The Travel Channel’s Best Travel Deals

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I work with the Travel Channel’s online site from time to time to share some miles, points, and family travel tips.  This month they are doing a feature on the “Best Travel Deals”, so I was excited to share some of my favorite deals.  Along with me, they also have tips from fellow travel junkies The Points Guy, Frugal Travel Guy, Johnny Jet, Nomadic Matt, and others.  This is a part of a longer series that features different “Travel Best” tips on a variety of travel related topics throughout the year.     Travel Channel Budget Tips Mommy Points

The travel deals tip I shared that made the cut was to consider off-peak airline redemptions as they can save you a huge number of miles if you can make the dates work.  For example, you can fly during off-peak times from the US – Europe for as low as 30,000 US Airway miles round trip (35k without the co-branded card).  That is insane given that a domestic round trip will typically set you back 25,000 miles!  I did this last year (in business class, which is no longer available), and even though it was February in Europe, the weather didn’t impact our fun at all.


Dublin in February 2013 on an off-peak award

Some other tips featured are: the best hotel loyalty program, best phone app for international travel, best site for car rentals, and more!  Some of the tips are very miles and points specific, but some are more general travel specific and can be a good refresher.

If you have some time, check out the article and see if your favorite travel deal made the cut!

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  1. Hi Summer,

    I enjoy reading all the great information and about your experiences in your blog each day! I have told my sister in San Antonio about the Chicago seminars. She and her husband are just getting started in the miles and points world with credit card bonuses and award travel. She would like to know if there are any seminars they could attend in Texas.

    My brother-in-law earns Delta miles and Marriott points from business travel. They each have one credit card and neither earns miles or points. They are especially interested in earning Delta miles but are very cautious. Any suggestions for how to get started?


  2. Interesting that the top 10 do not mention the 50K offers for the two United Airlines and the American Airlines credit cards, let alone the inside knowledge ways of getting same. This after interviewing expert bloggers. Alas, no one talked to me…

  3. Carol, I don’t know of any seminars currently planned in Texas, but the good news is they can get started just fine without a seminar. That is great he had a head start with business travel miles/points, but Delta is not where I would recommend focusing on outside of work as other types of airline miles can be much easier to use. Here is a link to my beginners guide, and feel free to have them email me at mommypoints at with questions.
    Emma, well it may be February everywhere at the same time, but it can look quite different depending on where you are. 😉 Some have the false impression that February is always cold and nasty in Europe, when that really isn’t the case in many parts.
    Gary, I think they only wanted one credit card related tip and I would agree CSP is a great overall card. Plus, they only wanted things that were simple for everyone. No inside tricks or schemes or etc… 😉

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