Why Travel to Hawaii is Worth it For Our Family


Cancun, Mexico 811 miles. Maui, Hawaii 3,826 miles. Well, assuming there was a nonstop flight to Maui from Houston, which there is not, so tack on a few hundred or thousand miles for connections. For us in Houston, Hawaii is easily 4x as far as some other fantastic beach destinations, and is also pricier on cash or miles than many of those other spots, so why bother? Why not just head to Mexico, Florida, the Caribbean, and save some time,…

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Tips for Dealing with the New Electronics Travel Ban

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As you have probably seen, a ban for any electronic carry-on item larger than a cell phone is about to kick-in for flights to the US from 10 international airports including those in: Cairo, Egypt; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Istanbul, Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. There are a whole lot of flights to/from a whole lot of parts of the world that will connect in some of those cities to…

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5 Reasons to Get the Limited Time Starwood 35K Credit Card Bonuses!

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The miles and points question I get asked the very most by a wide margin is how do I earn the miles and points I use to travel with my family? I sort of hate the question not because my tactics are sketchy or secret, but because my answer is very boring. Over 90% of the answer is that I apply for rewards credit cards when bonuses are increased, strategically use those cards to leverage my everyday spending, and take advantage…

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Awesome SPG Moments Package for Villa and More in Maui

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I don’t post that frequently about SPG Moments opportunities that are auctions instead of fixed price offerings because the number of SPG points required to win the auction is usually a bit above my points pay grade. However, in part because I can’t get over Hawaii, and in part because this is just an awesome package for a family, I’m making an exception and I really hope one of you has enough points and the inclination to win…assuming the price…

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Use Annual Alaska Airlines $99 Certificate to Fly Virgin America!


One of the best annual credit card perks comes via the Alaska Airlines credit card issued by Bank of America. It carries with it a $75 annual fee, but it also comes with an annual companion fare pass that allows you to bring one person on a paid Alaska Airlines flight for roughly $121 ($99 + $22+ in taxes/fees) regardless of the price of the firs ticket. It is only valid for coach travel, but it can be used to…

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Flying From Maui in One of the Most Vintage American Airlines Aircraft


We concluded our family spring break trip to Maui with a much anticipated award flight sitting in the “good seats” on an American Airlines 767-300. Hawaii is always worth it, but that doesn’t take away from it being pretty darn far away and from having a time zone that is rough for us both coming and going. Factor in having a seven year old and one year old to take care of no matter how tired you are when you land,…

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Final Call to Earn Southwest Companion Pass with Hotel Points

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As you likely already know, one of the very best deals in family travel is the Southwest Companion Pass as it allows a designated companion to fly with you on Southwest paid or award flights for the calendar year you earn it, and the following calendar year for just the price of taxes/fees on the second ticket. However, as I have shared a couple of times, the hard deadline for using hotel points to help get you to the 110,000 needed…

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15,000 Free Hyatt Points for Taking a Hyatt Residence Club Maui Tour


We just spent most of our spring break on the beautiful island of Maui, which hopefully explains my spotty posting here both while we were gone, and also since we have returned home and are recovering from the time change. Back to normal next week, I promise!  Earning 15,000 Free Hyatt Points from a Hyatt Residence Club Maui Tour While we were in Hawaii spending some of our Hyatt points at both the Hyatt Regency Maui and the Andaz Maui…

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Taking a Day Trip Back in Time on the Grand Canyon Railway!


A look at the various cars and classes of travel on the Grand Canyon Railway day trip that takes you not only from Williams, Arizona to the Grand Canyon, but back in time complete with shootouts, horse chases, US Marshals, guitar sing-alongs, and more…

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Last Chance: Save 30,000 SkyMiles on Business Class Awards to Europe


In case you have missed it otherwise, note that today is the last day to book Delta award tickets to Europe at a reduced rate via their current “flash sale”. Through 11:59PM EDT on 3/15/17, you can book a round trip award to Europe from 50,000 miles in the Main Cabin, or 110,00 miles in Delta One (business class). Given how low economy fares to Europe can be, business class is likely the much better, and more comfortable, deal here.…

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