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Traveling With Children: Planning Activities for All Ages

April 19, 2014

Planning the perfect vacation with children means picking the most family-friendly airlines (both domestic and international) and packing the best gear (for infants and young children), but the most important part might be choosing activities that are fun for the kids, and their parents, so I asked TPG contributor Jason Steele to write up his […]

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Tips For Flying With Kids in First Class

January 23, 2014

Though some airlines have banned kids from their first class cabin, you’ll still find lucky little tykes traveling like tycoons from time to time. With that in mind, TPG Contributor Jason Steele shares his own experience flying first class from Tel Aviv to Denver via Germany with his six-year-old daughter on Lufthansa, as well as […]

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JetBlue Launches Family Pooling Program

October 10, 2013

The ability to pool points together can make booking award travel a lot easier. Usually frequent flyer programs make you pay a transfer fee (usually about 1 cent per point plus fees), which greatly decreases the value of those points, since these days redemptions are usually between 1 and 2 cents per mile/point (though certain […]

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Travel Gear For Families With Toddlers And Young Children

September 25, 2013

A father of two young children himself, TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at some essential gear for families traveling with infants. Although family travel becomes easier as children start to walk and become potty trained, traveling with toddlers imposes a new set of challenges that require some different gear. Here are the top 10 essential items […]

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Essential Travel Gear For Families With Infants

September 24, 2013

Following our recent posts on family travel, TPG contributor (and father of two) Jason Steele gives his insights into traveling with infants and just what gear you’ll need to bring along your little bundle of joy on your next trip. We all have our favorite travel gadgets to see us through the most arduous journey, […]

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Maximize Monday: The Most Family-Friendly International Carriers

September 9, 2013

Recently, TPG contributor Jason Steele looked at the most family friendly airlines for domestic and short haul travel, considering luggage allowances, seating assignments, in-flight entertainment, and access to boarding priority. Today he’s going to roundup the international airlines with the best travel policies for family travel. When it comes to traveling with a family, things […]

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The Most Family Friendly Airlines For Domestic And Short Haul Flights

September 2, 2013

Traveling as a family is not easy or cheap, and all airlines are not created equal when it comes to accommodating family travel, so TPG contributor (and father of two children) Jason Steele has compiled a list of the family-friendliest airlines flying the skies these days and what accommodations they make for parents and kids.   Some […]

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Singapore’s Scoot Airlines Creates ScootinSilence Child-Free Cabin

August 21, 2013

Singapore Airlines announced that it has created a child-free zone on its budget carrier Scoot Airlines’ planes and that passengers can “upgrade” to this newly dubbed “ScootinSilence” area – reserved for travelers 12 and above – for about $14. Scoot is the latest airline to introduces a child-free zone on its flights, following in the […]

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Top 3 Credit Cards For Family Travel

July 25, 2013

Update: My links for the 50,000 point Southwest offer are no longer working. You may be able to find working links at Chase.com. Even though I don’t have any (human) children myself, my siblings’ families are all growing as they have more kids and I’m actually in charge of planning a big family trip in […]

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Is it Possible to Combine Tickets Booked in Different Accounts Onto the Same Itinerary?

July 7, 2013

TPG reader Paul has a great family travel question. He is traveling with him family of four, would like to know if there is a simple way to book tickets from their individual United MileagePus accounts and merge them onto the same itinerary: “I’m not sure if you have addressed this before but do you […]

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Tips for Using Frequent Flyer Miles for Family Travel

December 5, 2012

It can be hard enough finding one let alone four award tickets on the same flight, adding another layer of difficulty to families looking to cash in frequent flyer miles for award tickets this holiday season. We asked TPG contributor Jason Steele to put together some strategies on how you and your loved ones can […]

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How to Plan Award Travel With An Infant Or Lap Child

September 13, 2012

TPG contributor Jason Steele, a young father himself, fills us in on what you need to know when flying with your young children – the fees, the age restrictions, and what you can do to make the most of your points when planning your next family trip. One the many challenges of welcoming a baby […]

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Crappy Flight Wins Worst Vacation Story Contest Giveaway

June 25, 2012

The winner of TPG’s  Worst Vacation Story Contest is: Crappy Flight! Turns out ending your vacation by having to endure several hours trapped on a plane with a toddler leaking all manner of foul liquids is pretty bad – for everyone involved! TPG was so impressed by the participation of readers that he agreed to […]

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Vote on The Worst Vacation Story

June 22, 2012

The responses to the TPG contest to find the Worst Vacation Story Ever have been overwhelming. Literally some of them had us reeling in disbelief and gagging from the descriptions! We’ve narrowed the list down to 5 of our favorite stories and would like your help deciding who deserves the Carnival cruise prize-pack and 10,000 […]

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Family Travel Series: Review of the Carnival Destiny and Reader Giveaway (10,000 Chase Points + Goodies)

June 20, 2012

This is the final installment in TPG’s Family Travel Series: Cruising, written by TPG Director of Operations, Danielle. Other posts include: Choosing a Cruise While Maximizing Points, Is the Disney Credit Card Worth It For A Cruise?, How to Choose a Cruise Based on Points, Using Frequent Flyer Miles for Cruise Flights, How to Get a Passport for Your […]

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Family Travel Series: Cruising – Anchors Aweigh

June 4, 2012

Danielle, TPG Director of Operations, has resurfaced after her family cruise to share a few anecdotes about her (mis)adventures boarding the Carnival Destiny. Other posts in the Family Travel Series on Choosing a Cruise include: Choosing a Cruise While Maximizing Points, Is the Disney Credit Card Worth It For A Cruise?, How to Choose a Cruise Based on Points, Using […]

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How Families Can Avoid Being Split Up On Airplanes

May 22, 2012

Scott Mayerowitz of the Associated Press just wrote a story about family summer travel and how often families are split up on airplanes with individual members having to sit alone unless they pay fees to sit in preferred or premium seating (or even just to have a chance at seat selection before check-in). That could […]

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Family Travel Series: How to Get a Passport for Your Child

May 16, 2012

This is part of the Family Travel Series on Choosing a Cruise by TPG Director of Operations, Danielle. Other posts include: Choosing a Cruise While Maximizing Points, Is the Disney Credit Card Worth It For A Cruise?, How to Choose a Cruise Based on Points, Using Frequent Flyer Miles for Cruise Flights, How to Get a Passport for Your […]

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Family Travel Series: Using Frequent Flyer Miles for Cruise Flights

May 7, 2012

This is part of the Family Travel Series on Choosing a Cruise by TPG Director of Operations, Danielle. Other posts include: Choosing a Cruise While Maximizing Points, Is the Disney Credit Card Worth It For A Cruise?, How to Choose a Cruise Based on Points, Using Frequent Flyer Miles for Cruise Flights, How to Get a Passport for Your Child. […]

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Family Travel Series: How To Choose A Cruise Based On Points?

May 4, 2012

This is part of the Family Travel Series on Choosing a Cruise by TPG Director of Operations, Danielle. Other posts include: Choosing a Cruise While Maximizing Points, Is the Disney Credit Card Worth It For A Cruise?, How to Choose a Cruise Based on Points, Using Frequent Flyer Miles for Cruise Flights, How to Get a Passport for Your Child. […]

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Family Travel Series: Is The Disney Credit Card Worth It For a Cruise?

April 30, 2012

This is part of the Family Travel Series on Choosing a Cruise by TPG Director of Operations, Danielle. Other posts include: Choosing a Cruise While Maximizing Points, Is the Disney Credit Card Worth It For A Cruise?, How to Choose a Cruise Based on Points, Using Frequent Flyer Miles for Cruise Flights, How to Get a Passport for Your Child. […]

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Family Travel Series: Choosing A Cruise While Maximizing Points

April 26, 2012

This is part of the Family Travel Series on Choosing a Cruise by TPG Director of Operations, Danielle. Other posts include: Choosing a Cruise While Maximizing Points, Is the Disney Credit Card Worth It For A Cruise?, How to Choose a Cruise Based on Points, Using Frequent Flyer Miles for Cruise Flights, How to Get a Passport for Your Child. […]

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Sunday Reader Email Question: How Do I Maximize Travel for a Family of 4?

July 17, 2011

TPG reader Charmaine asks: “How do I begin to maximize traveling with a family of 4 (2 adults, one 4 year old, and a 16 month old) starting from barely any frequent flyer miles (I believe we have 50,000 on AA Advantage and 75,000 Amex reward points)?  We have excellent credit so getting additional credit […]

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Guest Blog Post: Tips for Flying With Toddlers

May 31, 2011

Today’s guest blog post is from my sister-in-law Danielle, who also happens to be The Points Guy membership liaison or as her occupation is listed on Facebook, “TPG Gal Friday.” Danielle is the mother to my beautiful goddaughter Keira and nephew Conor and the kids flew for the first time last weekend, so this post is […]

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