A Huge Giveaway To Celebrate Miles To Memories Joining BoardingArea

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My wife, son & I in Kotor, Montenegro in March, 2013.
My wife, son & I in Kotor, Montenegro in March, 2013.

Great News & A Giveaway

It has taken a little while to complete the process, but I am excited that Miles To Memories has finally joined the BoardingArea network. To celebrate this occasion I want to take the opportunity to introduce the site and give away a $100 Visa gift card along with three “mystery” prizes.

About Miles To Memories

As you can see, there is an “About Us” link at the top so I won’t bother repeating all of that information here. Miles To Memories evolved from my original site Family ‘Round The World. In 2007, my wife, son and I embarked on a 17 months around the world adventure. During much of that trip I blogged about our adventures and experiences.

When we returned home, both my wife and I went back to our careers and for awhile I didn’t write often, but we did continue to travel. In early 2013 the three of us once again left home, this time for a three month backpacking trip through Europe. It was at this time that I decided to begin writing on a regular basis again.

Eventually I decided that a re-branding of the website was needed since so much of my focus and expertise was on miles, points and award travel. The name Miles To Memories is perfect in my opinion since it allows me to write about miles & points alongside the memories that are created with them.

On the site, you can still find every blog post I have written dating back all the way to 2007. I am always open to feedback and love giving advice to those who need it. I have now traveled to over fifty countries with my family and a dozen more on my own. My goal is to have rich and deep travel experiences for the least amount of money possible.

Favorite Posts

I thought as part of this introduction I would recommend a few posts to help you get to know the site better. I will break my recommendations down into a few categories.  This is by no means an exhaustive list of posts, so feel free to explore deeper.

Also, if are just here for the giveaway, scroll down a bit as it is at the bottom of this post!

Travel Posts

There are so many more, if you would like to poke around!

Hotel Reviews

I also love to review hotels.  In fact, in the next couple of weeks I will have some reviews of fantastic hotels including the Park Hyatt Tokyo.  For now, here are a few of my recent reviews.

Family Travel Topics

I have written so much about family travel over the years, so it is hard to narrow it down to a few posts. Here are a couple of recent posts with relevant information. (There is also a ton of family travel information in the travel posts as well.)

Miles & Points For Beginners

I have also written quite a few posts geared towards beginners. Here are a few, but there are many more if you are just getting started in this hobby.

Manufactured Spend

This is just a small sampling of what I have written. Many of my posts on manufactured spending are time sensitive, so I have included some that are still relevant.


To celebrate Miles To Memories joining the BoardingArea network, I am giving away a $100 Visa gift card along with three “mystery prizes” worth $5-$10 each. Everyone will have the opportunity to get four entries. You will earn one entry for commenting on this post telling me what travel topics you like to read about.

If you comment, then it will unlock the ability to earn three additional entries by utilizing social media. The only required method for an entry is to comment on this post. I also urge you to subscribe to receive our posts once a day via email (form is in the sidebar) and follow me on Instagram where I post all of the photos from my travels.

The contest ends on 6/30/14 at 11:59PM PDT. Each person can only win one prize and the maximum prize value is $100 for the Visa gift card and $10 each for the “mystery prizes”. A winner will be chosen randomly and I make the final determination on eligibility. U.S. residents only. Good luck!

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Shawn Coomerhttps://milestomemories.com/
Shawn Coomer earns and burns millions of miles/points per year circling the globe with his family. An expert at accumulating travel rewards, he founded Miles to Memories to help others achieve their travel goals for pennies on the dollar. Shawn also runs a million dollar reselling business, knows Vegas better than most and loves to spend his time at the 12 Disney parks across the world.

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  1. I like reading reviews on destinations I have yet to enjoy. That way I am much more efficient when I do get that opportunity!


  2. Tips on manufactured spending are insightful. Gaming the credit card companies seems to be a popular game with bloggers.

  3. Congratulations on joining boarding area. I like to learn more about manufactured spending. Also, I’ve enjoyed the travel reports. Thank you.

  4. I spent 30 fantastic years in the travel business, so I love reading anything and everything about travel. Since I’m not traveling for free anymore, I like hearing about good deals.

  5. I enjoy posts about getting potential random bonus miles, either hotel or airline, since I don’t go the multiple credit card route. I don’t mind that it might be only a few at a time. They all add up for someone who doesn’t travel that much.

  6. Glad that you’ll be part of the BoardingAreaNetwork. I’ve enjoyed your posts, you have a lot of unique content. A lot of the information in the posts on Manufactured Spend was new to me. I’m looking forward to reading more from you on that subject. Keep writing:)

  7. I love reading trip reports since it gives me ideas on where I can go with my miles. I especially like trip reports that show you the place you’re visiting. It gets kinda old only reading hotel + lounge + airplane seat reviews.

  8. I’m hoping you can find some good topics out of the million or so questions I’ve asked you of late! Thanks again!

  9. Thanks Shawn for all the helpful tips and for the great photos and stories about you and your family’s travels! Keep up the great work!

  10. More local reviews please. Small mom-and-pop stores and restaurants, specialty shops, anything that speaks about the old days.

  11. i like to read about comparisons of all the “cheap” travel sites like hotels.com and expedia so i have input in which one really is the best there are so many out there

  12. I would like to see more attention paid to travel FROM South America to the rest of the world. And travel options in and around that continent. Ditto the desire for as many articles on maximizing redemptions as possible.

  13. Looking for reviews on int’l business and first class air travel as well as mistake fares and other good travel deals

  14. Welcome! I look forward to reading your posts! I’d be particularly interested in unique ways to earn points/miles/do MS.

  15. I love to read hotel reviews! Also, i prefer reading about more off-the-beaten path locations since I love exploring!

  16. I like reading the insider tips. And not just on MS side or the deal side. Those too, but insider tips on traveling – those that help out the little things that can so often go wrong for those not versed in such topics. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  17. I like trip reports, especially those that cover more off the beaten path type trips that are less frequently written about. It appears you have several of those and I look forward to reading them.

  18. I’m especially interested in the hotel reports. I have stayed at The Changi Airport Crowne Plaza twice and loved it, so I definitely plan on reading your report..

  19. I’ve been a fan of Shawn’s site for awhile now, and as somebody who’s hopefully going to be able to travel a lot more soon I’m looking forward to learning more tips and more about places I want to travel.

  20. Domestic traveler. Love to explore DC area. Hotel points are a big draw. Without them, it’s hard to have an extensive and enjoyable stay. I also do a bit of MS. I try to cover as many misc. travel expenses as possible! 🙂

  21. I love to read the miles and points for beginners as I learn a lot from it and know where to start and what to pay attention or be careful of, I also love to read about the trip report so I can get imagination on which country I want to visit next with my miles and points. Thanks for introducing me to miles and points! Keep up the good work!

  22. Love reading the whole site, but have to admit that the ms has been the most helpful to me since I just started this adventure just a month ago.

  23. thanks for the spirit air reviews, I fly them with their credit card off peak times from msp to Fll for 10000 points round trip. 2 points per $1 with their card, so MS is easy. They also give away a lot of free points,My wife and I just got 40000 for waiting in line for 40 minutes at a mall in Mpls. Upgrade to the big front seat and all is good.

  24. I particular enjoy your trip reports on travelling w/ trains. It’s a refreshing take from all the first class air travels’ experiences! 🙂

  25. I love reading about different ways to MS, and airline routing rules that allow you to maximize reward flights!

  26. I like reading about the various redemption options for traveling from points A to point B. For example, here are your options for flying between US and Europe using United miles, American miles, Avios, etc.

  27. Congrats Shawn. Keep up the good work. Your blog keeps getting better and better. One request: Could you provide some info on what joining the BoardingArea network means?

  28. I love reading about how to have a local experience when traveling. I am all about going to the traditionaly touristy spots just to say I did it but if I’m going somewhere for longer than a week I like to feel like a local and not run from museum to museum.

  29. I really enjoy the trip reports detailing the places you went, things you saw and did, and how miles and points made it happen.

  30. When I’m going to travel, I like to look up the really good diners and restaurants in the town I’m going to visit. I try to avoid chain restaurants and to go to local favorites.

  31. I am working on MS right now and as stated before posts about earning small amounts for the different loyalty programs-helps keep the accounts active. I also love tips people pick up on their travels, you never know what will come in handy on your next trip.

  32. Congrats on joining boardingarea! I like reading about redemptions..I like to see where people have gone on miles and points

  33. Congratulations!!!
    I stumbled upon your blog just a few days ago and signed up for your newsletter right away.
    Enjoying all of the topics esp. for a newbie like me.
    Thanks for sharing.

  34. I enjoy reading about your frugal travel. I have the best memories taking pictures in front of land marks doing silly poses which cost nothing at all. Keep up the good work!

  35. Love reading the hotel reviews. I wonder if a section could be added to your blog regarding planning group travel?,!

  36. I like reading about the road less traveled, those small villages or Mom & Pop places that make you feel like a local.

  37. Hmmm US only?
    Not a nice welcoming to those of us who live elsewhere in the world who follow BordingArea. 🙁 *thumbs down*

  38. I like to read about family travel…also am clueless about miles and points, so your beginners topic is pretty great!! 🙂

  39. I enjoy posts about getting potential random bonus miles, either hotel or airline, since I don’t go the multiple credit card route. I don’t mind that it might be only a few at a time. They all add up for someone who doesn’t travel that much.

  40. I love learning about “out-of-the-box” ways to use miles. For example, how to get to London using a combination of miles to avoid BA fuel surcharges.

  41. I would like to hear more about the different ways to do manufactured spending without spending obscene amounts of time on it.

  42. my favorite articles are about travel redemptions. earning points/miles is the easy part, optimizing redemptions are hard!

  43. I enjoy reading travel posts/reviews as well as various ways to manufacture spend to help get on those trips.

    Keep up the great work, thanks.


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