Stephen Au

Senior Points Content Contributor

Published Articles: 149

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

Stephen's Latest Posts

Copa Airlines

18 Best Ways to Earn Copa Airlines ConnectMiles [2020]

Panama is famous as being an offshore tax haven, but it’s also famous for its tactically shrewd location. Advantageous for facilitating world trade to/from the Western Hemisphere, you can bet Panama’s flag carrier Copa Airlines has a deep regional route… read more

TAP Portugal a330-900neo business class

13 Best Ways to Earn Lots of TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go Miles

TAP Air Portugal is the national flag carrier of Portugal. With its strategic headquarters located centrally in the nation’s capital of Lisbon, it is uniquely positioned to transport passengers to the Western European country. The boutique airline has traditionally been… read more

GOL Airlines

17 Best Ways to Earn Lots of GOL Smiles Miles

GOL, which is short for GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, is a low-cost carrier based in Brazil. GOL is known for offering dirt-cheap fares, even on point-to-point routes within the Western Hemisphere. Without a doubt, GOL is one of the essential… read more

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