This morning I tweeted out my shock and excitement that my United operated flight had not just DIRECTV, but also WiFi.  Having both options is a first for me on United since that airline has lagged behind the pack when it comes to inflight internet, especially on their Boeing aircraft.  The real kicker was that both the TV and the internet worked.  I’m either going to win big in Vegas this weekend with all this luck, or I just used it all up before we even touched down. In my… Read the Rest.

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A couple weeks ago I was invited to attend the US Open in New York City as a guest of American Express as part of the ‘SPG Amex Stars’ program.  This was the second of three “SPG Stars” events for the year, and one of my favorites as it doesn’t get much better than tennis at the US Open! Thankfully, attending something like this doesn’t require an invitation from Amex since Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express cardmembers are eligible to buy US Open tickets that include exclusive… Read the Rest.

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Time for some quick miles, points, and travel catch-up…. Buy IHG Points for Less: Buying miles or points can be a good deal if you have a pretty immediate plan for redeeming the points or the price is just so insanely low that you know you will get more than that value back out of them eventually.  Right now IHG points are for sale for as low as $0.00575 each, which is the lowest we see IHG points get these days.  Of course that doesn’t mean you should buy if… Read the Rest.

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Yesterday I shared one of the strategies we use to get good deals on airfare, so I thought that today I should share one of the tips we use to get good deals on hotel reservations. Just like with our post on airfare, there are situations when using points for hotel stays doesn’t make sense either because you don’t have enough points, the return per point wouldn’t be very good thanks to low(ish) rates, or you need the stay to count toward a promotion or for elite status. One of… Read the Rest.

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Via a new promo from Radisson, from September 15 – December 15th you can earn 7,500 bonus American Airlines miles if you have two eligible stays at participating Radisson hotels via their Take Off with More Miles promo.  That is a pretty nice chunk of airline miles for two hotel stays!  You will earn the regular Club Carlson points on top of this bonus. Key details: Register by October 15, 2014 Complete two Eligible Stays by December 15, 2014 Present your Club Carlson member number at check-in for each stay… Read the Rest.

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There are dozens and dozens of discount hotel booking sites out there – many of which I’m sure I haven’t even heard about yet.  No one site will have the lowest price 100% of the time, but one that I have personally turned to several times over the past year is Travel Pony. This week Travel Pony is celebrating their one year anniversary with different discounts available each day.  I have noticed that over the last month or two they have made their site look like there are additional discounts… Read the Rest.

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If you have interest in flying Phoenix to/from Houston, San Francisco, or Salt Lake City then know that today only there are $19 fares offered by Frontier to celebrate these new routes.  Pro tip: new routes, especially on low cost carriers, often have very good introductory fares!  Tickets must be purchased by 11:59PM Eastern on September 17th (today) for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays December 2nd – January 27th (blackout dates apply). Do keep in mind that Frontier is a carrier that charges extra for almost everything included seat… Read the Rest.

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One of the strategies my family uses to travel to places near and far is to pounce on great airfare deals.  I have shared the saying “chase the fare, not the destination” before and it holds true today for us.  There are lots of places in the world I want to go, so I try not to get fixated on going to a certain destination on a certain date too often, but instead stay open to different destinations at different times based on what deals pop up. If I just… Read the Rest.

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When I first got heavily into the miles and points hobby several years ago, many rewards credit cards had offers that awarded a bucket of miles, points, or free hotel nights after you used the card just one time.  You could simply buy a cup of coffee on the card and tens of thousands of miles and points would fall out of the sky and into your account…a billing cycle or so later.  Oh, and the annual fee was often $0 the first year.  Pretty great, huh?  That’s pretty stinkin’… Read the Rest.

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The Chase Freedom® credit card is one of my absolute favorite rewards credit cards as it has no annual fee, but still earns 5x points in rotating quarterly “family friendly” categories such as restaurants, gas stations, and more. Yesterday I posted that the deadline was upon us to register for the third quarter bonus categories and now today you have the opportunity to activate the fourth quarter bonus categories of Amazon.com, Zappos.com, and select department stores. I strongly encourage you to activate the bonus now as it is so easy to… Read the Rest.

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One of the “tricks” of what we do that really isn’t tricky at all is to stack deals and discounts to save money, earn miles, and sometimes even save time.  Our stacking technique was one of the things that Nightline featured last week, and today a perfect example of how to do this yourself popped up. Buy things online to save time and earn miles: I buy (heavy) things our family needs like dog food, laundry soap, and even Bobo oat bars (try them, they are delicious and perfect for… Read the Rest.

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