The Easiest Way You’ll Ever Earn 1,500 Points

Joe is really the points and miles person in our family. He’s the one who will research credit cards, apply for them, and figure out which ones I need to use for which purchases so we can maximize how many hotel points or frequent flyer we’ll get. Personally, I’d rather just use my green Amex (that I’ve had for 25 and have the number memorized) for everything…but apparently that card is worth diddlysquat in the points & miles world, so I know if I want the occasional free flight or hotel room, I have to play by the rules of my beloved Points and Miles Guru.

Sometime though, I’M the one who find the points or miles deals. Like this one…

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Bicoastal Disney Openings, Visiting Liverpool With A Beatle, A New Way To Search for Flights & More

And here it is, Sunday again. Hope y’all have had a good week! Here are some travel articles we’ve recently seen that we think you may enjoy.

  • Nick at Frequent Miler wrote about a new search function on one of my favorite websites, Google Flights. You’re now able to search for airfares that allow you to put a carry on bag in the overhead bin. So it’ll eliminate basic economy fares that don’t allow bin access and add the bag charge to flights that charge extra for the privilege (like Spirit and Frontier).
  • Caroline from Frugal Travel Guy wrote about the best places to stay in Cuba on points and miles. The hotels available for points redemption are slim if you are an American who can even visit under the current travel restrictions. Personally, I’d strongly suggest staying at a casa particular instead of a chain resort. You can go to any island in the Caribbean and stay at a resort. If you’re going to Cuba, spend some time with the people. You’ll never forget it.
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Sharon & Joe in Havana, March 2016

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TSA Pre-Check Is Great, But Don’t Use Your Points To Pay For It

If you have travels coming up, I sure hope you have TSA Pre®. If you don’t, why not? It’s one of the easiest ways to help make travel less stressful. I’ve written about the ways you can enroll in the program in this post. I just ask one favor, when you apply:

PLEASE DON’T USE POINTS TO PAY FOR THE APPLICATION FEE!

Thank You.

Here’s why…

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Five Reasons You Should Be Using AwardWallet

Once you’ve been paying attention to points and miles for a while, it becomes inevitable that you’ll end up with a stack of membership cards from various programs. Airline programs. Hotel programs. Rental Car programs. Credit Card programs. Dining programs. You name it and I probably have a card for it. One of the services that I find invaluable to keep this all organized is AwardWallet. Here’s five things that AwardWallet does that’ll make your life easier:

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Places For Geeks to Visit, Comparing WDW’s Water Parks, A Control Freak’s Nightmare Vacation & More!

Happy weekend, y’all! And if you live in the U.S., happy Memorial Day weekend to you! Here’s a recap of what we wrote on YMMV this week. From great travel deals to what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!

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Get 2,500 Southwest Points If You Wait At TSA Pre✓ For More Than 10 Minutes

Southwest, in its continued showing of Transfarency®, has a new offering for a limited time – “Get through the TSA Precheck® line in 10 minutes at Oakland or Southwest® will give you 2,5000 Rapid Rewards® bonus points.” Pretty cool, huh?

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