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Important Thing for Families to Check Before Flying for Thanksgiving

The day before Thanksgiving is actually not one of the absolute busiest flying days of the year, though it is certainly busy and potentially stressful. The busiest air travel dates in this country are traditionally in the summer, but Thanksgiving travel can be more complicated than summer travel with winter weather in play and more leisure travelers and families hitting the skies than on some other dates.   If you are flying this week with your family, the number one…

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How to Upgrade to First Class for Less

When I flew home last week on the roughly eight hour overnight flight from Honolulu to Houston, I flew upfront in a lie-flat seat and slept for 80%+ of the flight so that I could hit the ground running back at home. Given the amount of travel I had crammed in a two day period and the awaiting demands of life when I got home, spending the extra to sleep in a lie-flat seat was 100% worth it to me.…

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Hotel Sleeping Arrangements With a Family of Four

One of the most important things to me whether we are at home or on the road is sleep. I don’t know if it is because I never really recovered from having two very poorly sleeping infants where I almost lost my mind from sleep deprivation, or whether I was just born this way, but a good chunk of my decisions revolves around getting enough sleep. I’ve missed out on numerous fun nighttime outings that were passed my bedtime, left…

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Use Miles to Make the SAS Kids Fly “Free” Offer Even Better

There are just a couple days left to get in on one of the coolest deals in international family travel where one adult can bring up to 8 children aged 11 years old or younger to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, or Finland with them on SAS for free, other than the cost of taxes! I wrote about this deal already, but before it ends on October 5th, I want to highlight a way to make this a potentially even better deal by…

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Return of the Amazing SAS “Kids Fly Free” to Scandinavia Promo!

One of the coolest deals in international family travel is back this year, and it allows one adult to bring up to 8 children 11 years old or younger to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, or Finland along with them on SAS for free other than the cost of taxes! To get in on this deal you have to book by October 5, 2017, and the valid travel dates are between November 1 – December 19, 2017, and January 8 – May…

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Why My Family is Flying Southwest for the First Time in Seven Years

The last time we flew Southwest as a family my now second-grader was a one-year-old toddler on her way to Disney World for the very first time. It was so long ago that I hadn’t even yet started this blog. I think we selected Southwest for that trip because I earned some Southwest credits from flying around Texas from my job with the state that we needed to use before they expired. This was way back when 16 Southwest credits = one free round…

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You Can Use Points for Spring Break 2019 Now

If you find yourself with some free time today, and you want to hop on the time-traveling machine to think for a bit about where your family would like to go for Spring Break 2019, it wouldn’t be the worst idea. In fact, it is a very good idea and yes, I said 2019 and it is still 2017.   The thing is that the Starwood Preferred Guest program allows you to make award reservations 18 months in advance, and…

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What to Do When an Airline Loses Your Stroller

Travel with young kids can be hard. Traveling with young kids by yourself is harder. Traveling by yourself with a young special needs kid I can only imagine is harder still. But, people do it, and just by looking you often can’t tell if someone has a special situation going on or not, but you don’t really need to know that in order to be helpful and compassionate. It sounds like helpful and compassionate were unfortunately not the words of the…

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A Summer of Adventure, Travel, and Growth

Our daughters start back to school this week, so it is a logical time to look back at the way we chose to spend this summer. But in truth, that isn’t the full reason why I am doing a mental review of how we did giving our daughters three months worth of memories and experiences. With the events going on in our own country as we speak, I can’t help but wonder how many of the 20-something year olds we see…

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Finding Your Family’s Vacation Spot

When I had just one child, a then one year old toddler known around here as Little C, we were in search of an easy to reach, points-friendly, but still fun and relaxing summer getaway. We found Hyatt Lost Pines about 30 minutes outside of Austin, and made our first visit in late August of 2011 thanks to using Hyatt points for Club access room, as I hadn’t yet ever even tasted Hyatt elite status. At the time, I summarized that visit…

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