It’s a Festivus for the rest of us! We gather around the aluminum pole one last time and discuss our airing of grievances (it’s 2020, there were a lot), feats of strength, and Festivus Miracles. We also make an important announcement about the future of the podcast.
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Episode Description Spencer Howard from Straight to the Points and the amazing award newsletter swings by. We celebrate a big life change before moving on to discuss his recent trip to Dubai, including the Al Maha resort. We of course discuss what it’s like going to Dubai during a pandemic and all the fun things […]
We talk to Ivan (@saianel) about his recent trip to see the Great Migration in Tanzania and how it compares to the other two (!) safaris he’s been on. We talk luxury safaris, best animal sightings, and a whole lot more. Plus, some great bucket list travel talk.
Jeff Brownson returns to discuss spending a month remote schooling with his wife and children in Mexico this past September. We discuss why they decided to “study abroad” for awhile, Chichen Itza, scuba diving, hurricanes, and how a covid scare almost stranded Jeff in Mexico (spoiler alert: he’s fine).
Trevor and Joe check in about what’s been going on. We’ve been signing up for some new credit cards, taking advantage of AMEX 3X referral opportunities, and even have some upcoming trips.
We welcome back Becky Pokora from sightDOING who took a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks recently. We discuss the long hikes you can take when not traveling with two kids and a dog (like Nick did!), renting a boat to go fishing, what flying cross country felt like, and a whole lot more. Becky teaches both Joe and Trevor some new terminology/names and a great time was had by all.
We hit up not one, but two guests on this week’s news focused Observation Deck. First, Leslie from Trips with Tykes drops by to discuss which airline’s no change fee policy comes out on top. Then, Gideon the Freequent Flyer chats about what plays will be available with the new Chase Freedom Flex.
We close out the summer with one final road trip report. Nick S from our Discord channel joins to chat about a two week road trip extravaganza. We talk packing, tips for kids, beautiful scenery, and how travel hacking helped take some of the edge off the costs.
The miles and points community was all abuzz when Miraval Berkshires’ opened with the BOGO promotion, but the shine has dulled a bit due to MA’s restrictive travel policies. Still, we had a man on the ground in Mike D, longtime listener first time caller, so we discussed the Miraval Berkshires in detail.
Tom Kim is back to do a dive into the dark underbelly of fuel rewards and grocery gas points and a look back at a wonderful trip from the not so distant past.