Virtually all families spend a hefty amount of their monthly budget at the grocery store.  The USDA has said that a a moderate-cost grocery plan for a family averages $239 per week.  That would average out to over $12,000 per year just for a moderate grocery plan, whatever that even means, so let’s go with that number.  That is $12,000 per year that can be maximized in order to earn some major miles and points if you shop with the right rewards earning credit card. Get a Credit Card that… Read the Rest.

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I never intended to have three posts in a row related to United elite status, but that is how it has shaken out.  Apologies to everyone who couldn’t care less about this topic!  Last night I wrote about a change that I think very negatively impacts United elite traveling families, but as I mentioned in that post, that was not the entirety of the changes that came out yesterday…it just happened to be the one that I thought to be the worst for traveling families.  Here is a summary of… Read the Rest.

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This morning I released a post about the highlights and low-lights of United 1K status….and apparently I should have waited another day to write that post as some things I liked got whacked today by United.  There were a number of changes I will get into more tomorrow (spent today on a plane with no WiFi doing my last mileage run of the year for United status…oh the irony), but I’m going to focus on the change I like the least tonight. For as long as I have had United… Read the Rest.

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Airline elite status is something you get by virtue of having lots of required paid travel, by setting a goal and flying a bunch, or often it is something that requires a combination of the two.  Elite status doesn’t really make sense if you didn’t have a bunch of paid travel to begin with, but most of us don’t just naturally travel enough to have upper tier elite status with an airline without setting it as a goal and tracking the progress throughout the year. A few years ago my… Read the Rest.

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As a self-professed Hyatt junkie, I’m obviously all about saving as much money on Hyatt stays, especially when it means I can still book directly with Hyatt and earn points and stay credits in the process.  Right now there are many different savings opportunities for Hyatt that stack with each other very nicely to result in extra savings, and even some extra points. Save 10% on Hyatt Gift Cards, eGift Cards, and Checks: Via a new limited-time opportunity, you can save 10% on Hyatt gift cards, e-gift cards, and check… Read the Rest.

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JetBlue has just released a new promo code, WINTER14, that will save you 20% on the base fare of select domestic flights and 15% on the base fare of select international flights.  The JetBlue promo code WINTER14 is valid for travel from 12/2 – 12/18/14 and 1/6 – 2/11/15 (blackout dates 1/19/15). The code excludes travel on Fridays and Sundays.  The promo code is good while supplies last until 11/19/14 (Wednesday) at 11:59PM ET. The discount will be when used to book new reservations on this site and applied as… Read the Rest.

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The card I have had in my wallet the longest is the Chase Freedom®.  I had another now non-existent rewards card I turned into the Freedom years ago, and it is now one of my favorites as it offers 5x points with no annual fee.  Those points can be used like cash back at a rate of one point = one cent, or you can probably do much better than that if you also have an Ink Plus® Business Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card since the points earned on the… Read the Rest.

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Back as the seasons turned from late summer into early fall, my family visited a destination I have been to several times before, but during a different season.  I love September in Colorado, and so when we won a couple of nights at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek via a photo contest they held on their Facebook page, we were excited to take the chance to see what the resort and the area had to offer outside of ski season. We won our hotel accommodations, but purchased our own airfare… Read the Rest.

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The easy miles you can earn by adding one simple step to your online shopping process are changing super quickly these days, and I’m committed to keeping you in the loop as possible.  Here is a round-up of some of the current portal bonuses, plus some temporarily increased payouts in the portals.  Remember that all of this stacks, so if you needed a $175 in purchase from Macy’s you could go through the Southwest portal to earn 8x (1,400 points) on the purchase + 300 bonus points for spending $175… Read the Rest.

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The most wonderful time of the year to save money is back!  Today you can officially register all of your American Express cards for Small Business Saturday!  If you don’t already have the date circled on your calendar, it is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29th. I’m obsessed with American Express Small Business Saturday as it comes during the holiday shopping season, encourages people to shop locally, and Amex awards free statement credits to their cardholders on this day.  Amex started this promo in 2010 and has tweaked it some each… Read the Rest.

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I know everyone loves to hate Spirit, but if you want a cheap flight, sometimes they simply cannot be beat.  My prissy picky traveling husband even recently survived his first Spirit flight 100% unscathed (he did splurge the extra $39 for the “big front seat”), so it does have its time and place even for somewhat picky travelers who have limited budgets. Don’t believe me?  Check out my 10 Favorite Things When Flying Spirit Airlines post.  If you live in Houston, you will soon get several new low cost flight… Read the Rest.

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