I’ve mentioned many times that I try to pick destination first, then work my miles and points stash around it. That said, we do short family getaways in Florida where the purpose is just that: to get away. Usually, what matters most is that city has some kids’ activities and that it’s located within short […]
Exchanging 114K Club Carlson Points For $500 Hyatt Gift Card, And More!
Before you get too excited, no, Club Carlson program has no such offer going on at the moment. And I’m not trying to lure you in with a clickbait title (OK, maybe a little.) Unfortunately, unless you find a gullible relative or a friend who is not well versed in miles and points, you will […]
Using Club Carlson Points on a Baltic Getaway for My Parents
Growing up, we never took any vacations as a family. I mean, literally, never. Mostly, it was because we were poor. But I honestly think even if our financial situation improved, it wouldn’t have changed anything. My parents never got along. Talk about chutzpah on both sides! I could tell you some stories, but I […]
Is it Crazy To Collect Hotel Points Through Everyday Spending?
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post on family lodging options in London that you can get via hotel points. I got an interesting comment from my reader Leticia, which I wanted to highlight. “Those sound like good deals for families, however, it’s hard for me to imagine how to accumulate so many […]
Hotel Points Options for Your Family Trip to Europe. Paris Edition.
1. Paris 2. London 3. Rome 4. Venice 5. Dublin Last week, I have written a post on strategies for booking family lodging in Europe. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback on it, and decided to research some hotels points options in various popular cities in the Old World. Above, you will see the usual suspects […]
Rentals or “Free” Hotel Rooms for Your Family Vacation in Europe?
Travel isn’t free. Sorry, Drew! It can certainly be almost free or deeply discounted. But it’s never totally 100% free. Not only do you incur very real costs like tours, dining and so forth, you forego using your miles and points in a possibly more favorable way. In other words, you have an opportunity cost, […]