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Aerial view of city with large white cathedral with red tile roof

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Florence, Italy, is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I go there, I say that I will be giving it a rest, and then I end up going back. On my recent sister’s trip, my sister really wanted to go to Florence, and who am I to say no when I love […]

Large bright colored balloons in blue sky

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Our Friday Family Vacation is to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Why should you visit there? Albuquerque hosts several annual festivals and events, such as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which is the largest hot-air balloon festival in the world. Moreover, Albuquerque offers stunning natural landscapes and outdoor activities, providing opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. […]

two women under sign that says Carnaby Street

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Even though I go to London at least yearly, my sister has never gone there with me. We had planned to go there last year but ended up going to Maui. We were determined to make that part of our travel plans this year. Here is my report on our sister’s trip to London.   […]

City skyscrapers seen across water

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My sister and I go on an annual trip every year. Actually, we usually take 2-3 trips together a year, but one is always longer and more involved. A couple of years ago, we went to Greece and Italy and last year to Maui.  This year, we planned to hit up five cities—NYC, London, Dublin, […]

Andaz hotel in NYC

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Well, I’m back to hotel hopping again. My sister and I are on our annual girl’s trip and are starting in the Big Apple. You know me, I can’t help hotel hopping (although we aren’t hopping around on the rest of our trip). There are so many hotels in NYC to stay at, and I’d […]

Skyscrapers near blue water

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We’ve written a lot about vacations to Hawaii, but most of our posts talk about going to Maui or Kauai. Let’s have a Friday Family Vacation to Honolulu where we can find cheaper hotels, often cheaper flights, and all the sun and fun that every Hawaiian beach offers.   Getting There We’re flying our family […]

Green field with white building in distance

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Our Friday Family Vacation is a New England road trip with points written by Megan Condello, our lovely THM Digital Business Manager. Living on the East Coast, a family road trip through New England is a dreamy way to spend your summer vacation. We spent almost 2 weeks in August traveling in our minivan with […]

White buildings overlooking blue water

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I am planning a trip to Greece next Spring with a friend and have been looking at Greece hotels on points/miles. If I’m doing all this research, I might as well write a post about it! I’ll be looking at the main islands and what you can book on each. Athens has soooo many options, […]

Jeep on African plains with animals present

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A couple of years ago, I booked flights, a pre-safari hotel, and a post-safari trip to Zanzibar. I paid cash for a safari at TAASA Lodge in Tanzania with a TravelZoo deal. This time, I have booked a safari entirely with points and miles! Here’s how booking an African safari with points is possible. Recently, […]

Beach with blue lounge chairs

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The Bahamas is a beautiful country located in the Atlantic Ocean, specifically in the Caribbean region. The country is known for its stunning white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and vibrant coral reefs, which attract visitors from all over the world. It is a popular spot for water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and […]

View from Alila Ventana Big Sur

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Earlier this summer my husband and I spent 3 nights at the adults-only Alila Ventana Big Sur. This is one of those properties that gets a lot of ooohs and ahhhhs in the points and miles space due to its gorgeous location and being a one-of-a-kind redemption. So did it live up to the hype? […]

point lobos monterey

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Last year I visited Monterey, California for a promotional opportunity with IHG. I had never been to the rugged, central California coastal town but I was really excited to check it out as I had only heard great things! Spoiler: It did not disappoint. With so much natural beauty and plenty to explore, Monterey is […]

Huge red brick building with towers

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The sweltering London heat brought on one of my favorite points and miles activities—hotel hopping! Luckily, no one was traveling with me since I am probably the only person on earth who loves this activity! I was spending the days at my daughter’s flat but ran to an air-conditioned hotel to sleep well at night. […]

View of city with skyscrapers from water

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This NYC Andaz 5th Avenue Review comes from our friend Julie from Family Trips and Travel.   You can find her on Instagram here.  Be sure and check out her NYC with family posts here.   Andaz 5th Avenue in NYC Overview The Andaz on 5th Avenue is an upscale hotel located in the heart of […]

Village near water

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Remember when we planned a trip around a flight? Crazy, but true. Our hotel ended up being the Villa Orselina in Orselina, Switzerland. We were looking for a Hyatt stay and found a Small Luxury Hotel we could get to easily from Milan. Here is our Villa Orselina Switzerland review.   Location From Malpensa Airport […]

Skyline of skyscrapers

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After our crazy three-day trip to Switzerland (to basically fly home in Emirates first-class), we made a two-day stop in New York City. Here’s how 48 hours in NYC on points and miles went down.   First Stop, TWA Hotel Since we were flying in from Milan to JFK and arriving at 9:00 at night, […]

maldives with boat

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Do you have a place you want to travel to (or several)? Maybe a type of flight that you have heard about and you really want to fly sometime in your lifetime? Alex, Jess, and I have had a multitude of bucket list travels that credit card points and miles have made possible.  The amazing […]

Ocean and beach with white hotel

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One of our favorite readers, Maggie, sent us this reader success story. She recently took the Award Travel Academy course and then booked an incredible stay at the Secrets Impression Moxché all-inclusive resort—one that we have each booked for later this year. It is supposed to be incredible. Here is our Award Travel Academy Reader […]

Palm trees, sand, and water at sunset

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We have often flown and stayed in Hawaii on points and miles, but we usually stay on just one island. For this family trip, Alex wanted to try out two islands and two Hyatts to compare them. I figured that if she was up for doing this with four crazy boys ages 2-11, I could […]

Turquoise water, white sand and hotels

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Sometimes, we get so caught up in international experiences that we forget there are amazing destinations right here in the United States.  One of my daughters has been taking her family to Florida almost yearly, and they have the BEST time. Let’s do a Friday Family Vacation to Florida this week! My daughter, Kelly, loves […]

Castle near water

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If visiting a country with a diverse landscape of rolling hills, rugged coastline, mountains, forests, and numerous freshwater lochs (lakes) is your dream, you must plan a trip to Scotland on points and miles. Recently, myself and three of my daughters fulfilled one daughter’s dream of visiting Scotland (Unfortunately, Alex couldn’t leave her busy boys and […]

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