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I recently returned home from a dream vacation to the Maldives. This was a major bucket list trip and it was even better than I thought it would be! If you want to do a similar vacation then you are in the right place. With credit card points and miles visiting the Maldives doesn’t have […]

Overwater bungalows over green-blue water

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Question. Do you know what one of the most aspirational travel destinations is?  Where do many of our readers dream of a travel hacked vacation? The answer is the Maldives, a series of islands off the coast of India. It is known for over the water bungalows, white sand, and crystal clear turquoise water. Sound […]

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Hi, I’m Samantha from, an expert on travel hacking 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 Let’s start with our favorite, most lucrative way- Citi offers 80,000 Citi Thankyou Rewards Points as a welcome […]

Girl looking at mountains and body. of water

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A reader recently asked about how to visit Alaska on points- let’s do it! Years before I got into the points and miles game, I went to Alaska a couple of times because my daughter lived there while her husband did a pediatric dental residency. I went in the dead of winter once and hated […]

Turquoise water, white sand

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One of the best beaches I’ve ever traveled to was Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos. Miles of white sand along the most beautiful turquoise water I’ve ever seen. It was a place I never knew I had to see but now that I have, I tell everyone that it needs to be on their […]

3 girls with Parthenon in backgroud

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This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks! At the end of August 2018, I joined my mom and my sister, Lindsey, for an unforgettable girls trip to Greece. Greece and Santorini, in particular, had been on my bucket list […]

pixar pier at Disneyland

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This post contains referral links. If you use these links to apply and are approved we may receive a bonus. Thanks in advance! Pretty much every kid wants to visit the “Happiest Place on Earth” and many parents want to see the magic in their kid’s eyes as they experience Disneyland for the first time. […]

Disney World

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Recently, a friend asked me to help her in planning a trip to Orlando with points and miles. After helping her with the steps I usually use, I thought our readers might be interested in the process I used with her. This is what I do to book domestically but if I am looking at […]

beach with buildings

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This post contains referral links. If you use these links to apply and are approved I may receive a bonus. Thanks in advance! Aloha my friends! Hawaii is the place that dreams are made of. If you haven’t been, stick with me and I’ll show you how to make your dream vacation a reality without […]

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Many people have left their hearts in San Francisco, myself included. Having lived in Humbolt County, California for years, San Francisco, the city on the bay, was a frequent destination for me. However, I wasn’t a travel hacker when I visited it before. Let’s see how you can enjoy visiting San Francisco on points. Getting […]

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Whether you like to gamble, see shows, layout in the sun, or just walk The Strip, a weekend in Las Vegas is a popular destination site. Add in the dry, temperate weather and it is a great spot for a quick weekend getaway. We can make it even more desirable by visiting Las Vegas for […]

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This post contains referral links. If you apply for a credit card using one of these links we may be compensated. Thanks in advance if you do!   Mexico has been a yearly travel destination of mine for years and years. Today I want to show you how you visit Cancun on points. I’ll go […]

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One of the most asked about itineraries we keep hearing about is an Oregon Coast road trip. Traveling the Oregon coast is a spectacular experience. Having lived near the Oregon coast, in Arcata, California, for 40 years, I have traveled to many of these places, many times. It is a gorgeous drive and definitely worth […]

Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota

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During these times when we aren’t going to be able to travel internationally as much, we want to share some ideas for family or couple trips to parts of our own country. Our first trip is a family trip to Mount Rushmore and parts of South Dakota that I recently took and thoroughly enjoyed.  Who […]

costa rica

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What is your favorite place to travel to in the wintertime? I have one requirement – someplace warm!  A friend and I do an annual girl’s trip every winter and our destination is anyplace warm. We went to Vietnam last year and to Thailand the year before. This year it was Costa Rica and, of […]

Double decker bus by Parliament in London, England

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One of my favorite cities in the world is charming London! The history, the parks, the museums, and the Royal Family—what’s not to love? My daughter, Lindsey and her family have lived in London for about 14 years, so I usually go over at least twice a year.  London is by far my most visited […]

Amsterdam Canal View

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This post contains referral links. If you use these links to apply and are approved I may receive a bonus. Thanks in advance! This last spring I planned a girl’s trip to Amsterdam with two of my daughters and a granddaughter.  We used points for travel there and paid cash for an Airbnb.  It is […]


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This post contains referral links. If you use these links to apply and are approved I may receive a bonus. Thanks in advance! As part of our travel hacker beginning guide, we show you how to travel the world on points.  Today we want to show you how to plan a trip to Thailand.  Thailand […]

picture of boats at Ha Long Bay Vietnam

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I have been doing some serious travel hacking for about three years and have amassed a lot of points. I have primarily used them when I travel abroad so I can fly business class – love those lie-flat seats!  Recently I went to Vietnam on award points – free/almost free trips are the best!! The best part […]

Puerto Rico Beach

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Note: These credit card offers were correct at time of publishing. Check our best offers page for current offers. Have you ever wanted to go to the island of Puerto Rico?  Do you wonder what you will do once you get to  San Juan, Puerto Rico?  Today I am sharing all the fun things to […]

Hanalei bay

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Are you planning a trip to the beautiful island of Kauai?  I have been going to Kauai every other year for over 30 years. This last trip we took two of our granddaughters and loved spending that time with them! Of course, we used some travel hacks to get there! Now I may not be […]

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