Final Call to Earn Southwest Companion Pass with Hotel Points

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As you likely already know, one of the very best deals in family travel is the Southwest Companion Pass as it allows a designated companion to fly with you on Southwest paid or award flights for the calendar year you earn it, and the following calendar year for just the price of taxes/fees on the second ticket. However, as I have shared a couple of times, the hard deadline for using hotel points to help get you to the 110,000 needed…

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15,000 Free Hyatt Points for Taking a Hyatt Residence Club Maui Tour


We just spent most of our spring break on the beautiful island of Maui, which hopefully explains my spotty posting here both while we were gone, and also since we have returned home and are recovering from the time change. Back to normal next week, I promise!  Earning 15,000 Free Hyatt Points from a Hyatt Residence Club Maui Tour While we were in Hawaii spending some of our Hyatt points at both the Hyatt Regency Maui and the Andaz Maui…

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Taking a Day Trip Back in Time on the Grand Canyon Railway!


A look at the various cars and classes of travel on the Grand Canyon Railway day trip that takes you not only from Williams, Arizona to the Grand Canyon, but back in time complete with shootouts, horse chases, US Marshals, guitar sing-alongs, and more…

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Last Chance: Save 30,000 SkyMiles on Business Class Awards to Europe


In case you have missed it otherwise, note that today is the last day to book Delta award tickets to Europe at a reduced rate via their current “flash sale”. Through 11:59PM EDT on 3/15/17, you can book a round trip award to Europe from 50,000 miles in the Main Cabin, or 110,00 miles in Delta One (business class). Given how low economy fares to Europe can be, business class is likely the much better, and more comfortable, deal here.…

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Inside the ‘New’ Hyatt Regency Maui Club Lounge!

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I don’t like elite status because I need to feel fancy or important…I’m clearly not. I like elite status because it can save my family real money on our trips, while at the same time making travel more comfortable. With some hotel programs one way that elite status can help is by providing us lounge access on our stays. We have spent the last several days at the Hyatt Regency Maui, and I am so impressed with how much we…

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Win Top Tier Hyatt Globalist Status!

Hyatt Globalist United Club

Earlier this month Hyatt launched their new World of Hyatt loyalty program, and for Hyatt elites the changes brought with them good and bad news, depending on your own situation. Those who were used to qualifying for top tier Hyatt Diamond status annually with 25 eligible one-night stays were met with a sack of bad news to the face as the new program requires 55 – 60 eligible nights per year to qualify or re-qualify for top tier Globalist status. Because…

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Last Chance to for Easy 5x Points This Quarter!

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The Chase Freedom is one of my favorite rewards card with no annual fee, but it is one that requires a small bit of upkeep to maximize its full rewards earning potential. Each quarter you need to register to earn 5x points in the bonus categories, and then of course you need to remember what those categories are when you are out and about using your card. The deadline to activate the first quarter 5x bonus categories of gas stations and local commuter…

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The Award Booking Mistake I’m Not Making Again


In the very near future, we head off on a much awaited return trip to Hawaii. Hawaii is a super interesting destination for many reasons, one of which is that even though for most of us is pretty far away spot, the majority of the planes that fly to Hawaii don’t have the fancy lie-flat seats that you would find if you were heading the opposite direction to Europe. However, from here in Houston it can easily take us longer to…

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Final Weekend for Sapphire Reserve 100,000 Point Offer!


My favorite new rewards credit card and sign-up bonus in the last couple years has been the Chase Sapphire Reserve and its 100,000 point sign-up bonus. My husband and I (and several friends and family members) all got in on this deal when the offer was available online until January of this year. While the offer is not available online any more, it has continued to be available in Chase branches for those who go and apply in person. However,…

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Today Only: Earn 8x United Miles at Apple!


Apple is one of those stores that rarely has very high of a payout in any of the miles and points or cashback online portals, but today is an exception to that general rule. Today only (3/10/17), you can earn 8 United miles per dollar for your purchases if you first start your purchase from the United MileagePlus Shopping site! This 8x miles per dollar rate can add up pretty quickly, especially since many Apple products aren’t especially inexpensive! If…

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