Meet The Team!

Upgraded Points (“UP”) was launched in 2016 by founder Alex Miller, with the mission to show travelers and those hoping to travel, the real value of points and miles.

UP works to achieve this goal by publishing free, highly researched, in-depth and intuitive content that aims to give our readers everything they’re looking for — and more. Our experts spend anywhere between 5-20+ hours researching and crafting a single piece of content.

We love hearing from readers who were able to take fantastic adventures, or experience great products they wouldn’t have otherwise managed, had it not been for the content we produce and share.

That’s why UP exists and that’s what excites us.

In 2016, UP welcomed over 1MM people to the site followed by 2MM+ in 2017 and 5MM+ in 2018. The brand continues to grow with increasing press and brand mentions. Traffic stats can be seen here.

Alex Miller

Founder & CEO

Alex has been traveling for over 25 years and he has his parents to thank for this. Born and raised in England (and living there until he was 27), from a young age Alex was lucky enough to set out on numerous family trips all over the world.

During university, where he studied Business & Management with Spanish, Alex studied abroad for a year in Alicante. After graduating in 2007 his passion jumped to another level when he and 5 friends visited 10 European countries in just 30 days – all on a shoestring budget.

This travel bug turned into a full-time obsession when Alex moved to America in 2011 after falling head-over-heels in love with Erin.

Alex has since earned millions of travel points and miles, mainly through maximizing credit card sign-up bonuses and taking every opportunity to earn the most points possible on each dollar spent.

These points and miles have helped Alex to fly some of the most awarded international first-class products in the world, including Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, British Airways & Lufthansa!

Countries Visited: 34
U.S. States Visited: 29
Highest Hotel Status: SPG Gold
Highest Airline Status:
Oneworld Gold
Favorite Airline Alliance: Oneworld
Favorite First Class:
Etihad Apartment (A380) & New Singapore Suites (A380)
Favorite Business Class: QSuites (A350)
Best Redemption Value: Our Around the World Trip – 611k miles for $55,000+ of value.
Favorite Type of Points: Chase Ultimate Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ CardChase Ink Business Preferred℠Business Platinum® Card from American Express

Erin Miller

Content Contributor & Social Media Manager

Erin currently maintains her status as Alex’s adventure-seeking partner-in-crime and contributes to Upgraded Points through content creation & relationship management.

She caught the travel bug just after high school when her grandmother took her on a two-week, whirlwind trip around Europe. That was that – she’s been gallivanting around the globe ever since (23 countries & counting)!

Alex’s persistence with cracking the points game wide open has allowed her to experience some incredible, new destinations and some pretty fantastic flight upgrades. She’s now fully invested in this lucrative industry hack with 6 different points-earning credit cards in her wallet. She’s constantly choosing the best card for the purchase at hand, capitalizing on category bonuses and checking portals to maximize spend.

And it’s definitely worth all the effort – with 8 different First & Biz class products under her belt, Erin swears it’s an insane way to fly, that will never (ever) get old.

Erin currently manages the UP Instagram account, but you can also follow along with her personally.

Countries Visited: 26
U.S. States Visited: 28
Favorite First Class: 
Etihad Apartment (A380)
Favorite Business Class: Singapore Airlines (777)
Best Redemption Value: Singapore Suites from JFK > FRA> SIN
Favorite Type of Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card, Chase Freedom Unlimited® & The American Express Gold Card

Leigh Rowan

Director of Special Projects

Leigh Rowan brings a wealth of travel expertise and industry connections to the constantly-growing UP Team. Leigh has been a world traveler since his teens and has visited over 60 countries on 6 continents (Antarctica, he’s coming for you next!), often times traveling with his family in premium classes for little more out-of-pocket cost than an economy ticket.

Leigh met his wife on an airplane (Alaska Airlines; OAK to SEA!), and they’ve been traveling together ever since, and even now, with little ones in tow! His two children (4 and 1 years old) have had American Airlines AAdvantage Gold and Delta SkyMiles Silver Medallion status – with a little luck and grit, they’ll both be at Platinum on each airline, soon enough!

Anchoring our West Coast presence, Leigh lives and works in San Francisco’s busy entrepreneurial and tech scene. He brings years of experience in the finance, frequently flyer/loyalty program, and technology sectors. When he’s not helping UP strike new relationships with advertising or tech partners, he’s helping busy executives manage their travels via his company Savanti Travel.

Leigh studied Italian at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and did a brief stint in culinary school in Italy. You can follow Leigh’s frequent travels, occasional pictures of food, and infrequent musings on Twitter.

Countries Visited: 60
Favorite First Class:
Tie between Cathay F on the 777 and JAL F on the 777
Favorite Business Class: Three way tie (are those allowed?!) between the food and champagne on Air France’s 777, the spaciousness of Asiana’s A350, and the overall service and experience of Cathay’s 777
Best Redemption Value: 15 cents/mile for Etihad First (SFO-AUH) for my best friend for his honeymoon!
Favorite Type of Points: Chase Ultimate Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Chase Sapphire Reserve®, Business Platinum® from American Express OPEN, Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

Kellie Bennett Jez

Editor in Chief & Director of Operations

Kellie joins the UP team after spending 9 years in the education sector, both in Higher Education and K-12. Over the years, she found her professional passion revolved around compliance, data reporting, and process implementation/refinement.

Kellie has always enjoyed traveling, but was welcomed to the world of points/miles when her husband showed her how to make the most those points/miles to travel to Dubai, France, Thailand, Hong Kong, and a few more. Her favorite trip to date was their honeymoon when she got to fly Singapore Suites, The Apartment on Etihad, and Emirates First — all on points/miles.

Kellie, her husband, and two dogs, Alley & Scotty Cameron, live in Salt Lake City where they spend time hiking, golfing, and watching a lot of basketball.

Kellie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s of Education from the University of Texas at Austin.

Countries Visited: 7
U.S. States Visited: 20
Favorite First Class: The Apartment on Etihad
Favorite Business Class: Lufthansa
Best Redemption Value: The Apartment on Etihad AUH > JFK. Retail Value: $9,260. Redeemed for 99,244 Membership Rewards points (resulting in 9.3 cents per point).
Favorite Type of Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: The Platinum Card by American Express, the American Express Gold Card, and the Chase Sapphire Preferred

Keri Stooksbury

Editor

Keri was born and raised in Atlanta and first traveled abroad while studying marketing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She now makes Singapore her home.

Keri has traveled to 27 countries, 15 of which were during a 2-year overseas assignment in Doha, Qatar. Her favorite travel destinations include Jordan, The Maldives, and Turkey. Her family of five relocated to Singapore in Fall 2019 and she looks forward to experiencing all of the amazing travel and adventure opportunities that Southeast Asia has to offer.

She has spent most of her career in corporate marketing for Domino’s Pizza and was also the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar. Most recently Keri has been the Assistant Editor of a local Houston website.

Countries Visited: 27
Favorite First Class: Qatar A380
Favorite Business Class: Etihad A330-300
Best Redemption Value: A 2-week tour of Christmas Markets in Europe, including 5 countries and 6 cities, all on airline miles and SPG points
Favorite Type of Points: Chase Ultimate Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Double Cash, Disney® Visa® Card from Chase

Christine Krzyszton

Senior Points Content Contributor

Christine was born in Northern Michigan but spent most of her financial services career in the Metro Detroit area and a few years in New York. She now makes Northern Michigan her home but despite her remote location, she travels over 200,000 miles each year, most of it internationally.

Christine has been writing about her weekend travels, personal finance, and travel tips for over 10 years. She has been a contributor to various online travel blogs, a regional men’s magazine, travel newsletters, lifestyle blogs, and authored a book about her weekend travels.

Her travel philosophy is that “if you go where everyone else wants to go when everyone else wants to go there, you’ll get very little value for your travel dollar”. She plans her travels with that philosophy.

Her expertise is traveling the world on a weekend with no pre-determined destination in mind, letting the cost of the airfare determine where she will go. She has over four million flown miles and elite status on all three major domestic carriers.

Christine uses her miles to position to cities where deals can be found, preferably in business class, and uses rewards points to pay for the flights. She also uses her earned systemwide upgrades to fly in business and first.

You can follow Christine on Twitter.

Countries Visited: 94
U.S. States Visited: 45
Highest Hotel Status: Marriott Bonvoy Titanium
Highest Airline Status: Delta Diamond
Favorite Airline Alliance: Sky Team
Favorite First Class: Emirates First Class A380 Suite
Favorite Business Class: Delta One Suites
Best Redemption Value: Avios for short-haul flights
Favorite Type of Points: Chase Ultimate Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Chase Sapphire Reserve, Gold Card from American Express, Hilton Honors Aspire

Katie Seemann

Senior Content Contributor

Katie is an Ohio native who caught the travel bug after spending a semester in college in Nottingham, England. In addition to exploring England, she visited Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands during that time and loved every minute of it (everything except the hostel in Scotland – that’s an experience she doesn’t intend on repeating!)

In 2015, Katie discovered the world of points and miles, and since then she’s earned countless points and has an embarrassingly large number of credit cards in her wallet (which she needs a spreadsheet to keep track of!)

While luxury flights are nice, Katie is obsessed with great hotel redemptions. Her favorite hotel brand is Hyatt. She’s enjoyed many luxury stays at places like Miraval Arizona, Grand Hyatt Kauai, Andaz Costa Rica, and the Park Hyatt Chicago — all totally on points! You can read all about these trips and more on her blog, Zen Life and Travel

In addition to writing for Upgraded Points, Katie has also written for Million Mile Secrets.

When she’s not traveling, Katie spends her time at home in Columbus, OH with her 6 year old daughter, husband, and 2 cats — all who benefit from her points and miles obsession (well, not the cats).

You can follow Katie’s adventures around Columbus and across the globe on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Countries Visited: 21
U.S. States Visited: 24
Highest Hotel Status: Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite, Hilton Gold
Highest Airline Status: Southwest Companion Pass
Favorite First Class: I’ll take any of them!!
Favorite Business Class: American Airlines A330 was surprisingly nice!
Best Redemption Value: Purchasing a Marriott Vacation Package to get the Southwest Companion Pass (unfortunately this is no longer an option).
Favorite Type of Points: Chase Ultimate Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Gold Card, World of Hyatt Credit Card

Stephen Au

Senior Points Content Contributor

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stephen has been privileged to enjoy many premium cabin products and 5-star hotels.

A petroleum engineer by trade, Stephen caught the travel bug in college when he traveled to Asia several times. After 2 years of continual promotions, Stephen quit his safe and secure career path in favor of entrepreneurship.

Stephen’s company, known as Au Points and Awards Consulting Services (AuPACS, pronounced OW-PAX), focuses on building ultra-customized credit card plans and curating points-funded dream vacations for his clients, primarily business owners and even corporations.

Stephen understands that the subject of redemptions, often known as the most difficult part of points optimization, can be overwhelming. His technical background enabled him to create a data-driven process that helps his clients find the most efficient use of points within their parameters.

When he isn’t building relationships, Stephen is also a third-wave coffeepreneur and owns a product wholesale business.

You can follow Stephen and his travels on Instagram.

Countries Visited: 21
U.S. States Visited: 20
Highest Hotel Status: Hilton Honors Diamond and Marriott Bonvoy Titanium
Highest Airline Status: American Airlines Platinum Pro
Favorite Airline Alliance: Oneworld
Favorite First Class: Cathay Pacific (777). Spa lounges, cabanas, classic Hong Kong luxury, and the widest first class seat in the world.
Favorite Business Class: EVA Air (777). Rimowa amenities, pajamas, amazing food, top-notch service.
Best Redemption Value: 25 cents per point flying in ANA First Class
Favorite Type of Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: American Express Hilton Honors Aspire®, Chase Ink Business Preferred℠, Platinum Card® from American Express

Andrew Kunesh

Senior Points Content Contributor

Andrew was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and now splits his time between Chicago and New York City.

He’s a lifelong traveler and took his first solo trip to San Francisco at the age of 16. Fast forward a few years, and Andrew now travels just over 100,000 miles a year, with over 25 countries, 10 business class products, and 2 airline statuses (United and Alaska) under his belt.

Some of his favorite business and first class products are on Lufthansa, SWISS, Hong Kong Airlines, JAL, and Qatar Airways. But don’t worry: he still takes the occasional Spirit and EasyJet flight when the price is right.

Andrew started collecting points and miles when studying at DePaul University and soon started freelancing in the space. He frequently writes about miles and points and books award tickets for a handful of clients.

His work has appeared on a number of points and miles publications around the net, including Credit Karma and The Points Guy. These acted as stepping stones for Andrew to eventually join UpgradedPoints full-time as a Senior Points Contributor.

To keep up with the latest trends, Andrew obsessively keeps up-to-date with points, travel, and personal finance news. He also attends a few points and miles conferences every year, with his favorite being CardCon.

You can catch Andrew posting about his travels on Instagram and Twitter.

Countries Visited: 28
U.S. States Visited: 22
Highest Hotel Status: Marriott Bonvoy Platinum
Highest Airline Status: Alaska MVP Gold 75K (via a status match from United Platinum)
Favorite Airline Alliance: Star Alliance
Favorite First Class: Lufthansa—just can’t get enough of the first class terminal.
Favorite Business Class: That’s a tough one, but I’ll have to settle for Qatar Airways. You really can’t beat the rose champagne.
Best Redemption Value: 8.1 cents per point flying BUD-FRA-ORD in Lufthansa first class.
Favorite Type of Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Platinum Card® from American Express, American Express Gold Card, Blue Business Plus Credit Card from American Express

Michael McHugh

Senior Points Content Contributor

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Michael took his first international trip in 2013 with friends to the Bahamas. Although he didn’t travel much in his younger years, on that trip, he caught the travel bug and has been hooked ever since.

Michael first caught wind of the points and miles game in 2014 while at a bar in Washington, DC where the conversation amongst friends was quickly derailed because of an alert on a friend’s phone about a mistake fare.  That’s where the love affair with points and miles began.

Michael’s first points and miles redemption was a trip to Southeast Asia where he flew Cathay Pacific from Newark to Bangkok (connecting through Hong Kong).

By day, Michael works as a solar energy developer where he develops utility scale solar projects in the U.S. By night, Michael works as a Senior Points Contributor at UpgradedPoints and runs his travel blog Points With Q.

At Upgraded Points, Michael specializes in points redemptions. He has vast knowledge of award programs and helps show readers how to receive the most value through booking award flights around the world.

Follow along with Michael in Houston and on his travels on Twitter and Instagram.

Countries Visited: 15
U.S. States Visited:
32
Highest Hotel Status: Marriott Bonvoy Platinum
Highest Airline Status: American Airlines Gold
Favorite Airline Alliance: Star Alliance
Favorite Business Class: Delta One
Best Redemption Value: 10.4 cents per point flying Delta One to Europe
Favorite Type of Points: Chase Ultimate Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Blue Business Plus, Citi Premier

Jarrod West

Content Contributor

Born and raised just outside of Cincinnati, Jarrod became fascinated with using points and miles as the perfect way to visit dream destinations without breaking the bank.

Thanks to points and miles, Jarrod was able to spend 3 months traveling Europe financed nearly entirely with points and miles; while flying in premium cabins and staying in 5-star hotels along the way. To date, Jarrod has traveled to 16 countries and 22 US states.

He also runs his own travel blog, the Freequent Flyer Blog, where he specializes in providing consulting services to those who are new to the world of points and miles. He has helped his clients earn and redeem millions of points, saving them tens of thousands of dollars in
the process.

Jarrod makes it a priority to always stay on top of the latest news in the points travel world and loves attending conferences to share ideas with fellow travelers. So if you see him at conferences like TravelCon or Frequent Traveler University, be sure to stop and say hello!

When he’s not traveling or writing about travel, Jarrod loves cooking (mostly eating!), reading, and cheering on Liverpool F.C.

Follow Jarrod on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Countries Visited: 16
U.S. States Visited: 22
Highest Hotel Status: Hilton Diamond and Marriott Bonvoy Platinum
Highest Airline Status: Southwest Companion Pass
Favorite Airline Alliance: Star Alliance
Favorite Business Class: International – Delta One on the A350,
Domestic – JetBlue Mint
Best Redemption Value: 10 cents per point flying CVG to CDG in Delta One
Favorite Type of Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Platinum Card® from American Express, American
Express Gold Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve

Amar Hussain

Content Contributor

Amar was born and raised in England, UK, and sadly didn’t catch his bout of wanderlust until his early twenties.

Playing catch up, Amar embarked on an 11 country round the world gap year after graduation and then became well and truly hooked. The first gap year inspired a second which ended up being a 23 country down-the-world trip from Canada to Antarctica.

Since then Amar has endeavored to turn his gap year into a ‘gap life’ and has spent the last 10 years traveling the 7 continents. He has also lived in places such as Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Amar’s travel experiences started off in the humble roots of budget and backpacker travel but as he’s matured so have his tastes (whilst still looking for a deal!). Now he wants the finer things in travel such as a bed or cabin on his flights; and that’s where his passion for points developed.

Amar holds a BS in Management & Strategy from Aston University, still runs the travel website GapYearEscape.com and has contributed to publications such as ForbesEntrepreneurHuffington PostElite Daily and Business 2 Community and you can follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Countries Visited: 60
U.S. States Visited: 9
Favorite First Class:
Singapore Airlines (A380)
Favorite Business Class: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class (787)
Favorite Airline Alliance: Oneworld
Best Redemption Value: BA Travel Together Ticket (First Class)
Favorite Type of Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ CardChase Freedom Unlimited® Card & The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN

Christy Rodriguez

Travel & Finance Content Contributor

Christy was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but lived in Texas the majority of her life. Now, work has her living in the Bay Area with her husband and yellow lab. Her first international travel experience was for a summer study abroad program in Italy. After that, she knew that she was destined to travel as much as possible.

Luckily, her husband worked at Southwest Airlines, so they were introduced to the exciting world of “non-rev” travel. This allowed them to visit over 30 countries – mostly on standby. After he left that role, she dove into the world of credit card rewards points to keep traveling for free!

Besides travel, Christy’s other love is personal finance. She holds a BA in Accounting and an MS in Finance, both from Texas A&M University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.

You can follow Christy on Instagram.

Countries Visited: 36
U.S. States Visited: 31
Highest Hotel Status: Marriott Bonvoy Lifetime Platinum Elite
Favorite Airline Alliance: Star Alliance
Favorite Business Class: Singapore Airlines
Best Redemption Value: Two seats in Singapore Business Class from SFO-Singapore nonstop (17 hours!) to celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary.
Favorite Type of Points: Chase Ultimate Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Business Preferred, and the American Express Platinum Card

Greg Stone

Content Contributor

Greg got bitten by the travel bug at a young age while traveling with his Dad on business trips to Asia. He took over the family business in 2012 and uses it to maximize his loyalty points earning.

His obsession with earning and burning loyalty rewards points allows him to travel over 100 days every year, often in-style on some of the most coveted business and first class products.

You can see more of Greg’s travels on Instagram.

Countries Visited: 35
U.S. States Visited: 9
Highest Hotel Status: Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite
Highest Airline Status: Virgin Australia Platinum
Favorite Alliance: I’m not aligned to any Alliance and, as such, this doesn’t dictate what airlines I fly. I prefer to share the love around to as many airlines as I can!
Favorite First Class: Singapore Airlines new Suites
Favorite Business Class: Qatar Airways Qsuites
Best Redemption Value: 148,000 Kris Flyer Miles for a $15,000 flight in the new SQ suites
Favorite Redemption Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Amex Business Platinum, Amex Platinum, Amex Velocity (Australia)

Chris Hassan

Family Travel Contributor

Chris is from Boston and is currently living in Rio de Janeiro with his wife, two kids, and their dog, Shelby.

When Chris was in college, he spent a semester abroad studying hotel and business management in Switzerland. That is where he caught the travel bug and met his wife. Quite a successful trip!

Since then, Chris and his wife have lived and worked on three different continents together and travel in search of good food and drinks whenever they have the chance.

From lie-flat beds in the sky and 5-star hotels to lap-children in coach and Airbnbs, Chris tries to maximize every family vacation so that his kids will appreciate the joy of travel just like he does.

Chris funds their family travel addiction with the help of credit card points to make sure that grandparents in each hemisphere get quality time with the kids!

You can follow Chris on Instagram.

Countries Visited: 20
Favorite First Class: Etihad Apartment (A380)
Favorite Business Class: American Airlines 777 – I know it’s not the fanciest, but it’s a great option for when we fly GIG-JFK, which is often.
Best Redemption Value: I helped booked a RTW honeymoon for my Dad and his wife all in business/first class and 5-star hotels, ending with a ride home in the Etihad Apartment.
Favorite Redemption Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Citi Prestige, The Blue Business Plus Credit Card from American Express, Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card American Express Card

James Larounis

Points Content Contributor

Jamie first got his hook on miles and points during a high school choir trip to Europe, where he flew in Lufthansa First Class (thanks to his dad’s then US Airways miles) because economy was sold out.

Years later, he started The Forward Cabin blog to teach friends and family about miles and points and delve in deep to the inner workings of airline and hotel programs.

He’s helped organize Frequent Traveler University, where’s he’s spoken in depth on the loyalty programs of Amtrak, American Airlines and Kimpton Hotels.

Highlighting on his knowledge of airline customer experience, Jamie was featured in American Airlines’ “Elevate” training program presented to all employees in 2016 talking about the essentials to customer service.

Among several media spotlights, he’s spoken at Princeton University, and the New York Times Travel Show, been quoted in The New York Times, Travel and Leisure Magazine, The New York Post, The Fiscal Times, Skift, Forbes, New York Magazine, and Condé Nast Traveler, been featured on CNN, written for InsideFlyer, Road Warrior Voices/USA Today, 1000TravelTips.com, the official content platform for the Travel and Adventure Shows, and makes occasional guest appearances as a featured expert discussing the travel industry on FOX News.

Consulting projects include clients such as Executive Travel, OurBus, ZED Aerospace, PEX+, American Airlines, iVisa and DoNotPay Travel, among others.

In 2018, he was awarded the highest honor for exceptional customer service for Washington Dulles International Airport.

Jamie holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington, and is a certified Advanced Life Support provider with the Commonwealth of Virginia. In his spare time, he volunteers as an emergency medical technician on an ambulance, leads community CPR and First Aid classes, and is on the Board of Directors of his local Rotary Club. His proudest accomplishment is earning the Eagle Scout award with the Boy Scouts of America.

Countries Visited: 25
U.S. States Visited: 35
Highest Hotel Status: Hyatt Globalist, Marriott Platinum
Highest Airline Status: American Airlines Executive Platinum
Favorite First Class: Qantas First Class (A380)
Favorite Business Class: Qantas Business Class (B747)
Best Redemption Value: 4,500 British Airways Avios from Longreach to Brisbane Australia
Favorite Redemption Points: American Airlines AAdvantage Miles
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Chase Sapphire Reserve, Platinum Card from American Express, Chase Hyatt Visa.

Cherag Dubash

Content Contributor

Cherag was born in a family associated with aviation and was hooked on to planes since the age of 3, the time he undertook his first flight on an Airbus A310 from Mumbai to Dubai.

Based in Abu Dhabi, the London City University graduate is regularly seen on Instagram, travelling over 100K miles each year in First and Business Class while holding down a regular job.

Cherag fuels his addiction of premium flying by maximizing the earning and redemption of credit card and frequent flyer points and fare hacks where mileage redemption is not available. You can follow Cherag on Instagram.

Countries Visited: 57
Favorite First Class: Emirates B777 Game Changer
Favorite Business Class: Qatar Airways A350 QSuites
Best Redemption Value: JAL First Class HND – JFK
Favorite Type of Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: The Platinum Card® from American Express, Emirates NBD SPG World Master Card and ADCB Etihad Guest Above Infinite Card

Lukas Picton

Content Contributor

Lukas escaped his hometown south of Sydney and moved to the big smoke immediately after high-school, but the bright lights of the city weren’t enough, and he soon set his sights on more exotic international destinations and has been in love with travel ever since.

Coupled with his passion for photography, Lukas is constantly seeking out new places to visit, and ways to get that elusive ‘perfect shot’ whilst on his adventures and as a result is ranked in the top 2% of global travelers by App in the Air.

A multi award-winning marketer by day, Lukas is equally at home behind a keyboard writing a strategic communications plan as he is reviewing airlines, lounges and travel technology. When he’s not crafting compelling narratives and writing reviews, you’ll find Lukas carving up fresh powder on his snowboard keeping fit at F45 or enjoying a few glasses of his favourite NZ sauvignon blanc—Te Koko.

Lukas has a background in forensic psychology and a double major in Business Marketing and Public Relations.

Follow Lukas on Instagram and Twitter.

Countries Visited: 27
Favorite First Class: Etihad Airways First Apartment
Favorite Business Class: Virgin Australia ‘the business’
Favorite Redemption Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Amex Business Platinum, Amex Platinum, Amex Velocity (Australia)

Leo Miller

Head of Security

It’s a dangerous world out there, and someone needs to step up and protect us from online spam and intruders!

Leo, our lab mix pup, decided to take on this highly important role (in exchange for a steady supply of his favorite peanut butter biscuits, of course).

He’s our special little guy, a big member of the Miller family – and our head of security! 😉

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