Stephen Au

Senior Points Content Contributor

Published Articles: 194

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 Card℠, Platinum Card® from American Express

Stephen's Latest Posts


The 16 Best Black Friday Luggage Deals [2020]

One of the best ways to make traveling as easy, seamless, and headache-free as possible is to have the right gear. And some of the most important gear you can have is fantastic luggage. With Black Friday 2020 rolling around… read more

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The 15 Best Aman Hotels & Resorts in the World [2020]

When it comes to points for hotel stays, several hotel companies typically pop up in our head: Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, IHG, Wyndham, and even Choice. And while you can have magnificent luxury stays with the top-tier brands within each hotel… read more

Hilton Grand Vacations

Hilton Grand Vacations: 12 Most Popular Locations [2020 Guide]

Hilton Grand Vacations is Hilton’s vacation ownership brand. It’s the only vacation ownership brand in its portfolio, which makes it one of the most uniquely positioned collections of properties. Vacation ownership is also known as timesharing, which is the process of… read more


The 13 Best Ways to Earn LATAM Pass Miles [2020]

LATAM is one of South America’s largest airlines, especially when you consider that it’s a parent company with many regional airlines. For example, LATAM has subsidiaries in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru. As you might expect, LATAM is… read more

Best travel deals

The 20+ Best Black Friday Travel Deals [2020]

As Black Friday 2020 comes around the corner and travel desires build to an intolerable level, the opportunity to take advantage of fantastic travel deals has, perhaps, never been bigger. With travel companies needing to get revenue on their books… read more

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