Act Quickly: Free-ish JetBlue Packages!


Right now there is a “probably too good to be true” offer out that you might as well take a swing at if you can fly JetBlue from 1/15/17 – 5/7/17. Free-ish JetBlue Packages with Discount Codes Right now you can use code VACATIONS150 to take $150 off a JetBlue Vacations package within the continental US and code VACATIONS250 to take $250 off a JetBlue Vacations package outside the continental U.S. travel only (includes travel to Puerto Rico). Here’s the kicker – there is…

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Can You Guess This Hotel Chain?


Probably like most of you, I have mental images of what to expect when visiting most branded hotel chains. I mean, I guess established expectations and name recognition are big parts of why a hotel would be a part of a brand in the first place. The smell of a Westin, the service at the St. Regis, the lounge at a Grand Hyatt, the morning biscuits at a Holiday Inn Express. If you travel with any regularity, you learn more or less…

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Earn 500 Bonus American Airlines Miles for Shopping Online


If you have some online purchases coming up and you want to earn bonus AAdvantage miles in the process, then you will want to pay attention to this new shopping bonus. If you spend a cumulative $200 via the AAdvantage eShopping site from 1/12/17 – 1/18/17, you can get 500 bonus AAdvantage miles. Of course this 500 mile bonus is on top of the regular mileage payouts for each retailer such as: 8x miles at 12x miles at 2x miles at…

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Last Day to Book IHG Properties at Current Award Rates!

Love Grandma and Grandpa Points updates from their trip through the Northeast! @acadianps #bucketlist #travel #fallfoliage

Today (1/14/17) is the last day to book hundreds of IHG properties before they cost as many as 15,000 points more tomorrow. Unlike last year, they thankfully aren’t introducing any new award pricing tiers, but there certainly are now a good number of additional hotels that will ring in at the top 55,000 and 60,000 point levels. This year’s IHG category adjustments will see some properties go down in points price, but most of the changes are sadly increases, and many of…

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Why Traveling Families Love Southwest Rapid Rewards


What type of airline mile or credit card point is best for you depends entirely on things like where you live, where you want to go, whether you are good with economy seats and budget hotels or are after a bit more luxury, how many people travel with you, and on and on. Because what type of mile is best depends so much on your travel preferences and goals, there is no one blanket answer for the best type of mile…

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Best Airline Award for Lie-Flat Seats to Europe From the Middle of the US


It has been a little while now since I have taken a truly fun flight where I was looking forward to the actual flight in addition to the destination, but hopefully later in 2017 that will change. I am very much hoping to get to Europe (without kids) late in 2017, and I want to have a little fun getting there. For me this means flying in a premium cabin, and while it doesn’t have to be as premium as Lufthansa First…

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The Day That Delta SkyMiles Overtook American AAdvantage Miles for Award Travel

Delta Jet

Now that the girls are both back in school and 2017 has arrived in full force, I’ve been doing a bunch of airline award and paid ticket searches this week. I mean, a bunch. In a perfect world, I’d like to get all of our 2017 airline tickets fully booked and squared away as soon as possible. Okay, maybe not all of them, but at least the ones for family trips that already have set dates and are 99% going…

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Yes, You Can Really Fly to Europe for Just $69!


You may have seen headlines this week about flying to Europe for just $69, and in the age of “too good to be true” headlines, you may have justifiably doubted if that was really possible. You may have thought that there must be a huge catch, or you have to use tens of thousands of points or miles along with the $69, or there is only one ticket available at that price, or something. Yes, You Can Fly to Europe…

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How to Enter a Silvercar Referral Code and Earn $25 After First Rental!


My favorite rental car experiences in recent years have all been with Silvercar and their all-Audi fleet. I used them most recently on a one day trip to Austin I took last month that I with just my toddler in tow. Having Silvercar pick us up and drop us off at the airport terminal, provide a good complimentary car seat, and not charge outrageous prices for tolls and gas made the experience so much easier than it could have been with a…

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How to Use Your 100,000 Chase Sapphire Reserve Bonus Points


Today is the last full day you can apply online for the big 100,000 point sign-up bonus from the Chase Sapphire Reserve. This bonus is set to drop from the 100,000 points to 50,000 points at some point tomorrow, January 12, 2017, though it should last until March in Chase branches. I just got the Chase Sapphire Reserve last week, and I know many of you are in the process of doing the same before the sign-up bonus drops by half.…

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