Ultimate Rewards

Ultimate Rewards

Feature Articles, Saving Money, Travel
33/365 Chase Ultimate Rewards are the gold standard in any travel hacker's arsenal. Some might say it's American Express Membership Rewards, but I haven't dabbled in those yet, and I think Ultimate Rewards is the best program to get your feet wet. Chase has made it a bit harder to do what's called "churning" of their cards, where you get…
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Trip Report: 2018 Staycation

Trip Report: 2018 Staycation

Feature Articles, Travel
31/365 Since Phoenix is a resort town, we have lots of choices when we want a "staycation," especially in the summer when their occupancies drop and they lower their rates. A friend had recommended the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch because she knew we could book on points and get a Club Lounge upgrade with our Hyatt Explorist status. Bryan…
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GasBuddy

GasBuddy

Saving Money, Travel
12/365 When we go on road trips, and even around town at home, we frequently use an app called GasBuddy. GasBuddy keeps track of gas stations and can help you locate one with the best price, location, and brand. We used so many of the features in GasBuddy on our recent tour of National Parks in northern California and southern…
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Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park

Feature Articles, Travel
8/365 Every 4th grader in the US can apply here to get a free National Parks pass for the school year. In 2015, we got the American the Beautiful Annual Pass when we went on a big trip to Yellowstone, hitting National Parks in Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah. That year we got a lot of use out of…
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Fly Southwest

Fly Southwest

Feature Articles, Saving Money, Travel
7/365 When we fly, it's almost always on Southwest. Sometimes I'll find a low fare on American, and we've flown Alaska as well, but Southwest is definitely our favorite. Southwest is very easy to fly using points. They are a partner on Chase Ultimate Rewards, which I consider the easiest points to accrue, and their flights are revenue-based, whereas other…
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Off We Go!

Off We Go!

Disney, Feature Articles, Travel
Today is my daughter's 10th birthday, so it's also my 10th anniversary of becoming a mom. When I quit my job as a teacher eight months after she was born, I celebrated by starting a 365 blog. It was a lot of fun documenting our adventures together, and I felt a daily sense of purpose in writing. 365 Daily Blog…
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