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What It’s Like to Fly Internationally with Kids During COVID-19

Now is definitely not the time to be taking a casual international getaway. Borders are closed around the world, and quarantine restrictions are often in place for the few destinations that are still open to Americans. But some Americans nevertheless have to travel – even abroad – out of necessity. My sister is one of …

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No Change Fees: Which Airline Has the Most Generous Policy?

Late yesterday, United Airlines made some serious waves in the brave new world of 2020 air travel. The airline announced that it was eliminating change fees. United previously charged non-elite passengers who wanted to change their flights to another date or time a whopping $200 per ticket over and above any difference in fare. Just …

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Complete Guide to Airline Change Policies During Coronavirus Travel Disruptions

The novel coronavirus that emerged at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, China has now spread around the world. When I first published this post on March 2, 2012, most of us weren’t taking COVID-19 that seriously. When I updated it again less than two weeks later, America had radically shifted to shelter-in-place. Air travel …

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10 Mistakes You Might be Making with Frequent Flyer Miles

Frequent flyer miles can be a great tool to help families travel on the cheap. My own family saves thousands of dollars on flights and other travel costs every year thanks to miles and points. The frequent flyer programs of most major airlines, however, have gotten increasingly complex. The good news is that some of …

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Which Southwest Credit Card is Right for You?

If you want to earn points towards free flights aboard Southwest Airlines, one of the easiest ways to do that is with a Southwest co-branded credit card. Chase currently offers three Southwest personal credit cards (in addition to two business cards) that are an excellent way to load up your Southwest Rapid Rewards account balance. …

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Top 7 Tips for Baby’s First Flight

The inspiration to write this post with tips for new parents for their baby’s first flight came nearly 5 years ago. Way back then, my younger sister was planning to taking her first flight with her then 5 month old daughter. After many years writing a blog about traveling with babies and kids and traveling …

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3 Little-Known Airline Rules All Traveling Parents Need to Know

Flying with kids can be a challenge. But sometimes airlines can make it harder by throwing a curveball your way with a unique rule or requirement that you weren’t expecting on your travel day. My family has flown on pretty much every US airline and quite a few international carriers over the years. While the basics …

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Southwest Hawaii Flights: Everything You Need to Know

Trips With Tykes has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Trips With Tykes and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. In the fall of 2017, Southwest Airlines first …

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Everything You Need to Know About Flying to Disneyland

Planning to fly to Mickey’s home in Southern California for a vacation? Even though my family lives in Northern California, we fly to Anaheim much more often than we drive. Flying to Disneyland is a totally different ballgame than flying to Walt Disney World in Orlando. Air travel to the Los Angeles area may seem …

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