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Get $250 in Gift Cards with a $400 Travel Booking

Sometimes in this hobby there are offers that we don’t quite understand in terms of how they work out for the company offering the deal, but we jump on them anyway because they are awesome for us. One such offer from Upside is wrapping up tomorrow, and it is really an outstanding offer if you have $400 worth of travel to book in the next 24 hours or so.   If you are a new Upside customer who is referred by…

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Last Minute Great Eclipse Travel Tips

The Great American Eclipse is in just five days, so that means that this is really your last call to decide you if you want to be a part of it, and it also means that the weather forecasts are coming into clearer view. There aren’t many events where weather plays quite as dominate of a player as this since storms or even signifiant clouds, fog, or haze, or smoke can block your view of what truly sounds like a…

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Lots of Additional United Flights to Ski Towns Loaded

United has recently beefed up their winter flight offerings to ski-towns in the Western United States, so if you don’t yet have your award (or paid) flights booked for your family’s winter ski trip, today is a good day to check availability. Some of the flights are offered year-round, but many of the flights to smaller ski towns such as Telluride, Jackson Hole, Steamboat Springs, Idaho Falls, Glacier Park and Big Sky operate only from late December to late March.…

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A Summer of Adventure, Travel, and Growth

Our daughters start back to school this week, so it is a logical time to look back at the way we chose to spend this summer. But in truth, that isn’t the full reason why I am doing a mental review of how we did giving our daughters three months worth of memories and experiences. With the events going on in our own country as we speak, I can’t help but wonder how many of the 20-something year olds we see…

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Airline Miles Make the Abnormal Normal

Over the weekend I had the privilege of hanging out at the Hyatt Place Houston Galleria with fellow Houston miles and points travel junkies thanks to an Award Travel 101 Facebook Group meet-up. Richard Kerr, who runs that group, told a few travel stories and did a short presentation on award chart sweet spots, and I got to primarily just hang out meet fellow Houston travelers while chatting about upcoming trips. As always, meeting other travelers and sharing stories face to…

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How to Use Hotel Points to Stay in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

There may be just shy of a million points friendly hotel options in cities like Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando, or even Honolulu, but the same is not always true when you venture a bit more off the trail. When your travels take you into some smaller towns, or even just ones that simply have a ton of character and a bit of an issue with big nationwide chain hotels, your options and strategies change a bit. In those cases you will find your options…

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Tips for Booking Business Class Awards to Europe for Summer 2018

If you are working with a relatively fixed schedule, getting multiple business class seats from the United States to Europe during the summer probably isn’t the easiest thing you will ever do. This is especially true if you are starting from a smaller US city and aiming to eventually arrive in a specific smaller spot in Europe. Unicorns exist, lighting strikes, and once in a blue moon the stars align to give you exactly what you want on a saver…

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Travel Planning 2020

In my little corner of the world there aren’t many better ways to spend a Sunday morning than at home with a blanket on the couch, drinking iced coffee, and working on travel plans while the kids are occupied with toys and cartoons. Such was my morning today, and with the catchy (and soul sucking) sounds of “Baby Shark do do do do do do” humming in the background, I worked on travel plans. With this summer already starting to wind down, I started…

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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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Save on Holiday 2018 – 2019 Travel By Booking SPG Properties Now

A couple weeks ago I shared that the Starwood Preferred Guest booking window was stuck in early December 2018 instead of extending through the 2018 winter holidays and into January 2019 as it normally would via an 18 month booking window. I didn’t know if this was a temporary glitch or an intentional decision by SPG/Marriott. Either way, it was a major bummer for OCD points planners like myself because the expensive winter holidays are exactly when I love to…

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