Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 31: Go Crazy with AT in the TC & Next Meetup Announcement Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 31: Go Crazy with AT in the TC & Next Meetup Announcement

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 31: Go Crazy with AT in the TC & Next Meetup Announcement

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Welcome back to the Award Travel 101 Podcast — from the original Facebook community created for miles and points enthusiasts. Mike joins Joe to discuss his newest cards, news, and their most recent trip to Minneapolis to educate members on how to ramp up their Award Travel game. Plus, is there a Fiesta in-store?

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 31 Show Notes

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Post of the week

This comes from our Daniel Mark Adsit who shared how he booked an entire 27-day trip to South America utilizing rewards. Check it out and let us know in the comments what your longest rewards trip was.


What bonuses did we get?

Highlight feature: MSP meetup recap

We brought almost 100 Award Travel community members to Minneapolis for “Let's Go Crazy with AT in the TC” to party like it's 1999.

  • Arrival: Flight disruptions caused some havoc. Did Mike's non-stop or Joe's connection through Chicago arrive first?
  • Tram: Was inexpensive, but was it safe?
  • Reception at Graze Rooftop: This is where the rubber hits the road. Members of the community and the team meet for the first time (or again).
  • Elite breakfast: The two properties where most stayed provided similar experiences for most. Was one better than the other?
  • Presentations: Presentations kicked off with AwardWallet's JT Genter, reseller Taylor Thomas, and Award Travel 101 moderators Eric Holly and Mike Zaccheo
  • Free time: Prince Museum, fair, socials — what did each of us do?
  • Brits Pub: Party like it’s 1999. How do we wrap it up?
  • After party (Loud dance club): How Joe helped a member use a tool he'd just learned about from JT's presentation
  • Hell’s Kitchen: Did we do the unthinkable and skip free elite breakfast?
  • Airport lounge hopping and catching influencers: Forget about hopping. We just skipped them all and went to the newest and best. Any guesses as to which one that was?
  • First class home (free Wi-Fi!): Joe booked with just 8.5K Virgin points, so how did he get first class?
  • Next meetup in San Antonio: Taco ‘Bout A Fiesta! Limited amount of tickets left (and an even smaller amount of discounted tickets using code: SAT20 to save 20%).

Tip of the week

Our Tip of the Week comes from Mike, who's been updating the Award Travel 101 website. Check out some of the tools we've produced to answer common questions from group members:

Where To Find the Award Travel 101 Community

For questions, you can join us in the free 99,000+ 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 one-on-one.
  3. You can also email us at
  4. Our next meetup is located in San Antonio, TX on April 26–28, 2024. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit our Taco ‘Bout A Fiesta! Eventbrite. Limited time offer for 20% off using code SAT20 
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