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Visiting Yellowstone, A Land For All Time

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 low-cost airline as long as it gets them where they…

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“I Already Have Too Many Miles and Points”

Since entering the world of the mostly-retired and accumulating miles and points, largely through using rewards credit cards, my parents have increased the number of trips they take per year pretty significantly. I don’t keep count of their adventures, but if I had to guess, I would say they travel at least once a quarter, with one or two trips a year being of the week-long variety. They aren’t road warriors by any stretch, but they do get around the country…

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2020 Miles for a 20/20 Vision of the Solar Eclipse

We decided about two months ago to personally witness and experience the American Total Solar Eclipse. We wanted the whole enchilada, the deluxe package of maximum totality. However, to achieve this meant travel, as the view from our front porch in southeast Texas was only going to be about 65% occlusion. We looked at the eclipse maps that highlighted the areas of our country that were in the path of totality. Some of the locations were pretty sexy and exciting and certainly…

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A Death Valley Day Full of Thankful Meanderings

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 low cost airline as long as it gets them…

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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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Planning a Trip to Bodie Ghost Town, Spirit Of The Frontier Or Frontier Spirit?

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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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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The Impact of Visiting the Arizona Meteor Crater

This is a guest post from my dad, Grandpa Points. He and my mom are in their 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 where…

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The Best Surprises Along The Journey

From coming around the bend to find a beautiful lake, to taking a bush plane through Alaska, to stumbling upon the best state park in the United States, sometimes the best parts of the journey are the surprises that find you along the way. Here are a look at some of Grandpa Points best travel surprises…

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Las Vegas, the City Where Things Used to be Free

Ahhhh, Las Vegas. Bright Light City. The city where anything is feels possible. The city where parking, even valet parking, is was free. The city where the free drinks flow used to flow. The city where virtually free food and rooms are available for those who gamble even a little. The city where resort fees of up to $39 per night can cost now more than a nightly room charge. A couple of years ago when I wrote a break-up note…

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