Why I Applied for the 50k Delta Amex Offer That Ends 6/30

Increased Delta Amex Offer

I may be a “miles and points blogger”, but I am first and foremost a “miles and points collector”, so while I don’t take advantage of every offer that I write about, I do at least really consider most of them.  Today I decided to take the plunge and apply for what is only my second new rewards credit card of 2015, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express.  This card has a temporarily increased sign-up bonus of…

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Last Chance for IHG Hotel Points with 100% Bonus!


I wanted to offer a final reminder that the promotion to purchase IHG points with a 100% bonus is coming to a close tomorrow, June 30th.  IHG points are ones that you can routinely “buy at a discount” via making and then canceling a “cash and points” reservation.  This results in buying points at the “discounted” price of .7 cents per point instead of the regular IHG price of 1.11 cents per point (or more, depending on how many points…

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Airline Rules for Traveling While Pregnant

Flying at 30 weeks pregnant

I’ve written so far about planning trips if you are hoping to become pregnant in the relatively near future, traveling during the first trimester, traveling during the second trimester, and I will soon devote a post to tips for traveling during the third trimester.  However, before I do so I want to write about the different airline rules for traveling while pregnant, because they are by no means consistent.  They range from fly whenever you want, to fly with an…

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Who Can Get the Limited Time 50k or 60k Delta Amex Bonuses?

The temporarily increased sign-up bonuses of 50,000 and 60,000 miles for the Amex Delta SkyMiles Gold and Platinum cards are scheduled to come to a close on Tuesday, so I wanted to touch on the issue of getting the sign-up bonuses if you have had an Amex Delta product in the past.  As you may already know, American Express has a term and condition stipulation with their personal cards that indicates that if you have or have had the product…

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How to Earn Thousands of Free Points for Travel Every Month

Barclaycard Travel Community

“Free travel” is my very favorite kind of travel, and with miles and points some portions of your trips really can have no out of pocket cost.  One of the main ways to earn “free travel” is of course via the miles and points you earn from rewards credit cards, including the sign-up bonuses and points you earn from everyday spending.  But, you already knew that… Today I wanted to offer a reminder about another way to earn points on…

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Tips for Visiting Washington DC on the 4th of July Weekend


With the 4th of July approaching next weekend, I wanted to re-share some of our posts from our trip to Washington DC for July 4th last year in case you are headed on a similar trip this year, or maybe this can even inspire you to take a last minute trip to our Nation’s Capital!  We had a fantastic red, white, and blue filled trip to DC last year and highly recommend a similar journey for other families. Where to…

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Something You Shouldn’t Have to Travel to Access: Equality

AA Equality

When we travel around this country, and especially to other countries around the world, we get the chance to see different ways of life.  True this experience is muted when you sometimes stay closer to the beaten path of points-friendly chain hotels and resorts, but even then you can get glimpses of a world beyond your own.  Sometimes you will see things around the world that you are thankful don’t exist in your own backyard, and sometimes you will see…

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Cheap Flights via United Hubs to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and More!

Enjoy the beaches of Cancun

Since I covered some of the cheap flights to the Caribbean and Mexico that United this morning out of many US Airways/American Airlines hubs, it is only fair that I also mention the ones that have now popped up out of United hub cities.  This, my friends, is a good old fashioned fare war where the airlines “attack” each other’s hub cities with low fares and those who can move quickly enough to grab them win! Via The Flight Deal,…

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More Cheap Flights to Mexico and the Caribbean


A number of factors have been working together to bring us some very good flight prices to Mexico and the Caribbean in recent weeks and months.  I don’t cover all of them since I presume you already follow @theflightdeal…and if not, you should, but here are a few updates in case you have been busy and missed some of the deals. Philadelphia, Dallas, Phoenix, Charlotte, St. Louis, Raleigh, and Pittsburgh – from $272 on United Los Cabos took a big…

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How to Transfer Chase Ultimate Reward Points

How to Transfer Ultimate Reward Points

I’ve recently gotten several inquiries on how to combine and transfer Chase Ultimate Reward points to hotel and airline partners as well as transfer them to other Ultimate Rewards accounts.  There are actually a few circumstances where combining points is possible, and I’m more than happy to go over the steps of how to get that done, as well as how to transfer the points to hotel and airline partners such as United, Hyatt, Singapore, and more.  Transferring to hotel…

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