Amex Platinum Devaluation, The Best Chase Card is Surprising & Doing Florida On The Cheap

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Amex Platinum Devaluation, The Best Chase Card is Surprising & Doing Florida On The Cheap

In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss Amex’s negative Centurion Lounge changes, the new king of Chase card welcome offers & how Shawn saved money on his latest Florida vacation. We also discuss American Airlines’ best kept secret and how snazzy Bellagio’s new rooms look.

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Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and 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 and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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  1. We stayed at the HR Orlando the same week as Shawn. It was our first Globalist stay and with 5 of us, we got so much food from the market! (A little sad to hear that’s not the norm) We also paid cash for a suite that would fit the 5 of us and it was less than $150. Our cabana was free too, but that was because they kept messing up the bill and adding extra days, so they finally just refunded it all, which I was happy with, we had great service there overall. I’m guessing since you didn’t mention it that you left before the female body building contest on the weekend?

  2. When you guys were discussing emailing hotel general managers for upgrading stays- what’s the advice on the best time to make that request? We’re looking at a 3 night stay at a Hilton resort, standard room in the main hotel for our dates is $176 or 46k points per night. Room in the adults only wing we’d prefer to stay in is $205/night or 82k points per night… I’d gladly pay the $29 extra, but the 36k/night is a bit tougher to part with. Hilton dynamic pricing is maddening sometimes.


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