Category Archives: Frugal Travel

Walt Disney World’s Free Dining Offer for 2017 is Available!

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The much anticipated Free Dining offer from Disney World is available as of this morning, 4/24/2017! Check out this post for everything you need to know about Free Dining, including how to decide if it is the best deal for you. Here are the details of the 2017 offer and how to book it.

First of all here are the dates that are included this year:

As in years past,

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Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale Review + Some Helpful Tips

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My dad, my four-year-old daughter and I headed to South Florida this March to get some much-needed sunshine and spend some time together. I did a bunch of research to find the right place to stay, and settled on the Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale 17th Street.

I chose this hotel because:

  • It has large one-bedroom suites that would allow us to all stay in one room together
  • I could book it using Hilton Honors points and pay nothing out-of-pocket!

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How to Put Money Aside for a Disney Vacation and Save 15% in the Process!

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I’ve been looking into creative ways to put money aside for a future Disney vacation for my sister, who wants to visit Disney World more frequently with her family. Of course I’m looking for a way to do this that will also save money in the process!

The best money-saving way I’ve found to put funds aside for a Disney trip is to buy Disney gift cards at a discount with a credit card that will earn considerable cash back on your purchase.

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Daily Getaways: Deals on Hotel Points, SeaWorld Tickets, and more…

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If you are looking for cheap hotel points or planning a trip to Universal Studios or SeaWorld, you might be interested in these deals offered by Daily Getaways. Each day through May 12th, a new travel deal goes live at 1 pm and some of the most popular deals sell out in minutes!

For example, tomorrow you can get a one-day ticket to any SeaWorld park for only $50,

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Trip Report: A Four-Day Spring Break Trip to Disney World for $200

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My daughter and I had a blast on our short spring break trip to Walt Disney World. The sunshine, warmth, and flowers completely lifted my spirits! In this post I’ll share details of our trip plus all the ways I saved money during a generally expensive time of year to travel to Disney World.

First, I was lucky to be able to fund most of the trip from a targeted offer I received in the mail at the end of last year from US Bank.

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How To Check-In & Select Your Room in the Hilton Honors App!

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One special feature of staying at a Hilton hotel is the ability to check-in before you arrive with the Hilton Honors app. Did you know you can select your room location when you check-in with the app, too?

In this post I’ll walk you through how the check-in process works and what to expect when you use the app to select your room. I used it to get us a fantastic room for our stay at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale earlier this year.

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Everything You Need to Know About Free Dining at Disney World!

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Disney World’s “Free Dining” offer is by far it’s most popular promotion. It is pretty clear why… FREE FOOD at Disney? Ummm, yes please!

While nothing is ever really free at Disney World, Free Dining is a great way to save money on a Disney vacation. I’ll answer the most common questions I get asked (e.g. Is it always the best deal? How much can I save?) and share everything you need to know about Free Dining in this post.

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Trip Report: Four-Day Getaway to Fort Lauderdale for $90 Total

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I like to share the details of how we manage to travel while living on a tight budget in trip reports like this one. Hopefully it will inspire some of you to pursue your passion, even if you think it’s financially out of reach! Our family lives on a tight budget and I love to travel, so I have to get creative with funding trips like this.

I suffer from pretty severe winter blues,

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Orbitz: New Promo Code for 15% Off Hotel Stays (Works at Disney Resorts!)

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Save 15% on select hotels: EXPLOREMORE

Orbitz just released a promo code good for an additional 15% off stays at select hotels through the end of this year. Book by April 9th and enter the code EXPLOREMORE during checkout to save!

As in the past, Walt Disney World resort hotels are INCLUDED in this deal! So check out my post on how to use Orbitz promo codes to save an additional 15% on top of Disney’s own discounts.

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AmexOffers: $30 off $150 Disney World Ticket Purchase from Undercover Tourist

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If you are planning a trip to Disney World and have an American Express card, don’t miss this great offer!

From now until May 31st, 2017, you can get $30 back on a $150 purchase from Undercover Tourist, my preferred Disney ticket provider.

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First head over to AmexOffers and log in to your American Express account. At the bottom of the screen you will see your current offers.

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How to Earn 5 FREE Nights at a Disney Deluxe Resort with the SPG Amex

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One strategy I regularly use to travel to Walt Disney World for free or cheap is to take advantage of credit card sign-on bonuses.

Right now there is a fantastic offer for one of the best rewards cards for Disney travel. By opening just one credit card you can earn five free nights at the Disney Dolphin Resort, which would cost around $1500 if you paid out-of-pocket!

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From now until April 5th,

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My 5 Favorite Credit Cards for Free Travel with Points & Miles

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The number one way I stretch our travel budget is by leveraging points and miles I earn through credit card use. I’ve earned over $10,000 in free flights, hotels and more from my points and miles hobby, so we aren’t talking about chump change here!

If you are interested in traveling for free with points and miles, you might be a little overwhelmed when you start learning about all of your options.

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New IHG PointBreaks Hotels for Only 5,000 Points Per Night (January 30th – April 30th 2017)

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One of my favorite deals for stretching points to their maximum are InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) PointBreaks. Each quarter IHG releases a list of hotels which you can book for only 5,000 points per night and here is a link to all of the hotels included for January 30th – April 30th 2017. Of particular interest on the list is the Candlewood Suites in Anaheim,

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How to Combine Small Amounts of SPG and Marriott Points for a Free Hotel Night

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If you are into traveling for cheap (or free) using points and miles, there is nothing more frustrating than points you’ve earned that you can’t use. I sometimes find that I have points in multiple loyalty accounts that aren’t quite enough to put to any good use.

But the Marriott-Starwood merger that happened last year can help put those lingering points to good use! Thanks to the merger,

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On vs. Off Property Hotels at Disney World: What To Expect for $100/Night

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On our recent trip to Walt Disney World, we split our stay between two hotels that both cost about $100 per night. We stayed four nights at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, which is on Disney property. For the last two nights of our trip we moved over to the Springhill Suites in Marriott Village, which is located a few miles from Disney property.

The first question many people ask when they begin planning a Disney vacation is “Should we stay on property or off?

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Disney World Resorts are Back on Orbitz! Rooms from $87/Night This Spring

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I was really discouraged when Orbitz stopped offering Walt Disney World resort hotels a few months back. Booking through Orbitz was far and away the best way to save money when booking room-only stays at Disney World.

But here is some good news… Disney World hotels are back on Orbitz! You can now book room-only reservations through the end of 2017 and take advantage of stacking an Orbitz discount ON TOP OF Disney discounts to save big on Disney resorts stays (read my step-by-step guide in this post).

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Earn 5,000 Bonus Hilton Points on Cheap Cash+Points Stays!

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Here is an easy way to stay at a Hilton property for cheap this winter without putting a dent in your stash of Hilton points!

Through January 31st, if you book a stay in the Hilton app and pay for it with any Visa card, you’ll get a 5,000 point bonus. You do have to register for this promotion first here.

The nicest part of this promotion is that it applies to Cash + Points stays!

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Flying For Free with Southwest Points FAQs

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Recently I’ve had a few friends ask me great questions about Southwest airlines points and credit cards. I figure that if they are wondering, then others likely are, too! So I’m sharing answers to their questions and some others I get asked frequently about flying for free on Southwest. I hope it will help you understand how to use Southwest points for frugal travel!

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