Getting $700 From Hyatt Anniversary Award Night

Hyatt Centric Park City

One of the major miles and points fueled trips we take most years is a family ski trip. Thanks to peak season hotel and airfare prices, lift tickets, gear, and lessons, ski trips are just expensive no matter what (here are tips to save as much as possible). However, airline miles and hotel points can bring them back into the realm of doable on a reasonable budget. Because of the seasonality and high demand nature of ski trips, I plan…

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Earn 3,000 AAdvantage Miles for $250 Neiman Marcus Purchase

Neiman Marcus Bonus Miles

United MileagePlus has a back to school bonus miles promo where you can earn up to 2,000 bonus miles by shopping in their portal. The American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping site doesn’t have a site-wide bonus like that right now, but they do have a bonus offer for those who like to shop at Neiman Marcus. From July 25 – July 31, 2016 you can earn a one-time bonus of 1,000 bonus AAdvantage miles if you spend $250 or more in…

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Kids Frequent Flyer Miles Earned in the Parents Account


Wouldn’t it be awesome if frequent flyer miles earned by your young kids went straight into your frequent flyer account? That would be so much better to me than having extra accounts with small balances here and there to worry about so the miles don’t expire and go to waste. As you probably know, in most programs that is just a pipe dream. With many programs kids can earn their own frequent miles when flying on paid tickets, but those miles sit in…

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An Upgrade in Exchange for a Good Photo…Minus the Good Photo

A view from the American Airlines 787 Dreamliner flex wings on the inaugural flight yesterday.

My husband used to travel pretty regularly for work which had its challenges for our family life as I outlined here, but it had perks in the form of miles, points, and elite status. His current position does not require very much travel which is very good with young kiddos in the house, but he recently had a rare flight for work all the way to San Francisco. When you live in the middle of the country as we do,…

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Earn 4x Fuel Points Right Now and More!

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From today (7/27) through 8/9/16 you can earn 4x Fuel Points on eligible gift card purchases at the Kroger family of grocery stores (ie not on variable load Visa gift cards or Kroger gift cards)! This is great news for those who like to earn points, save money on gas, and take summer road trips…or just drive in general. My Kroger store has gift cards to a huge number of retailers, so this is a great opportunity to not only earn 4x fuel…

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What Perks Would a New Chase Premium Credit Card Offer?

credit cards

The very popular Chase Sapphire Preferred card has now been out since around 2009 (I think), and similar to how dog years work, that is like 59 years in credit card years. I still like it, but it certainly isn’t the new kid on the block any longer. Competitors Amex, Citi, etc. have all introduced or revamped premium rewards cards since then, and some of those cards have been even more premium than the $95 per year Sapphire Preferred. There seem…

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How I Finally Got Through to Global Entry Customer Service

Global Entry Kiosk

Right after we got my youngest daughter her passport last summer we set out to get her Global Entry. Unlike with TSA PreCheck, kids don’t get a free pass to piggyback with their parents to utilize Global Entry upon re-entry into the United States. Kids of all ages have to have their own Global Entry or the entire family will effectively be slowed down when re-entering the country by going through the normal lines. Last year I went through the whole…

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Save on New Amex Offers While Shopping!

Save Big With New Amex Offers

For the last few years, American Express has brought cardholders various ways to save money on purchases at specific retailers via loading a specific money saving offer to your Amex card. Many of the offers I don’t find useful for my personal spending patterns, but sometimes the offers are a great way to save some real money. I have literally saved hundreds and hundreds of dollars thanks to these offers over the last few years! At the very least, you should try…

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How to Save Money on the Heathrow Express Train to London


Using miles, points, and hotel deals to get to and stay in the United Kingdom for our upcoming trip was only the beginning of the process. Since we don’t plan to just sit in our hotel room once we arrive, we also needed to do some research and planning for how to get out around once we arrive without breaking the bank. If you are flying into London Heathrow, as we are, one of the first ground transportation decisions you will need…

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New List of Hotels Available for Just 5,000 Points Per Night!

Intercontinental Mendoza

One of the very best point deals out there, IHG PointBreaks, is now offering a new round of over 100 hotels for just 5,000 IHG points per night beginning now for stays through October 31st. This is a huge discount over the regular 10,000 – 50,000 points that IHG properties usually go for each night. New IHG PointBreaks List The new list is up, but the hotels I tested aren’t yet available for 5,000 points. However, in the next few hours they…

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