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.


Infant plane ticket: to buy or not to buy?

In the good old days, you used to be able to buy a discounted infant plane ticket. But nowadays airlines that offer such tickets are few and far between: you can get one on Southwest but you can’t do it online. Even then it might not be worth the phone call. The question every traveling dad has before there child turns two: should I buy an infant plane ticket? I’ve found very strong opinions on the subject – needless to say people can be fiercely defensive of their position. I’m not here to wade into that argument today, instead, I...

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Saving Money on Disney Park Tickets

Everyone knows that Disney costs a lot of money. Part of the Disney magic is that your wallet gets magically lighter by the end of a trip! Still, there are ways to save money if you are willing to do some legwork. One of the toughest things to save money on are Disney park tickets. Unless you’re planning on actively avoiding the parks, you are going to be out a couple hundred of dollars. Here are some of the ways you can save money on park tickets – and some ways you can stretch your Disney park tickets further! Open...

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Why London is great with young kids

When my wife and I think of cities in other countries we love, London always nears the top of the list. We enjoyed visiting the city a great deal before we had kids. Of course, after we had kids, the question was, can we handle taking them overseas? For parents considering testing the waters with traveling overseas with young children (or even parents who travel overseas with their kids all the time!), London remains an excellent option. Here are some of the reasons I think London is great for kids – with some caveats. Travel options make London convenient...

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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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