Losing Yourself (and Travel) to Life

When people talk about binge-watching Netflix shows I can’t relate. I don’t even have my own shows that I watch, not to mention no concept of how you can come up with hours to lay around and watch a show. I mean, it sounds absolutely glorious, I just can’t relate. I can, however, tell you all about shows on Nick Jr. and Disney, or even branch into discussing a few kid-appropriate shows that don’t involve cartoon characters, but I don’t…

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Free Marriott Reward Points Really Do Add Up Quickly

Marriott Rewards has really been ramping up their social media game when it comes to opportunities to earn Marriott points for engaging with them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. To be honest, I didn’t get overly excited when this program started as it seemed like more than I wanted to mess with for a minimal return, and the level of permissions you give their app kinda freaked me out. Now, the application permissions issue aside, I think that my initial…

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Last Chance to Save $20 off $50 at Whole Foods With Hyatt Card

If you have a Hyatt Credit Card and haven’t already used the $20 statement credit you can get on a $50+ Whole Foods purchase, then make sure you bump that to the top of your to-do list for the weekend as the offer ends on September 25, 2017. You do need to first register your Hyatt Credit Card number and mobile number before you use the card to shop at any Whole Foods Market in the U.S. Once you make your…

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So What Did Southwest Say About Hawaii This Week?

After lots of internet rumors and speculation based on Southwest Airlines having luau themed boarding gates, employees in Hawaiian shirts, being a headlining sponsorship of a Hawaii travel summit, impending introduction of new planes to the fleet, and more, fans of the airline (and its Rapid Reward points) waited yesterday for news of a rumored formal announcement that the airline was starting up service to the Hawaiian Islands in 2018. With Southwest reps in Hawaii for the Hawaii Global Tourism Summit,…

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New Sign-Up Bonuses for the Amex Blue Cash Cards

While I focus largely on earning miles and points with my rewards credit cards, I have nothing against cold hard cash back. In fact, I hear more and more people, even within miles and points circles, talking about focusing their everyday spending on cash back cards. If you fall into that camp, then you will want to know that two cash back cards just updated their sign-up bonuses. While they are both increased the statement credit you can earn after…

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What to Do When an Airline Loses Your Stroller

Travel with young kids can be hard. Traveling with young kids by yourself is harder. Traveling by yourself with a young special needs kid I can only imagine is harder still. But, people do it, and just by looking you often can’t tell if someone has a special situation going on or not, but you don’t really need to know that in order to be helpful and compassionate. It sounds like helpful and compassionate were unfortunately not the words of the…

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“I Already Have Too Many Miles and Points”

Since entering the world of the mostly-retired and accumulating miles and points, largely through using rewards credit cards, my parents have increased the number of trips they take per year pretty significantly. I don’t keep count of their adventures, but if I had to guess, I would say they travel at least once a quarter, with one or two trips a year being of the week-long variety. They aren’t road warriors by any stretch, but they do get around the country…

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Frontier Starting Service To Some Very Cool New Cities

While we are busy speculating about a potential new big route announcement from Southwest, let’s talk for a minute about some actual new routes for sale from Frontier that I am almost as excited about in some cases. Frontier is the low-cost carrier that has really been on the expansion recently, and they are expanding into some pretty darn cool cities. Some of these are destinations they served a long time ago, but that doesn’t make them any less cool…

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Earn Thousands of Bonus United Miles on Purchased Tickets (Targeted)

Targeted promotions can be so amazing or so annoying, depending entirely upon which end of the coin you find your account. A new targeted promotion available to some United accounts awards bonus redeemable miles based on how much you spend with the airline from September 15 – November 15, 2017, assuming you also fly that purchased ticket during that same timeframe. They did a similar promotion last year that my household did very well with, but we are sadly not…

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Southwest Very Close to a Hawaii Announcement?

I’m not sure there is a longer-standing airline route rumor than when it comes to Southwest and Hawaii. Just as an example, there has been an active “Southwest Hawaii Rumors” thread on Flyertalk since at least 2008, and I’m sure rumors of the potential of service to Hawaii probably pre-date that thread. At first, there were more reasons speculated why it wouldn’t work than why it would, but for a while now the general consensus has been not if Southwest…

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