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United Airlines Is Flying 84% Of Their Seats Empty Today

United Airlines has a load factor of only 16% today with 40,000 passengers booked worldwide.  This is according to a source at United with knowledge of the daily... Read More

Family Flys Free
Lufthansa Refusing Refunds, U.S. Airline Bailout, and Flying to China During COVID-19!

Here is the latest set of interesting stories and news from around the travel web that I find interesting and hope you do, too! The post Lufthansa Refusing Refunds, U.S.... Read More

Pizza in Motion
We Shouldn’t Need This: Marriott Adds Ability To See All Fees When You Search

Resort fees, facility fees, destination fees, urban fees and many more.  Hotels across the globe charge these fees on top of room rates as a way to earn extra money... Read More

Miles For Family
Excursions from Andaz Papagayo Without Breaking the Bank

See our Advertiser Disclosure here. Before my family’s recent trip to Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, the resort’s concierge sent me a link to... Read More

Pizza in Motion
Big Annual Fees! What Should You With That Expense Travel Credit Card In Your Wallet?

If you've got a credit card with a big annual fee in your wallet and perks that you can't use, is it better to hold onto it or cancel the card? The post Big Annual Fees!... Read More

Pizza in Motion
How Many Planes Have Been Grounded Because Of The Coronavirus Pandemic?

With airlines continuing to cancel flights at an incredible pace, how many planes have been grouned because of the coronavirus pandemic? The post How Many Planes Have... Read More

Family Flys Free
Dear United: I Will Never Take A Paid Flight With You Again

United has gone from bad to worse in recent weeks. Rather than refunding affected customers, they are holding everyone's money. Well, it's goodbye, United. The post... Read More

Miles For Family
Review: Andaz Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

See our Advertiser Disclosure here. Three weeks ago, when the U.S. had few coronavirus cases and Costa Rica had zero cases, my family of five traveled to Costa Rica. We... Read More

Pizza in Motion
Will Disney Have Special Discounts When Their Parks Reopen?

Seems like we’re talking a lot about coronavirus lately, no shock.  If you’re interested in seeing more of what I’ve written lately, check these... Read More

Family Flys Free
Monday Memories: Our Humorous Experience Entering Ireland

With the travel-less-ness settling in, I find myself reminiscing about some of our funniest travel moments over the years. Entering Ireland in 2016... The post Monday... Read More

Miles For Family
Using United Miles on the Very Last Lufthansa Flight to Belarus

See our Advertiser Disclosure here. As I’ve mentioned awhile back, my parents recently came to visit us from Europe over my kids’ spring break. The timing... Read More

Pizza in Motion
How Many Airlines Have Stopped Flying Completely in the Coronavirus Crisis?

It’s amazing how quickly things have escalated in the coronavirus crisis.  Things that were seemingly impossible are happening left and right.... Read More

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Hunkering Down and Hoarding Points: Award Travel in 2020

My travel plans at the outset of 2020 were bright, and I looked forward to several trips this year. Now everything is in question. But I still have a plan. The post... Read More

Pizza in Motion
Marriott Laying Off Two-Thirds of Their Corporate Employees

The crisis surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in ways that might have seemed unimaginable even weeks ago.  Marriott just announced that... Read More

Family Flys Free
Review: Radisson Hotel Sunnyvale – Silicon Valley

During a quick trip to the Bay Area a couple months ago, I had a chance to stay at the Radisson Hotel Sunnyvale - Silicon Valley. Here's my review: The post Review:... Read More

Miles For Family
Predicting the New Normal, Cruise Nightmares, Southwest’s Generosity

See our Advertiser Disclosure here. 7 Reasons We Won’t See Normal Anytime Soon: Interesting post from Gary at View From the Wing. I agree that we will see (or... Read More

Family Flys Free
Aircraft Brawl Over Elbow Room Filmed, Earning Extra Cash This Month, And An Upside To The Coronavirus

Here is the latest set of interesting stories and news from around the travel web that I find interesting and hope you do, too! The post Aircraft Brawl Over Elbow Room... Read More

Miles For Family
Costa Rica Impressions and Vacation Video

See our Advertiser Disclosure here. I can’t believe that just last week, my family was on vacation in Costa Rica. A lot has happened since we’ve been back,... Read More

Miles to Go
Coronavirus: Current State of Travel & Planning Future Trips

We’re living in a drastically different world than we were just a week ago. This episode features Seth Miller from PaxEx.Aero with an update on... Read More

Miles For Family
Chase Ink Business Preferred 100k Sign-up Bonus

See our Advertiser Disclosure here. The Chase Ink Business Preferred card recently increased its bonus to 100,000 Chase Ultimate Reward points. That’s worth $1250... Read More

Points With a Crew
Day 5 of Social Distancing and….All Is Well?

Well it's Day 5 of "social distancing" and being nonstop in a house with 6 kids. The most I can say for how things are going is that... nobody has died yet... Read More

Family Flys Free
Review: Holiday Inn Express LHR Terminal 4

Traveling out of Heathrow T4? The Holiday Inn Express LHR Terminal 4 is an excellent and convenient option for an airport hotel stay. Here's my review: The post Review:... Read More

Miles For Family
The Confidante Miami Beach: Great Hotel, but Not Great for Families with Kids

See our Advertiser Disclosure here. My daughter and I recently spent two nights at The Confidante Miami Beach in early March. This hotel is popular with miles and points... Read More

Miles For Family
Repricing Flights, Master List of Hotel Policies for Coronavirus Changes, Southwest 75k Offer

See our Advertiser Disclosure here. Repricing Flights: Travel Codex has a great summary of all the airlines that are allowing price/schedule changes. I predict they will... Read More

Miles For Family
Finally Earned Hyatt Brand Explorer Award!

See our Advertiser Disclosure here. On my family’s recent spring break trip to Miami and Costa Rica, I stayed at two new-to-me Hyatt brands/hotels: The Confidante... Read More

Family Flys Free
Have You Ever Been Missing From A Flight Manifest?

In January I flew to Boston and back. It was as routine, except for one strange thing. I didn't know it was possible to be missing from a flight manifest. The post Have... Read More

Family Flys Free
Birthday Party Bash: My Great Use of Choice Privileges Points

We overwhelmingly use our points for trips visiting far away places. But recently Choice Privileges came in handy for a stay close to home. The post Birthday Party Bash:... Read More

Pizza in Motion
A Pointed Reminder On The Value Of Flexible Points And Miles

People often ask me what are the best points or miles that they can collect.  Or, they’ll ask me to tell them the best way to redeem.  For me, these... Read More

Miles To Memories
Don’t Be A Jerk! Why I Have Decided To Cancel Months Worth of Travel

How I just had to cancel months worth of travel and the sad reality of how people are ignoring experts in an effort to live their lives and put others at risk. The post... Read More

Family Flys Free
Review: KLM 777-200ER Economy Class With Kids – Amsterdam to SFO

Rather than flying home with Virgin Atlantic like our outbound trip, the kids and I returned to SFO flying KLM 777-200ER economy. Here is my review: The post Review:... Read More

Miles For Family
Trump Tweeted that 4 Cruise Lines Will Suspend Cruises for 30 Days

See our Advertiser Disclosure here. Earlier this week and even earlier today, a few cruise lines (DCL, Viking, Princess, Royal Caribbean) announced they would... Read More

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