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Chicago Seminars Drama, Hilton Timeshare Windfall, Buyers Group Dangers & Crazy Choice Deal

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MtM Podcast – Hilton Timeshare & Choice Football Redemption

On this episode Mark Ostermann from Travel On Points returns to the show to discuss his recent trip to New York which was driven by a very lucrative timeshare offer. He discusses what it was like to deal with the presentation and how he earned 150K points in about 15 minutes. He also dives into Roosevelt Island, the Conrad Midtown and how New York feels a bit different these days. Other topics discussed include: an amazing and profitable Choice experience deal, some of the past Buyers Group deals gone wrong, an update on the Travis Scott ticket deal fiasco and a recap of the Chicago Seminars including how it went and a little drama that happened along the way.

I hope you enjoy this episode!

Episode Guide

  • 0:00 – Chicago Seminars recap and drama

  • 14:42 – PFS and Travis Scott issues (update)

  • 23:51 – Mark in NYC – hotel experiences

  • 31:46 – Mark’s super secret way to get out of timeshare presentations

  • 40:16 – Mark’s amazing Choice Privileges redemption (in New Jersey!?)

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Shawn Coomer
Shawn Coomer
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. Last time, we said we have plans for a baby and we’ll not be travelling…that worked…less than an hour,, minimal hassle.

  2. Guys, please, stop saying that TRAVEL IS FREE. I bet that you, like me, spend thousands in annual fees, unneeded spend (for sub), time dedicated to this hobby, etc. so our travel is highly subsided…but it is not free. This could be a nice topic for the next podcast :0)

    Keep the great work

  3. The best I’ve had getting out of there was 45 min-1 hr. before getting released….the sales rep said that was the minimum amount of time they had to sit with me. As a HH Diamond with over 1 million points via stays and credit card spend, I tell them I have enough free travel so it’s not worth it for me. Usually get done with that 1st, maybe 2nd person supervisor with an updated offer (to come back)…but now don’t even get the stop with the 3rd final person.

    My biggest ‘issue’ is coming up with the reason as to why I’m even there in the first place, since I’m not the target market audience. I’ve had someone get a bit short (not rude per se) when they realized that it would be a waste of time and they kinda grilled me as to why I even decided to do it. I’d love any suggestions on a response to give back as a non-travel writer. 🙂

    • For the “gift“ (giveaway trip, points, etc). I’ve had a couple get extremely rude but I try not to match their rudeness level. My response is simply that I’m not interested & am merely taking advantage of their offer. They know this, & I state to them that my freebie item(s) is part of their marketing expense. It helps to not make it personal. They r doing their job, u r doing yours. For me, I start the clock to make sure it ends on time.

      • Shawn,

        As the person you are referring to I want to thank you for not calling me out.

        Furthermore, I want to apologize for my behavior that morning and subsequently after hearing about it on the podcast. I should have kept my mouth shut on both occasions. After some reflection and looking at it from your point of view I clearly see it was inappropriate. I tried to reach out to you on FB messenger to apologize but I am guessing you blocked or deleted me. I would rather be friends than adversaries going forward.

        Again, my apologies for being a jackass towards you. Truly, sorry.

        If you’ll have me back in the group …

        • Hey! I was traveling and a bit disconnected, but I have just now returned your message and appreciate this comment. All is good and let’s move forward in a positive manner. No worries here.


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