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Tips For Traveling With Loved Ones During The Holiday Season

With 46 million passengers scheduled to fly on U.S.-based airlines over the next couple of weeks, there are bound to be some rocky roads (and rough air) out there. And even if you're used to hopping on planes, traveling with infrequent travelers is a…

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How To Earn Cash-Back On Every United Flight

One of the more obscure features of United Airlines is the united.com Club. No, I'm not talking about the place where you can load up on snacks and drinks before your flight -- that's the United Club -- but rather their almost-secret frequent buyer program…

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How My Family Dealt With The Amex Centurion Lounge Guest Limits

One of the best perks of The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express is access to Centurion Lounges. These lounges are generally far nicer than what’s offered by US airlines as they offer complimentary…

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Planning An International Family Trip Using Miles & Points

I love planning vacations for my family. We’re always talking about our next trip. But, with a family of 4, it takes a lot of points and miles to travel affordably and in style. We prefer to travel in business class, enjoy higher-end hotels, and with…

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Should Kids Have Frequent Flyer Accounts?

Yesterday we announced that we're looking to bring on another writer to our team, and the comments are full of thoughts and insights from readers. One of those was from Jim, who noted that he'd like to see more family content, and posed a few questions:…

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Booking A Panda Adventure In Chengdu, China

Back when Ben and I were considering where to go in China to take advantage of some great Xiamen Air business class fares, we ultimately decided on Chengdu, because we had a vague notion that we wanted to see pandas. Ben loves to research airplanes,…

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Delta Kicks Family Off Flight From Maui For Refusing To Give Up Seat

Overbooking of flights has been in the news a lot lately, ever since Dr. Dao was dragged from his United flight for refusing to give up his seat to accommodate deadheading crew. After completely botching the initial response and turning this into a public…

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How Amex’s Plan To Reduce Lounge Crowding May Actually Make It Worse

Earlier this month, American Express announced that the guest policy for their network of Centurion Lounges would be changing as of March 30th. Whereas Platinum members could previously bring in two guests or their immediate family, they'll now only…

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Review: SAS Lounge Oslo Airport

We had decided to spend our final night in Norway at the airport so we wouldn't have to get up quite so early for our 7:50 AM flight to London Heathrow. The terminal is only a short distance from the Radisson Blu Oslo Airport, most of which is covered…

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10 Things To Do With Kids In Oslo

Like the rest of Scandinavia, Oslo is an incredibly kid-friendly place which made it pretty easy for us to get out and explore with our three kids aged 5, 4, and 1. This is a culture of bundling the kids up and taking them out, regardless of the cold…

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Review: Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion Oslo

We spent part of our stay in Oslo at the Hotel Folketeateret, but decided we might as well give another Clarion Collection property a try. That's not to say there was anything wrong with the Hotel Folketeateret per se, as it's truly a wonderful property…

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How To Sled Oslo’s Korketrekkeren Like A Boss

No trip to Oslo in the winter would be complete without playing in the snow. And there's no better way to do that then to sled the Korketrekkeren, Oslo's city-operated toboggan run. But let's be clear -- this is not your leisurely ride down a gentle…

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Review: SAS Museum Oslo Airport

After spending the night at the Park Inn by Radisson Oslo Airport, we decided to visit the SAS Museum before riding the train into the city. The museum is only open on Sundays and Tuesdays, so we couldn't pass up the chance to check it out given that…

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Introduction: Oslo In Winter

My wife and I fell in love with Norway on our trip to Bergen a few years ago. We thought the city and surrounding fjords were beautiful and the quality of the food to be excellent. In fact, I began to tell people that the whole country was sort of like…

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A Trick For Saving Money On Kids’ Travel

SAS offered a fantastic deal for families last week where children could fly from the US to Scandinavia for almost free. All you had to do was book one regular adult ticket and then as many as eight kids could fly for just the cost of the taxes and fees,…

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Get Your Kids Star Gold Status For $150 Each

SAS is running a really awesome promotion this spring where kids can fly for almost free from the US to Europe. You just need to book by January 23 and travel between February 7 and April 9. The best part is that you can take up to 8 kids with each paying…

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Why The Hottest Credit Card Bonus Might Not Be Right For You

There's a crazy amount of buzz right now about the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, and has been for months. The 100,000 point bonus is changing soon, so people seem even more enthused about it than before. And there's no doubt -- it's a great offer, and…

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Can Kids Fly In First Class?

When it comes to traveling with kids, there are three things that matter -- space, space, and more space. That's true on the plane, in the hotel, and in the rental car. I don't much care about the service or the food (assuming there is some!), I just…

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Review: Baby Boss City Taipei, Taiwan

I've already covered most of the things we did with the kids in Taipei. But I thought our visit to Baby Boss City deserved its own review as it is a fairly unique attraction, at least for those of us in the US, and I would have liked to have had more…

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6 Things To Do In Taipei With Kids

We really enjoyed our week in Taipei. Our trip coincided with Chinese New Year, and there were pluses and minuses to being there for the holiday. On one hand, traffic was very light around the Grand Hyatt, and some places had festive decorations. On…

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Review: United Transpacific Flights In Economy

We flew United economy to and from Taiwan. We actually fly United a lot, so I don't really think about it much. It's not glamorous by any means, but I maintain that long-haul economy can be quite tolerable under the right circumstances, like if you have…

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Introduction: Chinese New Year In Taiwan

As I've explained briefly before, my family doesn't pick our travel destinations as much as follow the cheap fares. Sure, we have ideas of places we'd like to go someday, but for the most part we just go where the low fares take us. If it's to a new…

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OfficeMax And Office Depot Testing AWESOME Rewards Program

Did you know that office supply stores have loyalty programs? I certainly never paid much attention to them. Even though I spend thousands of dollars each year between Staples, OfficeMax, and Office Depot, I've never bothered to setup a loyalty account.…

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