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Family Trip To Europe With Points and Miles

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This post is part two in a series about how I’m taking a family trip to Europe with the help of points and miles. If you are not into travel rewards, feel free to go back and read about debt or retirement. Part 1: My Ambitious Plan To Get 3 People To Europe With Points and Miles When when we last discussed this trip, my family was booked on flights from Durango, Colorado to Boston, then from Boston to Dublin. Now that we’re across the pond, the real fun begins. Let me say, it’s very hard to find basic hotel rooms in Europe that accommodate more than two people. You can’t even sneak in a cot. It’s a money making scheme fire safety rule that you have to either upgrade to a suite or pay for two rooms if you have a family. Since we ARE NOT putting our daughter in a room by herself, I’ve almost made my eyes bleed doing research to find hotels that we can book with points and be able to have 3 people in a room. Some of them are not right in the main tourist center, but that’s OK. It will give us ...

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Booking the US Airways $99 Companion Certificate

cheap flights to San Francisco

  Since we never carry a balance on credit cards anymore, Jim and I have been taking advantage of credit card sign up bonuses for the past couple of years. We’ve had a great trips to the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Yellowstone, and are planning a blow out trip to the East coast and Europe next year. A large portion of these trips have been funded with points and miles we get for paying expenses with credit cards. With our rental properties and various business expenses, it’s pretty easy for us to hit minimum spending requirements to get huge bonuses. However, I know many readers don’t spend that much per month, which is great, unless you’d like to take advantage of all the bonus points floating around out there. Enter the US Airways credit card. With this card, the sign up bonus  kicks in after your first purchase plus the $89 annual fee. So for under $100, you can get all the points that I talked about in this post. Another benefit of this card is a companion certificate for two extra people with a paid ticket. I’ve had various companion certificates over the years from one promotion or another, but ...

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My Ambitious Plan To Get 3 People To Europe With Points And Miles

Dublin Castle

One of the main reasons I’ve completely changed my work and money habits over the last few years was to spend more time with my family.Travel is one of our main priorities, and we’ve taken some really sweet trips. Since learning to use credit cards responsibly, we’ve taken advantage of some amazing bonus offers to vacation for pennies on the dollar. Right now, I’m in the process of planning our most ambitious trip yet: 3 weeks of travel. We’ll be starting on the east coast, then on to Europe next summer, mostly with points and miles. I honestly never thought we could afford a three week trip to anywhere, let alone one with multiple flights and hotel stays, but I promise it’s possible and here’s how we’re going to do it. A Word About Travel Hacking If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know we used to be bogged down in the swamp of credit card debt. It really was like slogging through sludge to pay it off. I can totally see how someone who pays off debt would never want to use credit cards again, but I also see the beauty of taking advantage of all ...

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Yellowstone, Tetons, Fun, Rain, and a Snowstorm!

The afternoon viewing of Old Faithful was not crowded at all

Happy Labor Day to all my US readers and happy Monday to everyone else. We are making our way home from Yellowstone today, and my, has it been a trip to remember! Day1-Old Faithful We arrived at the west entrance to Yellowstone on Friday afternoon after a long day of driving. The weather was beautiful so we hightailed it down to Old Faithful. It was around 4:30 PM when we got to the Old Faithful parking area. The timing was perfect. It was about 30 minutes until the next eruption. Because it was later in the day, there wasn’t a huge crowd. It’s hard to describe, but awesome and amazing come to mind. After that, we had dinner and then hiked around the geyser basin. We stumbled upon an Old Faithful overlook trail that was about a half mile of climbing, and we were rewarded with an amazing view of the geyser going off again. It was even better because it was us and one other couple, so it was almost like a private show. We stayed in the area and looked around all the other geysers and geothermal wonders until it got dark. Day 2- Mount Washburn I really ...

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Frugal Trip To Yellowstone National Park

Image: Wikipedia Commons

I’m really sad to see summer come to an end. In Colorado, we are already having cooler temperatures, and I can’t help but notice that the sun is sleeping in and going to bed later than just a few weeks ago.  We decided to go on one more blow out road trip before summer is gone, and I’m VERY excited that we chose a national park. It will be a whirlwind, but here’s how we’re planning our frugal trip to Yellowstone! Why Yellowstone? Well, because it’s maybe the most famous national park, and it’s a goal of mine to see them all before I kick the bucket. Yellowstone is a 10 hour drive from us, so not close, but it’s a no brainer to road trip it. I have always wanted to visit Yellowstone since I was a kid. I’m not even sure how I knew about it. They don’t talk much about destinations west of the Mississippi in rural Kentucky, but geysers have always fascinated me. I’m not sure why we’ve never been now that we live closer, probably because it’s still a haul. A long weekend is probably not the best way to see the park, but sometimes ...

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