay in a cabin in the mountains of Nagano, Japan.

 

When he’s not banging pen and paper together for AwardWallet, you’ll find Jess nerding out on Forex charts, running trails, competing in Ironman, cooking up a storm, doing yoga, or traveling with his young family. Jess is currently based in tropical Far North Queensland, Australia.

Skye Class

Staff Writer

Skye joined the AwardWallet team in 2019. After leaving his full-time job in 2014 to travel the world, he’s created his own website SkyeTravels.com to make traveling a reality for everyone, no matter their financial means. He’s a big fan of reward program for anyone with a credit card, and has used several of the programs himself.
 
Skye can most often be found working diligently in a cafe somewhere in the world. So far he’s been to 50 countries and counting. He travels the world with his partner and puppy in a van, never content to stay in the same place for long (unless it’s at the top of a mountain overlooking a beautiful sea).

Sam Helmy

Staff Writer

Sam joined the AwardWallet team in late 2016. He discovered points miles while planning trips in pursuit of his other passion scuba diving when he started using points and miles to get to some of the world’s best diving destinations. Eventually, he became a bit of an expert on how to use points and miles to get to diving destinations across the globe.

 

Over the years, Sam has lived in 6 countries and enjoys discovering new places and meeting new people, discovering new cultures, and learning new languages.

 

Sam currently lives in Spain, and when not working on points and miles he enjoys scuba diving, traveling, cooking, DIY, hiking, and walking with his wife and two dogs.

Richard Kerr

Award Travel Evangelist

Richard Kerr is a veteran naval officer and founder of the Award Travel 101 Facebook community. He’s one of the foremost experts in points and miles strategy, featured in Forbes, US News, Money Magazine, Kiplinger Personal Finance and presented at #SXSW 2017. Richard has visited over 45 countries, lived in England and Japan, and spends his spare time dissecting loyalty program award charts to maximize the value of points and miles. Richard holds a BBA in International Business and has his wife and two small children in tow for his travels as often as possible.

Mary Helen Law

AwardWallet Disney Expert

Mary Helen Law is an independent travel agent with Mouse Counselors, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. Her specialties include Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney. When she isn’t planning trips for others, Mary Helen enjoys organizing her own Disney vacations. Her 2018 travels included five trips to Walt Disney World and a trip to Disneyland Paris. She and her husband are expecting their first child and can’t wait to show her Disney parks across the world.

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Elina Geller

The Miss Miles

Elina began working for AwardWallet in 2019. She became obsessed with the miles and points game in 2011, after applying for 3 American Airlines credit cards that netted her 225,000 miles. Since that time, she has been an avid points collector and has earned and redeemed hundreds of thousands of miles. She currently has over a million miles & points and has been flying for free for the past 8 years. Elina graduated from Fordham University with a BSc in Public Accounting and has an MSc in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

Elina worked in the banking industry in NYC until 2017 when she moved to London to attend graduate school. Since leaving the world of finance behind, Elina has been working remotely and living all over the world as a digital nomad. Her favorite countries include Brazil, Colombia and the Ukraine.

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Caroline Lupini

Point Princess

Caroline joined the AwardWallet crew in 2019 but has been mastering the points and miles game for years. She is a digital nomad who has visited 86+ countries and taken 500+ flights. Her love for travel doesn’t just include stamp collecting and country-hopping; she’s also passionate about making travel more affordable and accessible to everyone by sharing her insight into the travel hacking universe.

 

When she’s not visiting her roots in Michigan and Colorado, you can find Caroline trekking through the Peruvian The Andes, cycling through Vietnam, exploring hidden temples in Cambodia, dining at Michelin Star restaurants in France, marveling at mosques in Iran, beating carsickness in Tajikistan, chasing waterfalls in Iceland, or snowshoeing through the Spanish Pyrenees. She brings her work with her wherever she goes, and she’s excited to use the AwardWallet medium to help you turn your traveling dream into a reality!