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My family and I recently returned from a trip to Dallas and had such a blast! It’s a perfect destination for both couples and families, with amazing food, museums, and parks. If Dallas, Texas, has been on your radar, here’s how you can make it happen for nearly free using points and miles…   Flights […]

City building near blue water

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Boston is a city rich in history and culture. Families can explore famous landmarks such as the Freedom Trail, which takes you through 16 historical sites including the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church. Additionally, Boston has a vibrant sports scene, with teams like the Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins, so families can […]

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 […]

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 […]

Man throwing child in air near beach

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Hilton Head, South Carolina has long been on my travel plans. It is known to be one of the top 10 family beaches in the United States. Let’s plan a Friday Family Vacation to Hilton Head.   Flights We plan to fly from Dallas to Savannah/Hilton Head (SAV) airport, which is only 30 miles from […]

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My family recently returned from a trip to the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach.  This place has been on my radar ever since my mom, Jess, and I went on a 2-night work trip here back in August of 2022. The resort was just as great as I remembered, and I am happy to report it […]

Red rock arch and mountains

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During the summer, so many of our readers with families love to explore the outdoors. After I visited Sedona, I have been itching to go to Moab. Alex loved a past visit there with her little ones, so let’s make this a Friday Family Vacation to Moab, Utah.   Flights Salt Lake City International 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, […]

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Recently, my sister took me on a birthday trip to Sedona. I have wanted to go there for years (even though I grew up in Arizona, I had never been). To say that I was impressed with the beautiful rock formations is an understatement. It was much more beautiful than I imagined. Known for its […]

Steam coming off water in outdoor area

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I remember a couple of family trips to Yellowstone Park from when I was young. I always enjoyed looking for a bear, seeing Ol’ Faithful, and enjoying cool mountain air (especially since we were coming from Arizona for summers). In those days, it was a sacrifice for my family to take us there because my […]

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 […]

Multiple skyscrapers

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New York City is home to some of the most famous landmarks in the world, such as the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Empire State Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Whether you want to see one of these landmarks, catch a sports game, see a Broadway show, or enjoy the diverse food in the city, […]

Sand and ocean with lifeguard station

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Is there a family anywhere that doesn’t love a beach vacation? They are so fun because they offer a perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. The beach provides a beautiful setting for family fun, from building sandcastles to swimming and sunbathing. Overall, beach vacations are ideal for families to bond, make memories, and have a fun […]

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Hi, I’m Samantha from almostfreetraveling.com, an expert on using credit card points/mile to Disneyland using points and miles. Today we’re looking at four different ways to use credit card bonuses to purchase Disney park tickets on points.    Citi Premier Citi offers 60,000 Citi Thankyou Rewards Points as a welcome offer for opening the Citi Premier […]

Backs of two children playing at beach

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Sun, beach, and waves? Can you beat that? Only if you can do it on points and miles AND you take your family to create some lasting memories. I still remember fondly being a child in San Diego with my parents and siblings! Such fun times that I thought it was surely the best vacation […]

The Seabird resort in oceanside exterior

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Back in October, my family of six spent three nights at The Seabird Resort in Oceanside, California.  We love traveling to Southern California with the kids and have done Newport,  San Diego, and Disneyland, but this was our first time to Oceanside. The reason we went with Oceanside this time was so that we could […]

Dinner table set near vineyard

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Norma shares her points and miles journey with us in this reader success story to Napa Valley. Here are her words: My name is Norma and my husband and I just got back from a weekend trip to Napa Valley, Ca where we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. We flew to Sacramento using Southwest points. […]

Aerial view of big city with skyscrapers

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Our latest reader success story comes from Jennifer who is a pretty new points and miles user. She prefaced her trip report by apologizing for it not being a “glamorous” redemption. We love that using credit card points and miles is for everyone in different stages of their life. We repeatedly tell people not to […]

White pillar near water and pink blossoms on trees

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Recently, Alex and I used points and miles for a trip to Washington D.C. We took her eldest son, Eli, as part of his birthday celebration. Washington D.C. is a fascinating place to travel and Eli soaked up all the history and museum outings as well as being our solo male traveler throughout the trip. […]

Blue lifeguard station in front of pier at ocean

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If you are looking for a budget-friendly, fun beach vacation for your family, look no further than Oceanside, California. It is much more inexpensive than San Diego, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach and just as much fun! Complete with miles of beach access, an occasional seal or dolphin, and a pier, it has fun for […]

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