About Miles to Memories

At Miles to Memories we share the best tips, tricks and deals to allow you to save money and travel more. We highlight how to maximize loyalty programs, promotions and credit to achieve amazing things. Of course we also share our travel experiences and the memories we create along the way.

A part of the BoardingArea network, Miles to Memories launched in 2013 with the goal of helping readers achieve their travel dreams. Miles to Memories has long been ranked as one of the Top 50 travel blogs by traffic and has been featured in Bloomberg, CNBC, Huffington Post, Yahoo and more.

Meet our team below and when you are ready to dive in start here.

Shawn Coomer

Founder & Editor-In-Chief

Shawn Coomer has spent the past decade carefully studying bank & travel loyalty programs and credit card offerings. He earns and redeems over a million miles/points per year across multiple airline, hotel, bank and other loyalty programs. His love of travel is possibly only overshadowed by his love for Disney.

Shawn’s travel experience began in 2007 when he set out with his wife and then 7 year old son on a year and a half long journey around the world. That trip was his first big adventure, but it has been followed by countless others over the past 13 years.

As part of his travels, Shawn stays in luxury hotels, flies in premium cabins and carries elite status with more than a dozen loyalty programs. His on the road experiences combined with careful study, have allowed him to travel in style around the world for pennies on the dollar.

Mark Ostermann

Managing Editor

Mark Ostermann is a father, husband & miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money on travel while staying within budget. When he isn’t caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every MLB ballpark.

Ryan S

Senior Editor

Ryan lives in Brazil with his wife and specializes in travel hacking his way to lesser-traveled destinations. He is working on visiting every country in the world! By utilizing points & miles plus cheap airfares his dream is progressing faster than ever before.

PDX Deals Guy


PDXDealsGuy is a father, husband, travel hacker and an occasional contributor at Miles to Memories. He blogs and tweets as his busy professional and personal life allows, striving to find good deals for and provide some education to friends and family.

Bethany Walsh


Founder of BougieMiles.com, Bethany is a points, miles and loyalty program strategist who enjoys luxury travel and lives for a deal. When Bethany is not following her Miles to Memories family around the world to various meet-ups you can find her on a beach, in a casino or on a mileage run.


Deals Editor

Based in New York City, DDG has been a points/miles enthusiast for years. He is an expert at finding the best deals both big and small. He covers what he finds here on Miles to Memories and at Danny the Deal Guru which he founded four years ago. For him, making a few bucks is always nice, but traveling is by far the best part of this business.

Benjy Harmon


Benjy is a fan of points, miles, and financial independence. An experienced world traveler, husband, and father, he currently focuses on roaming throughout the USA expense-free (or close to it). He enjoys helping others achieve their travel goals, Disney-related and otherwise.

Ian Snyder


After igniting his passion for award travel while planning his honeymoon, Ian now enjoys using points and miles to see the world with his wife and three internationally adopted kiddos. His goal is to demonstrate that extraordinary travel is possible for the ordinary family.

Joe Cheung

Podcast Co-host/Producer

Joe caught his love of travel at an early age. He’s been writing about using miles and points to reduce the cost of family travel on his blog asthejoeflies ever since. He loves traveling all around the world with his wife and three children & has a special place in his heart for travel to Asia.

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