Dan Miller

Dan Miller

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 dan@pointswithacrew.com or on Twitter at @PointsWithACrew. He loves helping families travel and is more than happy to answer specific questions.


How to get World Series hotel deals 50% off (or 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...

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I Was on Wheel of Fortune. Here’s What Happened.

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....

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4 Delicious Recipes You Can Cook in a Hotel Room (Without an Oven!)

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...

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When Your Kids Want to Go Swimming Instead of to Walt Disney World

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...

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Planning a surprise trip? 5 packing tips to KEEP it a surprise

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...

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Top 5 Walt Disney World Hacks to Keep Costs Down

We just got back from Walt Disney World and I thought I’d share a few of my top hacks. I don’t claim these as my own inventions, but I thought other budget-conscious Disney travelers might enjoy what we came up with. 1. Bring a stroller (even if your kids aren’t little) Disney World Hack #1: My youngest child is 3 and nearly 4 and is a big girl (just ask her!) – we haven’t regularly used a stroller for her probably in the past 2 years.  Still, there are so many reasons you’ll want a stroller.  First of all, even though...

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9 Spectacular Walt Disney World Pictures That Perfectly Capture Our Trip

We recently returned from Disney World, and as all 21st century families seem to do, we took about 6,000 pictures and videos (slight exaggeration), which we will promptly never look at again!  We had actually not been to Disney World as a family before, and surprised our kids with the Disney trip Please enter the url to a YouTube video. Our family spent time at the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot, and here are 9 of the top pictures that really captured the moment.  Let’s start off the photos with Starting things off was this classic pic of...

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5 Things I’m Stopping For Other Than Gas in The Chevy Malibu

I have many unique (read: strange) travel goals, one of which is that I am trying to visit every COUNTY in the United States.  Yes, you heard that right.  Most people are content with trying to visit 50 states (and only about 14% of Americans have even made it that far), but I was never content with settling for the obvious. At the time of this writing, I’ve visited 48 out of the 50 states (I’ll pick up Alaska later in 2016 and I still need to get to Hawaii), and 1630 of the 3,143 counties in the United States...

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Save the Date: Family Travel for Real Life Conference 10.24.15

Ever wondered how to get started using airline miles and hotel points to travel around the world for free (or cheap)? Join me at Family Travel for Real Life on October 24th in Tysons Corner, Virginia.Organized by Dia Adams (“The Deal Mommy”), this is the third Family Travel for Real Life (#FT4RL) conference and this time I am honored to have been selected as one of the speakers.My topic is “Panning for Gold in Category 1: Hotel Tips, Tricks, and Steals,” which will focus on how to find hotels even in the lower ranges of hotel awards (ones that require...

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Practicing “Train Manners”

Traveling with a family of eight presents its own set of challenges, above and beyond “regular” family travel. For example, one common strategy that people suggest is for parents to use a portable DVD player to help maintain the peace during long car trips. Unfortunately, for those of us with teenagers AND toddlers, there is not a movie on this earth that a 13-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl will both want to watch!! :-D. We’ve actually had some success in taking long car trips with no electronics at all!Another problem we’ve run into is that we make a LOT...

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