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Weekend Package in NYC for Moms Using United Miles

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I love it when you can use your miles and points not only for things like airfare and hotels, but for truly memorable experiences. Right now United MileagePlus has an experience available for “beautiful moms” in honor of an early Mother’s Day celebration that really sounds pretty memorable for those with the miles to spend. For 100,000 – 150,000 United miles (depending if your guest needs flights included or not), you get a weekend experience that includes: Airfare from your home…

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Overcoming Waterfall-a-Phobia and Visiting Niagara Falls

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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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3 Top Tips for Enjoying Holiday Activities in New York City

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Many of us have some special destinations or events we enjoy traveling to with regularity, and one of those special times and places for us is New York City during the winter holidays. It helps that we have family in Connecticut who we usually get to see when we go to the NYC area, but even without that draw, seeing the real Santa at Macy’s on 34th Street, the outdoor ice skating rinks, the department store windows, the Rockefeller Tree,…

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Best State Parks in the United States for a Thousand

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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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Finding Discount Tickets to Radio City Christmas Spectacular in NYC

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New York City is absolutely magical during the holiday season, and for me it is very high on the “must experience” list if your family enjoys the holiday season even a fraction as much as mine does. We have been very fortunate to take our daughter, and now daughters, to NYC during the holiday season in four of the last six years, and we have it again on our schedule this year.   During our holiday NYC visits we make it…

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Two Great New Locations for Silvercar + Increased Referral Bonus!

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Big news for those who fly into Newark, but hate the traditional rental car process (me, me, me!) as Silvercar is coming to Newark beginning May 9th! I’ll admit to not pricing rental cars in the NYC area as much in the last few years as in years passed when I lived there, but I’m pretty certain that prices in that market are still much higher than in many other cities. In other words, the incremental price difference to rent an Audi…

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NYC Holiday Visit at Intercontinental Times Square Hotel

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Several times in the last few years we have made a trip to New York City with our first daughter, and now both daughters, around the Christmas holidays. From the Radio City Rockettes, to the Rockefeller Tree, to ice skating, to impressive window displays, to Santa and Santaland at Macy’s on 34th Street, there is just so much magic to be head from late November to late December in Manhattan. While it may be one of the most magical places,…

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The Big City Baby Blowout of 2015

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We all know the inevitable truths of death and taxes, but I would argue there is actually a third. Diaper blowouts. It should be death, taxes, and diaper blowouts as they are all absolute inevitabilities. Additionally, there is never a good time for any of them. If you travel enough with a baby you can just about bet that the third inevitability will happen on the road as opposed to near the safety of your own bathtub, closet, and washing…

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NYC Recommendation: Saturday Night Live The Exhibition

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My little family of four is currently in NYC, but while we are here my dad (Grandpa Points) was willing to share one of their favorite activities from their NYC trip a couple of months ago!   We were in our mid twenties in 1975 and the Vietnam War was in its final days. Monday Night Football was becoming a must see phenomenon and Johnny Carson ruled the Late Night. In fact, it was Johnny that was partly responsible for the…

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Seeing or Surviving the Rockefeller Christmas Tree

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Greetings from New York City! Last night our crew of four made the perilous trek to see the famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree! Don’t think the trek from Times Square to Rockefeller is perilous? I didn’t either until I saw the mass of people last night! Based on the sheer volume of people we pretty much had to swim/push through to get there I have to assume this Saturday evening was one of the busiest for that area. The only other time…

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