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Keri Stooksbury


15 Published Articles

About Keri Stooksbury

Keri was born and raised in Atlanta and first traveled abroad to England on a fellowship while earning her B.S. in Marketing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She now makes Doha, Qatar, her home.

As an expat for nearly 6 years, Keri has lived in Qatar (2 times, 10 years apart) and in Singapore. She has enjoyed amazing travel and adventure opportunities across the globe and has traveled to 40 countries. Her favorite travel destinations include Jordan, the Maldives, Seychelles, Thailand, and Turkey, and she has just wrapped an 8-week summer trip to Thailand and Vietnam.

Previously the Assistant Editor of a local Houston website, Keri 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.

Editing with Upgraded Points for over 4 years, as Editor-in-Chief, Keri manages the editorial calendar and oversees the efforts of the editing team, as well as the work of over 10 content contributors, reviewing thousands of articles in the process.

With over 20 years of personal experience utilizing points and miles earned from flights, hotel stays, and credit card spending, as well as promotional bonus opportunities and sign-up bonuses, Keri is able to maximize airline and hotel award redemptions for her family of 5.

Countries Visited: 40
U.S. States Visited: 28
Highest Hotel Status: IHG One Rewards Platinum Elite
Highest Airline Status: Delta SkyMiles Platinum Medallion
Favorite Airline Alliance: Oneworld
Favorite Business Class: Qatar Qsuites
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, as well as a Walt Disney World trip with friends that was paid for with Disney Dollars earned from referral bonuses from her Disney® Premier Visa® card
Favorite Type of Points: Capital One miles
Top 3 Cards in Wallet:
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card, IHG® Rewards Traveler Credit Card

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A 2-week tour of Christmas Markets in Europe, including 5 countries and 6 cities, all on airline miles and SPG points, as well as a Walt Disney World trip with friends that was paid for with Disney Dollars earned from referral bonuses from her Disney® Premier Visa® card

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Keri's Latest Articles

The Price I Paid for Missing a Connecting Flight

Even though I live and breathe points and miles, I’m certainly not immune to making mistakes. Unfortunately, my most recent error affected the award travel I booked for my husband, causing him an overnight delay and taking a hit on…

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Royal Orchid Lounge at Phuket International Airport [Domestic Terminal]

As a Priority Pass member, I’m always scouting potential lounges ahead of my travels. When researching options for my July 2023 trip from Phuket’s domestic terminal, I decided to try a new option: THAI Airways’ Royal Orchid Lounge. This lounge…

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How To Double-Dip or Triple-Dip Your Earnings [My Experience With Chase Offers & Rakuten]

Whether you’re traveling, buying a new laptop, or even just ordering groceries, shopping online gives you opportunities to increase your earnings on top of whatever credit card bonus category your purchase might fall under. Combine 1 of these tactics with…

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Apple AirTags on Sale at Their Lowest Amazon Price [Great for Luggage!]

If you’ve hesitated to jump on the Apple AirTag train, now’s your chance to protect your luggage (or keys, pets, children, drone, or bike) from getting lost this summer with a fantastic deal on Apple AirTags at Amazon. Let’s review…

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My Experience With Extended Warranty Coverage on the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card 

Homeschooling through the COVID-19 pandemic was a challenge for kids, teachers, parents … and definitely the headphones in my house. The last surviving set of what may have been 10+ headphones purchased throughout my kids’ home learning experience finally just…

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[Expired] Capital One Offers: Get $50 Back at Staples [Targeted]

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. With the back-to-school season on the horizon, how does an extra $50 for school supply shopping sound? If you’re targeted for a new Capital One Offer from Staples, you’re…

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[Expired] Alaska Award Miles Sale for New Routes to Mexico and Bahamas [Ends June 29]

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. On the heels of announcing new tropical routes to Los Cabos, Nassau, and Puerto Vallarta, starting seasonally in December, Alaska Airlines has announced an award miles sales with some…

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Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200LR Economy Class Review [DOH to DFW]

Airline: Qatar AirwaysAircraft: Boeing 777-200LRFlight #: QR731Route: Doha (DOH) to Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW)Date: May 1, 2023Duration: 16hr 5minCabin and Layout: Economy class, 3-4-3Seat: 22HCost: $2,665 (for round-trip airfare Doha (DOH) to Asheville (AVL) via Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW)) While I often fly Qatar Airways from my home…

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Al Maha Lounge at Hamad International Airport in Doha [Review]

While Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan Business Lounge and Al Safwa First Lounge garner a lot of attention from transit passengers at Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH), not all of us fly premium classes or have the status to gain entry to these…

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South African Airways Airbus A320-200 Economy Class Review [JNB to VFA]

Airline: South African AirwaysAircraft: Airbus A320-200Flight #: SA40Route: Johannesburg (JNB) to Victoria Falls (VFA)Date: April 25, 2023Duration: 1hr 25minCabin and Layout: Economy class, 3-3Seat: 22CCost: $263.35 (for round-trip airfare) When a friend heard that I was planning a safari for my family in Madikwe, South Africa, flying in…

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Bidvest Premier Lounge at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg [Review]

Priority Pass members are flush with choices at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ahead of our 10:50 a.m. flight from Johannesburg (JNB) to Victoria Falls (VFA) in Terminal A, I was faced with 4 available lounge options:…

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Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch [In-depth Review]

I had planned a trip of a lifetime … a South African safari with a side trip to Victoria Falls. I knew based on the flight arrival time into Johannesburg that my family would not have enough time to travel…

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How I Split an Airfare Payment via PayPal To Hit 2 Welcome Bonus Offers

Flying a family across the globe is a huge expense, whether you’re talking about miles or cash flights. Facing a purchase of several thousands of dollars in holiday flights gave me an opportunity to evaluate if applying for a new…

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Does Your Passport Have Enough Blank Pages for Your Next Trip?

For several months I have been planning a trip-of-a-lifetime — a safari vacation in South Africa with a side trip to Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Botswana to see Victoria Falls. When researching entry requirements for each country, I came to the…

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How I Saved $100+ With Capital One Travel’s Price Match Guarantee

For an upcoming trip to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, I had been chasing non-existent airline award availability for weeks and was watching cash prices for airfare increase daily. I bit the bullet and determined that I would need to purchase…

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Andrew Kunesh

Former 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. Andrew formerly worked for The Points Guy and is now Senior Money Editor at CNN Underscored.

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