United Clubs Getting Real Food

United Airlines Food Offering

For the past few years we have been relatively regular visitors of United Clubs during our frequent travels on United flights, but we have been less and less impressed with domestic lounge access as the months have gone by.  First, we simply didn’t need a family room as much anymore with a 5 year old as we did with an infant/toddler (though that will change again soon), then the complimentary drinks got worse, and then we saw how good a…

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How Good is 3x Back on Everything via Discover It Miles?

Discover it Miles

We all (hopefully) know that rewards credit cards are usually amazing for the initial sign-up bonus, and then continue to be pretty great for the ongoing perks they may offer and the bonus category payouts at certain retailers.  If I can earn 3x, 4x, or 5x on some purchases at certain types of stores by using various rewards credit cards then that adds up a heck of a lot faster than a rate of just 1x. As I outlined here…

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Fly for Less Than $40 Each Way!

Spirit Airlines Sale

We all know that Spirit Airlines has some crazy low prices for flights sometimes, but again yesterday I was struck by just how low those prices are.  They are having a sale that ends tomorrow night (11:59 PM EST on March 4, 2015) that I think is worth mentioning.  There are many decent routes that are selling for less than $40 per person each way.  Those are like bus ticket prices! The travel dates are from 3/10/15 – 3/26/15 OR…

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How to Get Free Pancakes at IHOP!

IHOP Free Pancakes

This isn’t about travel, but it is about a pretty fun deal so I’m going to share it anyway since lots of us like free stuff in general.  Since today, March 3rd, is National Pancake Day (there is a National Pancake Day?), you can get free pancakes at IHOP! From 7AM – 10PM today you can get a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes at IHOP.  In return, you will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle…

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Free Hilton Internet, Tons of Club Carlson Points, and More!

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Here is a quick round-up of today’s miles and points news… Hilton HHonors Providing Free Internet Beginning in August 2015 Hotel internet is official going the way of the beeper and the last big chain to hold-out, Hilton, has now announced pathways to free internet beginning in August.  They are requiring guests to be Hilton HHonors members and book via select booking channels.  As was shared on Flyertalk by HHonors Representative, here is how the free internet will work: Our…

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Putting Visa Signature Benefits to Use at the St. Regis Houston

St. Regis Houston Astor Suite Living Room

My husband and I have never been a big “Valentine’s Day” couple.  I mean, flowers are much cheaper after Valentine’s Day, romance-on-cue isn’t our style, and it’s generally much easier to have a quiet nice evening out almost any other day of the year rather than February 14th.  However, since we have been traveling much less the last few months, and with Baby #2 on the way, we decided to sneak out for a night away in Houston (just the…

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50% Off Award Stays at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas!

50 off Las Vegas IHG

IHG Rewards is known for sometimes offering discounted award nights both via the 5,000 points per night PointBreaks list, but also via some 24 hour flash award sales.  A popular flash award sale they have offered in the past was 50% off award nights at the The Venetian and The Palazzo (InterContinental Resorts) in Las Vegas, and it looks like they will be offering that sale again on March 10th for 24 hours! For just 25,000 points (instead of the…

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Big Changes to Earning United MileagePlus Miles Start Today

Big Changes Start Today

It’s March 1st, andhe arrival of a new month is the arrival of a new era at United MileagePlus.  Gone are the days that miles are awarded based on how many miles you fly at United, but now it’s all about the money, honey. Effective today you will earn United miles at the following rates: General Member 5x Silver Member 7x Gold Member 8x Platinum Member 9x 1K Member 11x On a $300 ticket a general member would earn about…

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Family Travel with Two Young Kids via Adventures in Family!


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 me.  As part of my “Little C’s Traveling Friends” series, I am sharing 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…

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Day Room at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport in Singapore


After our relaxing time at the Park Hyatt Maldives, it was time to start the long journey home.  Our route home took us to Male, then Singapore, then Taipei, then LA, then finally home to Houston.  We had a good chunk of daytime in Singapore between flights, and I had hoped we would use it to see some of the city and eat at a hawker center. However, long haul travel, even if you are in lie flat seats, gets…

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