Should You Get a U.S. Passport Card?

You know what documents you need to get on an airplane. For most people in the U.S., you show your driver’s license to the TSA agent at the checkpoint. If you’re taking an international flight, you’ll have your passport with you and might use that instead. The TSA currently allows many different forms of identification to get past the security checkpoint. Here’s the list from tsa.gov:

  • Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
  • Permanent resident card
  • Border crossing card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV card
  • Foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation worker identification credential
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

I’ve seen U.S. passport cards before but never thought they were good for much. When my dad showed me he had gotten one, I thought it was a waste of money since he also got his passport at the same time.

What can you use a U.S. passport card for, anyway?

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“Mischievous” Airport Bag Handler Purposely Sent Hundreds of Suitcases To Wrong Destinations

As if flying didn’t have enough potential problems, between passengers being pulled off planes, airlines cancelling thousands of flights, or the possibility of sitting directly in front of the screaming baby section, now we have this to worry about.
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The Hotels Near WDW You Can Stay In With Your Marriott Credit Card Free Night

Several hotel credit cards give you a free night at one of their establishments every year when you pay the annual fee. The cool thing is this free night benefit is often is worth more than the cost of keeping the credit card, doesn’t require you to spend a certain amount of money on the card, and doesn’t require you to have any points in your account. It’s simply a totally a free night, including tax.

It makes sense to try to get the most value out of the free night and I’ve read articles listing the places around the world where you can get the most expensive room. I decided instead of that approach, I’d look at a place many people travel to each year. Walt Disney World (WDW). If you can stretch your vacation one more day by using a free night, that could be very valuable to you and your family.

Here are the Marriott hotels in the WDW area where you can use your free night:

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A Spooky Sweepstakes For Some Halloween Travel

It’s October, which means it’s Halloween season for a lot of people. To join in on the spooky fun, Trip Advisor has teamed up with one of the scariest tourists attractions in the world for a #SweetScreams Halloween Sweepstakes!
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Our Weekly Recap: 9/24/17 – 9/30/17

Happy Saturday, everyone! Here’s a quick recap of what we posted this past week:

Joe wrote about:

Sharon wrote about:

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How My Packing List Has Changed In 15 Years

I was just digging around in the darker corners of my hard drive and found copies of my packing lists from 2003 and 2005. I still use a version of this list to help me pack for trips even today, but it’s been updated significantly in the last 12-15 years.

I thought it would be enlightening to look back and see what items we felt were “travel necessities” back in the early 2000s. All that I ask is that you don’t judge me too harshly on this list (Note from Sharon…TOO LATE! I’m judging the fact that you travel a minimum of 6 times per year and STILL USE A FLIPPIN’ PACKING LIST….)

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Renting Wheelchairs, ECV Scooters & Strollers When You’re Visiting WDW

If you’re going to Walt Disney World and a member of your party is going to need a stroller, wheelchair or EVC/scooter, there are lots of options that range from renting from WDW to renting from an outside source and, in the case of the stroller (although I suppose you could do it with the wheelchair or EVC), buying one. Here’s a breakdown of all the options:

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