Vacation Countdown Ideas

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Hyatt Andaz Papagayo vs. Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana Punta Cana for Points Redemption

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The Hyatt points I earned from my Chase World of Hyatt credit card bonus are burning a hole in my pocket. Our vacation schedule is too packed to use them in 2019, but our plans for 2020 are open and I’m dying to put those points to good use. Last summer when I was completing…

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Battle of Renewal Certificates: Amex SPG vs. Hyatt Visa vs. IHG Card

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Most travel hackers choose a new credit card based on the sign-up bonus. After all, 50k-100k miles or points are valuable for free travel, especially when doubled with a spouse’s stash. But several travel rewards cards come with other worthwhile benefits that are good throughout the year or on your cardholder anniversary. For some hotel…

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Dissecting Frontier Airlines’ Kids Fly Free Promo

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Frontier Airlines’ Kids Fly Free promo is getting a lot of buzz with family travel hackers. Anytime I hear the word “free”, my ears perk up. But, I am a skeptical number-cruncher, and as soon as I heard about the promo I had my doubts. I was reminded of a special “Kids Bowl Free” promo…

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First Personal Credit Card App of 2019 (X2)

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For folks like me who have been collecting miles and points for years, there is no doubt that this hobby is getting more difficult. Banks keep adding restrictions, and our selection of new miles and points credit cards is dwindling. Yet, we persevere! At Miles For Family, we like to be honest and keep it…

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120,000 AA Miles For Buying Two Packs of Gum

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This post is targeted to new blog readers and folks who are newbies to travel hacking. The sign-up bonus on the American Airlines Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard (non-affiliate link) just increased to 60,000 AA miles. Unlike most other cards that require a minimum spending of a few thousand dollars to get the sign-up bonus,…

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Jumping on Royal Caribbean Sooner Than We Expected!

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Last fall, I did a price comparison between Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean for a 4-night spring break cruise in 2020. My family decided to book Royal Caribbean as our first foray into a non-Disney cruise as a family. Well, it looks like we are going to get a taste of Royal Caribbean much…

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Get 1000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points for Using TurboTax

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This is what I like to call “low hanging fruit” in the miles and points travel hobby. If you’re one of the approximately 40 million people who use TurboTax to file your taxes, you can earn 1000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points in the process. Let’s look at the deal more closely. Getting 1000 Southwest Points…

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Is Now a Good Time to Book a Spring Break 2021 Cruise?

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Nope, that’s not a typo. I’m talking about 2021, two years away. Last month, Royal Caribbean released its deployment schedule for Caribbean cruises through April 2021. Norwegian Cruise Line also has cruises available to book through that time frame. Before you call me cray cray for talking about booking a vacation for 2021, hear me…

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Excursion Review: John Almond Boat Charter in Grand Cayman

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My family sailed on the Disney Fantasy in early January (see my SWDAS review and Paradise Beach review). While we had been to Cozumel before, this was our first cruise that stopped in Grand Cayman. We were excited to check out this new-to-us destination! We knew that we definitely wanted to see the famous Stingray…

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Is the Current Southwest Credit Card Offer with Companion Pass Right For You?

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If you’ve been keeping up with miles and points news, you’ve probably heard about the new bonus offer on the Southwest personal credit cards that came out earlier this month. You can earn a Southwest companion pass with just one new credit card! While we haven’t dedicated a full blog post to this updated offer…

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Just in the Nick of Time: IHG Reservation for Australia/NZ Trip

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When I returned from my cruise in early January and started to get caught up on the latest miles and points news, I was dismayed to discover that IHG is increasing the points cost of many properties on January 25, 2019. Oh no! This was bad news for me because I was waiting for some…

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Review: Star Wars Day at Sea (SWDAS) on the Disney Fantasy

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My family just returned from a 7-night cruise to the Western Caribbean on the Disney Fantasy. This was our 7th cruise on DCL, our 3rd time on the Disney Fantasy, but our first cruise that had a Star Wars Day at Sea. (See my previous trip report on the Disney Wonder to Alaska). Disney Cruise…

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Why Disney Cruise Line Isn’t for Everyone

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Disney Cruise Line vacations. My family’s cruises on DCL have been some of our favorite memories, and I recommend DCL to many people. However, a Disney Cruise isn’t the right choice for everyone. If you…

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Drivable Spring Break Ideas for Texans Who Want to Get Outta Texas

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Now that the winter holidays are over, can we talk about spring break ideas? Yaaaaaaas! The past few years I’ve written about spring break ideas within the state of Texas (see Top 10 Texas Spring Break Ideas for Families). But what if you’ve already been to most of those places and you’re craving adventure outside…

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Why You Should Get Travel Insurance for Every Cruise Vacation

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In the last few weeks, I’ve seen two unfortunate circumstances that have ruined cruise vacations for two families. I saw the first incident in the news and on some cruise message boards. A couple from Kentucky went on a cruise to Bahamas, and one of them got really sick. She had to go to the…

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Matching Shirts for Family Vacations: Yay or Nay?

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Almost 10 years ago, we went to Disney World with my extended family. I thought it would be cute to have matching shirts for my kids and their two cousins (my daughter wasn’t born yet). I printed a design on iron-on material at home and made the shirts myself. After seeing so many cute matching…

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