Joe Cheung

Joe Cheung

As writer of the blog As The Joe Flies Joe Cheung is a self-described “average Joe trying to fly his family for less.” He specializes in helping families utilize their miles and points to travel at a great discount. He uses those same techniques to travel domestically and abroad with his wife and two children throughout the year. You can also find him podcasting at Saverocity and Tweeting at @asthejoeflies.


When’s the best time to fly for kids under five?

Before I became a traveling dad, I was willing to take all sorts of flights to get to my destination. Redeyes, multiple destinations, overnights, you name it. But everything changed when I had my daughter, and even more changed after I had my son. After 36 flights for my almost 4 year old daughter and 13 for my toddler son, I’ve come up with my favorite times to fly. When traveling with babies and toddlers, I’ve found it really important to choose the right flights and fly at the right time of the day for my kids. Obviously everyone’s...

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Family Friendly Frequent Flyer Program Policies

Even the savviest travelers need to make adjustments once they become traveling dads! Traveling with kids often means learning a whole new set of rules. At the very least, it means higher costs and added stress at the airport. For traveling dads, not all frequent flyer programs are created equal. Here are some of the more family friendly airline policies out there. Free Checked Stroller or Car Seat (or both!) – All airlines Checked bag fees are all the rage these days. Still, airlines try to be family friendly when it comes to items like strollers and car seats....

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Minimize Wait Times By Maximizing Rider Switch at Walt Disney World

When I took my family of four to Walt Disney World for the first time, I vowed to make the best use of our time – and we did just that using techniques I outlined in a previous post. Part of my strategy was based on what my friend (and Traveling Mom) Leslie from Trips with Tykes spoke to me about the wonders of rider switch. She’s written THE definitive guide for rider switching at Disneyland. At Disney World, there are some subtle differences, so I thought I’d write a complementary guide here! How does rider switch work? The concept...

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Four Things Walt Disney World Can Learn From Hershey Park

I love Disney World – it’s far and away my favorite theme park to visit. Still, That’s not to say the Mouse doesn’t have room for improvement – on the contrary, I feel the quality of the parks has been decreasing, but that’s for another post. But should we compare Hershey and Disney? I visited Hershey Park with my family over the summer and couldn’t help but notice a few things I thought Disney might consider learning from. I think it’s fair game to ask Disney to improve: theoretically they say they are always trying to! Some of these...

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5 Sites That Will Help You Find Cheap Flights

As your family gets bigger, the value of affordable plane tickets increases exponentially. That’s why a lot of people turn to “travel hacking” – figuring out how to get more with less. Fellow TDAD Richard Kerr and I have been doing this for years and it has really helped us with our travel budgets (read about his Travel Hacking Meetup here). If you’re interested in Travel Hacking, I’ve started writing a Family Travel Hacking Guide that will eventually cover all of the basics. If you don’t think you have the time, you can still save a lot of money...

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5 Tips for Minimizing TSA Wait Times

If you’ve been reading the news, you’ve seen pictures of insane TSA wait times and heard stories of people missing their flights. Vox has a nice article detailing some of the issues involved. With summer coming and air travel expected to be as high as it has ever been, here are five ideas for minimizing your wait times and making your time at the airport a little less stressful – especially if you’re traveling with your family and young kids! 1. Sign up for Global Entry or TSA Precheck Before 9/11, security was a lot less involved. You didn’t...

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Maximize Your Time with Young Kids at Disney Using FastPass+

When I visit Disney World, I like to maximize my time as much as possible. Although Disney has done a great job of adding interactive exhibits to the queues, when you have children under the age of 5 you still want to be minimizing the time waiting in line. You can use a service like Touring Plans (my impressions), but what I have found is with young kids you don’t even need to resort to that. Here are my suggestions for how to maximize your time with young kids at Disney, including suggestions for how to maximize FastPass+. For...

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First Flight With A Baby? Ask Yourself These Questions!

So you’re taking your baby on her first flight – great! I, for one, am a huge fan of getting infants and toddlers used to flying as early on in life as possible. But as everyone knows, flying can be stressful, and flying with babies even more so. After dozens of flights with our 3 year old and six or seven flights with the 9 month old, my wife and I have pretty much figured out what works for us. Every family is going to be different and I wouldn’t tell anyone what’s best for their child on the...

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If Your Kid Doesn’t Remember The Trip… So What?

My three year old daughter loves eating Italian food. When we were still at that stage where parents count the number of words their child knows, “pasta” was on the list. I’d love to say taking her to Italy was integral to cultivating her love for Italian cuisine, but that would be a bald-faced lie. She wasn’t even eating solid foods yet. There are tons of reasons I believe it is worthwhile to travel with young children, but the number one question I get for pushback is inevitably, “What’s the point of traveling if they aren’t going to remember...

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