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A Look at British Airways Kids Meals

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Using a mix of money and Avios to score an overall pretty great deal, our family recently flew in British Airways business class to and from London. While it probably sounds strange to those who haven’t don it, I’m a big fan of business class for international trips with kids because even though the parents may not get to relax as much as they would without the kiddos along for the ride, the kids themselves are as comfortable as possible…and a…

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Day 1 Inside the Now Open Houston Amex Centurion Lounge!

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I know I have given more than a fair amount of coverage to the Amex Centurion Lounge Houston in the last 48 hours, but it isn’t every day that a world class lounge that so many of us have access to opens in my own backyard, so hang with me through one more post if this isn’t your topic of choice. I actually wasn’t planning on going to the official opening day of the Amex Centurion Lounge Houston since I…

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Inside the Brand New Houston Amex Centurion Lounge!


I love airport lounges when they are done well as they offer a perfect respite from the craziness that can be airline travel. Heck, if they have a corner for my family, I love them even when they aren’t done that well. A decade ago I thought airport lounges were just for super busy executives who couldn’t waste a minute of downtime, or for rich and important people that didn’t want to mingle with the “commoners” between flights. Since I…

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Review of United First Class on the Embraer 175

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We recently flew United Express from Houston to Wichita, Kansas, a route that we have previously flown many, many times before due to having family in Kansas. Not surprisingly, our flights on this route have always been on a regional jet. I didn’t think much of our recent reservation in terms of aircraft type or seat assignments until the day before departure when I got an email that we our elite upgrades had cleared. Our what? I knew we were already…

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Maximizing SPG Points for Holiday Vacations

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Now that I have both a kindergartener on a traditional school schedule and a husband with an 8-5 office job that has limited vacation days, I have pretty much joined the ranks of millions of other Americans who primarily plan vacations around school breaks, long weekends, and official holidays. You know, the times of year that generally cost the most! That is sort of a travel deal hunter’s worst nightmare, but if you know how to maximize your hotel points…

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Colorado Gardening


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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The Doona Infant Car Seat Stroller Review

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Most parents who travel (or even just live) with babies and young children are desperate for any gear or gadget that can truly make their lives easier and their babies safer. There’s a ton of baby gear out there that isn’t really a game changer, but then there is the Doona Infant Car Seat. The Doona Infant Car Seat is truly a game changer for traveling families, and also those families who primarily travel around their own communities. The Doona is an infant…

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Save Time and $25 on a Grocery Order With Instacart


In continuing my theme of streamlining things for those who have little kids in the house, spend much of their life traveling, or just are plain busy, here is something I did this week that not only saved time but money, too! Get Groceries Delivered via Instacart If you haven’t yet used Instacart, allow me to introduce you to your potentially new BFF. I know there are other services out there that will grocery shop for you, but in my…

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NYC Recommendation: Saturday Night Live The Exhibition


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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Review of New Miami American Express Centurion Lounge

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The Miami American Express Centurion Lounge opened to the public this week on June 4th, and as much as I love Centurion Lounges, I’m “grounded” at the moment, so I asked a friend to review the lounge for us.  As luck would have it, a very frequently-flying-friend, Michael, and was willing to check out the 8,000 square foot lounge on opening day and share his thoughts.  Michael has top-tier status with United and American, flies more than I ever would…

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