Miles to Memories - The fun side of points & miles!
At Miles to Memories we share the best tips, tricks and deals plus travel rants, musings, hotel, airline and loyalty program reviews and a lot more! Our goal is to help people save money so they can get out there and travel the world! Through our various blog posts, podcasts & videos we teach others how to maximize loyalty rewards, hotel & airline programs and credit cards to achieve amazing things. We also use our expertise to help travelers save in Sin City, at Disney and just about everywhere else!
The MtM team often shares our travel experiences, flight reviews, hotel stays and every bit of fun and pain along the way. And we love to talk about the fun side of points & miles! 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 been ranked as one of the Top 50 travel blogs by traffic and has been featured in Bloomberg, CNBC, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Inside Flyer, 10Best, Miles To Go, The Points Guy and more.
Meet our team below and when you are ready to dive in start here.
Shawn CoomerFounder & 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. He is currently on a multi-year semi-nomadic adventure with his wife Jasmine and seven year old daughter Ellie that is largely paid for with miles & points. Shawn talks about his travels frequently on the Miles to Memories Podcast and as @milestomemories on social media channels.
During his travels Shawn has visited over 70 countries, most of them with his family. His travel obsession began in 2007 when he and Jasmine sold everything that didn't fit in a 5' x 10' storage unit & set out on an 18 month adventure with their then 7 year old son Shawn Reece. They visited over 20 countries along the way and the daily adventures became the Family RTW blog which was the predecessor to Miles to Memories. Shawn & Jasmine had so much fun on that trip that they are doing it all again 15 years later with their daughter Ellie.
A Vegas native, Shawn Coomer is also known as an expert in the culture and history of Las Vegas. He cohosts a weekly Vegas lifestyle video show & podcast on our MtM Vegas YouTube channel where over 27,000 subscribers tune in. As part of his travels, Shawn stays in luxury hotels and roadside motels, flies in premium cabins and on low cost carriers and carries elite status with more than a dozen loyalty programs. More than anything he just wants to help people achieve their travel dreams like he has.
Mark OstermannManaging 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.
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.
PDX Deals GuyContributor
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.
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.
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 CheungPodcast 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.