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Budget Friendly South Florida With Kids: Miami, Everglades, & Key Largo!

on April 7, 2018

I love visiting South Florida in the winter to get a dose of sunshine and warmth. In this post, I’ll show you how to take an affordable family vacation to Miami, the Everglades, and Key Largo that your kids will love!

Tip #1: Choose Affordable Activities

There are some pretty pricey things to do around South Florida, from harbor cruises to airboat tours. The key to keeping your trip under budget is to find some affordable activities everyone in the family will love. Read more...

How Buying DVC Resale Can Save You Thousands at Disney World!

on January 23, 2018

I was compensated for this post but all opinions are completely my own.
How buying DVC resale can save you thousands at Walt Disney World! Becoming a Disney Vacation Club member on the resale market can help you spend less money on your Disney vacations and visit more often! #disneyworld #familytravel

You may be familiar with renting Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points to save money on stays at Disney’s Deluxe resorts. But have you ever considered how much you can save on future Disney stays by becoming a DVC member yourself?

In this post, I’ll break down how much you can expect to save by purchasing a DVC contract on the resale market. Read more...

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Activities!

on January 13, 2018

An overview of the amazing FREE resort activities at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge! Cookie decorating, face painting, tours, and more, all for free!

Every resort at Walt Disney World offers daily resort activities for guests. I’d argue that Animal Kingdom Lodge offers the widest array of resort activities and the best options for kids of any Disney resort.

This fall my family stayed five nights at Animal Kingdom Lodge and only went to the theme parks one day, so we had lots of time to explore the resort and try out the many offerings! Read more...

Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista Review: One-Bedroom Suites Near Disney World From $75/night!

on January 12, 2018

How to get a one-bedroom suite near Disney World from $75/night. Resort review of an affordable off-property Disney World hotel. #disneyworld #budgettravel #familytravelWhenever possible, I recommend staying on-property at a Disney resort when visiting Walt Disney World.

But sometimes that’s just not possible, such as on a last-minute trip when Disney resorts are booked or if there isn’t a Disney resort available that fits your budget.

When we planned our short trip for December there were zero rooms available at Disney resorts so I began researching cheap hotels near Disney World.

How to get a one-bedroom suite near Disney World from $75/night. Resort review of an affordable off-property Disney World hotel. #disneyworld #budgettravel #familytravel

I booked us a one-bedroom suite at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Lake Buena Vista based on the great reviews of the property (four and a half stars on Tripadvisor). Read more...

2018 Free Quick Service Meal Deal at Walt Disney World!

on January 5, 2018

Who’s ready for some free food at Disney World?

Disney has just released a new discount for summer 2018 that includes one FREE quick service meal per person (ages 3+) per night of your vacation when you stay at a participating Walt Disney World Resort Value hotel!

When you purchase a minimum three-night magic your way package at one of the value resorts at Disney World with at least two days of park tickets, then you will receive one quick service meal per person (age 3+), per night of your stay. Read more...

How To Rent DVC Points With a Broker: The Easy Way to Save Thousands on Your Disney World Vacation!

on December 28, 2017

The EASIEST way to save thousands on a Disney World vacation is to rent DVC points through a broker. Tips and tricks for using a points broker to arrange your Disney vacation. #disneyworld

The single easiest way to save thousands on a Disney World vacation is to rent DVC points for a stay at a Disney Deluxe resort hotel. My family has been doing this for years and it allows us to visit Disney World often, even on a limited budget!

In this post, I’ll walk you through how to book your Disney World vacation with a DVC points broker, which is by far the simplest way to go about renting DVC (Disney Vacation Club) points. Read more...

How To Use Hilton Points + Money To Save Big on Hotel Stays!

on December 11, 2017

I’ve recently come to love the Hilton Honors program because you can now redeem Honors points to reduce to cost of any available hotel room thanks to their Points + Money option!

In this post, I’ll show you how to find the best deals using the Hilton app (which doesn’t work on their website) and how to use the Hilton Points + Money feature to save big on a vacation to Disney World (or anywhere else). Read more...

Our Plans for a Quick (And Cheap) December Trip to Walt Disney World!

on November 14, 2017

One way to visit your favorite vacation destination more often is to get your family members as obsessed with it as you are!

We get to visit Walt Disney World one more time this year, thanks to my mother-in-law’s willingness to make a short trip down for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Here’s how we are saving money on this trip.

My mother-in-law has bravely agreed to stay two nights at an off-property hotel that seems too good to be true.  Read more...

Disney Dolphin Resort Review: Pros & Cons of a Non-Disney Resort on Disney Property

on November 2, 2017

Pros and cons of the Walt Disney World Dolphin, a non-Disney resort located on Disney property! There is so much to know about this unique hotel that is actually a Sheraton property. A thorough resort review of the Disney Dolphin. #disneyworld

I finally got a chance to stay at Disney’s Dolphin Resort last month and I have much to share about the experience!

The Swan and Dolphin are unique hotels at Walt Disney World because they share some of the benefits of on-property Disney resorts but not all. And that makes them very confusing when comparing them to other Disney World resorts!

Normally I would wait until the end of a post to share the pros and cons of a resort, but with the Dolphin, I feel it makes more sense to share them upfront. Read more...

$30 Off $100+ Hotel Stay on Orbitz (Works for Disney Resorts!)

on October 2, 2017

Here’s an easy way to save $30 on a $100+ hotel stay booked through Orbitz!

Head over to the Max Your Passion Sweepstakes site before March 31st, 2018 and enter your email address when prompted. You will be asked to enter a code, but you won’t need to because you will already have a promo code for $30 off waiting in your inbox!

Then just head over to Orbitz to book your discounted hotel stay. Read more...

Three Easy Steps To Get The Best Price on Car Rentals!

on September 10, 2017

After years of researching how to get the best deals on car rentals, I’ve finally settled on an easy three-step process for getting the lowest price with the least hassle.

In this post, I’ll walk you through my method and show you an example of how I saved on our recent rental!

When Should I Book My Rental Car?

First, you might be wondering how far in advance you need to book your rental car. Read more...

80,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus For The IHG Rewards Club MasterCard!

on July 12, 2017

One of my favorite cards for free travel is offering the best sign-up bonus ever! The InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) Rewards Club MasterCard from Chase is offering an 80,000 point sign-up bonus for a limited time through this link from Million Mile Secrets.

Why did this card make my list of top five favorite credits cards for free travel with points and miles? Here are a few reasons:

  • the 80,000 point sign-up bonus is worth up to $800 in free hotel stays
  • You get a Free Night certificate (to use at any IHG hotel in the world) every year you keep the card and pay the low $49 annual fee
  • The minimum spending requirement to earn the bonus is a reasonable $1,000 in three months
  • Chase’s stricter application requirements (aka the “5/24 rule”) DO NOT apply to this card!
Read more...

How to Use Orbitz to Save Up To 50% on Walt Disney World Hotels!

on June 26, 2017

If you are looking for creative ways to save money on a Walt Disney World vacation, here is one of my top suggestions. I have used this strategy MANY times and have saved hundreds of dollars!

In a nutshell, it is possible (and pretty easy) to stack two discounts on top of each other for Disney World resort hotel reservations when you book on Orbitz.com.

With both discounts, you can get up to 50% off of the regular prices of Disney World hotel rooms! Read more...

Trip Report: 2-Night Atlantic Beach Getaway for $100 Total!

on June 9, 2017

My daughter and I took a trip to the beach a few weekends back and today I’m sharing how we made the trip for a little over $100. This includes two nights at a hotel, gas, food, and entertainment!

My husband was out of town on a fishing trip so the girls headed to beautiful Atlantic Beach, NC. Here’s how we had a fantastic time on a limited budget:

Two Nights at Holiday Inn Express Havelock: $40

I spent $40 total on our two nights lodging at the Holiday Inn Express – Havelock NW New Bern thanks to my stash of IHG Rewards points. Read more...

Southwest 3-Day Fare Sale: Flights from $49 or 2,330 Points!

on June 6, 2017

If you have any travel planned for the rest of the year and still need flights, don’t miss the 3-day fare sale on Southwest!

Get flights from $49 each way or only 2,330 points through 6/8/17 for travel through the end of the year. This is a great way to stretch your points earned by opening a Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card. Plus the sign-on bonus is a whopping 60,000 points right now! Read more...

How to Stay on Disney Property for $90/Night (Even in Peak Summer Season!)

on June 2, 2017

Here’s a quick post to share how I booked two nights at an on-property Disney resort for only $90/night – in peak summer travel season!

I was able to get us discounted rooms at Disney’s All Stars Music Resort for two nights in June with one of my favorite money-saving strategies – using Orbitz promo codes in conjunction with Disney World discounts!

Save 15% on select hotels: JETSETTER

Orbitz regularly releases 15% off promo codes for hotel stays booked on their sites. Read more...

How I Regularly Fly to Disney World For (Almost) Free!

on May 24, 2017

I fly from North Carolina to Orlando two to three times each year to visit Walt Disney World, and I almost never pay for airfare.

How do I pull this off? I fly for (almost) free using Southwest points! In this post, I’ll show you how to earn and redeem points so you can visit your favorite destination more often.

The main way I’ve earned Southwest Rapid Reward Points is by opening a new credit card. Read more...