Credit Card Points & Miles

The Secrets to Fly Cheap or Free On Peak Travel Dates

Knowing how to fly cheap or even free on weekends and holidays is crucial to protecting your wallet and reserving the few precious days off American workers receive. The problem of course: that is when everyone wants to travel. Finding cheap plane tickets and or even being able to find saver award space when using airline miles is nearly impossible. Add a wife and kids in tow, and you could easily say goodbye to any vacation slush fund you’ve managed to save up. Today, I’ll share my strategies on how I fly my family of four for cheap, or...

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How to Use Points for Travel: August 1 #TDAD Twitter Party

Traveling Dad is all about finding discounted or free travel and one of the easiest ways to routinely travel at a bargain is to rack up and (properly) use credit card, hotel, and airline points and miles. With that in mind, during an August 1 Twitter Party we’re corralling some points and miles experts and joining forces with our friends at Traveling Mom to give you the lowdown on how to get free hotel nights and flights for your family. Whether you’re just getting started in the points and miles game or already consider yourself a points aficionado, we bet there’s some...

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How to Avoid AirBnB and HotelTonight Fails

Often times, I travel last minute so am fairly used to concocting solutions at the 11th hour. On a recent trip to the Bay Area, though, I experienced an epic last-minute travel fail with my two usual stalwarts: HotelTonight and AirBnB. I will explain how you can prevent a similar mishap so you can avoid AirBnB and HotelTonight fails and not end up homeless while traveling. First, a word about the two prominent services available for the travel warrior. HotelTonight is an app that offers discounted hotel rooms, for the day of travel, based on filling last minute room inventory. The savings...

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I Flew 8 Flights and 14,000 Miles for Fun Last Weekend

If you travel often like I do, airline elite status can be a great thing. Free upgrades, bonus miles, less lines to stand in and priority boarding to grab much desired overhead bin space can all make a trip much smoother. Over the long 4th of July weekend, I took an eight flight, 14,000 mile journey purely for the sake of collecting airline miles to achieve American Airlines top tier Executive Platinum status. Today, I’ll recap my recent eight segment mileage run to Panama City, Panama and explain the benefits of American Executive Platinum status. Earning Status Back in May, my...

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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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Traveling Dad Hosts 100 Points and Miles Enthusiasts in Washington DC

Nearly 100 loyalty points and miles enthusiasts gathered recently at The American Tap Room in Clarendon just west of Washington DC for an evening of networking and discussion on the latest tips and strategies to utilize credit card, airline, and hotel points and miles. Members of the Travel Hacking 101 Facebook Group came together for the second in a series of regional meet ups offering group members a chance to ditch the computer and meet in person. Traveling Dad hosted the evening in order to boost awareness about the ability of families to travel for steep discounts utilizing loyalty programs....

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What do you get for $2.6 billion in cash? Virgin America.

  A quite unlikely merger came to light over the weekend between Alaska Airlines parent Alaska Airlines Group and Virgin America. The cost? A cool $2.6 billion dollars in cash. Rumors of an acquisition began last week, which led to a significant rise in Virgin America’s share price. Two companies seemed to be in the hunt for Virgin America: Alaska Airlines and JetBlue. The potential merger of JetBlue and Virgin would have made more sense to me since they offer similar on-board products and fly the same type of fleet. Also, JetBlue has a strong foothold on the East Coast...

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Top 5 Family Credit Cards to Earn Free Travel

It’s difficult to go through the day without being bombarded by more advertisements than we ever thought possible. And when it comes to the credit card world, these advertisements all seem to promise us something for nothing. While I do believe in the age old economics adage “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” there are credit cards that have provided my family with tremendous rewards. These rewards have allowed us to travel the world, twice in first class, for almost free. Here now, my current top five credit cards that might help your family earn free travel. Chase Sapphire Preferred...

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Travel Like a VIP with the AMEX Platinum Card

Are you the type of traveler who always has an eye on getting ahead of the herd? Do you cringe when you see that long line for security? And once past security, do you scope out a comfortable place to sit that won’t make you feel like you’re in a bus terminal? I’m always on the lookout for an easier way to travel and I have found a way to make it a little more bearable… especially with the kids! The American Express Platinum Card. Don’t leave home without it. It’s not just for business travelers anymore. I’ve reaped the benefits of my platinum card since becoming a father and...

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Alaska Air Entertains With Alaska Beyond

We all know entertaining ourselves on flights can sometimes be a chore. You can’t exactly use Netflix over airplane WiFi because it just isn’t fast enough. Downloading movies via a service like iTunes ahead of time is the way to go, but it’s often hard to remember to do this ahead of time. On Alaska Airlines two days ago, I came across Alaska Beyond and I was instantly amazed – and entertained. On the same screen where you typically go to pay for your GoGo inflight wifi, there’s a button that says “Free movies and entertainment”. You can use...

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