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Episode 104 – Alternate Awards with Spen

Spencer Howard from God Save the Points joins us to chat about some of the more niche alternative mileage currencies to book awards. We dive into some of the nitty gritty of finding value using Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, Iberia Avios, Asia Miles, and much more. He also drops some knowledge about Lifemiles. Plus, what to do in Thailand.

Spencer hangs out for our Patreon only Final Boarding Call segment to chat some specific award routes and some interesting thoughts on the evolution of the miles and points gamers view of buying miles. He also makes Joe’s life and decision making as difficult as possible. Thanks for nothing, Spencer!

Episode 103 – Necker Island with Shane R

On today’s episode we’re joined by a special guest, Shane Rowley, who’s been to Necker Island, Richard Branson’s private island in the British Virgin Islands, twice. We chat about what it’s like to be a guest at such a unique location, how much it costs in money or in miles, the amazing experience that is Necker Island, and what Richard Branson smells like.

Episode 102 – Best credit cards by categ

Shawn Coomer from Miles to Memories drops by to play a little game: best no, low, and high annual fee credit cards for a “normal” user. We often get caught up in all the hacking but we found it productive to think about what cards to recommend to people who are looking to save money on travel but not go crazy. (Or at least dip their toes in the water besides deciding to get deep into it!). We also chat about planning trips to Asia, mistake fares, renting warehouses, and more!

In our bonus Gold Patreon only segment, Shawn and I chat about buyers clubs which seem to be the hot new thing. I pick Shawn’s reseller perspective brain about the potential pitfalls and breakdowns that could affect buyers clubs.

Episode 100 – Ice castles in Harbin, Chi

Becky Pokora from sightDOING{ drops by to help us celebrate our 100th episode! We discuss her experience with the Hong Kong Airlines mistake business class fare and how she handles building a trip around a mistake fare. Then, we discuss her trip (via said fare) to Harbin, China (哈爾濱) and their amazing ice festival. Hope you enjoy hearing about her spectacular experience as much as we did.

Episode 99 – Talking all things aviation

We mix things up a little bit with a super informative chat with Steve Kriese. While he hosts the DCL Podcast (Disney Cruise Line) in his free time, by day he flies 737s for Alaska Airlines. We discuss how he got into commercial aviation, whether certain airlines are better than others, what a typical week looks like for a pilot, what perks you get working for the airline and a whole lot more!

Episode 97 – Festivus the Third with Sam

We’re back for our third ever Festivus Celebration with special guest, Sam from Milenomics. We air our grievances against the airlines, hotels, and banks, show off our feats of strength, and close out 2018 by rejoicing in Festivus miracles for each and every one of us! In our Gold Patreon only segment, Sam joins us to discuss the dark underbelly of points and miles.

Episode 96 – Making a baby in Brno and 2

Dustin from Waller’s Wallet joins the podcast to discuss his family’s experience with IVF in Brno, Czech Republic, the world of credit cards in 2018, and thoughts for the future of the miles and points game in 2019. Featuring: some pretty bad jokes!

In the Gold Patreon only Final Boarding Call segment we talk about some avenues to sign up for credit cards that would be otherwise closed off and increasing spending over the holidays. Interested in becoming a supporter? Find out more on our Patreon page!

Episode 95 – Cruising, South America, an

Richard Kerr from Award Travel 101 joins the podcast to chat about airline loyalty in his new hometown, Atlanta, traveling to South America, how to save money on cruises, and more. We also continue our 10 year anniversary series and discuss how safe we feel in various parts of the world. In the Gold Patreon only segment Final Boarding call, we take a look at some concrete datapoints for cruise savings and a new credit card spending avenue we’ve been tinkering with.

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