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Miles & Points

Everything you want to know about accumulating airline miles and hotel loyalty points and redeeming them for free and discounted travel.

Why Every Traveler Needs a Credit Card

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Best Credit Cards for Family Travel

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. Over the years, I have blogged only occasionally …

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Travel Hacking Basics to Save For Your Family’s Disney Vacation

Family vacations can be expensive. Disney destinations in particular often get a bad rap for busting the family vacation budget. If you pay full freight for Walt Disney World or Disneyland trips, they can totally be budget killers. But I know you don’t want to do that, right? You want the secrets to save big. …

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Frequent Flyer Accounts for Kids: What are You Waiting For?

As someone who more than dabbles in the travel rewards community, collecting frequent flyer miles and points is a daily part of my financial and travel planning. Miles and points save my family thousands each year on travel. I realize, however, that not everyone is quite as geeky as I am when it comes to miles. …

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Airline Customer Service Isn’t Dead: Alaska Airlines Goes Above & Beyond

In my line of work, I see a lot of rants about trouble that travelers have had with airlines. I’ve certainly had plenty of harrowing and frustrating airline moments in my family’s travels too. While I don’t mince words when an airline gets it wrong, I think it is really important to tell the stories of …

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The Miles and Points Roller Coaster

For the past 4+ years, I’ve been very involved in the travel hacking world – earning and burning frequent flyer miles and other travel loyalty points to help my family travel on the cheap. I’ve said before that I’m purposefully and happily a bit of an intermediate at this game.  There are several reasons for …

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5 Tips for Getting Started with Hotel Points

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IHG Rewards Club. All opinions are 100% mine. One of the most important tools in my family’s travel arsenal is travel loyalty points. Travel can be expensive, but families can do more of it and do it cheaper by maximizing the benefits these loyalty …

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Saving on Travel & Disney with Rewards Credit Cards

How do I travel as much as I do without busting our family’s budget?  Frequent flyer miles and points of course!  One of the major tools for acquiring these points is credit cards: signup bonuses, category bonuses, and more are a great way to build your frequent flyer stockpile to cash in for discounted travel. I …

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The Costs, Risks, and Ethics of Travel Hacking

Although I don’t blog about it often, I’ve been involved in the frequent flyer miles and points community for several years now.  Sometimes referred to as travel hacking, the miles and points hobby involves looking for innovative and lucrative ways to earn travel rewards points on the cheap to redeem for “free” travel.  There is a …

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Recapping Family Travel For Real Life #FT4RL

I spent this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina attending the Family Travel for Real Life conference.  Family Travel for Real Life (or #FT4RL as you may have seen on Twitter) is a conference founded by Dia at The Deal Mommy to promote diverse perspectives in the family travel and miles and points spheres.  The mission …

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