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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 Han from Chicago joins Shawn & Mark to discuss his recent epic trip to the Maldives & Southeast Asia which included international first. business & even economy class, fancy hotels & a lot more along the way. We'll dive into redemptions, product reviews & discuss why you should de…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss how Choice Hotels ripped off Mark, how to do Hyatt like a boss even if you have no status & the most valuable Chase personal card is surprising. We also make more Resy mistakes and have a joke challenge for all the listeners. Episode Notes 2:42 - Shawn and Joe’s updated…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories we discuss some new credit card offers, an AMEX card you may never have heard of and the great deals that we miss (RIP). Episode Notes 3:54 - The AMEX card you didn’t know about 7:58 - The big Spark Travel Elite bonus 12:40 - Increased Resy AMEX Platinum offers 17:23 - Deals we miss the m…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories we discuss an amazing offer ending, a great Hyatt tip, how IHG devalued their all time high offer on the sly and stacking deals for big wins. We also get a rundown on how Joe and Mark’s vacations imploded right before their eyes. Episode Notes 1:51 - Mark's "vacation" 7:44 - Dealing with …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast PDX Deals Guys joins to discuss visiting Alaska with Shawn on Carnival Cruise Line, the pros and cons of their "free" cruise and some thoughts on maximizing Amazon Prime Day. Episode Notes 4:57 - Prime Day 13:35 - The cruise 19:12 - Carnival impressions 28:18 - Food 37:40 - Entert…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss some tips on navigating this crazy travel season. A dos and don’ts so to speak. We also share our readers favorite airline hacks plus one of our own. Lastly, we wrap up by debating whether the Bonvoy Brilliant’s recent changes could actually be a good thing for you. Epi…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss Shawn’s recent trip to Atlantic City and how he was able to rack up hundreds in value. We also talk about Mark making all kinds of mistakes on Southwest when smuggling 31 beers home and wrap up debating if the new Amex checking account is worth your attention. Episode N…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss our recent MtM Diamond meet up in Detroit and some changes with the group at the end of the month. We also discuss Delta having another meltdown this weekend and how the government failed us when giving all of that bailout money early in the pandemic. And, of course, we…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss a shakeup in the hotel world with Choice buying Radisson Americas and what that means. We also talk about Amex dropping more massive offers, booking last minute international flights for cheap, Wells Fargo dropping the ball and more! Episode Notes 4:36 - Booking last mi…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss the craziness of Amex no lifetime language offers and what you can do with them. We also discuss the process of testing for US re-entry, Shawn visiting the Loch Ness monster and why Mark slept in a tent outside his own home. Episode Notes 0:25 - Scotland and Shawn's tri…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss Shawn’s trip around Europe and how Hyatt failed him in London. We also get a review of Berkshire Miraval from Joe’s recent stay. Lastly, we discuss Mark’s throwback travel over the holiday and how we all caught the travel bug. Episode Notes 3:40 - London 12:36 - The Bal…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we are joined by special guest Mark Jackson from Brad’s Deals. We discuss Mark’s recent travels including many major cruise lines and seeing how they stack up against each other. He gives us some insight to summer deals and what has been popular at Brad’s Deals. We also discuss su…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss whether or not Hyatt lounges will ever open again domestically. We also discuss Shawn getting on another boat, Choice actually having sweet spot redemptions, Amex keeps rolling out insanely profitable offers and how MGM bonvoyed Hyatt at the Cosmo. Episode Notes 4:58 - …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss Hyatt’s big expansion into all inclusive resorts, how far we go for big miles and points wins plus an update on Joe’s JetBlue saga. We also talk about the ports Shawn visited on the way to Europe, Mark’s Chicago trip and the headaches of booking travel last minute now. …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast Shawn will discuss all of the craziness in the cruise industry and some amazing deals you don't want to miss out on before the cruise industry returns to normal. Recorded from his Transatlantic cruise somewhere in the middle of the ocean, he discusses strategies for saving on the …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss Joe’s recent trip to California and how the JetBlue experience is still pretty bad. We do a live request for compensation and he talks about his stay at Hyatt Regency Long Beach. He discusses some of the other touristy stuff they did in the LA area and then we share our…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about the end of the mask mandate and how travel prices are skyrocketing including Amtrak. We also dive into the big changes to IHG One Rewards, Shawn gives a detailed review of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point & Mark talks about his must frustrating food delivery ever! Epi…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss how airlines are melting down and how travel is getting rough, right before peak summer season. We also discuss the best & worst airports for TSA and we were surprised by how some ranked. Lastly we talk about a huge money making opportunity and why it may even be worth …
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss turning this hobby into a cash earning machine, for $14,000 to be exact. We also discuss Shawn’s visit through memory lane at the last Blockbuster, Mark getting a nice Amex upgrade offer by calling in and 8 interesting facts you may not know about Citi. Episode Notes 4:…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss managing our Amex portfolios and how it can get overwhelming at times. We also discuss why cents per point shouldn’t be a major focus, our favorite places for natural beauty and finding value after Marriott’s devaluation. Episode Notes 3:50 - AMEX spring cleaning 9:28 -…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss when it makes sense to jump off the Chase 5/24 bandwagon. We also get an update on Shawn’s travels up the California coast and into Oregon. We discuss why it is important to recognize great service while traveling, when Best Western blows Hyatt away & more Dasher Diarie…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss if the shine has worn off the World of Hyatt card some, Shawn taking a 14 day transatlantic cruise to save on airfare and Chase extends Pay Yourself Back. We also talk about booking Atlantis Bahamas on the cheap, Marriott certificate points posting and an update on Shaw…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we debate whether or not status is overrated and if people ignore the true cost. We also discuss massive Amex retention offers, a new Dasher Diaries story. Lastly, Mark talks about his recent trip to DC and Shawn talks about his travels around SoCal Episode Notes 00:31 - Washingto…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we take a look behind the curtain of travel blogging. We also talk about the massive Marriott devaluation, Joe’s trip to Disney and if the expensive club access add on is worth it. Episode Notes 7:08 - Hyatt Regency MCO 9:47 - Disney trip 13:29 - Boardwalk Inn Club Level 18:47 - B…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss roadtripping the U.S. including some interesting stops along the way and booking activities through Chase Ultimate Rewards. We also discuss hotel neighbor revenge, what to expect with the tru by Hilton and Avid by IHG brands, Hyatt's devaluation, why Globalist isn't for…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss how bank’s customer service has seriously diminished. We also talk about our most unexpected, or favorite, upgrades from hotel or airline status and why now is the time to plan for summer travel. Episode Notes 8:06 - Hilton Superbowl promo 11:28 - BofA fraud update 18:3…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about Bank of America’s crazy fraud department requirements, why the Spirit and Frontier merger isn’t good for us and Shawn shares what it is like getting aboard a cruise ship these days. We also talk about how surprising the worst ranked airline in the US is and Mark shar…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss Amex paying Mark actual cash to keep a card open and other retention offers. We also discuss a recent round of applications, Hyatt’s expansion continues and a new airline launching for discounted flights to Asia. We finish it off with some dirt cheap cruise talk. Episod…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss how the fraudsters are winning, what we think of the IHG refresh and whether or not it has us jumping on board and what a horrible business class flight experience is like. Mark also gives an update on his DoorDash experience and Shawn gives updates on his big trip. Epi…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we have a special guest Derrick Dye from Travel on Point(s). We talk about his recent trip to Alila Ventana Big Sur and if it lived up to the hype. We also discuss how he booked his upcoming whirlwind trip to Turkey and what his plans are while he is there. We finish up discussing…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about Shawn’s trip to Hawaii and why the Hyatt Regency Kauai is still a favorite. We also discuss Joe getting his medal on at Disney and Mark gives his DoorDash delivery tips and tricks and overview of the program. Episode Notes 4:35 - Jetblue flight cancellations 7:23 - N…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about Hyatt giving away bonus points for otherwise worthless perks. We also talk about our Amex airline credits game plans, how US Bank beat us at our own game and Joe getting his Chase account robbed. Episode Notes 1:33 - Dealing with expiring Hyatt awards 10:11 - AMEX en…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about some of the worst Christmas/Chanukah gifts we have received over the years. Plus Shawn & Mark discuss some of the highlights of 2021 travel including coolest redemptions, best places visited and our favorite moments. We also dive into our 2022 plans, some of the pain…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about Shawn’s recent trip to the bay area in California, planning future travels in this environment and what to do with expiring Hyatt free night certificates. We also give a quick overview of the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, discuss Shawn’s big family shake up and Chase…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we talk about Delta’s recent devaluation, buying American Airlines miles at less than half a cent and maximizing Amex Offers for the holidays. We also talk about a potential Southwest devaluation, why Instacart gift cards are dangerous and how to save money on Amazon. Episode Note…
 
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast Shawn and Mark talk about drinking / eating around the world at Epcot. We also discuss earning free cruises through status matches, taking advantage of Frontier status, a new timeshare offer and Mark’s Instacart gift card failure. Episode Notes 2:40 - MTM Diamond meetup in Orlando…
 
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 …
 
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