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We’ll Take Austin to Reno for $20, Alex!

Today Grandpa Points brings you a story of how his morning unexpectedly went from toast and peaches to Lake Tahoe and Carson City all thanks to moving quickly on a limited-time travel deal. We consider ourselves to be travelers. We enjoy the experience and the reward. We enjoy the trips that take long-term planning such as our venture to Alaska three years ago and our future visit to Hawaii scheduled for June of 2019. These long-range excursions require planning and…

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Planning a Trip to the Washington DC Cherry Blossoms Based on Averages and Guessing

Planning a trip to see the Washington DC Cherry Blossoms when they are in peak bloom requires knowledge, skill, planning, and most of all, luck. Follow along as Grandpa Points rolls the dice at planning a trip during the best viewing dates, craps out, and then rolls again…

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Las Vegas Parking Fees, When $10 Can Become a PR Nightmare

This is a guest post from my dad, Grandpa Points. He and my mom are in their late-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 low-cost airline as long as it gets them where they…

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Visiting Yellowstone, A Land For All Time

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 low-cost airline as long as it gets them where they…

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“I Already Have Too Many Miles and Points”

Since entering the world of the mostly-retired and accumulating miles and points, largely through using rewards credit cards, my parents have increased the number of trips they take per year pretty significantly. I don’t keep count of their adventures, but if I had to guess, I would say they travel at least once a quarter, with one or two trips a year being of the week-long variety. They aren’t road warriors by any stretch, but they do get around the country…

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2020 Miles for a 20/20 Vision of the Solar Eclipse

We decided about two months ago to personally witness and experience the American Total Solar Eclipse. We wanted the whole enchilada, the deluxe package of maximum totality. However, to achieve this meant travel, as the view from our front porch in southeast Texas was only going to be about 65% occlusion. We looked at the eclipse maps that highlighted the areas of our country that were in the path of totality. Some of the locations were pretty sexy and exciting and certainly…

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