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Discounted Miles and Points Available for Black Friday and Beyond

If you don’t want to spend money on “things” this shopping season, but would rather help yourself or a loved one get ready for a miles and points fueled travel adventure, then you could consider buying them (or yourself) miles or points at a discounted rate. All of the programs listed below have a limited time discount or bonus available on purchased miles, though note that some of the exact bonus amounts may be slightly targeted, so be sure to log in…

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Planning a Quick Trip to The Bahamas on Miles and Points

For the first time in my memory, our local school district added a fall break this year in early October that consisted of an early release day on Friday as well as a holiday on Monday. This seemed to be the perfect opportunity for a short getaway, but I wasn’t sure what the perfect destination would be until a Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale dropped the price for awards to Nassau in the Bahamas to 27,500 miles per round trip on…

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Use Miles and Points for a Last Minute Trip to See Fall Foliage

For the last couple of months, I have written an article each week for my “Get to the Points” column over at creditcards.com. I’m writing for a slightly different audience over there than here, but I would encourage you to keep an eye out for the new articles each Friday on their site if you want to read about timely and seasonal miles and points related tips. It has been a lot of fun writing about a pre-determined topic each week…

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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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Losing Yourself (and Travel) to Life

When people talk about binge-watching Netflix shows I can’t relate. I don’t even have my own shows that I watch, not to mention no concept of how you can come up with hours to lay around and watch a show. I mean, it sounds absolutely glorious, I just can’t relate. I can, however, tell you all about shows on Nick Jr. and Disney, or even branch into discussing a few kid-appropriate shows that don’t involve cartoon characters, but I don’t…

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Points Friendly Hotels Still Closed Due to Hurricane Irma

It’s pretty common for airline websites to have a travel waiver or travel advisory of some sort up for at least an airport or two around the world at any given time. However, I have never seen anything like you will find on most US airline websites right now. There isn’t one advisory/waiver, there are tons and tons of them with different city groupings and valid dates and terms, largely because of all of the damage that tropical systems have done…

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Why Am I Still Not Booking A Flight to Australia?

I have wanted to use airline miles to go to Australia and New Zealand for years. And years. And years. I fact, this was my goal redemption with the US Airways miles I was earning back during the big US Airways Grand Slam promotion years ago… that many of you probably don’t even remember because it has been so long and that promotion and frequent flyer program no longer even exist. I’ve had some great trips with my miles since…

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What Do You Mean You Don’t Want to Go to Venice?

Over the weekend American Airlines loaded some new seasonal routes from the US to Europe in their system for travel next summer. When they did this there was very temporarily a plethora of business class award space available for multiple people on the same flights. This. Doesn’t. Happen. Often. I not only wrote about it, but put a flight for ourselves on hold for next summer from Dallas – Chicago – Venice. I couldn’t easily make it work all the…

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Looking for San Diego Recommendations

My husband is doing some work out in California this week, so we decided to take advantage of the time his parents will be with us in Texas by having me head west to join him for a couple days. We plan to meet up in San Diego for a short, fun, no-kids, relaxing break on the California coast.   So far our only experience in San Diego was walking from one airport terminal to the other on our way to Hawaii, so…

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