If you follow Ilana Wiles of Mommy Shorts, you’re familiar with her busy life in New York City coupled with lots of family travel. She may have written the book “Remarkably Average Parenting” but her travel style seems anything but average.
The key to traveling in style with a family of four (or more) is to take of advantage of all those extra points and miles. But how do you know which card is right for your family? Here are the top 6 cards that we recommend for Remarkably Average Parents. Emphasis on remarkable.
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Even though it’s only nine years old, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is practically the granddaddy of travel rewards credit cards. Yet throughout all the changes in the credit card market over those nine years, the CSP still stands as one of the best all-around points and miles cards, especially for those who might be just starting out in the world of travel loyalty programs. Not only can use points at a fixed 1.25 cents for travel, you can transfer them 1:1 to programs like Hyatt, United, Marriott and Southwest, so your family isn't tied to just one program.
People ask if it’s worth it, and I say if you value lounge access — like Delta Sky Clubs and American Express’s gorgeous Centurion Lounges (that often have family rooms) — then yes, getting the Amex Plat makes a lot of sense. The Centurion Lounges with hot food and included mixed drinks are amazing (and expanding).
My family has had some amazing stays at Hyatt properties -- from the Park Hyatt New York to the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva in Cancun. Considering Hyatt award prices start at 5,000 points per night, and many family-friendly resorts are 20,000 – 25,000 points per night, that is a good number of points to kick-start a family vacation.
Whether your family wants ski-in luxury at the St. Regis Deer Valley, to stay on Disney property at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin or needs beach time in Puerto Vallarta, you can book those places and more with Marriott points.
The Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express is a superb travel credit card for the frequent traveler that uses Delta to get them where they want to be. This card will help you not only rack up Delta miles, but save money. Cardholders (and up to 8 companions on the ticket) get free checked bags when flying Delta, save 20% on inflight Delta purchases, and priority boarding so you can easily snag a spot for your carry-on bag. This is also a great pick for a beginner points earner as well because of the low $95 annual fee.
While there are many small business credit cards out there, this one has a unique set of perks that may make it a great option for business owners looking to maximize their earning potential and unlock valuable rewards through the Ultimate Rewards program. Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be used at 1.25 cents to book travel or transferred to United, Hyatt, Southwest, Marriott, British Airways and more so your family has options when it is time to go on vacation.
Want to learn more about traveling comfortably for little to no cost? The Points Guy has everything you need to know on how to accumulate extra airline and hotel points and miles without being a road warrior, and how to earn perks to travel in style for free.
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