A Lump in My Throat and a Flight With My Oldest

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For nineteen months and five days I was with my youngest baby at least part of every day, and together under the same roof every single night. This means if I traveled, she traveled. And it also meant if she didn’t travel, I didn’t travel. We canceled, changed, delayed, or scaled back almost as many trips as we took in those months when my over-ambition or life’s unexpected surprises met with face to face with ego-busting reality of caring for a…

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Great SPG Hotels to Stretch Points from SPG Amex Bonuses

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Since the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express temporarily increased their sign-up bonuses to the highest sign-up bonus level of 35,000 points each after hitting the spending requirements through April 5, 2017, I want to highlight some ways you can really stretch those points as some stand-out SPG middle tier properties. I have stayed at some truly over-the-top amazing SPG properties over the years, but not all of them are great options on points…

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Save Money and Earn 4x Fuel Points on Gift Cards!

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Through Sunday (2/26/17) you can earn 4x Fuel Points on eligible gift card purchases at the Kroger family of grocery stores (ie not on variable load Visa gift cards or Kroger gift cards)! This is great news for those who like to earn points and save money on gas. You need to add the coupon to your Kroger account online and then you can rack up the fuel points while earning bonus credit card points on your cards for shopping at a US…

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First Trip Without Baby: Leaving an Instruction Manual


Whether you first leave your baby for an overnight trip away when they are five weeks old, five months old, or five years old, it is probably going to be a little tough. Even if you are beyond ready for a little kid-free time, or even just time with your other kids, it is still an unquestionably huge transition for you and them. I’m about to go through this transition for the first time with my second daughter, and while I…

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Getting $710 Cash Back in 12 Months With Limited Time Offer!

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I’m a miles and points girl more than a “cash back” girl, but that doesn’t mean that cash back offers don’t catch my attention from time to time. I mean, can you really go wrong with cold hard cash? Obviously not, at least not at the right percentage. Along those lines, two Amex cards that award cash back have interesting new limited time offers that award as much as 10% back in a popular bonus category of US restaurants…on top…

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World of Hyatt to Offer Immersive Experiences and More

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We have already learned a fair amount about what the new World of Hyatt program will look like when it launches on March 1st including details surrounding the four new elite tiers and benefits, the co-branded credit card features, the impact on the M life relationship, and more. However, while those are very important pillars of the program, those pieces by themselves aren’t the full scope of what the World of Hyatt will offer. When I met with the folks from Hyatt…

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Weekend Package in NYC for Moms Using United Miles


I love it when you can use your miles and points not only for things like airfare and hotels, but for truly memorable experiences. Right now United MileagePlus has an experience available for “beautiful moms” in honor of an early Mother’s Day celebration that really sounds pretty memorable for those with the miles to spend. For 100,000 – 150,000 United miles (depending if your guest needs flights included or not), you get a weekend experience that includes: Airfare from your home…

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Nice Surprise for Big Spending Hyatt Credit Cardholders


Some loyalty programs (that I try to avoid) have a bit of a history with over-promising and under-delivering. On the other hand, some have a history of under-promising and then “surprising and delighting”. If you have been in the miles and points world for any length of time, you likely know that Hyatt Gold Passport falls into the second and obviously much more enjoyable category. As Hyatt Gold Passport transitions to the new World of Hyatt on March 1st we…

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Big Warning for Those Who Use Points to Fly United and American

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Yesterday United and American started selling Basic Economy fares on select routes, and generally speaking, this is really bad news. Contrary to how it is occasionally spun, Basic Economy fares do not mean that if you are willing to skip things like advanced seat assignments, earning miles as normal, and having a full size carry-on that you can save money. No, it means if you need or want those very normal things that have forever been included on these airlines,…

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Amazon Promo Code to Save $8.62 on $50 Order!


Today only, to celebrate their second straight year of being ranked #1 in the annual Harris Poll on corporate reputation, Amazon.com is offering $8.62 off a purchase of $50 or more!  To save $8.62 off a $50 or greater purchase, use the promo code BIGTHANKS at checkout. On my test purchases it did not work on an Amazon gift card, but it did work on a third party gift card like a $50 Whole Foods gift card. As you can see below, a $50…

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