The Best Sight on the Trip Home

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We are currently at 35,000 feet flying home from the Frequent Traveler University in Las Vegas, and while I have lots about the trip I want to share, right now I am just so thankful for one thing. Well, technically two things. After the ups and downs of a two night work trip in Las Vegas with two children, two grandparents, two hotels, and two hotel rooms, the most welcome sight (other than the flight home showing on-time) was the…

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Hyatt Points for Just Over One Cent Each Today Only

Use Hyatt points at the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Good morning from Las Vegas! Apologies for being totally unable to keep up with regular posting, two kids (yes, we have a baby in Vegas!), and attending awesome events like the Freddie Awards and the Frequent Traveler University…more on both of those later. Still, I wanted to offer a brief reminder that Hyatt points will be on sale today beginning at 1PM Eastern via the Daily Getaway Deals for prices as low as 1.03 cents each, which is generally regarded…

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Review of Food and Drinks at All-Inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun

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For Spring Break this year we ditched our original far-flung and complex itinerary and instead embraced where we are in life right now with two young kids and flew two hours from Houston to Cancun to the new all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun. In the linked posts below I outline the process of booking and getting to the resort, a detailed look at our massive two-story suite, and the on-site pools and beaches. Booking and Getting to the Hyatt Ziva Cancun Review of the…

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Discounted Flights to Europe from $509 Round Trip!

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If you are looking to add a trip to Europe to your itinerary, today is a good day to do some airfare shopping as per The Flight Deal prices to Europe are around $500 RT to/from many US cities. The easiest way to quickly spot some good deals is to head to Google Flights and put in your departure city and then a general destination like “Europe” with as specific or flexible of a date range as you can offer. The…

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5 Hotels to Book for 5,000 Points via New PointBreaks List

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As I briefly mentioned yesterday, the brand new IHG PointBreaks list is out for bookings and stays through July 31, 2016, and this is always big news in the miles and points world as hotels that typically go for 20,000, 30,000, or more IHG points per night drop down to just 5,000 points per night. Effectively using points is the hardest part of the earning and burning equation, and using just 5,000 points per night for a hotel room is…

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Two Great New Locations for Silvercar + Increased Referral Bonus!

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Big news for those who fly into Newark, but hate the traditional rental car process (me, me, me!) as Silvercar is coming to Newark beginning May 9th! I’ll admit to not pricing rental cars in the NYC area as much in the last few years as in years passed when I lived there, but I’m pretty certain that prices in that market are still much higher than in many other cities. In other words, the incremental price difference to rent an Audi…

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New PointBreaks, Win 90K United Miles, 250 Bonus AA Miles, and More!

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Here are a few miles and points deals and updates to keep you up to date on this Monday afternoon…. The new IHG PointsBreaks list is out and valid for stays and bookings through July 31, 2016. IHG PointsBreaks are rooms that are available for just 5,000 IHG points per night instead of the regular award price per night that can often be 20,000, 30,000, 40,000 points or more! I recommend you taking a look at the list sooner rather than…

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Tip to Really Stretch Your Hilton HHonors Points

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The Hilton HHonors program is a bit harder to extract big value from than some of the other hotel loyalty programs, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible. Hilton has some properties that are great for families, and they simply have a massive footprint at more than 4,600 properties around the world under a number of brands ranging from DoubleTree and Embassy Suites to Conrad and Waldorf Astoria. In other words, there are times when a Hilton property will be…

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Completely Unacceptable Airport Rule Leads to Wasted Four Gallons of Breastmilk

My first, but far from last, time nursing on a plane

It is 2016, and there is no longer any debate about whether breastfeeding or formula feeding is better for babies (and actually mothers, too). While of course I know that there are individual situations where that isn’t possible or best for a variety of reasons, so please don’t feel offended if nursing didn’t work for your family. In the United States, the 2013 CDC stats, which are the most recent available, show that 76.5% of US moms breastfeed at least once…

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Six Hilton Properties for Families to Use HHonors Points!

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There are less than two weeks until the two highest Hilton HHonors Amex credit card sign-up bonuses I have ever seen end, and it has me thinking about how I would want to use a big pile of Hilton HHonors points! I mean, 100,000 points from one sign-up bonus is always enough to get my attention, plus I know lots of us have matched Hilton HHonors Diamond status that we should put to good use at least once! Hilton HHonors™ Surpass®…

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