Money-saving tips and tricks for family travel

Fly the Family for Free – eBook now available!

Have you ever wondered if your family could travel the world like the Wheelwrights?  Do you want to travel abroad with your family, but the price of airline tickets has you down?

Jump into the world of frequent flyer miles and learn how you can take your family abroad without spending thousands of dollars on airfare!

This detailed eBook will walk you through the world of frequent flyer miles. You’ll learn the basics of frequent flyer programs, a handful of ways for infrequent flyers to earn miles, and tips to guide you through the process of redeeming miles for free flights. Read more

Chase Ink Plus and the beauty of Chase Ultimate Rewards

There are a lot of great credit cards out there—several will earn you and your family flights across the ocean to see far-off places.  Most of the cards I recommend are “consumer” credit cards, but when I see a small business card with an offer that is too good to pass up, I need to share it.  That’s where today’s post comes in.

Chase Ink Plus is a great card.  The sign-up bonus is historically around 50,000 points after spending $5,000 in three months.  Right now that bonus is up at 70,000 if you use the link below.  That’s more than enough to get at least one member of the family to Europe and back! Read more

Adventures in Paris: L’Arc de Triomphe

We obviously loved our visit to the Eiffel Tower, but if you’re concerned about the expense or the crowds, and if you don’t have advance tickets, you may not want to spend the time waiting in line to head up to the top.  Are there alternatives?

Yes, and I completely hear you.  While we were definitely happy with our trip to the top, I admit that my first two trips to Paris did not include this activity.  Regardless of what might keep you from ascending Monsieur Eiffel’s creation, you can still get a great view of Paris from above.  My favorite option is a visit to the roof of the great Arc de Triomphe. Read more

AAdvantage eShopping

Earn miles while shopping online

Earn miles when shopping online

Earn miles when shopping online

Frequent flyer miles have become a big business, and that’s good news for those of us wanting to travel on a budget, because it means there are lots of ways to earn miles without actually flying.  I’ve previously mentioned dining programs that allow you to earn miles for eating out.  But what about the rest of the shopping we do–especially online shopping?  Great news–there are ways to earn miles doing that, too!  And these shopping miles are in addition to the miles we earn through purchases made with rewards credit cards. Read more