Minnie Mouse Is Wearing Pants, Provocative Art at Moxy, New Cuba Rules and More

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Fire at Notre Dame in Paris: I can’t let the week go by without mentioning the fire at Notre Dame in Paris. I’m so glad that much of the church was spared. This fire in such a famous landmark brought many people to tears of fond memories of being there or tears of regret for…

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Dealing with Dynamic Award Pricing on Airlines

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As I mentioned in Friday’s post, United is changing to dynamic award pricing. Delta already went there a few years ago, and American is rumored to be following this trend soon. As miles and points travel hackers, how can we deal with dynamic award pricing on airlines? What’s So Bad about Dynamic Award Pricing? When…

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Travel News Recap: Airlines Move to Dynamic Award Pricing, JetBlue Announces London Flights and More

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There is always a lot happening in the miles and points travel world. Never a dull moment! Follow us on Facebook for the latest stories. More Airlines Move to Dynamic Award Pricing: The biggest news over the past week is that United is moving to dynamic award ticket pricing (like Delta) for travel on November…

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The Big Trip Reveal, and Finalizing Bookings for Down Under

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Almost 9 months ago, I announced on the blog that my family was planning our first “big” international trip to New Zealand and Australia (on miles!) for this coming summer. Well, believe it or not, my husband and I have managed to keep this trip a secret from our kids until now! We didn’t intend…

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[Updated] Disney World Gives Two More Hilton Hotels On-site Benefits

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Last month, I wrote about 2 additional Hilton hotels getting the Extra Magic Hours benefit. A reader alerted me that these two hotels now have the on-site 60-day FastPass+ privileges, as well. I’ve updated the original post below. I will be looking at these two hotels more closely for my trip next year! What about…

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Myth vs. Reality: Disney World Has Outpriced Middle-class Families

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Disney World raised the price of park tickets a few weeks ago, as it does every year. As usual, a barrage of “Disney is too expensive” and “Disney World has outpriced middle-class families” comments follow on social media. But are those things really true? Is Walt Disney rolling in his grave at the high cost…

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Are Connecting Flights on AA a Deal Breaker?

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In the miles and points community and among my family and friends, one of the biggest complaints I hear about American Airlines is the lack of MileSAAver award flight availability. What good are airline miles if you can’t use them? And because of this, folks are reluctant to go out of their way to earn…

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Travel News Recap: Google Hotels, Wyndham Award Pricing Changes, Amtrak and More

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Follow us on Facebook for the latest news. Google Rolls Out Google Hotels: From Miles to Memories, Google recently rolled out Google Hotels. I use Google Flights often to get a feel for the best cash deals, so I figured I’d love Google Hotels. But, I’m annoyed that it only lets you select 4 guests.…

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When a Trip is On-Off-On Again Due to Life Situations

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This is one of those “life is complicated” issues that I hope some of you can relate to. As most of you know, when you book a trip on miles and points, many times you must book it 11-13 months in advance. Some hotels start showing award availability at 13+ months out. And if it’s…

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Travel News Recap: Variable Award Pricing, Hotwire Mystery Trick, New Rules at Disney and More

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IHG Started Variable Rewards Pricing: Based on these examples on Points Adventure, it appears that IHG has started variable rewards pricing. IHG said it would start it this year, but nothing formal has been announced. This isn’t good for travel during peak times. United Using More Variable Award Pricing: Several blogs have reported that United…

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5 Tips for Pulling Kids out of School for Vacation

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Among my friends and family, I’m known for a few things: credit cards, miles and points travel and pulling my kids out of school for vacation. I’ve pulled my kids out of school 3 to 6 days every year for the past 9 years for family travel. Some people have asked me why we don’t…

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The Best Credit Cards I’ve Never Had

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At Miles For Family, we like to be transparent about the credit cards we apply for and keep in our wallet (see here and here). The longer you’ve been in this miles and points hobby, the fewer credit cards are available. Many long-timers have either already owned most cards or are no longer qualified to…

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Grab Your Popcorn for this Travel News Recap

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Follow Miles For Family on Facebook to see miles and points news daily. New Bonus Offer on Chase Sapphire Preferred: The CSP card now has a higher bonus of 60,000 points (instead of 50k), but the annual fee is NOT waived the first year. Most folks consider this good news, since the value of 10,000 extra Ultimate…

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Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak: Spring Break Relaxation on Points

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Last week, I took my three kids to Phoenix, Arizona for spring break. My husband couldn’t travel due to work commitments, and I wanted somewhere I could take the kids that didn’t require much work on my part. Plus, my kids said they wanted a relaxing trip without a lot of schlepping. We booked five…

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My Most Unglamorous Yet Most Important Flight on Miles and Points

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My mom turned 80 years old yesterday. My sister, who also lives in another state from my mom, organized a card shower so that my mom could receive snail mail greetings from her old friends from various stages of her life. I made sure that my family sent her a gift she would enjoy that…

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Deciding Where to Dump my Amex MR stash

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Last year, I got the Amex Premier Rewards Gold card as part of my plan to earn points for flying my family to New Zealand.  The card came with 50,000 Amex Membership Rewards points after spending $2000 in three months, annual fee waived the first year. And it served its purpose, as I transferred points…

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