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Miles to Memories - Fun Side of Miles, Points & Travel

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. http://www.milestomemories.com http://www.milestomemories.com/diamond

Tracks

Seattle Trip Report: Alaska Airlines First Impressions, Gum Wall, Pike Market & The Tiny Space Needle
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss Mark’s recent trip to Seattle as he unnecessarily slanders some of the cities landmarks and Alaska Airlines. Along the way we learn how miles and points helped Mark to make the trip a little more comfortable. Episode Notes 7:23 - Basics of Seattle trip 10:33 - Mark’s not a fan of Alaska Airlines 15:42 - Hotel 1000 LXR, A Hilton Property 21:49 - Sightseeing and touring Seattle 34:17 - Some trouble flying home 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
46:16 10/06/2022
The Good & Bad Of Waldorf Astoria Cabo, Why Point.me Is Worth Your $1 & Marriott Drops Some New Clunkers
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss some new Marriott duds, point.me, and have an extended banter section that you might want to skip (use the timestamps). Also - Shawn shares the highest of highs and the lowest of lows from his recent stay at the Waldorf Astoria in Cabo. Episode Notes 12:21 - point.me 23:40 - Another live search by Joe 25:13 - New Bonvoy cards 36:46 - Waldorf Astoria Cabo - the good 45:53 - Waldorf Astoria Cabo - the very bad 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
58:46 09/29/2022
Pick Pocketed in Mexico City, Floating Gardens, The Shout & A Big Earthquake Scare
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss the MTM Diamond Patreon meetup and how pickpockets got the best of a lot of people. Plus why Mexico City is worth a visit and Shawn experiences a big earthquake! Episode Notes 5:06 - Pickpocketed! 12:50 - Mexico City 29:18 - Hampton Inn Mexico City 32:47 - Six Flags in Mexico City 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
43:23 09/22/2022
Newest Carnival Ship Is Walmart Of The Seas, Last Chance To Double Dip & Mean Review Reading
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss Shawn’s experience on the Carnival Mardi Gras (Walmart of the Seas) and discuss how to get through to AMEX chat faster and the power of Google Flights. Episode Notes 4:36 - Carnival Mardi Gras 8:10 - Shawn’s free stateroom 13:12 - Questionable ship design and clientele 26:06 - Food and entertainment 39:52 - Credit card news and updates (Marriott Brilliant, AMEX chat reps, Google Flights) 48:36 - MEAN 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
53:04 09/15/2022
Has The FHR Gravy Train Come To An End, Southwest Companion Pass After 1 Flight & Confessing Our Travel Hacking Mistakes
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss a last minute trip to Portland Maine, Shawn fighting for his insurance payout and Amex cracking down on FHR gaming. We also discuss a huge number of transfer bonuses, errors we make paying bills and Southwest’s intriguing new Companion Pass offer. Episode Notes 5:13 - Last Minute Labor Day trip to Portland, ME 14:19 - Shawn’s late, late travel insurance payout 16:46 - AMEX adds anti gaming FHR terms 20:14 - AMEX Membership Rewards bonuses 22:52 - Don’t forget to turn on autopay! 34:33 - New Southwest Companion Pass 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
44:12 09/08/2022
Maximizing New Hyatt Business Card Offer, 13 Recent Application Results & Finding Gems In Northern Ohio
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss Mark’s recent trip to Ohio, batting 0.692 on credit card applications, how to handle trips with non miles and points friends and give some TV recommendations to close out the summer! Episode Notes 2:43 - Getting to Mexico City 6:31 - Mark visits…Ohio? 13:45 - Traveling with non miles and points friends 18:58 - Hyatt Business credit card offer 24:24 - Recent credit card applications 29:59 - Random TV talk   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
36:55 09/01/2022
New Marriott Card Wishes, Be Careful Filling Out Apps On Chrome & Full Disney Cruise Alaska Report
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss Joe’s recent Disney cruise through Alaska, how Mark completely messed up his Amex application and our wish list for the new rumored Marriott cards. Episode Notes 8:01 - Mark AMEX sign up almost fail 15:08 - New Bonvoy card predictions 22:37 - Alaska on Disney Cruise Line 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
44:15 08/25/2022
Downside Of Partner Award Bookings, Why We Do & Don't Avoid Travel Portals, New Bonvoy Cards & Hyatt's Overwhelming Map
Episode Description In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast Shawn & Mark discuss the latest in miles & points including two new Marriott cards that are probably coming, tacos in Mexico City, what you need to know about partner awards and bank travel portals, a new best ever bonus for Citi Double Cash and how Choice Hotels responded to Mark's issues.  Episode Notes 2:00 Discussing Marriott brands Le Meridien & AC Hotels 4:26 Update on Mark's Choice Hotels issues 8:02 Partner bookings issues & flight changes - Delta edition 13:17 What happens to an upgrade during irregular operations 14:52 The problems and benefits of bank travel portals 21:46 Citi Double Cash has the best bonus ever. Learn more on Travel Freely 24:29 2 New rumored Marriott Bonvoy cards coming?!? 28:52 Is Bonvoy Platinum status worth it? 29:33 Hyatt hotel map - A handy tool for wanderlusting 33:11 Choosing Hyatt all-inclusives in the Cancun area 38:09 Why tacos in Mexico City are so good   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
40:57 08/18/2022
Epic Trip - International First Class, Maldives & Quirks of Southeast Asia with Han Chicago!
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 definitely plan a trip to Asia.  Episode Notes 03:49 Planning Han's whirlwind international trip 08:26 Maldives redemptions & terrible airport 10:18 Flying Etihad economy & Abu Dhabi First Class Lounge 14:14 Qatar award including A380 & leased Cathay 777 16:51 Maldives regrets & overwater bungalow experience 19:22 Southeast Asia mall culture 23:35 KL Batu Cave, monkeys & Petronas Towers 27:40 FHR in Southeast Asia - Mandarin KL & Conrad Singapore 29:55 Singapore Hawker Centers 37:39 Big trips in the age of Covid & what to consider 38:55 Upgrading Swiss business award & first class experience 43:45 Han's favorite international First Class products 49:09 Takeaways from this epic trip 54:44 Why you should travel to Asia 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
56:45 08/11/2022
Choice Hotels Robbed Me, How To Do Hyatt Like A Champ & The Best Chase Card Out There
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 travels 11:31 - Cruise changes 13:21 - Choice Hotels nightmares 20:37 - Hyatt Prive 31:40 - Chase personal card ranking updates 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
42:12 08/04/2022
The Best Amex Since Sliced Bread, The Deals We Miss Most & Massive Resy Amex Welcome Offers Return
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 most 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
36:49 07/28/2022
IHG's Sly Devaluation, Best Chase Offer Ending & Are Getaway Deals Even Worth The Effort?
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 rescheduling travel 17:58 - IHG devaluation 21:46 - Bonvoy Boundless offer ending TODAY 27:50 - Daily Getaways 30:59 - Mark's sweet Dell quad stack 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
42:36 07/21/2022
Visiting Alaska, Amazon Prime Day & is Carnival as Bad as They Say?
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 - Entertainment 41:09 - Casino 46:07 - Touring Alaska 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
62:17 07/14/2022
Preparing For When Travel Goes Off The Rails, Double Dipping Amex's Latest Change & Our Favorite Airline Travel Hacks
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. Episode Notes 8:38 - Tips for getting through summer travel 24:17 - Airplane hacks 33:10 - Bonvoy Brilliant 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
38:51 07/07/2022
Racking Up Freebies In Atlantic City, New Amex Play & Smuggling 31 Beers On Southwest
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 Notes 0:00 - Travel updates 9:17 - Mark’s beer wins and Southwest fails 18:19 - Atlantic City status matches 29:54 - AMEX calculations 37:19 - Airbnb blowback 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
46:28 06/30/2022
Amex Tossing Out 260K Offers & What That Means, Delta Crashes Our Meetup & How The Government Missed Their Chance With The Airlines
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 talk about some more absolutely insane Amex offers. Episode Notes 0:00 - Detroit meetup 10:16 - MtM Diamond closing to new members 14:57 - Delta weekend meltdown 23:14 - MORE absolutely insane Amex welcome offers 28:43 - Quarterly bonus categories 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
39:03 06/23/2022
Hotel Program Shakeup, Dirt Cheap Flight Home From Europe & Amex Still Dropping Bags Of Points
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 minute award flights this summer 12:07 - No more inbound testing 16:49 - More AMEX bonuses! 23:32 - Choice buys Radisson, goes upscale 31:35 - Wells Fargo Update 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
41:17 06/16/2022
Navigating The Amex No Lifetime Language Offers Windfall, Visiting The Loch Ness Monster & How To Get Back To The US
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 trip updates 10:11 - Mark's in a tent! 15:36 - Re-entering the United States from other countries & travel insurance. 31:13 - AMEX No Lifetime Language 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
41:36 06/09/2022
Miraval Berkshires Review, The First Ever Andaz Fails Us & Returning To Childhood Travel
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 Baltics 19:49 - Miraval Berkshires 31:30 - Childhood Travel Inspirations 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
52:14 06/02/2022
Are Partner Flights A Thing Of The Past, Best Personal Chase Card & Virgin Voyages vs Disney Cruises
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 summer travel, if partner awards are on their way out and what the most valuable Chase cards are right now. Episode Notes 1:54 - Catching up 7:33 - Mark Jackson compares Disney / Virgin / Royal Caribbean & Carnival cruise lines 26:46 - What is popular this summer at Brad’s Deals? Potential reselling items. 29:53 - Thoughts on summer travel and are partner awards dead? 41:31 - Chase personal cards rankings. Which one offers the most value in year 1? Follow Mark Jackson on his YouTube channel 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
53:11 05/26/2022
Are Hyatt Lounges Gone For Good, Insane Offers Keep Rolling In & Hyatt Loses Cosmo In Vegas
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 - Shawn's on a boat again 9:07 - Detroit FC meetup 12:59 - Crazy AMEX bonus 17:10 - MGM buys Cosmo, bonvoys Hyatt lovers 21:56 - Choice hotels give value?? 27:16 - Copenhagen/Scandavia/Shawn updates 36:28 - Will Hyatt lounges reopen? 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
46:11 05/19/2022
Hyatt’s Big Expansion, Complications Booking Last Minute Travel & Why You Should Always Ask For More
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 Notes 0:00 - Shawn in the Atlantic 5:13 - Mark in Chicago 11:37 - Getting the Wells Fargo bonus 16:38 - New Hyatt All Inclusives 21:55 - Jetblue compensation 26:13 - Mark's going to Hawaii! 33:51 - Shawn Europe planning issues  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
47:38 05/12/2022
Cruise Hacking - Free Cruises, Maximizing Offers, Status Matching & CRAZY Prices Right 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 3 major mass market cruise lines (Carnival, Royal Caribbean and NCL) plus how you can utilize casino and hotel status to get free cruises & more. Plus Ellie joins in to review the Carnival Pride from a kids perspective. Enjoy! Episode Notes 01:55 - Why Shawn has 6 cruises booked right now 02:38 - Carnival Fun Match - Status match for free cruises 06:18 - Types of Carnival offers & what to do if they don't offer you a free cruise 08:39 - Carnival casino match on board experience - How it works 10:51 - Maximizing Carnival free cruise offers 11:16 - Carnival Pride mini review 16:42 - Ellie's review of Carnival Pride from a kid's perspective 18:40 - Maximizing gift cards, cashback offers & more 20:00 - Saving big on Royal Caribbean & being opportunistic 20:52 - Utilizing Royal Caribbean & MGM Rewards partnership 22:21 - Transferring a cruise to a travel agent for free 23:28 - Royal Caribbean's RoyalUp. Amazing upgrade opportunities  27:04 - Cruise line past guest offers are amazing right now 32:06 - How NCL is pricing their cruise deals 33:22 - Comparing Carnival, Royal Caribbean & NCL  34:43 - One last way to get casino offers on cruise ships 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
39:21 05/05/2022
Boycotting Summer Travel, How To Get Better Compensation & JetBlue’s Problems Continue
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 thoughts on summer travel and why Mark is thinking of giving it a pass until fall. Episode Notes 5:26 - Jetblue woes continue, Joe's experience 10:28 - Hyatt Regency Long Beach upgrade 12:28 - Will lounges never reopen? 15:57 - Touristy stuff in LA 23:29 - Boycotting summer travel 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
39:20 04/28/2022
New IHG One Rewards Deep Dive, Is Hyatt Coconut Point Worth The Hype & Masks Go Away
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! Episode Notes 1:44 End of the mask mandate 3:34 Amtrak points & how prices have skyrocketed 6:45 Delta one-ways same price as roundtrip using SkyMiles? 10:14 Hyatt Regency Coconut Point review - Worth the hefty cost? 18:23 IHG One Rewards - What is new, what we like & what we don’t about the new program 23:05 IHG Milestone Rewards - Suite upgrades, lounge access and more 30:35 Which major program is best & why all of these new hotel brands? 34:21 Dasher Diaries - Delivering food to a factory or a prison?!? 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
44:52 04/21/2022
Travel Is Getting Messy Again, The Worst Airport In 'Merica & A Massive $1500 Bank Bonus
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 a road trip. Episode Notes 00:41 - Vegas Meetup 10:14 - Jetblue has sucked and its solution is to buy Spirit 17:35 - Wells Fargo $1500 bonus 23:33 - Best and worst airport wait times 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
31:50 04/13/2022
Earning Stacks Of Cash, 8 Interesting Citi Facts & Common Mistakes American Travelers Make
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 4:25 - Mark's stacks on stacks on stacks 13:56 - AMEX upgrade call experience 16:13 - The Last Blockbuster 23:33 - Citibank Facts 32:21 - What you don't know about visiting Korea 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
40:39 04/07/2022
Time To Amex & Chill, Cents Per Point Is A Myth & World's Most Beautiful Places
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 - Marriott dynamic pricing live 12:28 - Most beautiful places we've visited 20:14 - Reevaluating cents per point 30:38 - Jetblue/AA reciprocal benefit improvements 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
36:43 03/31/2022
When To Jump Off The Chase 5/24 Bandwagon, Reward Good Service While Traveling & Dasher Diaries
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 Diaries stories. Episode Notes 2:38 - Shawn hanging out in Portland 5:14 - Dasher Diaries 9:42 - When is it time to focus on, or move on from, Chase 5/24 22:30 - Shawn's staying in Best Western and Hyatts 33:07 - Remember to reward great service while traveling 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
39:11 03/24/2022
Is World of Hyatt Card Now Worthless, Doing Atlantis On The Cheap & 14 Day Transatlantic Cruise
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 Shawn’s California road trip. Episode Notes 5:07 - Shawn's California updates 9:28 - Visit Atlantis on the cheap 13:31 - Shawn's trip planning 17:40 - 14 day transatlantic cruise 20:59 - Marriott certificate wins 24:32 - Hilton devaluation 27:42 - Pay yourself back lives 30:53 - Chase Freedom vs. World of Hyatt card 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
43:11 03/17/2022