Using Points for Disney Cruises and Domestic Travel (Guest Post)

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While I am always happy to share my own traveling stories with my family, there are tons of other great traveling families out there with kids of different ages, different numbers of kids, and who have had different experiences than us.  As part of my “Little C’s Traveling Friends” series, I share different families’ stories so we can all learn from their experiences.  If you would like to be a part of this series just shoot us an email at…

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Cheap Flights to Independence Hall on Independence Day (from Houston)

4th of July in DC

Happy Fourth of July! I love seeing all the photos on social media of parades, festivities, fireworks, flags, and red, white, and blue!  That said, I’m so glad that we did the crazy busy 4th of July in Washington DC thing last year, because this year I barely have the energy to make the trek to the neighbor’s pool and watch some fireworks on TV tonight.  What a difference a year makes! However, I do have the energy to browse…

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One New Grand Hyatt Opens, Another Not So Much…

Grand Hyatt Playa

Since I am obviously a big fan of earning and using points at Hyatt Resorts both for the high quality of their properties as well as the stable award chart, I try to stay in the loop on new Hyatt developments.  Today I wanted to give updates on two Grand Hyatt properties in popular vacation destinations, one that has recently opened, and one looks like it will experience yet another (pretty big) setback on opening its doors. Grand Hyatt Playa…

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Best Rewards Credit Card for Miles and Points Beginners

Chase Sapphire Preferred

With all the changes in rewards credit cards, travel programs, etc. it can seem like a solid miles and points strategy needs to be ever-changing as well.  To a degree that is absolutely true, but there are a few things that haven’t really changed in several years even in the midst of otherwise constant change. One of those things is the travel rewards credit card that I most frequently recommend to those new to the hobby, the Chase Sapphire Preferred®…

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Rumors Confirmed: Changes to the Barclaycard Arrival Products Coming

Barclaycard Changes

Over the last couple of days I have seen rumors pop up about potential changes coming to the Barclaycard Arrival and Arrival Plus credit cards.  The cards had indeed been pulled down for new applicants, so I suspected there were some changes coming, but I was hoping the rumored changes weren’t 100% accurate since they weren’t exactly positive rumored changes. Today I was on two calls with Maurice Ragland, Vice President to Barclaycard US business, and he confirmed the changes…

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How to Fly a Family of Four to Europe on Miles in Business Class

Ready for take-off in whatever seat we can get!

Recently I received an email about the feasibility of getting four business class awards to Europe next summer.  Instead of just answering the email, I wanted to offer some ideas here since I think they may help many families with similar questions.  The question was from a parent who was planning a trip to Europe for his family of four using miles for next July. They wanted to know if it was possible or realistic to try and find four…

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Earn 10x Miles Over 4th of July Weekend by Shopping

10x miles

In addition to lots of fireworks and red, white, and blue being on display over the 4th of July weekend, there are also lots of sales happening in the retail world.  As retailers compete for your cash, the online miles and points portals often up the mileage payouts at some retailers to entice you to make your purchases using their portal.  This means increased mileage payouts up to 10x miles at many popular retailers this weekend! This means if you…

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Big Change: Photos Now Allowed on White House Tour!

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Last year my family visited Washington DC for the 4th of July, and one of the highlights of our visit was a tour inside the White House.  It was beyond cool to get a chance to stand in rooms like the State Dining Room, the Red Room, the Blue Room, and of course the hallway where you have probably seen countless press conferences.  In fact, I can’t think of too many destinations more appropriate for a family vacation. The only…

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Citi AAdvantage Executive Card Increases Bonus to 75,000 Miles!

American Airlines 75000 miles

One of my favorite rewards credit card sign-up bonuses in recent years was the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard when it was offering 100,000 miles after you met the spending requirement last year.  That sign-up bonus threshold has been gone for about a year, but today I noticed on the American Airlines website that the sign-up bonus for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard has gone back up to 75,000 bonus miles after you make $7,500 in purchases…

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Limited Time: Turn 20,000 Hotel Points Into 30,000 Airline Miles!

Convert SPG to AA

One of the ways my family is able to book the award flights that we do is by taking advantage of transferring miles and points to different hotel and airline accounts during transfer bonus periods.  This is when you are given extra miles or points for transferring from one program to another during a specified time period.  You never know when these sort of transfer bonuses will pop up, but when they do it make sense to do the math…

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