See if You Won 5,000 SPG Starpoints!


In honor of my family’s amazing visit to the St. Regis Punta Mita (as part of the SPG Amex Stars program) I gave away 5,000 SPG Starpoints to help get someone else a little closer to their next award trip. decided the lucky winner of the Starpoints was Jim F. who said: I need a night in HKG (Hong Kong) for an upcoming MR (mileage run), a stay at the W would be over the top.  By the way,…

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New Way to Get to New Zealand on Miles


You might have heard that getting your family to Australia or New Zealand on miles is about a tough of an award as it gets, especially if you want to fly in a premium cabin.  It can be done, but it takes persistence, flexibility, and luck to pull it off. Well the good news is that there is going to be another way to get to New Zealand on miles beginning this July! United Airlines will operate service from San…

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Earn Free Award Night With Two Paid Nights!

Wyndham Bonnet Creek

Earlier this year Wyndham Rewards underwent a massive “revaluation” where all of their properties became 15,000 points per night for awards.  This includes properties in places like New York City and Kauai as well as their all inclusive properties.  There has been a little confusion from Wyndham Rewards about which properties qualify for the 15k awards (they all do), but that seems to be settling some now that the new program has been out several months. Now they have a…

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Passengers Told to Pump Milk Where Dogs Poop and More…

100% certified organic mom's milk

Before I had my first daughter almost six years ago I knew very little about breastfeeding, it simply wasn’t something on my radar.  Then, I had my first daughter and nursed her for about five months, stopping around that time because of a combination of a return to work and an international trip without her.  Now I am nursing my second daughter and I have no plans to stop this time just because of any trip, job, etc.  I’ll stop…

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Fly Free My Furry Friend

Taken the final day we were together

Today my mind is on a different sort of free flying.  This isn’t the kind that requires airline miles, boarding passes, security screenings, and seat assignments.  This is the kind that allows an old soul to leave a broken and worn out body and once again fly free. So please, if you are just cruising for the “deal of the day”, feel free to skip this post.  Several months ago I talked about the tough decision we were facing as…

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Best Time to Sign-Up for This Credit Card Offer

Southwest Changes 2015

In life, “they” say that timing is everything, and it turns out that old adage holds just as true in the miles and points world as with anything else.  There are times of the year when certain deals are better than at other times of the year.  If you are newer to this hobby it can be hard at first to spot these better times to act, so I want to help point out why now might be the very…

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Hundreds of Cities Available for Fewer American Miles!

american airlines

One way to save big on American Airline awards is by taking advantage of the American Airlines AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards that are available for Citibank and Barclaycard co-branded American Airlines cardholders.  These reduced mileage awards are available to select cities each month and depending on what type of co-branded American Airlines card you have, you can get either a 5,000 or 7,500 mile discount on each round trip ticket (half that discount on a one-way award). Even better, if you…

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Up To 25,000 Bonus United Miles Via New Promo

MileagePlus 30

I like miles and points promotions of all shapes and sizes, but I do like them a little more when the companies spice them up a little bit in some way.  United MilagePlus is currently running a promotion that I found a little more interesting than some as they are offering a 30% bonus on base mileage earned on select partners you have not used in the last 12 months through November 20, 2015.  They are offering a 10% bonus…

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FAA Making it Easier for Families With Car Seats


When flying with young children, it is typically safest and most comfortable for all involved if the child has not only their own seat, but is secured in that seat in an approved “child restraint system” (car seat) during the flight.  This is how we flew with Little C for most of her flights between 1 – 3.5 years old or so (when she wasn’t in her CARES Harness), and it is how we will probably fly with Baby S…

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Tips When Using Airbnb for Family Travel


Once you have more than one kid or so, lodging space becomes a big issue when traveling with a family.  In the United States, as long as you aren’t traveling in cities like New York you probably won’t have too many space issues in terms of maximum occupancy limits for hotel rooms until you have more than two kids, but still, families clearly don’t fit in standard hotel rooms as well as one or two adults usually will.  I like…

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