United Introduces New Perk for Flying Kids!

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My six-month-old just completed her 10th United Airlines flight yesterday, and my six-year-old has had her own United elite status and has logged more United flights than I can count. They both have received their United (and for Little C, even her Continental) complimentary wings from flight attendants on various flights, but starting later this month United will be adding another very family friendly perk for the little ones. United Introduces New Passport Activity Books for Kids: Starting later this…

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New Discount Gift Cards Available via Amazon!


In December we saw discount gift card opportunities via Amazon.com pretty much every day. Some of them were awesome across the board, some were pretty good, and some were helpful if you happened to have some expenses coming up at that specific store/restaurant anyway. However, when January rolled around the discount gift cards disappeared from Amazon faster than my Christmas tree did from my living room, and based on some pretty frequent spot checks they didn’t reappear until now. Now Amazon…

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Four Discount Gift Card Opportunities

heb gift card

In the last couple of weeks I have seen tons of discounted gift card purchase opportunities for various retailers including the discount retailer gift cards at Staples.com I wrote about last week that have now ended, but there are other similar offers that are still available. 4x Fuel Points on Gift Cards at Kroger’s  The Kroger’s family of grocery stores has brought back their 4x fuel points bonus on select gift card purchases including restaurant, movie theater, gaming, and music gift cards. By earning…

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Review of United First Class on the Embraer 175

First Class seat on United Express ERJ-175

We recently flew United Express from Houston to Wichita, Kansas, a route that we have previously flown many, many times before due to having family in Kansas. Not surprisingly, our flights on this route have always been on a regional jet. I didn’t think much of our recent reservation in terms of aircraft type or seat assignments until the day before departure when I got an email that we our elite upgrades had cleared. Our what? I knew we were already…

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Getting Inspired by the Travels of Others

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One of my favorite things about being active in a travel centered online circle is inspiration. That may be inspiration in finding and booking deals, earning points, learning redemption tips etc. but sometimes it is just plain old inspiration to travel. As I have mentioned before, my world at home right now is quite small. I am within the confines of my house around 80% of the time with adorable Baby S, and the other 20% of the day is typically filled with…

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Hilton Rooms as Low as $22.40 With Points Sale


As I mentioned before, Hilton HHonors currently has a sale on their points going through February 8th where you will get an 80% bonus on purchased HHonors points over the usual rate. I have seen sales that offer as high as a 100% bonus on purchased points, so this isn’t the best I’ve ever seen from HHonors, but I think 80% is still worth mentioning – especially since so many of us currently have Hilton Diamond status thanks to this easy…

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Do This Today: Check Your Childs Passport Expiration

Baby S with her passport at 1 month old

You know how when you have little kids they say they days (or really, nights) are long, but the years are short? Well, that is 100% true, but it applies not only to caring for little ones, but also keeping up with their passports. I’ve written about getting a young child’s and infant’s passports before (including getting an infant passport photo), but blink twice and it is time to renew. In fact, if you have more than one kid you…

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Consider This Before Redeeming Citi ThankYou Points

United 777 to Hawaii

If you wish to support the site while adding a credit card to your wallet, you can view many available offers by issuing banks by heading here. Your support is greatly appreciated. I know lots of us, myself included, recently added the Citi ThankYou Premier Card to our wallets to take advantage of the 50,000 point sign-up bonus, but once we hit the $3,000 spending requirement to trigger that bonus what should we do with our points? I like to think…

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Travelzoo Punta Mita Deal I’m Drooling Over

Punta Mita Lazy River

One of the travel discount websites I keep an eye on is Travelzoo.com. I’ve been using and watching that site for years and have scored some killer discount travel deals and experiences from time to time by keeping the site on my radar. I especially like the Week’s Top 20 round-up email they send out of various travel deals that they consider to be the best. Today I happened to open that email and the very top deal on the…

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Spirit Airlines Not Changing Size of Free Carry-On After All

Spirit Bags

Last week I was researching some options for my parents on their ski trip flying Spirit Airlines so they could spend as little as possible on checked or carry-on bags since we weren’t sure if they would be able to pack solely in their free personal carry-ons. While doing that I saw on Spirit Airline’s website that they would be changing the allowed size of their free carry-on personal items effective April 1, 2016. The changes were going to take…

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