Reader Success Stories

Get inspired by our readers!

Your travel hacking successes are our successes too! We love to feature the ways you’ve used points and miles to create travel memories!

High rise hotel on beach with pool

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Our Friday Family Vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is also a reader success story! Here is Christine’s story: We are new to the points game this year. My husband and I have opened five new cards totaling 575k in various types of points. We are a military family, so our fees for many cards […]

Family of four on the beach near an ocean.

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Karen sent us her reader success story to Huntington Beach and stayed at one of our favorite hotels. There is nothing like a points and miles trip to create family memories! Here is how she did it: My best redemption so far has been to the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach.  My son had a basketball […]

Beach, palm trees, blue water

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Stephanie is currently travel hacking successfully using just one player — herself. Here is her reader success story in one-player mode all the way to Maui!   Points Earned in One-Player Mode I discovered Travel Hacking Mom completely by accident on Instagram from the algorithm. Before, I had never even heard of travel hacking and […]

Four boys in swimming pool

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Our Friday family vacation to Punta Cana is a reader success story from Jess, who began her points and miles journey following our Jess! She took her adorable family of six to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on points and miles. Here is her story:   Spring Break 2023 Family Vacation to Punta Cana […]

Sunset view of city with large cathedral

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Our latest reader success story to Spain using points/miles comes from Meghan. Here it is in her words: Our son is in a dual language program with Spanish.  We are trying to travel, at least once a year, to a Spanish-speaking country to help him build his real-life skills (especially since Mom & Dad aren’t […]

Beach with black lava and palm trees

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Our latest reader success story comes from Stacy. She and her husband had a fun-filled vacation to Kona. Here is her reader success story to Kona in her own words.     My husband and I recently traveled to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii using points and miles. Let me share how we […]

Cherry Blossoms Framing White Building

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Our next reader success story comes from Melissa who used points for a family trip to Washington DC. Here’s her story: I am actually sitting in the car driving home from our first family trip using points! My family of four drove to Washington, DC and we stayed at the Grand Hyatt. This was such […]

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Jill sent us her reader success story to Australia, and we are so happy to share it with you. I LOVED my trip to Australia earlier this year and know that many of you have plans to travel there, too. Here is her story: When our son moved to Australia in 2018, we expected him […]

Castle surrounded by green fields

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Our latest reader success story comes from Jessica as she shares her trip to Ireland. Ireland has long been on my “to-do” list. Here is her reader success story to Ireland!   How It Began Early last year, we learned that our nephew’s high school band had been invited to play in the St. Patrick’s […]

Pink Castle

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We love to share reader success stories with each of you! They are inspiring to us and others, and let people know that travel hacking really works. Here’s a story from one of our Instagram readers, Brittany. She travel hacked a trip to Disney World to really save costs.   Travel Hacking Disney World Our […]

Rainbow in sky above palm trees

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The three of us at THM have yet to book a Vacasa stay on points/miles (hoping to soon). So we are very happy to share our Friday Family Vacation about booking Vacasa on points and miles. Thanks, Tatiane for sharing your story with us! Embarking on a dream vacation with a family of four can […]

Man and woman holding children standing outside building with Mickey Mouse on lawn.

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Our latest reader success story comes from Kayla, and it’s all about the “happiest place on earth” – Disneyland.  Here is Kayla’s reader Success Story to Disneyland.   Travel hacking was something I hadn’t heard of prior to July 2022. Fast forward to March 2023, and my family of 4 was going on an EXTREMELY […]

Colorful tiles on wall and view of city.

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Kayla sends us a reader success story to Barcelona—one of my favorite cities. Here’s her story: My husband and I recently took a trip away from our four boys (thanks, grandma!) all the way to Barcelona, Spain, to visit my younger brother studying at the University there. We also visited France and Andorra on a […]

Lush free covered mountain next to blue ocean

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Our Family Friday Vacation is a reader success story to Maui and Kauai. Imran, his wife and three children, and his in-laws created memories together thanks to points and miles. Here is his story— I came across your IG account about a year ago, and I was an instant fan. I did know about using […]

Ocean and beach with white hotel

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One of our favorite readers, Maggie, sent us this reader success story. She recently took the Award Travel Academy course and then booked an incredible stay at the Secrets Impression Moxché all-inclusive resort—one that we have each booked for later this year. It is supposed to be incredible. Here is our Award Travel Academy Reader […]

Steam coming off water in outdoor area

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I remember a couple of family trips to Yellowstone Park from when I was young. I always enjoyed looking for a bear, seeing Ol’ Faithful, and enjoying cool mountain air (especially since we were coming from Arizona for summers). In those days, it was a sacrifice for my family to take us there because my […]

Coast line of city

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Caitlin has a reader success story to Puerto Rico for us today. I went to Puerto Rico a few years ago with my sister and loved it! Here’s her story: I got into travel hacking a little over a year ago after seeing some Facebook and Instagram posts about people traveling for free. I was […]

Man and woman walking on beach with young girl and baby

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Our Friday Family Vacation to South Korea is our latest reader success story, too. We often get asked how to travel hack Korea, so we are so happy to present Katelyn’s story to you! My name is Katelyn. I grew up traveling from a very young age and have been to more than 26 countries. […]

People on beach at sunset

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Our latest reader success story to Hawaii comes from Lexi, where she utilized not only a Player 2 but also a Player 3 so that 4 people could go. Here is her story:   Lexi’s Story Since October, we have been able to sign up me (Player 1), Player 2, and Player 3 for cards […]

Island with large volcano

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Amber sent us her reader success story to Maui/Oahu. Here is her story: Last June my husband and son flew to Maui/Oahu to visit family and celebrate my husband’s grandfather’s 100th birthday!     We used Southwest points to book the trip as well as a Southwest Companion Pass that we earned with the Southwest card […]

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Our latest reader success story to Maui shows that anyone can do this, even a college student! Here is Ruth’s story: My name is Ruth, I am just starting to enter the points and miles world. I am only 21, and in college, so it is hard to find the extra money to travel. However, […]

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