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Miles and Points, Hot Air Baloon

1) My list of best hotel points bonuses is updated with this info, but in case you’ve missed it, here is a comment from my reader Chris L:

“FYI, if you start a Hyatt dummy hotel reservation, there’s a link to the Hyatt Visa card + $50 statement credit. Hyatt offers 2 certificates for stay at ANY of their properties after $1000 spend.”

This is a very good card, especially if you plan to head to one of top Hyatt properties. It’s also probably worth renewing, since you get free night certificate in Category 1-4 property after paying $75 annual fee.

As always, get the card that matches your specific plans and don’t hesitate to email me with any concerns.

2) Via Slickdeals, there is a working link for 50,000 points offer on Chase Southwest Premier card.  You have to spend $2,000 in 3 months, annual fee of $99 is not waived.

3) Get $100 Amazon gift card bonus on new Discover It  application after spending $500 in 3 months. Not my link (h/t MMS) Discover does have a sign-up bonus of $150 for this card now and again.

4) Via Frequent Miler get $20 rebate on $250+ Visa gift cards purchase at Staples. In- store only. Valid 3/15/15–3/21/15Limit 1 rebate per household.

5) A recap of Family Travel for Real Life conference on Points with a Crew. Truly, a wealth of information, with tips on Disney, visiting national parks etc. Oh, and miles and points, of course! Don’t hesitate to reach out to one of the speakers in case you have any additional questions. I know for a fact that all of them are passionate about family travel and would love to help.

On my mind

Few months ago, my husband’s employer had  a drawing for various prizes. One of them was for a ride on a hot air balloon, valued at $200. Well, my husband won it! Apparently, he has always wanted to do it (that and to go into space).

So, few weeks ago, his dream finally came true. It was a  charity event, and there were about 50 hot air balloons at our small airport.


One of the passengers was a  101-year old men taking his first  ride. I guess, at that age, what do you have to lose?


Apparently, the winds were stronger than forecasted, and one balloon caught on fire. Thankfully, it happened close to landing, so no one got hurt. Another balloon landed in the ditch, and one of the passengers broke her leg.

In spite of it, my husband had  a blast. Of course, it helped that his ride was fairly uneventful. But after telling me about all the mishaps that occurred, he says: I can’t wait to take the kids on a hot air balloon ride. Say what? Not on my watch.


Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at

No need to explain the photo if you’ve been following this week’s posts.

The point of this rant is not to dissuade you from taking a hot air balloon ride (though I ain’t going), but rather to look and see if you can find unique experiences in your own neighborhood, as in county or state. You may be surprised as to what you will find.

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Author: Leana

Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.

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