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Episode 82 – Hawaii travel tips with experts Tim and Rose

5/22/2018
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We bring on two Hawaii regulars - Tim Brooks and Rose, to chat about all things Hawaii. How to get there with miles and points from the East Coast, West Coast, the limited business class space, and fair cash prices round out our airfare discussions. Then we take a look at great places to stay on every island before rounding things out with some recommendations on things to do. An episode to bookmark for your future trip!

Duration:00:55:16

Episode 81 – Talking cruising, Germany, and crypto with Cynthia Drescher

5/8/2018
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Cynthia Drescher, who you may know as JetSetCD, is an avid traveler who spends half her time on the road. She writes for Conde Nast and joined the podcast to discuss the difference between an arctic/Antarctica cruise, fun festivals in Germany, and...cryptocurrency? We also chat about how in 2018 every festival seems crushed with people and offer suggestions for "small" events to check out around the world! Cynthia inspires me to travel more and I hope she'll inspire you too.

Duration:00:56:13

Episode 80 – Las Vegas with Travel Fan Boy

4/24/2018
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Adam Bauer, the Travel Fan Boy, joins to discuss one of our favorite cities, Las Vegas. Vegaaaaaas! We chat parking and resort fees, ideas for budget minded travelers, using miles and points, and end with quite a long discussion about gambling. Pai goooooow.

Duration:00:49:39

Episode 79 – Cruising, wine, and more with Matt from Saverocity

4/10/2018
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Matthew Hague from Saverocity returns to discuss a litany of topics including his never ending Las Vegas M Life status gig, cruising and how to save money on cruise excursions, dealing with a canceled flight (and a three year old!), feeding said three year old on the road, and South African wines. Elsewhere, we talk lessons learned from NapaDO and tips for redeeming Merrill+ credit card points.

Duration:00:55:34

Episode 78 – Be Your Own Elite Part 2 with Sam Simon from Milenomics

3/27/2018
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Sam from Milenomics returns for Round 2 vs. Trevor of Be Your Own Elite vs. Earned Elite Status. This time, they tackle the value of hotel status as it pertains to saving money, enhanced customer service, higher earn rates, and upgrades and benefits.

Duration:00:43:05

Episode 77 – Airline Status or Be Your Own Elite? w/ Sam Simon from Milenomics

3/13/2018
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Sam Simon from Milenomics (the Professor) drops by for a hearty debate with Trevor about whether it's worth chasing airline status or just being a member of Sam's exclusive loyalty program, BYOE (Be Your Own Elite). Also: driving a Corolla in a blizzard.

Duration:00:43:06

Episode 76 – Hyatt Globalist thoughts and best ways to earn Ultimate Rewards with FQF

2/27/2018
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Free-quent Flyer returns to talk thoughts on Hyatt Globalist status and solid ways of earning Ultimate Rewards points. We also talk Park Hyatt NYC and Sri Lanka. Come for the rough take-off, stick around for the smooth landing!

Duration:00:56:36

Episode 75 – Mexico, Sri Lanka, and sightDOING with Becky Pokora

2/13/2018
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Becky Pokora of sightDOING (nee The Girl and Globe) fame joins Joe and Trevor to talk Mexico, funding travel to far flung locations with miles and points, why domestic travel gets ignored by the blogosphere, Sri Lanka, and more!

Duration:00:54:54

Episode 74 – Noah from Money Metagame discusses taking a gap year

1/30/2018
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a year off of work? Noah from Money Metagame and his wife are doing just that. Find out how saving for FIRE (Financial Independence Retiring Early) helped enable this, why they are doing this, how they plan on eating, where they plan on traveling, and overall, whether they are crazy or not! (Spoiler alert: Not).

Duration:00:50:33

Episode 73 – Australian New Year, Q Suites, and Shutdowns

1/16/2018
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Trevor and Joe talk about celebrating the New Year in Australia, places worth visiting, how Trevor ended up in Qatar QSuites, the QSuites product, how to book it with miles and cash, Chase shutdowns, and some other stuff.

Duration:00:47:05

Episode 72 – Shawn Coomer from Miles to Memories returns

1/2/2018
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Shawn Coomer from Miles to Memories returns to ring in 2018 and talk about Hyatt changes, hotel updates in general, what he's earning and burning, New Year's resolutions, and more!

Duration:00:43:28

Episode 71 – Three Thoughts on 2017

12/19/2017
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A short episode to wrap up the year, with Joe's three thoughts to wrap up 2017. Thanks for a great year and see you in 2018!

Duration:00:14:18

Episode 70 – Keeping your MS organized with Free-quent Flyer and Graz

12/5/2017
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With Trevor off gathering toys for tots, the Free-quent Flyer and Mike Graziano, two heavy manufactured spenders, join the podcast to discuss how they keep their games organized, big fails, where to visit in Europe, and more! Plus - FTU smack talk. (Not really). Enjoy!

Duration:01:03:22

Episode 69 – Gift card reselling with The Plastic Merchant

11/20/2017
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Mike Dean, founder of The Plastic Merchant, joins us in time for Q4 shopping to discuss how TPM came to be, tips for gift card reselling, tips for saving money on Q4/holiday purchases, and more!

Duration:00:58:05

Episode 68 – South America travel talk with Dia Adams, the Deal Mommy

11/7/2017
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Dia Adams, aka the Deal Mommy, joins us to talk South America, Camp Mom, mom blogs, the new AMEX Hilton card, and more!

Duration:00:56:58

Episode 67 – Spencer Howard talks Asia travel & redemption routes, credit cards, and more!

10/24/2017
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We enter a Cortezless world by inviting Spencer Howard, miles aficionado, on to discuss trips to Korea, the Demilitarized Zone, overlooked redemptions, and recent credit card sign ups. We also talk about the hoops he jumped through to successfully take advantage of the Garuda 90% off promo. Please drop us a review in iTunes if you enjoy the show!

Duration:00:58:05

Episode 66 – Oktoberfest, 2/3/4, and RAT

10/10/2017
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Trevor and the Joes talk Oktoberfest, Bank of America's new "2/3/4" rule (h/t DoC), AMEX's RAT, and a podcast announcement.

Duration:00:42:48

Episode 65 – Travel, Facebook Groups, and more with Richard Kerr from Award Travel 101

9/26/2017
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THE Richard Kerr from Award Travel 101 joins Trevor and Joe Cheung to discuss living in Asia, the beauty of Asian low cost carriers, how to manage those unwieldy Facebook groups, advice for Facebook entrepreneurs, where to go when you retire, and more! Recorded LIVE and in person, woohoo.

Duration:00:48:55

Episode 64 – New co-branded airline credit cards

9/12/2017
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With Joe Cheung pulled into emergency puppy sitting duty, Joe Cortez and Trevor discuss the pros and cons of the new co-branded Delta and United cards, whether the cards will be of any use to miles and points hackers. Also, more than you could ever want about pajamas. Enjoy!

Duration:00:44:54

Episode 63 – Jetblue Mint, reselling updates, and you!

8/29/2017
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Trevor and Joe Cheung get together to recount Trevor's Jetblue Mint experience, discuss how to deal with kids on planes who can't control themselves, and chat about their summer trips. After the break, Trevor updates us all on what's going on in the reselling world and we answer the age old question: "SNES Classic resellers - jerks or true Americans?" Enjoy and thanks for listening!

Duration:01:05:06

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