How to go to Italy and do all of the things without breaking the bank Update 2/20/18: There is still no minimum spending requirement for the Barclaycard AAdvantage® Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard discussed below. All you have to do is make one purchase. That means you can buy a pack of gum and then … Continue reading How we flew to Italy for (almost) free… and you can too!
The Starwood, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton programs will be combined into one program on August 1, 2018. I wanted to expand on one of the changes mentioned in my post about what we know so far. My favorite credit card is devaluing in August Starwood Preferred Guest has been my favorite hotel loyalty program since the beginning … Continue reading My favorite credit card is devaluing in August
Not all points and miles are equal There are two sides to award travel: earning points and redeeming points. Just like with money, the goal is to earn more and spend (redeem) less. But it's not quite as simple as it sounds, because not all points and miles have the same value. It helps to … Continue reading Not all points and miles are equal
For the past 5 years, Starwood Preferred Guest has been my favorite hotel loyalty program. In addition to great redemption opportunities for free hotel stays, the program also has great airline transfer partners to which you can transfer points at a 1:1 ratio and with a potential for a bonus. In 2016, Marriott acquired SPG. … Continue reading Update: Overview of the new SPG and Marriott program (2018)
Long time, no see! I apologize for the hiatus. I've actually had a few posts in the queue for a while, but some changes have happened/are happening in the miles and points world-don't worry, travel hacking isn't dying!-but lots of things needed to be edited or just completely rewritten. In case you can't tell, brevity … Continue reading Catching up (April 2018)
How I booked 7 plane tickets to Hawaii's Big Island for $11 each Last year, we decided to book a family trip to the Big Island for January 2018. We chose the Big Island because besides being beautiful, there are plenty of activities and things to do! In this post I will explain how I … Continue reading How to book the cheapest plane tickets to Hawaii (2018)
Advice for flying with twin babies (or multiple young children) Traveling with a baby is hard. Traveling with 2 babies (and for us, another child) may seem impossible, but I promise if we can do it, you can do it. Our twins just turned 2 (no more free flights for them as lap infants!) and … Continue reading Flying with twins as lap infants (2018)
You can save money on hotels and flights by purchasing Starpoints at a discount! Starwood is one of my favorite loyalty programs. SPG is unique because unlike most hotel loyalty programs, you can transfer points to several airlines at a 1:1 ratio. So in addition to using Starpoints to book hotels, you can also use them … Continue reading Should I buy Starpoints at a 35% discount?
Starwood hotels in Hawaii that you can book for free Update 4/17/18: SPG and Marriott Rewards will be integrated into one loyalty program beginning August 1, 2018. At that time, any existing SPG points will become points in the new program at a ratio of 1:3 (1 Starpoint=3 points in the new program). Current SPG … Continue reading Starwood hotels in Hawaii
In less than a year, you can book a 6 night Disney World hotel stay and flights to Orlando for almost nothing! I've written about Disney World on points before, but I wanted to provide more details since it's one of the most requested topics. I want to show everyone how easy it is to … Continue reading Save thousands on a 6 night trip to Disney World
How to get a free 6 night hotel stay in Disney World Update 4/17/18: SPG and Marriott Rewards will be integrated into one loyalty program beginning August 1, 2018. At that time, any existing SPG points will become points in the new program at a ratio of 1:3 (1 Starpoint=3 points in the new program). … Continue reading How to stay in Disney World for free (2018)