Category Archives: Frugal Travel

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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Get Exclusive Deals from Dunhill Travel

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Join 10 million others who get exclusive travel deals by signing up for the Dunhill Travel Deals Newsletter! I’ve received this newsletter for years and love the deals on rental cards, hotels, and airfare.

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How to Earn 1,500 Free & Easy Marriott Points

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I scored an easy 1,500 Marriot Points today just by following Marriot Rewards on social media. It took two clicks and I was all set! I love that Marriott points can now transfer to Starwood, making them more valuable.

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My Frugal Travel Plans for 2017 (So Far)…

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agenda-1458520_1280I have been busy planning lots of travel for next year! I’m so excited to already have several trips in the books. I thought I would share what I have planned so far to inspire and encourage. 🙂

In January my husband, daughter and myself are flying to Las Vegas for week-long visit. We are staying with some incredible friends who live outside of Vegas near Red Rocks. They are the sweetest people to welcome our family into their home for a week!

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New PointBreaks Hotels for 5,000 IHG Points (October 31st, 2016 – January 2017)

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If you have IHG points and are traveling this winter, don’t miss out on the opportunity to book rooms for only 5,000 points per night! The newest IHG PointsBreaks are now available for booking here. These are available from October 31st 2016 through January 31st, 2017, but only a set number of rooms are available and when they are gone, they’re gone! I suggest booking ASAP and cancelling later if you can’t swing the trip –

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Why It Might Be a Good Idea to Buy Hilton Points with a 100% Bonus (Thru 10/31)

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Through October 31st, you can get up to 100% bonus points free when you buy Hilton HHonors points. I just did this for a trip next spring and it saved us hundreds of dollars!

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If you buy between 10,000 – 19,000 points you’ll receive 80% more bonus points. If you buy 20,000+ points you’ll receive 100% more bonus points. Points costs one cent each,

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How to Redeem Delta SkyMiles for Walt Disney World Hotel Stays

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I recently stumbled upon a way to use Delta SkyMiles for booking hotels at Walt Disney World and I had to share! You can currently earn a 50,000 miles sign-up bonus (plus a $50 statement credit) when you open a Delta Gold SkyMiles Card. In this post I’ll show you how to use these miles to book a four-night stay at a Disney resort (such as Pop Century Resort, one of my favorites) totally for free!

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Earn 50,000 Points with a Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa

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There is currently a 50,000 point sign-on bonus for the Southwest Premier Rapid Rewards Visa Card, one of my favorite cards for frugal travel.

I have had this credit card for years and I highly recommend it! Now is the best time of year to get the card if you are interested in earning Companion Pass starting in early 2017. If you ever fly on Southwest,

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