Truths About TPG, Worst Card Offers & Overhyped Maldives

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Truths About TPG, Worst Card Offers & Overhyped Maldives

In this episode of the Miles to Memories podcast we discuss the truths about TPG, go into detail about the amazing Southwest change trick and remember our worst sign up bonuses ever.  We also talk about avoiding the miles & points hype trains like the Maldives and some amazing credit card offers plus a lot more.

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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. I can trace the Maldives fanatic attraction to “A View From the Wing”. Gary Leff just pushes the Park Hyatt Maldives as if there isn’t any other place in the world worth going. He does the same thing for Park Hyatt Vendome. That aside, the Maldives is attractive to many, because it is supposed to be one of the first places to disappear after sea levels rise.

    The Points Guy was never one of my favorites. I considered Brian Kelly very arrogant, and his info just a repeat of other bloggers. That said, many of his other staffers are not any better. Both TPG and Gary Leff are just credit card pimps. Their info really isn’t that valuable. And Gary Leff’s blog has become a home for right wing politics.

    From where I live, Southwest isn’t any value to me. If I have to travel 170 miles to a major airport, then when I get to that airport, I will fly a regular Big3 carrier.

    I enjoy the MTM Youtube shows, please keep them going.

  2. I genuinely despise the points guy and feel like he ruined the content. He has made it all about himself and his black card and look at me attitude. The content these days is horrible and biased towards generating referrals.

  3. I came to the party late in terms of TPG and fairly soon after they eliminated the comments. That was a deal breaker for me and I just don’t read their stuff anymore. It did seem corporate and also seemed to be pushing a particular political agenda. I really hate it when companies do that. Wish I had been there in the early years. Thanks for the discussion on it on your podcast.

    I love your podcast. It’s fun and fresh and reflects great energy.

  4. I don’t listen to the podcast much but I will just for the TPG commentary. They used to at least have unique content and the ability to engage with comments. Whoever is running it now doesn’t seem to care.

  5. Just curious! Who had recently left TPG? Yeah, I noticed almost all the new staff looks right out of college. TPG was good in its early years. For me, I got started with Flyertalk though, it’s still pretty darn good. I don’t find MMS all that useful anymore, after the founder had left also.

  6. TPG was great when it was just Bryan but now it’s just corporate, especially eliminating comments, and never any dissenting views on their sponsors (everything is great). Thanks for all you guys do, the honest opinions, and love the video reviews as well!


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