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[EXTRA! GOT 49 MINUTES!] Episode 77 Las Vegas vs Macau
Oct 12 • 47 min
On today’s episode of ZorkCast, we have a ton of fun with guests Han and Eric Rosenthal. We put Las Vegas and Macau side by side, comparing these two casino destinations and giving you insightful perspectives on the pros and cons of both.
76 Bougie Miles - It’s BougieTastic
Oct 10 • 23 min
Today on the show we welcome the brains behind Bougie Miles, Bethany Walsh! She is here to fill us in on her new project, her niche in the travel market and her favorite things in travel and beyond. We discuss what ‘bougie’ means to Bethany, how spending…
75 This and That - I am back - Introducing LVA Travel
Oct 3 • 11 min
Today on the show we welcome Mike Friedman, my partner in crime at LVA Travel. LVA Travel (lva.travel) is the new Travel, Points and Miles section of Las Vegas Advisor launched this summer. Whether you are new to the world of travel points or have been…
74 Two Years Ago I Was Wrong About British Airways with Gilbert of GSTP
Jun 21 • 18 min
Today on the show we welcome Gilbert Ott from God Saves the Points! Gilbert is here to talk about his article which explains how he was wrong about his predictions for British Airways and their CEO, Alex Cruz.
73 Extra Exclusive Influencer Travel Fanboy Must Do Vegas
May 8 • 12 min
We welcome back Adam, AKA Travel Fanboy, who is joining us to talk about one key thing: his ultimate hit list of things to do and places to see in Vegas. We take a walk down memory lane, sharing our fondest memories of being young guys in the overwhelming…
72 MilesTalk with Dave
May 1 • 17 min
On today’s episode of ZorkCast, we welcome Dave Grossman from MilesTalk! Dave is a points and miles enthusiast who has built his brand as a way to help people achieve aspirational travel beyond what they thought possible. Dave tells us about how he…
71 Vegas Needs More Characters
Apr 26 • 13 min
Today’s show is focussed on looking back at a different time in Las Vegas history. We are spending this episode remembering Bob Stupak and Vegas World, a casino that would surely not exist in today’s climate. It will, however, hold some very fond memories…
70 From Vegas To Travel Fanboy
Apr 9 • 24 min
Today’s episode is huge! After trying to get him on the show for ages, we finally have Adam, aka Travel Fanboy, joining us! He tells us more about transitioning from being Vegas Fanboy to Travel Fanboy and revealing what he got up to during his solo…
69 Turning Left for Less
Mar 22 • 18 min
Today on the show we are joined by Michele from Turning Left for Less. Michele started her travel points, hacks and loyalty blog after confronting a significant life issue. Up until that point, travel had merely been a hobby and passion of hers. She has…
68 The Biggest Mistake That Gamblers Make
Mar 15 • 18 min
Today on the show we are joined once again by Eric Rosenthal. Eric is a casino loyalty expert and a contributor to several gambling and travel related websites and podcasts. (Eric is also the co-host of The Bettor Life podcast.) In January, we left off on…
67 Exploring the Concept of Digital Nomad with Tim of Points to be Made
Mar 11 • 16 min
Today, Tim Lai has been gracious enough to return to have a conversation with us about digital nomads. Tim is based in the UK and is the creator of the Points to be Made blog, a European blog on maximizing loyalty programs. On his blog, Tim publishes the…
66 Spencer Howard of GSTP and Straight to the Points
Mar 8 • 15 min
Welcome back to ZorkCast! On today’s show, we welcome Spencer Howard. He is a writer for God Save The Points, and he also has an intriguing newsletter called Straight To The Points, which we will discuss. Spencer will be sharing handy resources for miles…
65 Credit Card Manufactured Spend (“MS”) and Casinos + Casino Spend for Status
Mar 6 • 13 min
On today’s show we’re talking all about manufactured spend and casinos as well as casino spend for status. We’re giving you a broad overview and defining what manufactured spend, also known as MS, really is. We will be sharing some insights from the best…
64 Points to be Made with Tim
Feb 18 • 12 min
Today our special guest is Tim from the Points to be Made blog. Based in the UK and mostly dealing with miles+points from a European Perspective, Tim has a wealth of super-incisive information on how to make the most of a few different programs,…
63 Caesars Rewards Leaderboard Contest Makes NO Sense
Feb 15 • 9 min
Welcome back to another episode of ZorkCast. Today on the show we will be looking at a Caesars Rewards promotion. We are going to dig deeper into the “My Leaderboard” competition of Caesars Rewards program and why it can be seen as an extremely…
62 Flying Within Europe Compared to the USA
Jan 30 • 11 min
Today our guest is Flemming Poulsen from FinalCall.travel and he is here to tell us a little about air travel in Europe and compare it to the United States. We chat about why it is generally cheaper to fly in Europe and the reasons that contribute to this.
61 ZorkCast in 2019 - The Loyalty Treadmill
Jan 14 • 14 min
Welcome to the first episode of 2019 and thanks for joining us! Today we are joined by our friend Eric Rosenthal, and we will be thinking ahead to the new year and chatting about loyalty and how to get the most value for your needs.
60 Just Say No to Bad Airline Rebooking Options
Oct 26, 2018 • 13 min
Today we will be talking about what to do in the event of your airline changing and rebooking your original flight option. This can sometimes be an inconvenience, but it is always an opportunity to review your options. The basic idea to note here is that…
59 Robin of NETimeGambling talking MGM Springfield Part 2
Oct 3, 2018 • 17 min
Welcome back to ZorkCast for Part 2 of our conversation with Robin T. Aubin. Robin is the founder of NETime Gambling, a non-monetized blog where Robin shares his interest in gambling, the casino business, and his love for New England. Robin’s goal with…
58 Robin of NETimeGambling talking MGM Springfield Part 1
Sep 14, 2018 • 12 min
Today on the show we are joined by special guest, Robin T. Aubin. Robin is the founder of NETime Gambling, a non-monetized blog created for Robin’s interest in gambling, the casino business, and his love for New England. Robin has been involved in music…
57 John Morris of Wheelchair Travel on Award Travel and Travel Status Part 2
Sep 7, 2018 • 13 min
Welcome back to another episode of ZorkCast. Today on the show we are once again joined by John Morris of Wheelchair Travel. John is passionate about award travel programs and getting the best value possible out of the points that he collects as a…
56 John Morris of Wheelchair Travel on Award Travel and Travel Status Part 1
Sep 4, 2018 • 10 min
Welcome back to another episode of ZorkCast. Today on the show we are once again joined by John Morris of Wheelchair Travel. In today’s episode, we are going to continue a bit of the on and off theme of award travel reboot, talking about why people should…
55 Airline Fare Buckets
Aug 31, 2018 • 10 min
Welcome back to another episode of ZorkCast. Today on the podcast we are going to talk a little bit about airline fare buckets. What’s very interesting is that airline pricing is a somewhat dynamic process. Airlines have this dynamic process of pricing…
54 Spirit Airlines (NK) and Understanding LCC (Low Cost Carrier) Operations
Aug 28, 2018 • 11 min
Welcome back to ZorkCast. Today on the show, we are going to continue our conversation about Spirit Airlines and delve into the differences between low-cost carriers and regular airline carriers. Here to provide their experiences and insights, we welcome…
53 Award Travel REBOOT
Aug 24, 2018 • 10 min
Welcome back, everybody! We know we have had a little break from business as usual, but we have a great episode right here to get you back into the swing of things. In today’s show, we chat about the exciting news of new venues in Atlantic City and…
52 Craps Talk with Eric Rosenthal Hippodrome London
May 3, 2018 • 11 min
Welcome back to ZorkCast. Today on the podcast, we welcome Eric Rosenthal, and we’re going to talk a little bit about craps, or as I like to refer to it as dice, in London. There’s only one place in the UK (as far as I know) that you can play dice and…
51 What is “Real” Telephone Customer Service?
Apr 19, 2018 • 11 min
Today on the podcast we are discussing what “real” telephone customer support is. Many companies say, “You are a premium customer, we value your business so much, you are a VIP.” But when you have to deal with calling those companies, you often do not…
50 TravelZork Vegas News April 15th 2018
Apr 15, 2018 • 6 min
Today, we talk about the Vegas news for the week. TravelZork publishes a Vegas News round-up every Sunday. Be sure to check it out. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: May 27th – Award Travel 101 Bootcamp ZorkCast FaceBook Group Continue and Start the…
49 Mohegan Sun “Too Much”
Apr 11, 2018 • 25 min
Today, we have an enjoyable chat on location at Mohegan Sun. Eric Rosenthal, Cousin Vito, Mikey 9s, Mr. Luke. We talk about…. * #GAMBLEPALOOZA * Fine dining at Mohegan * Casino Craps Talk * Mohegan Sun Talk * The largest casino (floor) in the world *…
48 A Chat about Spirit Airlines (NK) versus Southwest Airlines (WN) to Las Vegas
Apr 6, 2018 • 19 min
Today, Catherine (CoachKitty) and I talk a bit about Spirit (NK) airlines and travelling to Las Vegas. One focus is on the Southwest Experience versus the Spirit Experience. Also, find out what it means to book an airline flight as a “placeholder.” Links…
47 A Chat with John Morris of Wheelchair Travel
Mar 6, 2018 • 19 min
Today on the show we welcome my good friend and fellow bourbon drinker, John Morris. John is the creator of wheelchairtravel.org , one of the world’s leading authorities on wheelchair accessible travel and one of the most inspirational travellers I know.…
46 Just call revenue management!
Feb 26, 2018 • 16 min
Today on the show, we discuss a recent article that appeared on Bloomberg Pursuits, which deals with Luxury Travel Tips. GILBERT OTT of GODSAVETHEPOINTS.COM joins us for the conversation. The article under the sub-heading “DISTINGUISHED TRAVEL HACKER” was…
45 Dissecting a Casino Promotion or Casino Comp Offer
Feb 23, 2018 • 14 min
Today on the show, we are dissecting a Caesars casino promotion /comp offer. A lot of times, people get promotional offers – whether they are from the travel, hotel or casino industry – and quite often there are so many terms and conditions that the deal…
44 What is dynamic pricing?
Feb 21, 2018 • 9 min
Today’s episode is about dynamic pricing – what it is, how it works, who uses it and whether it will it work in non-conventional industries. So what is dynamic pricing? In a general sense, dynamic pricing is also referred to as surge pricing, demand…
43 ‘Screw it, let’s do it’
Jan 24, 2018 • 12 min
You might be wondering why the title of today’s episode is “screw it, let’s do it!” That phrase is certainly relatable to a couple of things in life, but in today’s episode, it’s specific to a travel promotion by Virgin Atlantic Airways that was released…
42 What is Discretionary Casino Comp
Jan 19, 2018 • 10 min
Today, we are talking about discretionary casino comps. For those that are not aware of what a comp is, that’s short for complementary and is a term used in casino environments to talk about items that you are given for free based on your casino play (or…
41 Interview with Brian Cohen of The Gate - Part 2
Jan 18, 2018 • 15 min
Today is part two of my conversation with Brian Cohen of The Gate. Brian is a special guest on the show that I’ve known for many years and has been an avid traveler visiting over 50 countries on six continents, as well as all 50 of the united states. He…
40 “Opt-In” Promotions and What is a Targeted Promotion
Jan 17, 2018 • 11 min
Today, we are going to be speaking about opt-in promotions and targeted promotions. These are two concepts which are very similar that are popular in both the travel industry and also the casino industry. This episode of ZorkCast is inspired by an article…
39 Interview with Brian Cohen of The Gate - Part 1
Jan 11, 2018 • 15 min
Today on the show, we welcome a very special guest, Brian Cohen. Brian has been an avid traveler for years visiting over 50 countries on six continents and all 50 States in the United States. Brian is a frequent writer for the popular blog, The Gate, and…
38 Casino VIP Lounge access, should it be “free?”
Jan 10, 2018 • 15 min
Today on ZorkCast we are going to talk about Casino VIP Lounge Access. Should it be “free” Well, there has been a lot of talk recently about the changes and the Total Rewards casino loyalty program for 2018 and one of the changes announced before some of…
37 Opportunity Cost of Miles&Points Part 2
Dec 11, 2017 • 10 min
Today, casino gaming expert and owner of Action Currency, Jeff B, returns as a guest on the show. This episode is a continuation of our last episode where we were talking about how Jeff got into miles and points, as well as opportunity costs and value of…
36 Opportunity Cost of Miles&Points Part 1
Dec 4, 2017 • 13 min
Today, Jeff B. Returns as a guest on the show. If you don’t already know him, Jeff is a casino gaming expert and also the owner of Action Currency and has written for TravelZork on the topics of currency, wine and luxury hotels. In this episode, we’ll be…
35 Credit Card Roulette
Nov 17, 2017 • 7 min
Happy Weekend Everyone! We decided to have a bit of fun on this Friday. Credit Card Roulette, have a listen! Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Action Currency Jeff on TravelZork ZorkCast FaceBook Group Continue and Start the Conversation) TravelZork…
34 Hilton Honors Loyalty Program Quick Talk
Nov 14, 2017 • 11 min
I’ve been encouraging folks in the ZorkCast Facebook group to give me topics that they would like to hear about. Somebody recently asked about my experiences with the Hilton Honors Program, and so in this episode, we will be covering this topic. Today,…
33 In Honour of My Mom Who Disliked Travel — On the 31st of October
Oct 31, 2017 • 11 min
Today’s episode is one of those rare times when I get personal. I love to share my stories, but I seldom share very much that involves my family, mostly because I try to be a little bit private about my life in some ways. Today is the 31st of October,…
32 Developing Your Travel Loyalty Social Network
Oct 29, 2017 • 9 min
Recently on Cousin Vito’s podcast, episode number 59 I talked a bit about developing your travel loyalty and casino loyalty social network. We have an upcoming TravelZork event called ZorkFest which has a lot to do with that. ZorkFest is a one-day…
31 Guest Eric Rosenthal talking London Casinos - Playboy Casino and Empire Punto Banco - Part 3
Oct 28, 2017 • 20 min
Welcome to the longest ever ZorkCast episode! This is our third and final segment of the London Casino scene and today (or should we say the wee hours of this morning), Eric and I share our night out at the London Playboy Casino with you, from my flat at…
30 Guest Eric Rosenthal talking London Casinos EMPIRE CASINO - Part 2
Oct 26, 2017 • 18 min
Once again, we welcome Eric Rosenthal back. Eric is a casino loyalty expert and will also be one of the speakers at ZorkFest this December in Atlantic City. Eric loves talking about casino loyalty systems and in the prior episode we finished off talking…
29 Guest Eric Rosenthal talking London Casinos - Part 1
Oct 24, 2017 • 10 min
Today on the show we have a special guest, Eric Rosenthal. Eric is a casino loyalty expert as well as someone who just loves casino loyalty systems, and he is going to be one of the speakers at the first ever ZorkFest event. He is a contributor to several…
28 What Is An Advantage Player and Can You Really Beat The Casino?
Oct 20, 2017 • 8 min
Today on the show, we are joined again by casino gaming expert and owner of Action Currency, Jeff B. Jeff has written for TravelZork and in the previous episode, we tackled the concept of Casino THEO aka Theoretical Loss or “THEO,” for short. With all the…
27 Talk about casino THEO Jeff B. - Part 1
Oct 18, 2017 • 7 min
On today’s episode, Jeff B returns as a guest on the show. Jeff is a gaming expert and also the owner of Action Currency. Jeff is going to talk a bit about Casino THEO. If you’re not sure exactly what THEO is, THEO is basically your theoretical loss to a…
26 Booking Mistake (“deal”) Fares - Part 2
Oct 11, 2017 • 11 min
On today’s episode, we’re tackling Part II of Booking Deal Fares, otherwise sometimes referred to as “error” or “mistake fares.” In Part I, we went into a little bit of an overview as well as some nitty-gritty insights into these fare deals and how to…
25 Booking Mistake (“deal”) Fares - Part 1
Oct 9, 2017 • 10 min
Today we are going to be talking a little bit about booking deal fares, otherwise often referred to as “mistake fares”. We’re going to talk about what they are, how you book them, how you get them ticketed. First off, it’s best to not refer to any travel…
24 So, You Want to PLAY CRAPS, Yes, You Do
Oct 4, 2017 • 11 min
So you want to play Craps? Well, if you want a great recreational gambling experience and you like to gamble Craps, also known as “Dice”, is a fabulous game. We are going to dive into some basic Craps strategy for people who are uncomfortable with taking…
23 : Casino Mistakes with Jeff B
Oct 1, 2017 • 9 min
Jeff, a casino gaming expert and also the owner of Action Currency. Jeff spends his time pursuing his passions, which include casino adventures, as well as trips that range from outdoor nature hikes to luxury hotel retreats. He is also a major foodie, and…
22 : Tribute to Hugh Hefner, the Original Playboy
Sep 29, 2017 • 10 min
“With their fantastic new salon privé…..” We look at Playboy Atlantic City, the Playboy jet and the impact of the Playboy brand on the gambling industry in the 1970s and 1980s. Also, a special treat, a commercial “interruption” from 1980! Links Mentioned…
21 : Twitter Makes Life Easier for Travel Inquiries
Sep 27, 2017 • 10 min
Today we’re going to talk about how Twitter can make life much easier with travel inquiries. So why is it great to use Twitter for an inquiry into a travel issue? Well, because it’s extremely efficient and you also create a paper trail, albeit a virtual…
20 : What are My Favourite Recreational Table Games at a Casino
Sep 22, 2017 • 11 min
What are My Favourite Recreational Table Games at a Casino? Listen and find out that and a whole lot more. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: ZorkCast FaceBook Group (Continue and Start the Conversation) What is house edge? Set of Six Blackjack Basic…
19 : Optimising One Night Luxury Hotel Stays using FHR
Sep 20, 2017 • 12 min
Today I’m going to briefly be talking about optimising one-night luxury hotel stays, focusing on the FHR American Express Program. I’m going to give you some broad strokes on what to look for and how you can basically turn a one-night hotel stay into an…
18 : What Exactly Is BIG Baccarat?
Sep 17, 2017 • 11 min
Today on the podcast I am going to be answering a question that came up on the Everything AC Group, “What exactly is BIG Baccarat?” Now, it’s sort of funny because I haven’t really spoken about Baccarat yet. I am a pretty huge fan of doing things out…
17 : Creating Seamless Travel Experiences
Sep 16, 2017 • 10 min
Today on the show we are going to talk about the essentials for trying to create a seamless travel experience. Of course, that needs to be balanced with not spending hundreds of dollars for one-time access to VIP services. So basically you’ve got thr…
16 : 9 Minutes with Marc Meltzer - Vegas News Talk
Sep 15, 2017 • 9 min
This show has a guest, Marc Meltzer (Edge Vegas http://edgevegas.com ). Marc Meltzer writes for TravelZork including the weekly Vegas News. Marc will share some “scoop” and also talk about the TravelZork Vegas News that is published every Sunday at Tra…
15 : It is all about Total Travel Time
Sep 13, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s episode is called, It is All About Total Travel Time. But before I get to my quick talk about total travel time, it’s important to understand the flight times airlines tell you on schedules. This is called the block time. Block time includes …
14 : Can Comps be Rescinded For No Play?
Sep 11, 2017 • 11 min
On today’s episode, we talk about whether comps can be rescinded for no play. This was a topic that recently came up on The Everything Atlantic City Facebook group and since navigating casino comps can be tricky business, I will be tackling it here t…
13 : Ask and you shall receive - Hotel Room Upgrades
Sep 9, 2017 • 10 min
Today’s episode really is more about focusing on trying to ensure an upgrade before a stay, not necessarily at check-in. One of my favourite travel topics is hotel room upgrades. I just love talking about getting a significant or nifty hotel room upgrade,…
12 : Group Gambling with Cousin Vito
Sep 7, 2017 • 10 min
Welcome to another episode of ZorkCast. Today on the show we have special guest host, Cousin Vito of Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast, here to talk all about his favorite type of gambling. No, it’s not throwing the dice, it’s not taking a big hit in…
11 : Hyatt Explorist SUCKS!
Sep 6, 2017 • 10 min
Welcome back to ZorkCast. On today’s episode we are going to focus on why Hyatt Explorist sucks! Now, that is probably a little bit too harsh but let me explain. The Hyatt Explorist, is a mistier hotel loyalty program, which gives you access to more co…
10 : Atlantic City - Resources
Sep 5, 2017 • 8 min
Every month at TravelZork, we do an overview of most of the events happening in Atlantic City. This overview is prepared by Darryl who is the Seven Stars Insider and is a fabulous place to start if you want to know what’s happening in Atlantic City. On…
9 : The Number 9 and Stardust Casino Las Vegas
Sep 4, 2017 • 8 min
You have probably noticed the inspiration for the name, “Got Nine Minutes”, but just incase you didn’t, it’s my obsession with baccarat.
8 : Travel NOT Hacking and Loyalty Sweet Spots - My TWA Story - Part III
Sep 3, 2017 • 10 min
Today on the podcast we are continuing with part III of the conversation about loyalty sweet spots today with my TWA story.
7 : Travel NOT Hacking and Loyalty Sweet Spots - Part II
Sep 2, 2017 • 9 min
Welcome back to ZorkCast, the podcast that is all about helping you travel smarter, gamble smarter, and maximize your adventures. What started out as a two-part episode has turned into three parts. I just got so caught up reminiscing about all my trave…
6 : Travel NOT Hacking and Loyalty Sweet Spots - Part l
Sep 1, 2017 • 8 min
Welcome back to ZorkCast, the podcast that is all about helping you travel smarter, gamble smarter, and maximize your adventures. Today’s episode is divided into two parts because I just got so caught up reminiscing about all my travel experiences th…
5 : Creating Your Travel Experiences
Aug 31, 2017 • 5 min
Today on the show I was thinking a little bit about how people have to create their own travel experiences. Part of this thought was inspired Tim of Points to be Made, which is a great European blog that talks a lot about maximizing loyalty programs. I…
4 : Why I Love Borgata Casino Atlantic City
Aug 30, 2017 • 10 min
Welcome back to ZorkCast. Today on the show we are going to have a fun talk, or at least what I consider to be a really fun talk, and that is talking about one of my favorite casino properties in the world. Now we can pause for a moment and think abo…
3 : It’s All About the Plan
Aug 29, 2017 • 9 min
Welcome back to ZorkCast, the podcast that is all about helping you travel smarter, gamble smarter, and maximize your adventures. On today’s episode we are lightly touching on the topic of travel and trip planning. One of my favorite personal activit…
2 : Understanding Your Value in Travel Loyalty
Aug 28, 2017 • 9 min
Welcome back to ZorkCast, the podcast that is all about helping you travel smarter, gamble smarter, and maximize your adventures. On today’s episode we are diving into the topic of travel loyalty, and what it really means to understand your value in …
1 : A ZorkCast Overview
Aug 26, 2017 • 9 min
Welcome to the very first episode of ZorkCast, the podcast that is all about helping you travel smarter, gamble smarter, and maximize your adventures. Our first show is going to be an overview of what’s in store in the future. We are going to be touchi…