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500 Bonus United Miles for Online Shopping

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The United MileagePlus shopping site is offering a one time bonus of 500 miles if you spend a cumulative $200 or more at the retailers available via their site from 3/28/17 – 4/1/17. As a reminder, you can find tons of popular online retailers by first clicking through the airline shopping portals including: Gap, Saks, Walmart, Apple, Pottery Barn, and hundreds more. Of course this can also stack with being sure you got the absolute best deal on your purchases as I…

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SPG Points Via SPG Amex Cards!

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SPECIFIC STARWOOD AMEX OFFERS LISTED HERE ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Big, big news this morning for those who love SPG points! Two of my very favorite cards, the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Amex, have temporarily increased their sign-up bonuses to their highest total points level! The normal number of sign-up bonus points for these cards are a total of 25,000 bonus points. They have gone to 30,000 points once a year in many years, and last…

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Easiest Way to Keep Airline Miles from Expiring

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The sad truth about most airline miles is that they can expire on you if you aren’t careful. If you are a member of multiple airline programs and don’t fly all of those airlines with relative frequency, then the likelihood of accidentally having airline miles expire only increases. Using tools like AwardWallet to keep track of your miles and their expiration dates absolutely helps, but that alone won’t keep your airline miles from expiring. There are a few airline loyalty programs like JetBlue…

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Free $10 Olive Garden (Darden) Gift Card for New TopCashBack Members!

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While I usually use the various airline shopping sites to earn airline miles for my online purchases, with some increasing frequency I also use the popular cash back sites such as TopCashBack and Ebates. Sometimes the cash back percentage is better than what the airline mile sites are providing, or sometimes the retailer I want is only available via a cash back site. Even if you don’t use the cash back sites frequently, you should use them at least once when…

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A Tale of #HumanKindness Thanks to a Southwest Employee

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I love (or LUV) stories of people helping each other in the world of travel (and beyond), and this is one of those stories that was originally shared on the Southwest Facebook page that I think is worth passing on. A mom was recently at the gate getting ready to fly with her one year old on a Southwest flight when her little one suddenly vomited all over himself and his stroller. Ugh, the worst.  Flying with your kids can certainly be fun in its own…

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How to Use American AAdvantage Miles for Kids Tickets and Cash for Yours


As you may have read, I’ve had a bit of trouble using my American Airlines AAdvantage miles recently at the saver level. From the extensive discussion in the comments on that post, I know I’m not alone. With four kids, budgets are tight and I am now booking trips beyond when my youngest daughter turns two, so that means that the days of booking her as a free lap baby are over.   With this in mind, as we planned…

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Kids Fly Free on SAS to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and More!


Families can easily suffer from serious sticker shock when booking airline tickets since you have to multiply the going fare by 3, or 4, or 5, or even 8 depending on how many are in your family. Gulp.   However, via a very cool promotion, SAS is offering children through age 11 free tickets to from the United States to Scandinavia and Finland for travel from February 7 – April 9, 2017, as long as tickets are booked by January 23,…

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If Your Travel is Impacted by Today’s FLL Event

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My thoughts are so with those impacted by the shooting today at Ft. Lauderdale Airport. These stories are way too common, way too heartbreaking, and way too close to home. I know that news reports will be conflicting for a while to come, but my best advice for those who are either supposed to transit FLL today, or who are now at FLL and impacted by the events, would be to first take a minute to breathe and count your…

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Track Santa’s Sleigh Now Thanks to NORAD!

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Tracking airplanes via FlightAware or similar is fun, but tracking Santa’s sleigh this one special day per year is better! As they have every year since Christmas Eve 1955, NORAD is helping boys and girls all over the world keep tabs on Santa’s whereabouts as his sleigh and reindeer help fly him through the skies to deliver presents. Today you can use a special NORAD website to actually track Santa’s sleigh in 2D or 3D yourself as he circles the…

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Transferring Points from SPG to Marriott Because of Puppies and Grandparents!

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Like probably everyone else in the miles and points world, I value Starwood Preferred Guest points more than Marriott Rewards points. It’s nothing personal against Marriott, it is just the reality that SPG points are worth more per point as it generally takes fewer of them to obtain the hotel award nights that I want. Even Marriott recognizes this as when they acquired SPG they set the transfer ratio between the two programs at 1 Starwood point = 3 Marriott…

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