Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 15: Best Card for Groceries & Award Travel Community Meetup Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 15: Best Card for Groceries & Award Travel Community Meetup

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 15: Best Card for Groceries & Award Travel Community Meetup

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The Award Travel 101 podcast is back with more Award Travel 101 member questions, offers to help pad your balances and a discussion about our most recent meetup and why you should join the next one. 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

You can find us anywhere you listen to other fine podcasts including:

Previous Episode Show Notes

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 15 Show Notes

Post of the Week (from the Award Travel 101 Group)

Maggie Schwalbach had an engaging post asking about the best card for grocery purchases. Quite a few members chimed in with an overwhelming winner. What cards do we use? The top choice: American Express® Gold Card (see Amex Gold review here).

Others used:

News & Enhanced Offers

Trip Updates

  • Angie jumped on the United Polaris business class availability a couple of weeks back and is hoping “someone” will provide her with a “Guest of Honor” booking. Will Joe help out?
  • Joe booked a flight he hopes to rebook for less. How much does it currently cost and why did he book with miles?

What Bonuses Did We Get?



Highlight Feature: Why Attend an Award Travel meetup?

  • If you enjoy chatting about these topics without getting the “glassy eye” look
  • Learn how others are getting ahead in travel and loyalty
  • Make friends and build your network
  • Add to your arsenal of tools with tips not shared in the broader communities

What You Didn't Know

  • Elizabeth Holmes Hanes shares how to earn some extra Marriott bonus points that Angie didn’t know about. Link your Uber account and earn bonus points with Marriott but if you actually order UberEats and have it sent to a Marriott during a stay you earn an extra bonus! If you order UberEats when traveling, best to pay special attention to this one.
  • Rakuten is having its Big Give Week where you earn monster shopping portal bonuses on some online shopping. By the time this episode airs, the 20X offer will be over so follow the group so you know these things when they happen since we post them immediately!

Where To Find the Award Travel 101 Community

For questions, you can join us in the free 93,000+ 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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