I often get a bit over eager to experience life with my 2.5 year old son. I’ll begin making elaborate plans for going to a baseball game or heading to a theme park. My wife will then, ever so gentle as to not completely deflate me, remind me he is still only 2.5. I recently determined one cool week this May that the boy was old enough to head out on his first adventure with dad – into the woods for camping. Before my wife could try and step in to deliver a dose of reality, I proclaimed it...Read More
A simple internet search for cheap airfare led Richard to chasing the proverbial white rabbit down the hole towards points and miles. Richard’s passion is exploring the inner workings of loyalty programs in order to provide readers the best strategies for maximizing their loyalty account balances. Richard has traveled to over 40 countries and has lived in the UK and Japan. His wife, Emily, and son, Thomas, are his favorite travel companions. Thomas has visited six countries and taken over 20 flights at the ripe old age of one. Richard graduated The Georgia College in 2007 with a BBA in International Business followed by Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI where he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. He served as the Supply Officer of the ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) from 2010-2013 followed by a three year your in Japan as a Material Control Officer responsible for supporting maintenance on Navy and Marine Corps aircraft outside of the US. Richard is currently a lieutenant working in the Washington D.C. area inside the Navy aviation community. Contact Richard via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or keep up with him on Twitter and Instagram (@thepointsjock). “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” – Mark Twain
There’s an inevitable awkward stage kids reach when they begin to believe they’re too cool for the “little kid” stuff. When you’re traveling as a family, finding the right blend of family activities that appeals to each age range can be somewhere from tough to near impossible. On a recent trip to the Magic Kingdom, as a 30 year old, I was reminded of the three mountains that’ll ensure your teens (and yourself) still enjoy the park they may believe they’ve outgrown. Strategery in Planning Of course the three best thrill attractions in Magic Kingdom are going to be...Read More
The experts at Traveling Dad have identified top rewards credit cards in a variety of categories, below. TravelingDad Tip: Before applying for any of these cards, read through our beginner’s guide on how to earn and maximize your credit card rewards. Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers From Our Partners What kind of reward credit card would work best with your lifestyle? Do you pay off your credit cards each month but travel frequently? A travel rewards credit card, miles credit card or hotel rewards credit card might be right for you. Do you tend to carry a balance? Then...Read More
The Traveling Dad beginner’s guide to credit card points and miles. We’ve scoured the Internet for the best resources available so you will be better equipped to understand and use credit card rewards. The ability to travel the world on points is accessible to anyone who puts in the time to read about it, so grab your favorite cup of coffee, wine, or bourbon, and buckle up. Figuratively speaking, of course. RESPONSIBLE USE OF CREDIT WARNING: Points and miles from credit card spending are amazing if you never carry a balance on your card and never pay interest. This “hobby” —...Read More
As is often the case, life sometimes gets in the way of our desired plans. Whether it’s a last minute business trip, family function you originally thought you’d be unable to make, an unexpected funeral, or hopefully a last minute vacation, taking action now so you are prepared to travel with little or no notice can alleviate excess stress. I unfortunately had my lovely grandmother pass away recently, albeit after 98 wonderful years on this planet, and being prepared to snag last minute tickets for my family and having things in order made the ordeal much more palatable. Today,...Read More
I recently returned to the East Coast from a family jaunt to the deserts and red rocks of Arizona and was reminded that plastering social media with great landscapes, fancy resorts, and frolicking babies is easy. The stress, puke, and fatigue that come along with traveling babies is not. Allow me to recap the hardships we faced on our trip and share the lessons learned. Plane Travel We flew Southwest Airlines non-stop from Baltimore-Washington International to Phoenix on a round trip itinerary utilizing my Southwest Companion Pass. It’s a great deal because it means I only had to buy...Read More
This post was sponsored by The Jordan Tourism Board of North America. Opinions were not directed by the sponsor and are, as always, my own. Every parent in the world wants the best for their children — but how do we know what’s best? How do we know our American views are best? My son was born just outside of Tokyo two years ago. The only regret I find myself with now that we are back in the states is that he wasn’t older during his time overseas. With our daughter having recently joined my son in the family, I am reinvigorated...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
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
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