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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

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!

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!

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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Act Fast: $10 Amazon Credit With No Purchase Required!

Update: I am 99.99% sure this is now dead and those who didn’t use their credits already have had them disappear. Congrats to those who got in quickly! Right now there is a fantastic deal for $10 in free Amazon credit available to most (or all?) if you have a MasterCard and smart phone or mobile browser and can follow a few steps. I don’t expect this to last very long because it is just too great of a deal…

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Get Your Free Macy’s Santaland Express Pass Tonight!

For three out of the last four years or so we have had the good fortune of taking our daughter, and then daughters, to see the real Santa at Macy’s on 34th Street in New York City. The first year we went we were newbies to the process and we waited in a long. Long. Long. Long line. Thank goodness we had just one daughter at the time, I had both of my parents to help (and my line hating husband selected…

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Hyatt Holiday Sale: Save Up To 25% Through 2017

Pretty much every travel provider will offer some kind of Black Friday related sale in the coming week or so, and while they won’t all be overly impressive you can still stack up some savings by aligning the sales with your planned travel. Right now Hyatt Gold Passport is offering a holiday sale of up to 25% at participating hotels in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Latin America through November 29, 2017, if you book by November 29,…

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What I Told My Six Year Old Daughter About President Trump

This is a mom post, but not a travel post. Please feel free to read or skip as appropriate.  My first grade daughter watched some of the election debates and coverage with us over the previous months, and we had many subsequent discussions about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the office of the President of the United States. She is young, but she is old enough to notice some things when watching him speak in those debates and elsewhere that…

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Now or Never for These 60,000 Points + 5x Points

One of my favorite reward credit cards for years has been the Ink Plus Small Business Card, but as I have mentioned, that card is reportedly about to close for new sign-ups for good. This means it is “now or never” to add this card to your miles and points toolkit, and here’s why you might want to get that done ASAP. Why You Should Move on the Chase Ink Plus The Ink Plus has a healthy online sign-up bonus of…

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