Travel Tips & Tricks

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Robert Benchley once said “In America there are two classes of travel – first class, and with children.” I’ve done both.

While first class is more comfortable, travel with children is far more interesting.

If you’re looking for tips and tricks for making your travel more enjoyable and/or affordable, then you’ve come to the right place.

Topics of interest include budget travel, frequent flyer programs, travel credit cards, hotel and airline tips, traveling with kids, vacation planning, and more.

How Do Credit Cards Define "Travel"?

by Michael on May 15, 2014

In response to my recent post about the Barclaycard Arrival 5k point promo, a reader named Paul wrote in to ask: “Regarding the Barclaycard Arrival credit card, which hotels, motels, airlines, tour operators, car rental agencies, etc. are affiliated with this card?” The short answer is: it depends. This card […]

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Remember when I was hunting around for a credit card with an EMV chip for use in Europe? At the time, such cards were relatively hard to come by in the American market. As a reminder, Europe has largely transitioned to so-called “chip-and-PIN” credit cards in hopes of reducing credit […]

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Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard Review

by Michael on Nov 22, 2013

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard. And yet… I’ve never really put together a comprehensive review of this card. Today, I’ve decided to spend a bit of time rectifying that. Before we go any further, I should note that there are two versions […]

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How Much are Your Miles Worth?

by Michael on Nov 8, 2013 · 3 comments

Earlier this week, I mused about whether it’s worth booking longer than necessary flights to earn extra frequent flyer miles. The main point of doing this would be to maximize your elite qualifying miles, which count toward status upgrades. That being said, the redeemable miles do have some value themselves. […]

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While sitting down to make some work-related travel arrangements, it dawned on me that I’ve been leaving miles on the table. When making plans, I typically seek out the shortest and most direct flights. I do this in part for efficiency but also because I’m tall and coach seats aren’t […]

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This is just a quick tip for those of you who are starting to think about booking flights for the upcoming holiday travel season… Yesterday afternoon, I spent some time making travel arrangements. Our nearest airport is ATL, so that means we fly Delta almost exclusively. Well, while searching for […]

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How to Save Money on Currency Conversions

by Michael on Sep 18, 2013

When traveling overseas, it’s often helpful to have at least a bit of the local currency in your pocket. This, of course, begs the question… What’s the cheapest and easiest way to get your hands on foreign currency without getting ripped off on the conversion from US dollars? Today I […]

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Greetings. I’ve just returned home from a week abroad, and I wanted to share a few thoughts about credit card usage in Europe. As I noted in a previous post, you’ll often see recommendations from travel experts to get a chip-and-PIN (EMV) credit card before heading overseas. But is this […]

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