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    Ever wonder how a journey to Japan, packed with adventure and luxury, can be almost free? Well, buckle up, because Jess’s recent trip to the Land of the Rising Sun is nothing short of a travel masterpiece. Imagine scoring business class flights worth over $20,000 for a mere $1,000 in taxes and fees, and luxuriating […]

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    Today, Pam—the queen of booking phenomenal business and first-class flights—shares her recent escapade to Abu Dhabi! Have you ever planned a trip around a flight you want to take? It’s not that unusual for us at the Travel Mom Squad. Pam’s trip was planned around her desire to fly Etihad Apartments first class. This trip […]

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    Welcome back travelers! Today, we’re giving you a glimpse into how we choose those fabulous, family-friendly hotels and resorts for our travels. It’s all about blending fun, comfort, and adventure for the entire family. Join us, as we share some insights and our top picks that have made our family vacations truly special. Listen on […]

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    It’s that time of year for Jess’s birthday sale on Award Travel Academy & ATA Next Level. For her 38th birthday, you can save 38% off both of our courses! Use coupon code: JESS38 Get Award Travel Academy & ATA Next Level Here But that’s not all….   It’s no secret that Jess is a […]

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    Right now, the welcome offer on the United Business card has increased.  If you’ve been waiting to get a card for United MileagePlus miles, the time is NOW! Even better, this card won’t count against your 5/24 status since it is a business card. This offer is for 100K United miles after spending $5,000 in […]

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    Our next reader success story to Denver is from an Award Travel Academy student who states that a trip on credit card points and miles helped get her Player 2 onboard. She has been following us for a few years and shared her trip to Denver and future plans with us!   Booking a Trip […]

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    Hyatt Globalist status is the most coveted hotel status out there, and for good reason. While it normally takes 60 qualifying nights with Hyatt to reach it, I managed to earn it in 2022 without staying quite so many nights. Here’s how I did it…   First, a Recap – What Is Included with Hyatt […]

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    This week, we’re diving into the captivating world of Istanbul, where every turn is a discovery and every moment an adventure. Jess and Pam have been there, explored its wonders, and are thrilled to show you how to experience this magical city using the clever art of points and miles. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen […]

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    There are some recent changes to Hyatt’s loyalty program starting in 2024. While mostly positive, there is one not-so-positive change. Luckily, none of the changes impact Hyatt’s elite tiers or award chart.   Guest of Honor Changes Currently: Globalists get unlimited Guest of Honor bookings. Starting January 1, 2024: Guest of Honor is now a […]

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    The holiday season is often associated with spending money, but what if you could make a little extra money, too? Keep reading to see how you can make an easy $500 this holiday season. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can do more things on this list and make even more money!   Make $500 with […]

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    Can you imagine embarking on a journey through 15 states, taking on six national parks, and traveling over 4,500 miles, all within a span of two weeks? And mind you, this isn’t a solo or couples trip. We’re talking about a family of five with young kids! We know someone who did just that, and […]

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    In this episode, Alex, Pam, and Jess share their recent adventures at two Secrets Resorts. These all-inclusive resorts can be booked with Hyatt Points and can be a great deal! Listen in as they break down their stays at two of them. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on YouTube Hey there, travelers! […]

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    We’ve talked about how we keep our hotel credit cards that come with free night certificates each year because we can book a room for at least double the annual fee. Our hotel cards are credit cards for which we don’t mind paying an annual fee. Let’s go over booking with free annual night hotel […]

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    IHG has dynamic pricing which means that as the cash price increases, so does the points price. While we prefer the predictability of an award chart, the nice thing about IHG is that if the points price decreases, you can modify your booking and get points back! It’s basically like re-booking flights on Southwest Airlines […]

    Hyatt Ziva poolside drinks

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    We are so happy to share our two courses with you—Award Travel Academy and Award Travel Academy Next Level. When we started our points and miles journey years ago, we spent more time, energy, and frustration trying to figure out how to do this points and miles game. I would have LOVED a course to […]

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    We talk more about the American Express Platinum and Gold cards, but a third American Express card earns Membership Rewards. And now’s the time to talk about it because there is an increase on the American Express Green Card welcome offer.   The welcome offer has increased from 40K to 60K Membership Rewards with 20% […]

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    Raising a family can be expensive! Groceries, healthcare, clothes, etc., etc., etc.! You might as well be rewarded for what you have to pay for anyway! We love to use our credit cards to meet minimum spending and grab a big sign-up bonus so we don’t have to pay a lot for family travel, which […]

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    Dust off your mouse ears and get ready for a Family Trip to Disney! Hey, it’s Alex and Jess here, your favorite travel moms! (Just kidding, Pam! We miss you! Pam is out traveling the world, so it’s just us two today.) In this show we’re going to share some tips on how you can […]

    Sand and Turquoise Ocean

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    You’ve filled out the credit card application and your breath is held now – will they approve you? It doesn’t matter how many cards I’ve applied for, I still love/hate the anticipation of finding out if I am instantly approved! Here are some things you can do to increase your odds of a credit card […]

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    The “omg, pinch me, is this really happening?” Type moments of life are not just reserved for Disney characters and fairytale stories. Surreal and once-in-a-lifetime moments are possible for every traveler! Seeing pictures and videos on the internet is one thing, but living it is something different. All three of us can look back at […]

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    Points and miles have completely changed the way we approach travel. After years of accumulating points and miles, we’ve been able to take trips that we never could have afforded otherwise. However, it hasn’t been all jet-setting and checking trips off our bucket list. After 6+ years, it’s safe to say that we have made […]

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