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Maximize travel loyalty and rewards programs to earn tons of miles & points and save serious money. This podcast is about the award travel (miles & points) lifestyle. We share tricks to save money on travel and life, but also the experiences and memories we make along the way. Each week on the Miles to Memories podcast join points experts Shawn Coomer, Mark Ostermann and Joe Cheung for a lively & fun discussion about the hottest travel & loyalty topics, an in-depth look at miles & points + e ...
 
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Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss Chase finally dropping 5/24, well on some cards at least. We also talk about Mark’s house being overtaken by covid, Joe getting the bonvoy’d treatment and Amex finally righting their wrong. Episode Notes 7:10 - Mark's covid experience 15:07 - No more 5/24? 21:33 - Joe G…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast the majority of the team gets together to discuss Bank of America’s new hot (garbage?) card, play some games and share what they’re thankful for. Thank you everyone for listening and Happy Thanksgiving! Episode Notes 8:13 - New BofA premium card 20:20 - Two truths and a lie 32:43 …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast Leslie from Trips With Tykes joins along with Disney Deciphered podcast co-host Joe to talk about the myriad of changes that have come to Disney World lately. What you need to know about how those changes affect you so you can plan a successful Disney vacation. Episode Notes 6:53 …
 
Episode Description In this episode we speak to Richard Kerr who is the Director of Travel Rewards for Bilt Rewards. He gets a little nerdy with us and pulls back the curtains a bit into the other side of travel loyalty programs. What goes into developing a great program and how it may be different than you think. We also dive into Bilt Rewards inc…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about canceling the most rewarding card on the market, Chase’s customer service failing and maximizing the tons of 5X offers this quarter. We also talk about an awesome Hilton credit card targeted offer, Chase adding more limited time perks and our favorite Amex Offer retu…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast Shawn shares the details of his recent trip to Moskito Island traveling like the rich and famous. We also talk about Marriott gutting their program, American Airlines completely changing up their program Episode Notes 4:42 - Moskito Island 16:11 - Moskito highlights, bookable on p…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we are joined by a special guest Bethany Walsh of Bougie Miles. We discuss our biggest travel pet peeves, our biggest travel blunders and whether or not the new Amex Business Platinum changes are good or bad. We also talk about avoiding resort fees in Vegas, why Mark loves the new…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about a slew of Amex shut downs, an underwhelming Hyatt card launch and Mark’s trip to Fort Myers Beach. We also talk about the power of the product change, stacking credits on Hyatt stays & how to get some free food. Episode Notes 4:37 - AmAxe 17:24 - Florida trip report …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk Marriott playing games with suite upgrades, Mark’s recent trip to the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay and why is Puerto Rico so cheap right now? We also talk about game planning Delta status, Southwest’s Disney plant and Shawn’s Amex Business retention offer. Episode Notes 5:…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about what we would want in a Hyatt premium card, Marriott blowing the doors off with their increased offers and why redeyes are the best...or are they? We also talk about more rumored coupons for the Amex Platinum coupon book, end of month reminders and 40+ Amex Platinum …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss cleaning out our credit card closet, Mark doing Vegas as bougie as possible at a huge discount. We also discuss Hilton playing games with their new breakfast credits, an awesome HBO Max deal and the US reopening to international travelers. Episode Notes 6:36 - Cleaning …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss the stupid stuff we do that flight attendants hate, how to social engineer your way to more points and how quickly travel is changing. We also talk about how you can make some money from your miles and points knowledge, how to use Aeroplan miles and why class action set…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss Amex’s transfer bonus bonanza, AA’s latest consumer unfriendly move and whether staying at all-inclusives are our jam. Also, a really random Southwest companion pass offer to consider and happy 4 year anniversary to Mark! Episode Notes 0:00 - 4 years of MARK 5:29 - Amex…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss where we could go if we could work remotely for a year, why we had a breakup with Citi and whether or not we took the Schwab cash out plunge. We also talk about Hyatt’s underrated offer, using Citi’s system to our advantage and some new Chase Offers. Episode Notes 6:54 …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss if you can trust travel blogs or not. We also discuss Joe’s month long trip, whether we like the Disney Fastpass news, Mark’s awesome Amex Platinum retention offer and more. Episode Notes 6:55 - Can you trust travel blogs? 17:40 - Joe's 2400 mile road trip 33:24 - Disne…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast Bethany Walsh from Bougie Miles joins us to discuss the recent changes Chase made to their Sapphire cards. Why is Chase Sapphire Reserve getting very little love and does it make sense over the now supercharged Sapphire Preferred? Plus we'll also dive into the economics of Mark's …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we debate if travel will ever return to normal or if it will continue to suck. We also go over a new slew of huge credit card offers and talk about our amazing meetup in Denver. We finish up discussing Clear being a lifesaver and the sign up process, Citi’s quirks & easy tips on m…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we debate if we would leave a completely covid free country like Zoe is to go home. We also talk about the quickly changing travel landscape and new mandates, some interesting travel survey results, saving for college with travel hacking skills and what happens to your travel insu…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss how Citi has become the hardest approval in the game, which hotel gives you the best bang for your buck and we share our recent application successes. We also talk about how long miles and points transfers take, Amazon freebies and our favorite travel gear. Episode Note…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss what makes airports good, a new Citi ThankYou point transfer partner and Shawn’s trip to Michigan. Plus, why you should get your passport renewed NOW! Episode Notes 3:46 - Citi adds AA as a transfer partner 10:28 - Michigan trip report 12:05 - Getting flights 15:05 - Ho…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about the massive offer Citi has rolled out for the Premier and how Amex is giving away points like candy. We also discuss the new Chase Sapphire rumors and how it stacks up to the competition. Joe shares his experience visiting a national park this summer. Episode Notes 5…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we take a detour and introduce the new MtM Vegas podcast that just launched. Shawn and Mark discuss Resorts World’s $150 free money offer dieing, the issues they have had so far and what is next for Vegas. We also discuss how to get top tier status on the cheap, get all the free g…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discussing the increased Amex Platinum fee and all of the new “benefits” or should we say coupons. Shawn and Mark talk about their thoughts of the Resorts World opening and Shawn talks about his recent trip to the East Coast. We also talk about things you shouldn’t do in China …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we are joined by Ian Snyder. He shares the details of his recent trip to Merida, Mexico and swimming in the depths of a cenote (weird shaped rocks and all). We also discuss Airbnb deploying shady bagmen, how Amex seems to be giving away points these days and tips for traveling as …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast Bethany from Bougiemiles.com fills in for Joe. Mark breaks down his trip to Alaska with his son talking about the good, the bad and why he probably wouldn’t go back. We also discuss why females aren’t properly represented in the miles and points hobby, announce a new Miles to Memo…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast Dustin from Waller’s Wallet joins the podcast to chat about the burgeoning miles and points Youtube community, Crypto based credit cards and the new Chase Sapphire Preferred 100K bonus. We debate whether we’ll see more bonuses come and whether crypto credit cards are...a bit scamm…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss whether or not banning alcohol makes sense for domestic travel with the rise of unruly passengers. We also debate whether or not we are ruining travel for our kids, how the new Vegas Tesla tunnels work, why Airbnb may be bad for our lives & what it was like to get a Rea…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss where vaccinated travelers get special treatment, are banks invading our privacy and whether or not free breakfast is overrated. Mark also does a rant about people not being jerks, a great car rental tip and some juicy new spending offers. Episode Notes 5:41 - Credit in…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss the future of miles and points post pandemic, the glutton of unused miles out there and of course devaluations. We also discuss the best Hyatt Regency in Orlando, decoding the MtM Diamond group, tourist no nos in Japan and much more. Episode Notes 3:57 - Miles and point…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss the truths about TPG, go into detail about the amazing Southwest change trick and remember our worst sign up bonuses ever. We also talk about avoiding the miles & points hype trains like the Maldives and some amazing credit card offers plus a lot more. Episode Notes 4:1…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss each bank’s biggest weakness, a troubling new tax law proposal that could change travel hacking and Shawn’s recent trip to Reno / Lake Tahoe. We also update you on Mark’s savings for college, the best Japanese onsens and award travel acronyms. Episode Notes 5:48 - Lake …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss Joe’s recent travels and how travel is not ready for prime time. We also give some tips on how to stay ahead of the bumpy ride that is travel. We then discuss Amex’s positive change, why solo travel with our kids is amazing and Marriott’s stupidly insane credit card fee…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss why the Chase portal is now worthless, miles and points plays we avoid like the plague and whether the latest Citi Premier refresh adds value. We also talk about combining those pesky Amex Uber credits, Capital One greatly improving their program and if Bellagio jumped …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss Amex’s negative Centurion Lounge changes, the new king of Chase card welcome offers & how Shawn saved money on his latest Florida vacation. We also discuss American Airlines’ best kept secret and how snazzy Bellagios new rooms look. Episode Notes 5:21 - United Quest and…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast Bethany from Bougie Miles joins us to talk about how IHG’s latest devaluation is the last straw, maxing out Delta’s new promo and how to get status on the cheap and our favorite one card wallets. We also talk about a new airline status match opportunity, an awesome new Virgin Atla…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about Shawn’s recent visit to South Beach and Central Florida. We also talk about why the Sapphire Preferred has been kicking the Sapphire Reserves butt lately. Lastly, we talk about the small miles and points wins we love, and hate. Episode Notes 8:56 - The Best Sapphire …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about our plans to use our plethora of free night certificates, how the return to travel will be mighty bumpy and Hyatt’s big new move into Vegas. We also go over the Disneyland reopening, how Amex is giving bonuses out early and the application rules for every bank! Episo…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about a mileage run to Panama, Amex’s amazing new offers and stacking the deals for big wins. We also talk about our favorite birthday trips, maxing out Chase Freedom’s new categories, Hyatt’s continued expansion and much more. Episode Notes 5:55 - Shawn's winning! (Panama…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about maxing out Frontier status, yeah that is a thing. We also discuss Virgin Hotels’ food policy and if we sneak food and drinks while traveling and Mark updates everyone on his Citi fraud fiasco. Lastly we talk about some increased card offers, Disneyland, wanderlust in…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we debate resort fees and discuss why they maybe aren't so bad. We also take about saving for college with travel hacking, recent application spree results and why North Korean money is so interesting. Episode Notes 3:45 - Resort fees - are they as bad as everyone says they are? (…
 
Episode Description In episode 80 we talk about Citi’s crazy fraud systems, Chase’s fool’s gold offer, a lawsuit that involves manufactured spend and why Mark went points broke. We also talk about Baha Mar offering up private jets, Hyatt’s new promo & more. Episode Notes 7:39 - Cashing out all of the points 15:56 - Manufactured spending lawsuit 22:…
 
Episode Description In episode 79 we talk about our favorite travel apps, Shawn shares details from his recent trip to California and we share our travel hacking blind spots. We also talk about locked ThankYou points, JetBlue’s customer friendly change and how to get Apple News+ for free. Episode Notes 6:20 - Best travel apps 13:43 - Shawn's CA tri…
 
Episode Description In episode 78 we are joined by Miles to Memories contributor Ryan to talk about his 11 week around the world trip. We discuss his itinerary, catching malaria, swimming with hammerhead sharks, getting stranded for a week and everything in between. Episode Notes 9:02 - General itinerary 12:25 - Stranded in Ecuador 14:22 - Covid te…
 
Episode Description In episode 77 we talk about Amex giving away hundreds of dollars to cardholders with their no credits. We also share an awesome way to track the credits each month, Shawn’s recent stay at the awesome NoMad hotel in Vegas and how Mark is paying for college with travel hacking skills. Episode Notes 6:38 - Amex limited time offers …
 
Episode Description In episode 76 we talk about a new $1000 offer from Brex, a trip report from Mark on his weekend getaway to Florida and what we hate in this hobby. We also talk about a Kauai quarantine loophole, Hyatt offering free covid testing & a nice Founderscard extension. Episode Notes 6:06 - BREX 14:56 - Sarasota trip report 19:01 - What …
 
Episode Description In episode 75 Spencer Howard from Straight to the Points and author of the amazing award alerts newsletter swings by to chat about AMEX travel credits, why right now is a great time to book future award travel and the future of his award alerts service. Subscribe to Spencer’s award alerts newsletter or follow him on Instagram! E…
 
Episode Description In episode 74 we discuss Bonvoy’s customer friendly changes, Virgin Atlantic walks back their devaluation some, are Citi ThankYou points overrated & a hotel reviews rant. Episode Notes 10:43 - Positively Bonvoyed? 20:45 - Virgin Atlantic Devaluation - good news 23:36 - Hotel Reviews rant 41:06 - Straight to the Points Premium 42…
 
Episode Description In episode 73 we discuss the amazing new Amex offers that launched, our application plans for the first part of 2021 and Virgin destroying the value of their program. Episode Notes 3:04 - AMEX offers 9:26 - Virgin Atlantic devaluation 12:40 - Las Vegas deals through Amex and Chase 16:44 - Mark's 2021 credit card sign up strategy…
 
Episode Description In episode 72 we each share our favorite segments from the show in 2020. We go back to the rice and soy sauce incident, why traveling with kids sucks and a nightmare stay at the Atlantis. We also read our favorite mean reviews from the year. Enjoy! Episode Notes 1:27 - Joe's favorite mean review 2:54 - Why traveling with kids su…
 
Episode Description In episode 71 we discuss whether or not we are done cashing out points, for now. We also talk about our favorite holiday trips of the past and ones we are looking forward to in the future. Lastly, we speculate which program will devalue first in 2021, two cards you should get right now and say goodbye to Observation Deck. Episod…
 
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