Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stephen has been privileged to enjoy many premium cabin products and 5-star hotels, thanks to his love for travel hacking.
A petroleum engineer by trade, Stephen caught the travel bug in college when he traveled to Asia several times.
Within 2 years, Stephen has earned millions of points and miles, enjoyed several business class cabins, and stayed in luxury hotel suites in 14 countries.
Stephen’s true passion, however, lies in helping people achieve their travel dreams. As the Founder of Au Points and Awards Consulting Services (AuPACS, pronounced OW-PAX), Stephen works with clients one-on-one to curate long-term credit card and points plans that are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based).
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 methodical and data-driven process that helps his clients find the most efficient use of points.
As a result, Stephen specializes in maximizing points to get you where you want to go, the way you want to get there.
Countries Visited: 19
Favorite First Class: Cathay Pacific (777)
Favorite Business Class: EVA Air (777)
Best Redemption Value: Singapore Airlines Business Class to Myanmar (777)
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