Happy Thanksgiving!  In some ways it doesn’t at all feel like Thanksgiving for us since we aren’t at home cooking and setting the table, but instead are bundling up like we are going on an Everest Expedition in order to go line up to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. While I am a bit sad about missing the traditional version of Thanksgiving this year, I can’t help but be beyond thankful for the doors that miles and points open.  I am so thankful that we can… Read the Rest.

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First class upgrades.  Most of us would like them, but not all of us have the elite status or miles/cash to burn to regularly spring ourselves out of coach and into the forward cabin.  Assuming you are typically in the majority that sits “behind the curtain” in coach and just hear the occasional clanking of real glasses and plates in first class from afar, I’m going to let you in on a little secret, most domestic first class upgrades aren’t that great. Yes, you often get served some sort of… Read the Rest.

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The very busy Thanksgiving travel week is here and it is shaping up to be a doozie.  Not only will there be the increased number of traveling families as far as the eye can see at the check-in counter, but it seems that Mother Nature has some special excitement in store courtesy of “Winter Storm Cato” that looks like it will bring rain, snow, and a slushy mix to various points all along the East Coast starting late tonight, and certainly by Wednesday. Novice traveling families, full planes, weather issues,… Read the Rest.

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I love United miles, and am always looking for ways to easily earn more just by leveraging the things we do and buy in everyday life.  Today United reached out and told me about a brand new way to earn United miles via their new app called MileagePlus X (see video overview here).  It is still in beta (and not yet available to all members), but I was able to try it out today to make a purchase to see if this is really going to be a useful new… Read the Rest.

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The new winter IHG PointBreaks list is now bookable!  As usual, the Point Breaks rooms are available for just 5,000 IHG Reward points per night for bookings (and stays) from November 24, 2014 – February 28, 2015.  This is seriously one of the best deals in family travel, if a location on the list lines up with somewhere you would like to visit.  You can stay at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque, Even Hotel Norwalk, Crowne Plaza Helsinki, Intercontinental Merida, or Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea all for just 5,000 points… Read the Rest.

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Most of the time, earning an airline award ticket involves getting or using a rewards credit card, flying a lot, or being diligent over a period of time with online shopping portals, promotions, and more.  However, every now and then there is an easier way to earn a ticket that presents itself that doesn’t take long, doesn’t require lots of purchases, doesn’t require any travel, and doesn’t require a rewards credit card. Read on to learn how to earn a one-way award ticket by: Making one online purchase (can be… Read the Rest.

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On Friday Chase Ultimate Rewards dropped Korean Air from their transfer partner list on some parts of their website.  This would be somewhat worrisome, but not alarming by itself as it is always possible there are technical issues that needed to be updated with Korean Air point transfers, just as there have been in the past. .  However, instead of an error message or update on the website, Korean Air was just gone as an option. When calling in to Chase many were being told about a memo indicating that… Read the Rest.

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While I am always happy to share my own traveling stories with my family, there are tons of other great traveling families out there with kids of different ages, different numbers of kids, and who have had different experiences than us. As part of my “Little C’s Traveling Friends” series, I am sharing different family’s stories so we can all learn from their experiences. If you would like to be a part of this series just shoot us an email at info at mommypoints.com  Leslie has her own travel site,… Read the Rest.

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Here are your quick and to the point mileage updates for this Saturday morning…. Korean Airlines has been removed as a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner Yesterday evening I saw a tweet from @JaredPerlin about his honeymoon being ruined because Chase had removed Korean Airlines as an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner.  The response from @ChaseSupport (who he also included on the tweet) was that “You can still use your points to get great deals through Ultimate Rewards or transfer to other partner programs”.   I’m not thinking that will meet the… Read the Rest.

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Even though I write about my family’s travels pretty extensively on here, I don’t often get into topics like my favorite international city, favorite domestic airport, favorite island, favorite foods, and worst travel experience.  I don’t even know that I take the time to think about things like that with any sort of frequency, but I recently go the chance to think through and share my “Travel Style” with Travel Pro, Johnny Jet. You can check out the Travel Style segment here, and I recommend peeking around at some of… Read the Rest.

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The preview list of IHG Point Breaks hotels is now available!  As usual, the Point Breaks rooms will be available for 5,000 IHG Reward points per night for bookings (and stays) from November 24, 2014 – February 28, 2015.  This is just a preview list and the bookings do not go live until Monday of next week, which is a good thing since popular hotels get snapped up relatively quickly and this way you can look the list over in advance to see if any properties might work for your… Read the Rest.

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