National Parks and Monuments

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Four Days Left for the Best $10 Deal in Travel

If you only do one travel related thing today, please let it be sharing that this is the last chance to get the $10 Senior America the Beautiful Pass before the price increases 8x beginning in just a few days on August 28, 2017! If you know any US citizens or permanent residents aged 62 or older who may possibly ever want to go to a national parks or lands, then they need to know this is their last chance to get…

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Last Chance for a $10 Senior America the Beautiful Pass!

For several months there have been rumbles that one of the best travel deals in the United States, the lifetime $10 Senior America the Beautiful Pass that is available to US citizens and permanent residents ages 62 and older, would be dramatically increasing in price from $10 to $80. This $10 lifetime pass is such a deal because admission to our beautiful National Parks while always worth it, usually isn’t free, and can be $20 – $30 per vehicle, depending on the park.…

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Using Reduced Mileage Awards to Fly for 15,750 American Miles!

A very valuable discount that is available to those who hold one of the American Airlines Citi or Barclaycard co-branded credit cards is a discount of up to 7,500 miles on flights to/from select cities each month via the Reduced Mileage Awards available exclusively to American Airlines card holders. I write about these discounts a few times a year, but it is something that is worth repeating periodically because of how many miles it can save your family on AAdvantage award trips. The list…

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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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Update on $10 Senior America the Beautiful Park Price Increase

For months now there have been rumors swirling that one of the best travel deals in the US, the lifetime $10 Senior America the Beautiful Pass available to US citizens and permanent residents ages 62 and older, would be dramatically increasing in price 8x to $80. This $10 lifetime pass is such a deal because admission to our National Parks usually isn’t free, and can be $20 – $30 per vehicle, depending on the park.   This pass is especially great since it…

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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 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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Overcoming Waterfall-a-Phobia and Visiting Niagara Falls

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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Greatest $10 Deal in Travel Increasing Price 8x in 2017

If the best deal in family travel is the Southwest Companion Pass, then a very close second place is the $10 Senior America the Beautiful Pass that gets US citizens and permanent residents ages 62 and older into National Parks without an additional charge for the rest of their life. At just $10 for the lifetime pass (+ $10 processing document fee if you apply online) it can save you big money on the very first use as admission to…

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Best State Parks in the United States for a Thousand

You can’t really go wrong with a fall foliage centered trip to the Northeast, but you can go really, really right if you visit places like the “best state park” in the United States at exactly the right time while on that trip. Learn more about Letchworth State Park and what makes it a picture postcard type of place.

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