Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 23: Our Favorite Rewards Programs Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 23: Our Favorite Rewards Programs

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 23: Our Favorite Rewards Programs

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The Award Travel 101 podcast is back with a discussion about our favorite reward programs. If you want us to air your question, send us an email or reach out to us in the Award Travel 101 Facebook Community.

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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 Award Travel 101 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 23 Show Notes

Question of the Week (From the Award Travel 101 Group)

Nancy Kaelin Smith asks:

I’m new to the group. The abbreviations people use in their posts are confusing me. Is there a list to help decipher some of the posts and advice?

See pinned post “Back to basics” references where to find more info.

News & Enhanced Offers

Trip Updates

What Bonuses Did We Get?

Highlight Feature: Our Favorite Loyalty Programs

Having a well-rounded and diversified points portfolio is the key to having the greatest flexibility in the Award Travel “game,” so how does your reward portfolio align with the team's favorite programs?

  • Flexible points — these are points that can be used for a multitude of partners, through a booking portal, or cashed out
  • Airline miles/points — these programs may be specific for one airline, but which one offers the most value
  • Hotel points — hotel points are generally best used for that specific hotel chain. Does status influence which chain you choose?
  • Car rental points — did you know that there are a ton of ways to improve your car rental experience?

What You Didn't Know

Garden your reservations! Hotels, flights, car rentals, and everything in travel is priced dynamically (means ever-changing) right now, and you can likely snag deals by periodically checking over your booked trips for:

  • Award price drops
  • Change in cash price
  • Award availability that opens last-minute

Where To Find the Award Travel 101 Community

For questions, you can join us in the free 96,000+ 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. Meetup sold out, but you can waitlist.
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