Get a Free 2015 Macy’s Santaland Express Pass!

tips for visiting Santaland

A trip we have made three of the last four years is a pilgrimage of sorts to see the real Santa at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City. Of course while we are there we also visit friends and family and do other awesome holiday themed iconic NYC events (ice skating, Rockefeller tree, department store windows, etc), but a cornerstone of the trip is absolutely a visit to the 8th floor of Macy’s at 34th Street and Santaland. Santaland…

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Rocky Mountains, Hi!


This is a guest post from my dad, Grandpa Points. He and my mom are in their mid-60’s, are (mostly) retired, and are ticking off “bucket list” destinations quicker than they ever thought possible thanks to miles, points, and travel deals.  They have an intense love of this country, of its National Parks and treasures, and have no problem with a clean budget hotel room and an economy airline seat on a budget airline as long as it gets them…

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Hilton HHonors Matching Elite Status!

Hilton Status Match

A little over a week ago Hyatt Gold Passport started giving out top tier Hyatt Diamond elite status like candy to kids on Halloween, likely in an effort to lure some concerned Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum elites in light of the pending Marriott merger. After a day or so they tightened up who was eligible for a status match, but lots (thousands?) of folks were able to get in on that very generous offer. Now this week Hilton HHonors is pretty…

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Shop and Earn Miles – Up to 45x Miles Per Dollar

Rapid Rewards Shopping

For those of you shopping online today I wanted to share some of the increased shopping portal payouts available, as well as offer a couple reminders so you make the most of your purchases while spending as little as possible! Online Black Friday Shopping Tips: Use to quickly find the best portal payouts for your purchase.  That may be from an airline portal, a credit card points portal, or sometimes the cash back portals like Ebates are the winners (especially with…

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List of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals

Black Friday Travel Deals

I hope you all had fantastic Thanksgiving Days – and now it is time for the deals. Truthfully, I did a lot of my holiday shopping online yesterday, but there are more travel related deals popping up over the next few days. Here are some Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals that I know of, but this is far from an exhaustive list. I know some airlines are putting specific routes on sale and individual hotel properties are also having sales,…

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Top 7 Card Sign-Up Bonuses: Up To 100,000 Points!

Top Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses

Lots has and will be written about Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals both for retail items like the “newest, flattest, coolest, cheapest TV ever”, as well as even within the travel space. Some of the deals actually are good, and of course many really aren’t all that great. Even the truly good deals aren’t as good as the virtually free hotel rooms or flights that can be obtained with miles and points. It just doesn’t get much better than “almost free”! Luckily there are…

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Disney Perks and Amenities at the Swan and Dolphin Resorts


Both the Walt Disney World Swan and the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort hotels are Starwood Preferred Guest properties within Walt Disney World in Orlando. The Swan is technically a Westin and the Dolphin is technically a Sheraton, but you wouldn’t really know that if you weren’t told it specifically.  The two properties are connected by a covered walkway and share amenities like a pool complex, beach, etc. These are very large properties with a combined total of over 2,200…

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Thanksgiving Air Travel Tips


The very busy Thanksgiving travel week is here and it’s almost always an “exciting” one with lots of lines, lots of turkey, lots of traveling families, and of course a side of weather issues in the form of snow, ice, and rain. This year it is the west and middle of the country that look like they will have the greatest chance for weather related issues around Turkey Day. Novice traveling families, full planes, potential weather issues, and more can make for…

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Hacking Black Friday From Home


Once upon a time in a decade far, far, away I loved going shopping on Black Friday. My high school boyfriend and I would head to the mall in the late 90’s to line up outside for the pre-dawn openings in order to be one of the first however-many-shoppers through the door who would get something like a $25 mall gift card. It was exciting, it was “free stuff”, we were poor high school kids who placed a huge value on…

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How to Earn 50 United Miles Per Dollar – Today Only!

United Holiday Bonus

Before reading repeat to yourself “I won’t buy something I wouldn’t otherwise buy just for the miles”…  Now that we have that out of the way, today you can stack deals to earn about 50 United miles per dollar if you happen to be in the market for magazines. Yes, magazines. I know that probably isn’t a super exciting item, but 50 United miles per dollar is enough to at least warrant a mention. Via the United MileagePlus Shopping portal…

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