Although sign up bonuses are the fastest way to earn credit card miles and points, they are far from the only way. Did you know that you can earn miles and points for almost every online purchase you make? If not, this post will teach you the basics of how to do that. Earning miles and points shopping online usually occurs through shopping portals. Basically, you go through a shopping portal, earn a couple miles based on the amount of money you spend, and go about your day. While the numbers may not be significant, they add up! This...Read More
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My wife, Vicki, and I are expecting our first child in February. Excited is an understatement. So is scared, anxious, nervous. You name it, we’re feeling it. Also, Vicki and I are travelers. I’m glad we have that in common. We’ve visited 10+ countries and traveled around the U.S. in the past five years together. No matter how much of a seasoned traveler you are, I’ve come to learn that traveling while pregnant can change everything. I’m going to share three lessons that we learned during our trip for any future dads. Lesson 1: Do not be overly ambitious. There’s a...Read More
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....Read 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...Read More
Cheap airfare is one of the main things I look for when booking a flight. Flying Frontier Well Frontier you had me at cheap fares! I was determined not to pay for any extras, which I accomplished by packing four days of clothing in a backpack and not bringing any toiletries. I traveled to Orlando in September for the first time alone. No kids, no wife, just me; traveling solo! I decided that I would try and find the most economical method to fly out of Austin. Booking a cheap flight will save you money, but what does it...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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