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When the Forecast Says Snow and You Wear Flip Flops

As many of you probably know, we live in Texas. More specifically, we live about 90 miles from the coast in East Texas. In other words, even in the winter, it is warm and muggy more days than not. Sure, we celebrate cold fronts on occasion where it can dip below freezing and maybe even spread top-notch levels of joy and delight with a few snowflakes every few years, but none of this last longer than a day or two before…

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Santaland at Macy’s on 34th Street Goes Reservation Only

One of my favorite holiday activities is visiting the real Santa at Macy’s on 34th Street in New York City at Santaland. It is a magical experience, but it is a magical experience that can come with a very unmagical line. After our first time waiting in an interminable line, we got smarter and used their free FastPass reservation every year since. You didn’t get the full Santaland exhibit, but you still get to see Santa and were in and out of…

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Get 2017 Discounted Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets

There are few things my family enjoys as much as a visit to NYC during the holiday season. We visit the real Santa at Macy’s on 34th (using a free Fast Pass), look at the holiday window displays, see the Rockefeller tree (which is a must-do, but not a trip highlight), go ice skating (Bryant Park over Rockefeller Center because it is free other than skate rental and less crowded), and if we are really lucky, take in a performance of the…

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New Hyatt Place Open in NYC for Just 8,000 Points!

It is not breaking news that NYC is an expensive place whether you are visiting or you actually live there. I’ve done both, and both require creativity to pull off without spending some insane cash. Obviously, an easy way to save cash when you visit New York City is to use hotel points, though even that strategy isn’t without hurdles as the hotels in NYC can require a pretty hefty number of points. One exception can be the Wyndham Rewards properties since all…

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Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale: Fly to or From NYC Starting at 5,500 Miles

We just got back last night from an amazing trip to the Bahamas (more on that soon!), and all four of our flights on this trip were paid for using Delta SkyMiles booked during one of their monthly flash sales. We got a tremendous deal for our Delta miles when we booked that trip and honestly, I think that was the moment when I adjusted my perspective on Delta SkyMiles. Ignore the noise that they aren’t that valuable because they can be…

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Review of Hyatt Place Midtown in NYC

On a recent trip to New York City we started off living the high life at the Park Hyatt New York just two blocks from Central Park, enjoying including Globalist room service breakfast, swimming in the luxurious indoor pool, and spending 30,000 Hyatt points per night for that privilege. That was obviously a fantastic experience, but since the junior suite only had one real bed, despite its opulence, it really wasn’t the perfect spot for the three of us, especially sine…

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Best New York City Hyatt for a Family of Four on Points

New York City is an expensive, but fantastic, city to visit. This makes it a top destination where families like to use their hotel points to get a great experience without racking up a great big credit card bill. My family has used virtually every type of hotel point there is to stay in New York City ranging from Choice Privileges, to Wyndham Rewards, to Starwood Preferred Guest, to IHG, and more just depending on what I have available, and how the…

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Saving $1,000 Thanks to Wyndham Rewards

I’m kind of crushing on Wyndham Rewards more and more these days since their flat 15,000 points per award night rewards system is simple, their award availability is good, their Go Fast cash + points award options can be really useful, and their new promo makes it possible to earn a totally free night in just two paid stays. The promo is absolutely mattress run worthy if you live somewhere with cheap Wyndham properties and think you will redeem your points in…

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Inside the Park Hyatt New York Studio King Suite

Outside of the Hyatt Residence Club properties, the Park Hyatt New York is one of only two top tier Category 7 Hyatt properties in the entire United States. Heck, there are only seven Category 7 non-Residence Club Hyatt properties open in the entire world, all of which are under the Park Hyatt brand. These are the top of the top, most expensive, and most luxurious Hyatts out there. Most of them would never be realistically attainable with cash for me…

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How to Save Money on Broadway Tickets

My oldest daughter has started gravitating towards performing. Actually I guess this is not really a recent development, as she has always been one to go for the spotlight of a room. Not only does she go for it, she often legitimately earns it. Last summer to give her something free to do for a week when school was out I signed her up for the church’s summer children’s theater program. I thought they would just learn and sing some songs together…

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