Sometimes there is confusion about airline flight terms. Layover, stopover and open jaw are three of the more common ones. These are typically used with booking award tickets, but they can also be true when booking regular (cash) tickets. I know that when I was first starting out, back before I did my first ever credit card churn or my first trip I got for (almost) free with miles and points, I remember seeing these terms and not understanding what they meant. Definition of a layover A layover is often called just a connection, and it’s the easiest one to explain. Any time you’re not making a nonstop (direct) flight, you’ll have a layover or connection, often-times in the hub of the airline on which you’re flying. This is especially common when you live in a non-hub airport. In most cases, unless I am flying TO the hub of a particular airport, I have to connect. When we went on our trip to Miami back in 2014, we flew on US Airways (now part of American Airlines), and connected in Charlotte (then a US Airways hub) Definition of a stopover A stopover is exactly like a layover, just a little bit longer :-). Typically a layover is anything less than 4 hours domestically, or less than 24 hours internationally. With paid tickets, it’s harder to book a stopover (it usually just counts...Read More
Dan Miller generally writes over at Points With a Crew about how families (especially larger families) can travel for free or cheap. Feel free to contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @PointsWithACrew. He loves helping families travel and is more than happy to answer specific questions.
While my daughter and I were in New York City a few months ago, we decided to take a New York City pizza tour. Our family loves pizza (who doesn’t!) and one of our favorite family traditions is homemade pizza every week. After doing a bit of research, we decided on Scott’s Pizza Tours, a company based in Manhattan that runs a variety of different pizza tours. Our tickets were $40 and take you to 3 different pizzerias in New York. 1 child 4 years old or younger can come for free per paying adult (As long as you...Read More
With the 2016 World Series ongoing, many fans of either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians are buying tickets as well as traveling to either Chicago or Cleveland to watch their team. Personally, being originally from Cleveland, I am looking forward to the Indians trying to capture their first World Series title since 1948. Cubs fans have an even longer drought, as the Cubs last won the Series in 1908. With median ticket prices for Games 3-5 pushing over $1000, fans are looking for any way they can to cut down on expenses. And while there aren’t a ton...Read More
A few years ago, I was one of the lucky few to be selected to appear on an episode of Wheel of Fortune Although millions of people apply to be on Wheel of Fortune each year, only a very small percentage of those people are actually able to make it on the show. To get on Wheel of Fortune, I filled out a form on their website, then a few months later got an email inviting me to an audition in Louisville. There, with about 100 other people, I participated in mock games and other interviews with WoF staff....Read More
Recently I wrote a post titled The Complete Beginner’s Guide to cooking in a hotel room. This was a hotel room cooking post written out of necessity as we took our family of 8 to Disney World. Since we were trying to limit our food budget, we ended up cooking a couple of meals in our hotel room, even though we didn’t have a stove and just had a mini-refrigerator. (We were there on a conference and didn’t have a choice in our lodgings). (SEE ALSO: My top 5 Disney World tips for a budget traveler) Some of the comments on...Read More
It’s the classic parenting facepalm. You buy the big expensive Christmas present that EVERYBODY wants… and your kid is more interested in playing with the cardboard box it came in. We ran into this on a recent vacation. We had surprised the kids with a trip to Disney World, and everyone was super excited Please enter the url to a YouTube video. (SEE ALSO: My top 5 Disney World tips for the budget traveler) But when we got there, after the first day’s excitement wore off, we kept hearing questions like “When can we go back to the hotel and...Read More
Last month my wife and I decided that we would take a family vacation to Disney World. To maximize our time, we decided that we would try and leave on a Thursday afternoon RIGHT after I came home from work. We didn’t tell the kids at ALL. As soon as I came home, we got the kids together to tell them – Check out the video of how long my daughter screams after she finds out she’s going to Disney World. Planning a surprise trip like this takes a LOT of coordination – we basically turned our bedroom into a secure citadel...Read More