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Maximize travel loyalty and rewards programs to earn tons of miles & points and save serious money. This podcast is about the award travel (miles & points) lifestyle. We share tricks to save money on travel and life, but also the experiences and memories we make along the way.

Each week on the Miles to Memories podcast join points experts Shawn Coomer, Mark Ostermann and Joe Cheung for a lively & fun discussion about the hottest travel & loyalty topics, an in-depth look at miles & points + 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
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Miles to Memories - Miles, Points & Travel Miles to Memories | Shawn Coomer and MtM Crew

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 154 Ratings

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

    Are Hyatt Lounges Gone For Good, Insane Offers Keep Rolling In & Hyatt Loses Cosmo In Vegas

    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?
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    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 min
    Hyatt’s Big Expansion, Complications Booking Last Minute Travel & Why You Should Always Ask For More

    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. 
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    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 min
    Cruise Hacking - Free Cruises, Maximizing Offers, Status Matching & CRAZY Prices Right Now

    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. 
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    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 min
    Boycotting Summer Travel, How To Get Better Compensation & JetBlue’s Problems Continue

    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. 
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    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 min
    New IHG One Rewards Deep Dive, Is Hyatt Coconut Point Worth The Hype & Masks Go Away

    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. 
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    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 min
    Travel Is Getting Messy Again, The Worst Airport In 'Merica & A Massive $1500 Bank Bonus

    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. 
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    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 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 Ratings

Notamy ,

Great information

This podcast has been very helpful and entertaining. There is so much to learn and you guys make it fun along the way

Anonymous453 ,

Thumbs up

I wanted to update my previous review as I’ve been excited to see the podcast become more structured and focused on points and miles issues in the last month. Keep it up!

I was excited to find this podcast, but soon realized it does not focus much on points and miles issues. Banter and discussions about in-person group meetings can be fun, but wish these guys would get into the nitty gritty of the different programs and opportunities, considering that they’re experts. Feels like a missed opportunity. Share the wealth, guys!

IUJen94 ,

Great podcast!

The only blog/podcast to make me $250 this month in about 15 minutes, thanks to the UberEats Swagbucks deal. Love the travel and non-travel content, and people who don’t like Mark’s laugh are just killjoys.

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