Stephen Au

With over $10MM+ in luxury travel booked annually, I lead by example

There’s a formula to travel hacking and I know it

About Stephen Au

Stephen Au is the founder of AuPACS, a points and travel consulting agency. He is a senior points contributor and content strategist at Upgraded Points. In addition, he has shared his knowledge with top publications like ABC7 News, The Washington Post, Yahoo! News, U.S. News, US Transport News, CreditCards.com, CardRates.com, Fintech Zoom, and WTOP-FM. He has booked almost every first and business class flight in the world using points, and he has also flown on most of these himself.

The proof is in the pudding

$10 MM

Business/first class travel booked annually


Average points earned per year per client


Followers on social media

55 points

Average credit score increase 

I love to travel. 

I discovered my passion for travel when I vacationed in Asia multiple times during my university years. I’d fly in economy and stay in 3- or 4-star hotels without giving much thought to my comfort.

One day after a long, 13-hour flight, I developed persistent neck and back pain, and from that day on, I vowed to find a way to travel internationally in premium cabins only.

It turns out, one of the ways to do that is through credit card points and airline miles.

I spent the next few years of my working life learning the ins-and-outs of points travel, and I found that it was much more technical than I ever would have thought… 

After immersing myself in the world of credit, airfare systems, and frequent traveler programs, I knew how overwhelming and confusing it can get.

But I knew that this was somewhere I could offer tremendous value.

So I embarked on a mission: to make luxury travel a reality through a consulting service.

AuPACS cuts out all the noise and offers only the world’s best consulting advice in points and travel.

My biggest knack is my ability to make travel stress-free by integrating key technical principles into personalized travel optimization.

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