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Disclosure: Traveling Dad may receive a commission for credit card products mentioned on this page. The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airline, or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. Looking for credit card tips and tricks and the best credit cards to use for travel? This is a great place to start. Airline miles and hotel points are one of the best ways to reduce the cost of travel for you and your family, and the fastest way to earn...

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When to Use Miles and Points Instead of Cash to Save Money on Travel

For families that travel, miles and points are often overlooked. But should they? There is real value in miles and points when they are used properly. Many families only think of cash when they build their travel budget, but are they missing out on valuable opportunities to save money on travel? Let’s take a look at when to use miles and points vs cash on common travel expenses. What are Miles and Points First thing’s first, what are miles and points? Everyone understands what cash is. Cash, at least in the past few centuries, has been the main means of payment transaction. Miles and points have been around for several decades, but many people do not fully grasp the value that can be found when used properly. In the 1980s, airlines started rewarding passengers for their loyalty in the form of miles. Hotels followed suit with points. Credit card companies have also provided their card holders with rewards for using their card instead of cash. Miles and points vary in value depending on the program used. To simplify the description, airlines have award charts and hotels have categories. There is typically a set number of points needed for different regions in award charts and different hotel categories. These award charts and hotel categories are usually not impacted by the cost of a flight or hotel night, as they are...

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How to Use Hotel Points When Hotels Are Selling Out

As a traveling dad, one of the biggest costs of traveling with a family ends up being your lodging costs.  This is especially true for our family since as a larger family (there are 8 of us), we often have to get TWO hotel rooms instead of one.  One of the things that we do is use points earned from hotel credit cards to help offset these lodging costs.  While hotel points can be super useful at any time, one of my best tips for using hotel points is to use them during peak travel times.  Because most hotels don’t change the amount of points it takes for an award stay, you can get some IMMENSE value during peak travel times when cash rates soar Using hotel points to save money during peak travel times One of my best tips for using hotel points is to use points instead of cash during peak travel times.  Some of the best peak travel times where this works is during big sporting events such as the World Series,  Super Bowl or big college football games in small towns. Depending on where you travel for the holidays points might come in handy as well. For more details on how to use hotel points to save money during some of these big sporting events, check out How to get Super Bowl hotel deals 50%...

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How to reward yourself with back to school purchases

Back to school. It’s that time of the year again. That time when your wallet may be getting a little thin from buying school supplies, clothes, shoes, electronics, and more. You may not know it, but these purchases can earn you a lot of points for cash back and travel. Follow along and learn how you can earn your next trip off of the purchase of your back to school supplies. New Credit Card Signup Bonuses New credit card signup bonuses are, by far, the best way to earn the most points in the shortest amount of time. How...

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When is it Worth Paying a Credit Card Annual Fee?

You have probably heard about credit card annual fees and, if you are like most people, you probably try to avoid them. In this post, we will look at how to make a decision on paying your annual fee or canceling a card with an annual fee. Ultimately, the decision to keep or cancel any credit card is your decision. Hopefully, this post will help you decide when it is best to cancel or keep your credit card open. What is a Credit Card Annual Fee?   First thing’s first. What is an annual fee? An annual fee, as...

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Save money on your vacation with travel rewards credit cards sign up bonuses

Every year, people who don’t get to travel a lot cite budget as a major contributing factor. It can be difficult for families to budget enough to take the trips they want to take, especially as they get bigger. But if you’re in the process of planning a big trip, you can easily save some significant cash using a travel credit card sign up bonus. Let’s take a look at how to do this in the simplest way possible. Disclosure: Traveling Dad may receive a commission for approvals received through links on this page. The editorial content on this...

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Southwest Airlines – Why They Are Perfect For Your Family

The United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. If these places are where you want to fly with your family, then Southwest Airlines should be one of the first places you look. Southwest is great for your family and one of the friendliest airlines you will fly.   Southwest Boarding Process You may know Southwest as “that weird airline that doesn’t assign seats”. If you have never flown with them before, this can be a bit stressful. Once you understand the process, however, it is fairly easy to navigate. It is especially friendly if you are traveling with young kids....

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Credit Card Benefits That You Should Know About

Remember getting that new credit card in the mail and immediately throwing away the credit card benefits package? Many people overlook this fine print, but I’m here to tell you that knowing your credit card benefits can save you a good amount of money and headaches. These benefits range from free checked bags to extended warranties and in this post we’ll introduce some of the ones you should know about. Disclosure: Traveling Dad may receive a commission for approvals received through links on this page. The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card...

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