On Kauai, Pierce Brosnan, and Fragility of Life

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

Kauai has been on my mind lately. As some of you know, next year we are supposed to spend four nights in Oahu on our way to Japan I thought I made my peace with not visiting Kauai on that particular trip. It really didn’t make sense to split four nights between two Hawaiian islands. But…

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Five Mistakes People Make when Discovering Miles and Points Hobby

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

I’ve been collecting miles and points for almost two decades, though the bulk of the activity has taken place over the last six years. Incidentally, that’s also how long this blog has been around. Over that time period, I’ve had the privilege of interacting with many readers. I’ve also observed overall trends in the miles…

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Should You Go Out of Your Way to Fly 787 Dreamliner Aircraft?

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

Longtime readers know that I’m not an AvGeek. I honestly couldn’t tell one plane from another, they all look the same to me. Most of the time, I select a flight based on schedule/price or ability to use miles. Only afterwards do I check what sort of plane we will be flying, not that it…

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Should You Risk Buying Third-party Gift Cards with Amex Products?

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

As I’ve mentioned in my post last week, things in this hobby are getting tougher each year.  It’s especially true in the case of American Express and manufactured spending. If you are an old-timer, you already know what I’m talking about. If you are new to this hobby, you definitely want to pay attention to…

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Jumping Between Prague, Vienna and Bratislava with the Help of Hilton Points

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

Over the last few years, it became sort of a tradition to use hotel points to treat my family to getaways in neighboring European countries. They live in Belarus (where I’m from), so many historic places are a train ride away. I rarely see my nephews and sister, so I guess this is one way…

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Upgrade Offers: the New “Holy Grail” of Travel Hacking?

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

Like many old-timers in this hobby, I used to rely on new signup bonuses for my travel hacking needs/wants. However, things have changed, and not for the better. To be clear, I’m definitely not in the “sky is falling” camp. Never was, never will be. I’m grateful for whatever I can get and don’t lose…

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Debating Between Lodging Options on Oahu: Aulani vs. Waikiki vs. Kailua

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

When I first started planning our visit to Oahu, we were only supposed to stay there for two nights. My main goal was exploring the island of Kauai, which is one of my favorite spots in the whole world. But then, Hawaii has morphed into a stopover on the way to Japan. Since we are…

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Choosing the Best Mileage Option to Hawaii: the Good, the Bad and the AAdvantage

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

A Leap of Faith: Booking Seven Award Tickets to Japan/Hawaii Tips and Tricks for Booking Awards via Avianca and Asia Miles, and why I’ve Fallen  in Love with Amex Membership Rewards Why I Converted Chase Freedom to CSR, and Why Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal Is a Mess Choosing the Best Mileage Option to Hawaii: the…

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Choosing the Best Mileage Option to Hawaii: the Good, the Bad and the AAdvantage

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

A Leap of Faith: Booking Seven Award Tickets to Japan/Hawaii Tips and Tricks for Booking Awards via Avianca and Asia Miles, and why I’ve Fallen  in Love with Amex Membership Rewards Why I Converted Chase Freedom to CSR, and Why Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal Is a Mess Choosing the Best Mileage Option to Hawaii: the…

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Visiting Maine for a Day (from Florida!) with the Help of Points

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

This is another guest post from my good friend (and cousin-in-law) Jen. Hope you enjoy it! I love watching fare sales. Most of the time, I dream and don’t actually book. With work schedules, school schedules and other trips already planned, I usually don’t have the luxury of being flexible and spontaneous enough to jump…

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Visiting Maine for a Day (from Florida!) with the Help of Points

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

This is another guest post from my good friend (and cousin-in-law) Jen. Hope you enjoy it! I love watching fare sales. Most of the time, I dream and don’t actually book. With work schedules, school schedules and other trips already planned, I usually don’t have the luxury of being flexible and spontaneous enough to jump…

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Why I Converted Chase Freedom to CSR, and Why Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal Is a Mess

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

A Leap of Faith: Booking Seven Award Tickets to Japan/Hawaii Tips and Tricks for Booking Awards via Avianca and Asia Miles, and why I’ve Fallen  in Love with Amex Membership Rewards Why I Converted Chase Freedom to CSR, and Why Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal Is a Mess (this post) Choosing the Best Mileage Option to…

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Why I Converted Chase Freedom to CSR, and Why Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal Is a Mess

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

A Leap of Faith: Booking Seven Award Tickets to Japan/Hawaii Tips and Tricks for Booking Awards via Avianca and Asia Miles, and why I’ve Fallen  in Love with Amex Membership Rewards Why I Converted Chase Freedom to CSR, and Why Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal Is a Mess (this post) Choosing the Best Mileage Option to…

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Tips and Tricks for Booking Awards via Avianca and Asia Miles, and why I’ve Fallen in Love with Amex Membership Rewards

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

Tips and Tricks for Booking Awards via Avianca and Asia Miles, and why I’ve Fallen  in Love with Amex Membership Rewards Why I Converted Chase Freedom to CSR, and Why Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal is a Mess Choosing the Best Mileage Option to Hawaii: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly If you’ve read my…

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Lessons from Our Southwest Flight Diversion, and How You Can Protect Yourself

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

1. Introduction: Fun and Chaos of Visiting Yellowstone and Glacier with In-laws  2. Logistics of Visiting Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks via Miles and Points  3. Jet Blue vs. Southwest for Families, Plus Review of Club MCO Lounge 4. Lessons from Our Southwest Flight Diversion, and How You Can Protect Yourself (this post) As some of you know,…

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A Leap of Faith: Booking Seven Award Tickets to Japan/Hawaii

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

Well, friends, it looks like my 2020 trip to Japan may materialize after all. I’ve booked all of our award tickets, yay! Well, almost (more on that later). The itinerary  has undergone many changes. In fact, the last time I’ve mentioned this whole crazy idea, I was actually planning to add a three-night stop in…

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Review of Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel, Plus Other Lodging Options in Yellowstone Area

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

This is a guest post from my cousin-in-law Jen. Like us, her family has recently visited Yellowstone and Grand Teton National parks. In fact, that’s who I got the idea from in the first place. Thanks, Jen! Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel  We recently got back from eight days in and around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National…

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Citi Premier Offer: Who Should Consider Applying Now

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

According to DansDeals, Citi is currently in the process of changing bonus qualification rules on its lineup of credit cards. Official Citi AAdvantage offers already show 48-months restriction. There are a few zombie links out there with the old language, but it’s unclear as to how long they will be alive. According to one commenter…

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Jet Blue Vs. Southwest for Families, Plus Review of Club MCO

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

1. Introduction: Fun and Chaos of Visiting Yellowstone and Glacier with In-laws  2. Logistics of Visiting Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks via Miles and Points  3. Jet Blue vs. Southwest for Families, Plus Review of Club MCO Lounge 4. Lessons from Our Flight Diversion, and How You Can Protect Yourself I’m a big fan of Southwest and so…

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Logistics of Visiting Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks via Miles and Points

Written by Leana @ Miles For Family

1. Introduction: Fun and Chaos of Visiting Yellowstone and Glacier with In-laws  2. Logistics of Visiting Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks via Miles and Points (this post) 3. Jet Blue vs. Southwest for Families, Plus Review of Club MCO Lounge 4. Lessons from Our Flight Diversion from Las Vegas to Phoenix, and How You Can Protect Yourself For…

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