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Thinking Outside of the Box in the Miles & Points Hobby with Dia Adams

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MtM Podcast – Thinking Outside of the Box

On this episode Shawn is joined by long time creator and Senior Editor at Fortune Recommends Dia Adams. Dia has long been one of the people who thinks outside the box in this hobby. From which hotel programs are a sleeper to why FOMO is something to be avoided, she brings opinions that aren’t always the mainstream and that’s a good thing. On this show we discuss why meetups are key, how the demographics of the space have changed, lessons learned the hard way, how status can be overrated and much more!

Episode Notes

  • 1:45 – Dia’s journey as a miles & points creator
  • 4:03 – Family Travel for Real Life
  • 13:05 – How great redemptions can solidify you in the hobby
  • 17:28 – Thinking outside of the box
  • 24:05 – Lessons learned the hard way
  • 30:15 – Points are not an asset
  • 32:11 – Vendoming
  • 35:36 – Curated content and social media FOMO
  • 41:34 – Why credits are meant to go to waste
  • 44:56 – How status can be wildly overrated


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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. Love your podcast overall.

    I have a different take on the lounges. I still love the lounges – I fly Delta preferentially so typically I have access to both the Centurion and SkyClub lounges. My experience has been Centurion lounges at least in some cities are quite good – LAX has very good food, though it’s a bit cramped – SFO has bad food but I can use the SkyClub instead – SEA is brand new and beautiful and has GREAT food. SkyClubs are much more consistent and I’ve also never had trouble getting in – maybe in ATL they’re overcrowded but elsewhere they’re not super oversubscribed.

    With the Amex Platinum, I would say that you don’t have to maximize every credit to get enough value. Also, why only get, say, just the value of the credit? I use GrubHub or Uber Eats or whatever for whatever I want to get, I don’t see the point in trying to only buy $10 of food. If you find the restaurant decent, I would just order for pickup whatever I want, and use up the value of my credits. So getting most of the $200 Uber credit is easy, I subscribe to enough of the entertainment service to use up the digital entertainment credit easily, airline credit is easy to use, we do an FHR stay at least once a year for another $200, I buy Clear Plus for myself and my wife and son, I find the cell phone protection saves me some money every month, my wife always finds something on Saks for us, etc. Even if you discount these credits by 20% it’s still more than the annual fee, and that doesn’t even take into account the many times we enjoy lounge access domestically or on international travel, or any of the other card benefits.


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