Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 11: AvGeeks, Spreadsheets, Cheatsheets - With Mike Zaccheo Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 11: AvGeeks, Spreadsheets, Cheatsheets - With Mike Zaccheo

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 11: AvGeeks, Spreadsheets, Cheatsheets - With Mike Zaccheo

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The Award Travel 101 podcast is back with more Award Travel 101 member wins, transfer bonuses, and another session of “Meet the Mods.” If you want us to air your question, send us an email or reach out to us in the Award Travel 101 Facebook Community.

Award Travel 101 Podcast Show Format

We break each show into six sections:

  • Question/Win of the Week — asked or shared by members of the community
  • News & Enhanced Offers
  • What Bonuses Did We Get — which will tell you what credit cards we're working on and why
  • Trip Updates
  • Highlight Feature
  • What You Didn't Know — a feature dedicated to a big or small tip that will help you better maximize the value you receive from your rewards.

How to Listen to the Award Travel 101 Podcast

Episode 11 — AvGeeks, Spreadsheets, & Cheatsheets – Meet the Mods (Mike Zaccheo)

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Previous Episodes

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 11 Show Notes

It's my 3-Year Work Anniversary as Award Travel 101 Community Manager

Points for the Win (from the group)

Laura Nicholson shares:

To think 3 years ago, I had no clue about the world of travel hacking and now getting great use of my Southwest Companion Pass and Hyatt bookings. This is truly making memories. I still have a long way to go to really make my miles/points go further but so far I am pretty pleased. Thanks to all the enablers in this awesome group my travel addiction is in overdrive.

News & Enhanced Offers

What Bonuses Did We Get?

Trip Updates

Highlight Feature: Meet the Mods – Mike Zaccheo

  1. Introduction to travel rewards/loyalty programs
  2. Background
  3. Highlights
  4. Family Travel
  5. Strengths

What You Didn't Know: Mike’s Tips

Positioning from small/medium non-hub cities. Mike's home airport — Erie, PA (ERI) — is losing another airline. So, here's how he now searches for flights:

  1. Start with Google Flights, enter ERI, BUF, CLE, and PIT as your origin.
  2. Also, start in reverse. Enter a destination and using Wikipedia enter the major hubs that fly to there. Also, airline websites or
  3. Don’t fear layovers! That’s why we have lounge access.

Where To Find Award Travel 101

For questions, you can join us in the free 92,000+ member Award Travel 101 Community.

  1. If you want to jump into more intermediate and advanced strategies, our Award Travel 201 community ($89.99 annually) is filled with those who want to dig into the weeds, looking for more outsized value.
  2. To book time with our team to discuss how to better your earning and burning strategies, check out Award Travel 1-on-1.
  3. You can also email us at
  4. If in-person learning is your style, you can check out our next meetup or register now!
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