You Want to Apply for the Hyatt Card By Next Week!

One of my favorite credit card sign-up bonuses comes via the Hyatt Credit Card as it awards two award nights to use at virtually any Hyatt property around the world after you spend $2,000 on the card in the first three months. This means you can use those nights to stay at properties that would otherwise cost 30,000 Hyatt points per night such as the slope-side Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, the elegant Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, the Park Hyatt New…

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The Epic Family Vacation Photo Fail

A time honored vacation tradition, even well before that advent of a smart-phone-camera in every pocket, was to ask a kind stranger nearby to snap a family picture for you as you posed in front of a castle, monument, beach, or wherever. The alternative, unless you travel with a tripod and an automatic camera setting (which iPhones have), was that at least one person was always missing from the photo. That’s fine most of the time, but in at least…

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Airline Weather Waivers for Tropical Storm Cindy

Tropical Storm Cindy is about to play havoc on weather and travel along the Gulf Coast, and the airlines have been putting out weather waivers so travelers can proactively change their plans to or through the impacted areas without paying a penalty. We were scheduled to fly back to Houston tonight, and really weren’t thrilled at the idea of trading sunny Rhode Island for Tropical Storm Cindy gloom in Houston. Surprisingly, until this morning United hadn’t included Houston in their…

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Big Change for Uber as Tipping has Now Arrived

The day has finally come…for better and worse Uber is rolling out tipping in the app starting today. Frankly, I’m relieved. I think for a few years now tipping has become more of the norm for Uber, and carrying cash around is not my forte. In fact, I have avoided taking Uber at times simply because I didn’t have the cash on me for a tip. I know our tipping culture is out of control, but it is what it…

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Look Inside New United Club in Houston Terminal C

In recent years traditional US based airline lounges had gotten a bit….stale. The hip cousin on the scene was the Amex Centurion Lounge that had nicer seating, a more updated design, better complimentary food and drinks, and frankly was a much more preferable spot to hang out between flights than a stuffy old non-renovated airline lounge with its chex mix, water, and old chairs that literally had holes in them because they were so past their prime. However, as folks figured this…

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Get New Airfare Discounts via Amex Platinum Cards!

I recently wrote a post exploring why the Amex Platinum card is worth it to my family even though it comes with a pretty large annual fee. Everyone’s situation is different, so the post wasn’t written to prove the card is worth it to anyone else, but rather to potentially help others think through whether it may also be worth it in their situation…especially beyond the first year where the math is usually much easier with the sign-up bonus. One…

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The Coolest McDonald’s Menu Item Ever!

One of my favorite parts of travel is eating local food. I mean, one of my favorite things in general is eating, so this really is no surprise. Once kids came along, some meals on the road (and at home) become just fuel instead of a fun experience, and our first meal in Rhode Island held true to that pattern. However, just when I thought I was doomed to McDonald’s nuggets, there was a fun surprise waiting on the menu.…

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The Day My Baby Earned Her First Miles

I’m not good at tracking and logging the flights we have taken, so I can’t tell you for sure how many flights my 23-month-old tiny traveler has taken. If I had to guess I would say 30-ish, but what I can tell you with absolute certainty was that her most recent flight over the weekend from Houston to Boston was the first one where she earned flown miles. This was not the original plan, and in fact it wasn’t the plan…

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Three Things to Bring When Traveling With a Baby

Yesterday we took our first flight as a family of four in a few months, and while packing I realized I have three things I must bring when traveling with a baby or toddler that go well beyond the obvious choices like diapers, an extra kid outfit, snacks, toys, and iPads. I’m going to assume for the moment you have that obvious packing list covered, but there are three things you need to bring when traveling with a baby or younger kid…

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Pay Less? Nope, Paid More.

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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