Europe

Woman and young girl sitting on wall overlooking city

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One of my favorite cities worldwide is Rome, Italy—and it’s not just because of the gelato and pizza! Rome is a city rich in history and culture. It is home to iconic landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Pantheon, which can provide a fascinating educational experience for both children and adults. […]

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, […]

Castle surrounded by green fields

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Our latest reader success story comes from Jessica as she shares her trip to Ireland. Ireland has long been on my “to-do” list. Here is her reader success story to Ireland!   How It Began Early last year, we learned that our nephew’s high school band had been invited to play in the St. Patrick’s […]

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. […]

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 […]

Colorful tiles on wall and view of city.

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Kayla sends us a reader success story to Barcelona—one of my favorite cities. Here’s her story: My husband and I recently took a trip away from our four boys (thanks, grandma!) all the way to Barcelona, Spain, to visit my younger brother studying at the University there. We also visited France and Andorra on a […]

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How do 8 nights in Italy for $0 sound? My husband I and I recently spent 3 nights in Lake Como, 2 nights in Venice, and 3 nights in Florence. The best part? Our stays were completely free, thanks to points! (You can hear more about this trip on our podcast). Here’s a breakdown of […]

Man and woman walking on green hill with water in background

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While we are all about family trips using points and miles, we also believe in couples’ getaways and the value of spending time reconnecting with your significant other. We also love when newlyweds use points and miles to save on their honeymoon. Here are some honeymoon trip ideas—on points and miles, of course!   Costa […]

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 […]

building with water in front and toy boats floating on it

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Where in Europe do you want to go to? Greece, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Croatia? There are so many fabulous European destinations, and most beginner points/mile users start with earning  Chase Ultimate Rewards, so let’s talk today about using Chase Ultimate Rewards for European flights. First off, there are 11 airline transfer partners that you can […]

Red double decker bus in front of large tower with clock

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We hear from many of our readers that they’d love to go to London for a family trip. I love London – the red double decker buses, Big Ben, and those red telephone booths are some of my favorite sights. Because one of my daughters has lived there for 17+ years, it is the international […]

Eastern European city

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Prague is one of my favorite places to visit: it’s cosmopolitan, it’s rich in history, it’s walkable and it’s budget-friendly. It’s a place you can do cheaply without points and miles, but utilizing points and miles for your airfare and upscale hotels will help cut your costs to pennies on the dollar. Here’s everything you […]

3 girls with Parthenon in backgroud

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One of my favorite trips was when I joined my mom and my sister, Lindsey, to visit Greece! Greece and Santorini, in particular, had been on my bucket list ever since I saw Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I know I’m not the only one who felt that way after seeing that movie! I knew […]

Blue top domed white building with blue sea

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I love Greece. It is a beautiful country of white sand, crystal clear turquoise waters, and gorgeous sunsets. Who wouldn’t want to go there as a family? While any international trip will cost more than a domestic trip, Greece is certainly doable. Let’s check out our Friday Family Vacation to Greece today! Our flights will […]

City with large tower in background

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  Family Vacation to Paris This trip is often requested by our readers and is quite doable. In these simple guides, I won’t go over every flight or hotel option but will pick one option for each, thereby decreasing that analysis paralysis we all run into. The hardest part of this plan is deciding what […]

Colorful buildings in Barcelona

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Barcelona is one of my favorite European cities. The food, the people, the history, the architecture… this place is ready to wow every type of traveler. And with many points and miles to choose from to visit Barcelona, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to save money. Here’s my complete guide to visiting Barcelona on points […]

Two cities separated by river and joined by bridge

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  If there is one thing most travelers can agree upon who have visited Budapest, it’s that it is one of their favorite and most underrated European destinations to visit. Budapest is beautifully stunning with its river views, art deco buildings, and funky offerings. And with an abundance of quality points and miles hotels and […]

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  Greece has been a bucket list destination of mine for years. So when I had the chance to fly to Greece in business class using points and miles, I couldn’t book my award ticket fast enough! Even better was that I convinced my best friend to open a new credit card and join me. […]

Old building on top of mountain with pillars and buildings below

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Madison shares her reader’s success story to Greece with us today! We love, love, love Greece so we loved reading about this. Here is her story: Growing up, my father had credit cards and used points and miles to pay for most of our family vacations. He is an accounting manager for a company, putting close […]

Large tower in center of many streets

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Our trip to Paris on Points and Miles came about because I needed a destination for 5 days after taking a dream flight with Singapore Suites to Frankfurt. Now Frankfurt was not a planned destination at all. The goal was the Singapore Suites flight before needing to be in London on October 10th. Suites are […]

Street in Paris

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On our recent trip to Paris, Alex and I decided to do some hotel hopping to see what our favorite recommendations would be for our readers. Changing a hotel every one or two days may sound horrible to some of you, but we like to check them out. Here are the results of our Hyatt […]

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