Each Bank’s Biggest Weakness, A Tax Proposal With Big Travel Hacking Implications & Lake Tahoe Trip Report

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Each Bank’s Biggest Weakness, A Tax Proposal With Big Travel Hacking Implications & Lake Tahoe Trip Report

In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss each bank’s biggest weakness, a troubling new tax law proposal that could change travel hacking and Shawn’s recent trip to Reno / Lake Tahoe.  We also update you on Mark’s savings for college, the best Japanese onsens and award travel acronyms.

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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. Shawn, would you say the base room of HR is dated? I know it’s small. I booked a 3 night stay for 25k points per night, and now I am wondering if I should choose Residence Inn Reno. We are just going to hike everyday and don’t mind the 1 hour drive. I have become a fan of RI recently, separate bedroom with full kitchen. It’s also a new property, at a reasonable 20k Bonvoy points. Your thoughts? Thanks!

    • I don’t think he was overly impressed with the base rooms. I would book at 20K Bonvoy points over 25K Hyatt all day every day myself.

  2. Spot on with the BofA biz card criticism. Worst setup/interface/app out there, which is saying A LOT.

    • It is crazy how terrible the set up is. I don’t get why they haven’t changed it in years…the absolute worst!


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