Miles to Memories - Miles, Points & Travel

Miles to Memories | Shawn Coomer and MtM Crew

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 + expert travel tips and secrets to save time & money. We also publish tutorials and guides on our website and have a premium community for those looking to dive in deeper.

All Episodes

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 Gets BONVOYED 36:19 - AMEX reinstatements 39:21 - Bonvoy displays resort fees 40:25 - Solid credit cards to consider Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Dec 2

42 min 43 sec

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 - Giving thanks Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Nov 25

51 min 59 sec

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 - Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary Celebration 8:47 - New attractions 16:34 - New fireworks shows 23:44 - The Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel 29:17 - Staying on vs. off site 36:03 - New miles and points hotels to consider 39:34 - Disney Genie+, the Fastpass replacement 51:59 - Top tips for planning your vacation Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Nov 18

58 min 50 sec

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 including how it works and why it is different than other "rent payment" services that have come before. We also talk family RV travel on the heel of Richard's recent 40+ day RV trip and discuss the brand new Capital One Venture X card including what we like and some of the questions we still have about this premium card. Find more about Venture X here: https://milestomemories.com/capital-one-venture-x/ Episode Notes 2:28 - Talking Atlanta & Braves World Series Win 7:39 - Richard's long stories background in points & miles 11:12 - Working directly with 2 U.S. presidents 12:06 - How Bilt allows you to earn rewards on rent 17:04 - The Bilt Mastercard, ecosystem & transfer partners 20:49 - Behind the scenes of the formation of the Bilt loyalty program 24:28 - Pulling back the curtain on loyalty programs - the other side 27:49 - The RV lifestyle and family road trips 31:32 - Over the top campgrounds and the ones that are scary 35:07 - Planning a 40+ day family RV road trip 37:17 - RVing and camping at Walt Disney World - Worth the effort? 42:49 - New Capital One Venture X card 46:49 - Unique tech behind Capital One's travel portal 49:39 - Will Venture X Keep People in Capital One's ecosystem? 54:22 - How to apply for Venture X & support MtM Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Nov 11

55 min 55 sec

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 returns. Episode Notes 8:21 - Maximizing 5X card offers 17:08 - Mark cancels WHICH card? 23:23 - Mark runs WHAT kind of business and it causes WHAT problems for a business checking sign up? 39:26 - Hilton targeted offer 40:10 - Chase month of more 40:43 - Shop small offer Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Nov 4

44 min 51 sec

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 points? 21:51 - American Airlines flight mistakes 25:36 - San Juan trip report 28:47 - Marriott loyalty program changes 35:48 - American Airlines loyalty program changes 43:57 - AMEX credits checklist 44:39 - Best Choice Hotels redemptions Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Oct 28

47 min 2 sec

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 newest Citi ThankYou point addition and maximizing a new Chase Freedom Flex opportunity. Episode Notes 4:44 - Our Biggest Travel Mistakes 13:23 - Changes To Amex Platinum Business - What We Like Or Hate About It 18:10 - Travel Grumps - What Drives Us Nuts! 31:32 - Citi ThankYou Points newest partner Choice Hotels is sneaky good 32:34 - How to avoid resort fees in Las Vegas 33:46 - Chase Freedom Flex has some additional 5X earning capabilities Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Oct 21

38 min 17 sec

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 (not Disney!) 25:22 - Chase Hyatt business card 31:12 - Cleaning out the Chase closet 32:06 - Stacking Hyatt credits 32:49 - Favorite dining apps   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Oct 14

37 min 58 sec

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 5:56 - Marriott hotel playing games with suite inventory 11:17 - Getting to Hyatt Chesapeake 16:16 - How was the hotel? 19:32 - Golfing 22:50 - Beer 26:34 - Cheap flights to Puerto Rico and requesting recommendations 31:19 - Rental car status matches 32:49 - Delta status planning 33:38 - Disney World + Southwest 50th anniversary plane 35:43 - AMEX retention bonuses alive and well   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Oct 7

37 min 43 sec

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 benefits. Episode Notes 5:43 - Marriott card increased offers 12:35 - Redeyes 26:29 - Hyatt premium card rumor 33:50 - American Express Platinum new benefits 35:49 - Making use of American Express Platinum benefits 37:08 - End of month checklist

Sep 30

40 min 16 sec

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 out the credit card closet 13:12 - Four Seasons Vegas 19:36 - Waldorf Astoria Vegas 31:07 - Hilton playing breakfast credit shenanigans? 37:31 - Where Mark stayed in Vegas 38:13 - US reopens to fully vaccinated international visitors 39:22 - HBO Max deal   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Sep 23

42 min 16 sec

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 settlements can be awesome...even if they take forever. Episode Notes 7:18 - Flight attendants hate when you do these things on a plane.  15:40 - Updated covid restrictions 20:49 - What we've learned from Mint coins about who to trust and scaling deals 37:19 - Miles and points presentations? 38:58 - What you can do with 100K Aeroplan miles 39:38 - Class action lawsuits   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Sep 16

43 min 35 sec

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 Transfer Bonuses Galore, Which Ones Do We Like Best? Transferring Membership Rewards to United Miles 16:51 - American Airlines Can Now Leave You Stranded Thanks To New Terms 24:20 - Are All Inclusives Worth The Cost? Hyatt Buys A Ton Of New All Inclusives 34:32 - Make Easy Money With The RebatesMe Promotion 35:46 - Earn A Southwest Companion Pass After Just One Flight 36:42 - $10-$50 Off Amazon With One Membership Rewards Point   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Sep 9

39 min 43 sec

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 - Why Citi dumped us 14:22 - Working remotely - where would you go? 26:03 - Schwab cashout ending 33:59 - Why isn't anyone talking about the World of Hyatt card? 37:31 - Citi mileage marriage boost 39:39 - Hyatt/AA fast track status 42:03 - Chase offers   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Sep 2

45 min 38 sec

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 - Disney's Fastpass replacement 45:02 - AMEX retention offers 46:59 - Top 10 Dead Disney rides 49:50 - More Atlantic City status matching!   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Aug 26

51 min 51 sec

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 Alaska trip including why he paid so much cash for it compared to only using points. We'll also go over our most expensive trips ever, debate when you should use cash or points to pay for a trip and discuss how awesome Pacific Time is! Episode Notes 04:10 - An unexpected suite at Vegas' newest hotel 06:46 - When to use points or cash when booking travel 12:17 - How Bethany opened Mark's eyes about using cash instead of the cheapest points option 14:09 - Miles and points with business deductions (Not legal or financial advice.) 17:28 - The economics of a travel hacked Alaska trip 21:14 - The most expensive cash trips we have ever taken 26:20 - How you could save even more on booking Alaska 28:13 - Chase makes big update to Sapphire Cards 32:43 - Sapphire Preferred vs. Citi Premier 34:17 - Chase Sapphire Reserve changes 36:18 - Upgrading and downgrading Chase cards and what you should know 39:26 - Is it worth pursuing World of Hyatt status with the new card offer? 41:50 - Citi/Sears bonkers 15X spending offer Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Aug 19

46 min 33 sec

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 meeting minimum spend. Episode Notes 2:22 - Some notes on the “free” Audible subscription 6:59 - Will travel stay crazy forever? 15:24 - Denver MTM Diamond meetup 23:14 - Alaska credit card new welcome bonus 26:34 - US Bank Triple Cash 28:55 - Citi Premier 48 month rumor 31:43 - Chase Ink new designs 34:37 - CLEAR signup 35:58 - Meeting spending requirements 36:28 - Citi ThankYou Point quirks Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Aug 12

39 min 44 sec

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 insurance if you cancel your credit card. Episode Notes 7:49 - Stranded in Tonga, what would you do? 19:25 - Covid precautions coming back 31:17 - Other travel effects 42:50 - College saving 44:22 - Credit card travel insurance 45:51 - The RAT is back? Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Aug 5

49 min 39 sec

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 Notes 5:20 - MTMPod credit card application successes 14:00 - Citi application rules changing? 22:30 - Most valuable hotels to spend at 31:58 - Travel gear recommendations 33:06 - Amazon freebies/promos 33:45 - How long miles and points take to transfer Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jul 29

37 min 26 sec

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 - Hotels 18:07 - Sightseeing in Michigan 21:47 - What makes a good airport? 29:04 - Passport renewal delays 30:44 - Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Review – A Hyatt Property Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jul 22

33 min 39 sec

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 5:18 - Citi Premier best bonus 13:23 - Chase Sapphire rumored updates 21:42 - Acadia Trip Report 38:31 - AMEX turns into Oprah 44:05 - M1 finance 44:58 - Tips for visiting the UK 46:20 - CLEAR AMEX offer Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jul 15

51 min 5 sec

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 goodies and how to avoid parking fees.  Mark finishes it off with his most bizarre Vegas memory that is sure to get you thinking What The Heck!?  Episode Notes 2:28 - Resorts World followup 16:20 - What’s next for Las Vegas? 28:29 - Avoiding parking fees in Las Vegas 32:14 - Waiving Caesar’s resort fees 36:38 - Current comp offers 43:13 - Making the most of status matches 47:19 - Storytime with Mark - “The Batteries Incident” Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jul 8

1 hr

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 and a great option for return to the US testing. Episode Notes 6:25 - Shawn's East Coast trip 10:51 - Rental cars 11:29 - Hotel stays 15:16 - Jersey shore 22:58 - Resorts World Las Vegas impressions 33:51 - Big changes to the AMEX personal Platinum card 44:16 - 15 things to know if you're visiting China 45:28 - Covid testing kits Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jul 1

48 min 36 sec

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 a solo female. Episode Notes 8:18 - Ian goes to Mexico 10:48 - Trip highlights 12:51 - Getting there 15:26 - Swimming in cenotes 24:40 - Issues with Chase Travel 29:49 - AirBnB’s bag men 38:48 - MORE AMEX bonuses 43:05 - Traveling as a solo female 43:44 - Traveling without the internet 45:04 - Flying widebody planes Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License  

Jun 24

47 min 51 sec

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 Memories Youtube show and talk about why the Redcard bonuses are sneaky good. Episode Notes 3:53 - Alaska trip report 12:37 - Food issues in Alaska 19:34 - Activities in Alaska 28:12 - Why are women treated differently in the hobby? 37:02 - Target Redcard bonus 38:01 - 30 things learned about traveling before turning 30 Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jun 17

42 min 56 sec

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 scammy?  Episode Notes 7:04 - Chase Sapphire Preferred 100K offer - best ever 13:19 - Miles and points Youtube - is video better than blogging? (Waller’s Wallet & Miles to Memories Youtube pages) 20:36 - Why do some bigger miles and points blogs not find as much success on Youtube? 27:23 - Upcoming crypto credit cards: valuable or scammy? 38:03 - New Chase Sapphire Lounge opening in Boston 39:07 - US Bank Altitude Connect 40:11 - Free hotel breakfast guide Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jun 10

43 min 19 sec

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 Real ID. Episode Notes 5:19 - Bad behavior on flights 13:01 - What is the Vegas Loop? 25:55 - Are we ruining travel for our kids? 35:57 - Has Airbnb been a net negative on our lives. 37:12 - Getting a Real ID & why you might not need to. 38:31 - History of California Adventure Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jun 3

42 min 23 sec

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 information sharing between banks? 15:01 - Destinations for vaccinated travelers 21:40 - Mark rant! 26:14 - Hilton's breakfast changes - good, bad or something in between? 37:07 - Barclays spending offers and Amex upgrade offers 37:48 - Taking a pass on Disney World 38:33 - Car rental tips Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

May 27

42 min 45 sec

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 points in a post pandemic world 10:56 - How to plan travel post pandemic 17:40 - Comparing Hyatt Regencies in Orlando 25:43 - Kennedy Space Center and Brevard Zoo 33:11 - What do you get with MTM patreon? 39:18 - What not to do in Japan 40:08 - Discover retention bonuses 40:39 - Maskless in Vegas   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

May 20

44 min 27 sec

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 4:16 - What TPG and video game websites have in common 13:57 - The Southwest change trick 18:40 - Our worst credit card sign up bonuses 26:51 - Choo Choo Maldives 34:00 - Best offer for Chase Sapphire Preferred/Reserve ending 34:53 - The Velocicoaster 36:32 - Quitting Amazon Prime Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

May 13

40 min 1 sec

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 Tahoe Trip Report 15:30 - Citi weaknesses 18:48 - Chase weaknesses 21:28 - AMEX weaknesses 24:48 - BofA weaknesses 27:06 - Troubling new tax rule? 32:56 - Money for college 34:22 - Japanese onsens 35:52 - Award travel acronyms Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

May 6

39 min 3 sec

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 Notes 3:20 - Travel not ready for prime time 9:45 - Ideas for saving stress and time during current travel conditions 13:32 - AMEX increases credit card limit 20:50 - Planning a last minute trip 22:14 - Solo family travel 29:14 - Hotel charges a credit card fee?? Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Apr 29

36 min 46 sec

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 the shark pulling out their bathtubs. Episode Notes 4:56 - Does being able to cash out Citi Premier make it more valuable now? 12:41 - Miles and points plays we avoid like the plague. 22:02 - Is the Chase travel portal now completely useless? 29:43 - Capital One vastly improves their program. 31:06 - How to combine Amex Uber credits for max value. 32:52 - Did Bellagio make a mistake removing the bathtubs? Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Apr 22

38 min 37 sec

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 Chase personal card rankings 13:29 - AMEX Centurion removes guest privileges 20:29 - Saving money on car rentals in Florida 24:43 - How Shawn saved money on hotels in Florida 39:29 - AA reduced mileage awards 40:29 - Bellagio room renovation Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Apr 15

45 min 7 sec

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 Atlantic change and 5 amazing places to visit. Episode Notes 4:50 - IHG devaluation 14:26 - One card wallet 21:03 - Delta status opportunities, How To Earn Delta Status Cheaply 28:21 - 5 Favorite locations after 140+ countries visited 29:15 - Founderscard Virgin Atlantic status 30:26 - Flying to Japan with miles or other miles Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Apr 8

35 min 29 sec

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 card 18:40 - Easy wins that bring joy 23:56 - Shawn went to Miami! 37:19 - Free golf with hotel stay 38:24 - Don't be your own worst enemy 40:03 - Hilton certificates are...not ideal Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Apr 1

44 min 28 sec

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! Episode Notes 6:59 - Hyatt taking over Vegas 15:49 - The bumpy road back to travel 24:23 - Using our free night certificates 34:06 - Disneyland is reopening, check out Disney Hacks 35:01 - AMEX gave Mark his sign up bonus early 35:47 - Credit card rules by bank   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Mar 25

39 min 35 sec

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 airfare deal and mileage run) 14:01 - Insane increased Amex sign up offers 18:58 - Coolest birthday trips 30:55 - Maxing out Chase Freedom’s 2nd quarter 31:39 - Hyatt 1,000 Hotel Promo 32:58 - Amex Hilton & Bonvoy transfer bonuses Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Mar 18

36 min 27 sec

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 Bhutan and a booking flights guide. Episode Notes 5:43 - Frontier status match and how much a pain it was to use 12:59 -No drinks or food for Virgin Hotels 21:34 - Disneyland cleared to reopen 25:21 - Update on Citi fraud fiasco 32:22 - The curious case of Bhutan travel 33:35 - Delta has increased offers on their cards 34:19 - How far in advance can I book my flights   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Mar 11

38 min 17 sec

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? (Shawn’s solution) 17:27 - Mark’s application spree 23:03 - North Korean currency and foreign currencies in general 30:00 - Mark’s college savings update 31:45 - The Affirm “Debit” card 34:43 - AMEX launches cell phone protection   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Mar 4

39 min 22 sec

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 22:47 - Chase 10X earning overrated 26:52 - Citi is dumber than expected 40:51 - Baha Mar’s insane covid guarantee 42:20 - Hyatt Bonus Journeys 42:49 - Bitwarden 43:20 - Dell Amex offer   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Feb 25

45 min 32 sec

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 trip report, 3 Hyatts! 25:27 - Credit Card/Travel Hacking Blind Spots 30:11 - Getting locked Thank You Points back 30:56 - Jetblue says goodbye to change fees 34:14 - Apple News+ for free   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Feb 18

38 min 39 sec

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 testing on the road 21:52 - Malaria!? 27:35 - Swimming with sharks 29:59 - Hot air balloon in Cappadocia 32:09 - Is everything cheaper right now? 35:32 - Final tips 38:13 - AMEX 125K offer & how to get it 39:01 - Blue Business Plus/United Mileage Explorer elevated offers 40:04 - AMEX credits delayed   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Feb 11

45 min 24 sec

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 14:52 - NoMad hotel stay 23:15 - Mark's paying for college! 28:17 - MORE Amex offers 30:04 - Jetblue Mint to London 32:54 - Moomoo   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Feb 4

38 min 4 sec

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 it's like to visit Florida right now 22:58 - What Mark hates in this hobby 30:39 - Kauai quarantine exemption 31:50 - Hyatt offering free covid testing in Latin America 32:31 - Founders Card extension   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jan 28

36 min 48 sec

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! Episode Notes 4:57 - Spencer’s miles and points story 12:22- Award alerts premium newsletter! 20:34 - United Travelbank no longer working for AMEX travel credits. Other options? 28:44 - Is now a buyer’s market for award travelers? (Bloomberg) 41:11 - Disneyland annual passes cancelled 42:12 - Taking a break from credit cards rewards   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jan 21

46 min 18 sec

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 42:11 - Amex Uber Credits 42:30 - Citi ThankYou Points - overrated?   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jan 14

46 min 56 sec

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 25:51 - Around the web 26:54 - Rio Las Vegas   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Jan 7

29 min 55 sec

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 sucks 14:19 - Shawn's favorite mean review 18:09 - Nightmare stay at Atlantis 36:12 - Mark's favorite mean review 38:19 - The infamous Cathay Pacific first class review   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Dec 2020

53 min 24 sec

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. Episode Notes 1:38 - Catching up 9:26 - Holiday travel highlights and goals 16:43 - Which airline will devalue first? 20:47 - Are we still cashing out points? 24:37 - Trips we’re looking forward to in 2021 33:49 - Two cards to sign up for right now 35:31 - Back to Vegas construction tour 36:03 - The last Observation Deck   Enjoying the podcast? Please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! You can also connect with us anytime at podcast@milestomemories.com.  You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, Spotify, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, or via RSS. Don't see your favorite podcast platform? Please let us know! Music: Rewind by Jay Someday | https://soundcloud.com/jaysomeday Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Dec 2020

41 min 3 sec