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Three Things to Bring When Traveling With a Baby

Yesterday we took our first flight as a family of four in a few months, and while packing I realized I have three things I must bring when traveling with a baby or toddler that go well beyond the obvious choices like diapers, an extra kid outfit, snacks, toys, and iPads. I’m going to assume for the moment you have that obvious packing list covered, but there are three things you need to bring when traveling with a baby or younger kid…

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What To Do if You Aren’t Using Your Miles

Let’s pretend for a moment you have 62,000 United miles, 103,000 American AAdvantage miles, 80,000 Ultimate Reward points, 105,000 Membership Reward points, 55,000 Delta SkyMiles, and maybe a splattering of other miles and points spread across a few more accounts. Despite having those miles you find yourself continuing to spend cash for your travels while simultaneously wondering why you are doing that when wasn’t the purpose of earning your miles and points to stop spending as much cash on travel as possible?…

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The Battle of Stuff vs. Experiences

I’m not a true minimalist who needs bare shelves and just a handful of things hanging in my closet to feel at peace, but too much ‘stuff” stresses me the heck out, and while I am firmly one who often values experiences over things, the ‘things’ seem to keep multiplying. This ‘stuff’ problem wasn’t a real issue before kids came along, but now that I have an elementary aged daughter who brings home projects, papers, books, artwork, and more on…

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Three Slightly More Affordable Disney VIP Tours and Experiences

In trying to come up with fun and kid-friendly replacement ideas for a ‘big’ summer trip that seems to be crumbling out from under us, Disney World bubbled to the top of the list. Compared to other destinations, summer flights to Orlando are pretty reasonable, and while I’m not a total Mouse Fanatic (not that there is anything wrong with that), it’s been a couple of years since we have been to Disney World, and I’m starting to get ‘the itch’.…

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How We Pick Our Travel Destinations

School is now wrapping up for the year, and that means a few months of summer freedom are upon us. Of course for working parents (and perhaps all parents), summer freedom is met at least with an equal mix of excitement and dread since trying to fill the kids’ days with activities consisting more than using an iPad or eating crackers in the backyard without going broke in the process can be a challenge. Still, the upside of summer is that you…

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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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Three Years to Book These Six Great Aeroplan Awards

It was recently announced that the Aeroplan program that has served as the rewards program for Air Canada will no longer be the rewards program for Air Canada effective June 2020 when the current contract expires. That is obviously still a little ways off, so while there is no rush to make any big changes or spend-downs on your Aeroplan account balance, it still doesn’t hurt to think about ways to use your Aeroplan miles between now and June 2020…

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Plan Now to Save on Disney Not So Scary Halloween Events!

Disney World is special pretty much 365 days a year, but on a few nights per year the special quotient is upped even higher via some themed holiday events that take place at The Magic Kingdom. Two of these annual special events are Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Not surprisingly, these are pretty popular events so planning ahead is even more crucial than normal. We enjoyed the heck out of Mickey’s Not So…

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Finding Saver Awards With American AAdvantage Miles

A few months ago I shared that I thought American Airlines AAdvantage miles had overall become worse than Delta SkyMiles, which is to say they had fallen to the bottom spot of the major US based airline loyalty programs. My dissatisfaction with American AAdvantage was based largely on the reality that saver awards, even just for pretty ordinary domestic hops, were simply not available…or were very, very barely available, and then only on non-logical itineraries where it took three flights at…

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The Best Time to Plan Spring Break Trips on Miles

I know some of you lucky folks are still in the middle of your spring break weeks, and I truly hope you are having a blast.  At the same time, it is never too early to think about the next round of family vacation fun. In fact, I would argue that now is the best time to plan your spring break for next year, especially if you like to travel using miles and points. Some of us in the south have…

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