Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 28: Pancakes and Points Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 28: Pancakes and Points

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 28: Pancakes and Points

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Welcome to the Award Travel 101 Podcast, from the original Facebook community created for miles and points enthusiasts. Our goal for this podcast and our community is to help you learn how to maximize your travel rewards, no matter your destination or budget. In this episode, Mike Zaccheo jumps on the pod with Eric Holly, a fellow Award Travel community moderator who lives on the west coast, is a retired firefighter, a fan of Alaska Airlines, and — most importantly — a pancake machine aficionado.

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

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Previous Episode Show Notes

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 28 Show Notes

Post of the Week

We normally feature a post from our Award Travel 101 group. But, since Eric is a prominent part of our affiliated Travel Grumps 101, we thought we would look there for a particularly noteworthy post. Amber Moore shares her wild experience of a pilot leaving the wrong airport!

News & Enhanced Offers

Trip Updates

  • Eric:
    • Family trip to San Diego for college tours plus an Offspring concert. Manchester Grand Hyatt for 15,000 per night. Taking advantage of my Hyatt Globalist benefits. Rental car via points from Hertz.
    • Long work trip coming up – 3 weeks away from home with the MSP meetup in the middle.
      September/October/November work trips and at least one concert a month (U2, The Cult, Dark Wave Festival(New Order, Tears for Fears, B 52s, and more)
    • New Year’s Eve trip to Baha Mar and Disneyworld (AA flights 10K each + $5.60). Baha Mar and Points stay Swan Reserve book 4, 5th free
    • Starting to plan and book our Summer 24 Italy/Greece trip
  • Mike:
    • Returned from work (and a bit of fun) to Europe. Polaris upgrade. Lots of delays. How Global Entry, CLEAR, and PreCheck saved the connection (colleague wasn’t as lucky)
    • Piecing together activities for a number of trips in the next few months, Austin, New Orleans, Jamaica, and Australia. Eric helped me to choose a hotel for a stopover in San Francisco en route to Australia, Hyatt Regency SOMA. Also potential for using Hilton Free Night Certificates? Canopy SOMA? Actually, they all look underwhelming.
    • Super excited for meetup in MSP

What Bonuses Did We Get?

Highlight Feature: Meet the Mods: Eric Holly, Certified Pancake Machine Repair Technician (CPMRT)

  • Start in award travel
  • Most memorable trip
  • Worst grump
  • The “training process” of becoming a CPMRT
  • Favorite pancake machine location
  • Tips for travelers who encounter broken pancake machines

What You Didn't Know

Ways to build Alaska Airlines miles easily.

Where To Find the Award Travel 101 Community

For questions, you can join us in the free 97,000+ 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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