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Are you tired of not being able to travel because it's just so expensive? Do finances keep you from your dream destinations and making memories with your family? In this podcast, we show you how you can fulfill that dream of traveling without spending more money. We've earned millions of credit card points to travel all over the world and take our families on amazing vacations. Vacations to Hawaii, Europe, and Disneyland are all possible for nearly free with credit card points and miles. By using credit cards strategically for your everyday expenses, you too can travel for nearly free! We can't wait to help you get that first, nearly-free vacation! Tired of not traveling due to the expense? We can teach you how to travel for pennies on the dollar by using credit card points and miles!

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Are you tired of not being able to travel because it's just so expensive? Do finances keep you from your dream destinations and making memories with your family? In this podcast, we show you how you can fulfill that dream of traveling without spending more money. We've earned millions of credit card points to travel all over the world and take our families on amazing vacations. Vacations to Hawaii, Europe, and Disneyland are all possible for nearly free with credit card points and miles. By using credit cards strategically for your everyday expenses, you too can travel for nearly free! We can't wait to help you get that first, nearly-free vacation! Tired of not traveling due to the expense? We can teach you how to travel for pennies on the dollar by using credit card points and miles!

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English


Episodes

71. Award Shows, Disney Magic, and Scottish Castles: Travel Mom Squad's Recent Journeys

4/9/2024
In this episode, we're whisking you away on a global adventure from the vibrant streets of Austin, Texas, to the magical world of Disneyland, and across the pond to the historic landscapes of Scotland. Join us, the Travel Mom Squad (Pam, Jess, and Alex), as we dish out the details of our latest journeys, all fueled by the power of points and miles. Austin, Texas - iHeart Podcast Awards First up, Pam and Alex hit Austin for the iHeart Podcast Awards. Nominated for Best Travel Podcast, we share the excitement, the glamour, and yes, a little bit of the nerves that come with walking the red carpet. From dressing dilemmas to rubbing elbows with celebrities (or nearly missing them), this trip was a whirlwind of emotions and an unforgettable experience. And though we didn't snag the award this time, we left with full hearts and even funnier stories. Disneyland - A Dream Come True Next, Alex takes us to the happiest place on earth - Disneyland. This wasn't just any trip; it was a carefully planned adventure on a budget. Staying at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach before heading to the magic of Disney, we had beach days, park days, and everything in between. Scotland - A Journey Back in Time Jess wraps up our travel tales with her family's trip to Scotland, a land rich in history and breathtaking views. Flying with Singapore Airlines in premium economy, they started their journey in the vibrant city of Edinburgh before venturing to a real-life castle, Schloss Roxburghe. Jess shares how they maximized points for stays in historic hotels, navigated the scenic train rides, and soaked in the culture and beauty of Scotland. From Edinburgh Castle to the oldest pub in Scotland, this trip was a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. We've had a blast and can't wait to share all the tips, tricks, and laughs from these trips. Whether you're dreaming of your next big adventure or just looking for inspiration to use those points and miles, we've got you covered. So, what are you waiting for? Dive into our travel stories, get inspired, and start planning your next journey. Hit play to join us on these incredible adventures and maybe start plotting your own! Links From This Episode: Kimpton Charlotte Square: https://www.kimptoncharlottesquare.com/ https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/scotland-united-kingdom/schloss-roxburghe/edidr?src=corp_lclb_gmb_seo_edidrhttps://www.airbnb.com/experiences/311241https://gleneagles.com/townhouse/eat-drink/the-spence/https://www.thesheepheidedinburgh.co.uk/#/ Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: https://travelmomsquad.lpages.co/freevacation/ Award Travel Academy: https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=TMSWEB150 https://travelfreely.com/travelmomsquad/ Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterhttps://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Episode Minute By Minute:

Duration:00:45:38

70. Honeymoon on Points: Devan’s Around the World Honeymoon

4/2/2024
Ever daydreamed about jetting off on an around-the-world honeymoon? Or perhaps the mere thought of planning such an important adventure feels daunting? Fear not, because in today's episode, we sit down with the extraordinary Devan Sullivan, aka one-half of Point Sisters. She's back from a seven-week honeymoon that circled the globe, and the best part? It was almost entirely funded by points and miles. Devan shares the low-down on how she strategically planned her wedding expenses to amass over 1 million points, which she then turned into a breathtaking journey worth over $50,000 – and all for a fraction of the cost. From business class flights that crisscrossed continents to luxurious stays in some of the world's most coveted hotels, Devan's tale is nothing short of a points-and-miles masterclass. Join us, Alex and Jess, as we dive into the specifics: the cards that made it all possible and the unforgettable experiences that came with each destination. Devan’s story is not just about the incredible savings (although spending just over $3,000 on a trip valued at $51,914 is pretty remarkable), but also about the doors that smart use of points and miles can open for travelers. And if you’re wondering about logistics, like how one packs for a seven-week, globe-trotting honeymoon in just a carry-on, Devan has got you covered there, too. Her tips and tricks might just inspire you to plan your own epic adventure. So, whether you're planning a honeymoon, dreaming of an around-the-world trip, or just love a good travel story, this episode is for you. Remember, these kinds of adventures are within reach, and Devan’s journey is the perfect blueprint for making the most out of your points and miles. Hit play to embark on this extraordinary journey with us, and let's explore the world together. Links From This Episode: Find Devan & Kelsi on IG: https://www.instagram.com/pointsisters/ Book ANA Around the World with Devan & Kelsi: https://pointsisters.com/award-booking-request/ Safari Planner: Lucky from Lion Guides Safari (www.lion-guides.com) Great Circle Mapper: http://www.gcmap.com/ Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: https://travelmomsquad.lpages.co/freevacation/ Award Travel Academy: https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=TMSWEB150 https://travelfreely.com/travelmomsquad/ Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterhttps://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Episode Minute By Minute:

Duration:00:52:09

69. Maximizing Travel with Co-Branded Cards: Our Complete Guide

3/26/2024
In this latest episode, we're taking a deep dive into the often overlooked yet incredibly rewarding world of co-branded airline and hotel credit cards. Imagine jet-setting in business class to the Maldives or unwinding at a luxury resort in Bora Bora—yes, we've done that, and much, much more, all thanks to these specialty cards. We, the Travel Mom Squad (Pam, Jess, and Alex), are here to share the ins and outs of co-branded cards, from the perks that make them invaluable to our personal favorite redemptions. While we often sing the praises of flexible points from cards like Chase and Capital One, co-branded cards hold a special place in our wallets and our hearts. Why, you ask? For starters, they're the gateway to brand loyalty benefits, such as free checked bags, priority boarding, and that all-important annual free night certificate. Pam kicks things off with her love for the United card, thanks to her proximity to Denver's hub, illustrating the practical benefits of brand loyalty. Jess dives into the strategy behind selecting the right hotel card, emphasizing the importance of a planned redemption. Alex shares her approach to keeping a balanced portfolio of airline points to capitalize on award sales. As we dissect the benefits, strategy, and unforgettable trips enabled by our co-branded cards, you'll see why these often underrated tools are indispensable in our points and miles game. Whether you're drawn to airline perks, hotel luxury, or simply more travel for less, co-branded cards might just be the missing piece in your points and miles puzzle. Ready to turn your travel dreams into reality, from the Maldives to Disneyland and beyond, without breaking the bank? Hit play to listen to the full episode and join us, the Travel Mom Squad, on this points-fueled adventure. Discover how co-branded credit cards can unlock a world of travel possibilities, making every trip more affordable and enjoyable. Your next nearly-free vacation awaits! (Follow the links below) Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: https://travelmomsquad.lpages.co/freevacation/ https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=TMSWEB150https://travelfreely.com/travelmomsquad/ Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterhttps://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Episode Minute By Minute:

Duration:00:34:56

68. Unlocking Airport Lounges: How to Travel in Comfort and Style

3/19/2024
In today's episode, we're diving deep into the exclusive world of airport lounges, those serene havens tucked away from the hustle and bustle of crowded terminals. Imagine slipping into a luxurious lounge, where complimentary gourmet meals, cozy seating, and even showers after a long flight become your pre-boarding ritual. Well, Pam, our resident lounge aficionado, insists on arriving hours early just to bask in these tranquil spaces—and honestly, who can blame her? We, the Travel Mom Squad (Pam, Jess, and Alex), are peeling back the velvet rope to give you the inside scoop on how you, too, can access these luxe lounges. It's not just for the suit-clad business traveler anymore; with the right credit card, the world of airport lounges opens up to anyone seeking a touch of luxury in their travel experiences. From the Priority Pass network that spans the globe to the opulent American Express Centurion Lounges and the newcomers like Capital One and Sapphire Lounges, we're sharing our personal favorites and why some lounges have us planning our airport arrival times around a lounge visit. But it's not all about splurging on premium-class tickets. We'll let you in on how certain credit cards offer complimentary access or even ways to purchase entry into these coveted spaces, making the lounge experience accessible for all travelers, regardless of your ticket class. So, whether you're a seasoned lounge visitor or new to the game, this episode is packed with our best tips, favorite lounges, and a few laughs along the way. Ready to transform your travel days with a touch of lounge luxury? Join us on this adventure, and let's explore the best airport lounges around the world together. Hit play to listen to the full episode for all the juicy details and find out why Pam might just start vacationing at the airport! Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: Award Travel Academy: https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=TMSWEB150 https://travelmomsquad.lpages.co/freevacation/ Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquad Facebook group: Travel Mom Squad: Travel on Points | Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Links From This Episode: https://travelmomsquad.com/airport-lounge-access/ https://travelmomsquad.com/using-priority-pass-at-an-airport-restaurant/ https://travelmomsquad.com/credit-cards-with-priority-pass-lounge-access-2/ https://travelmomsquad.com/american-express-centurion-lounges-review/ Episode Minute By Minute:

Duration:00:40:43

67. Elevate Your Travel Game: Secrets to Luxury Flights with Points and Miles

3/12/2024
Welcome to another exciting episode of Points Talk with the Travel Mom Squad, where today, we're diving into the world of luxury flights. We're sharing our most unforgettable first and business class flights. Join us—Pam, Jess, and Alex, as we turn left upon boarding, stepping into the realm of spacious lie-flat seats, gourmet dining, and exceptional service, all made possible through the savvy use of points and miles. Why Luxury Flights? Flying first and business class offers more than just comfort; it's about the entire experience. From exclusive lounge access to onboard amenities like pajamas, amenity kits, and even showers in the sky, luxury travel transforms your journey into a part of the vacation itself. Throughout the episode, we share not just our experiences but also the lessons learned, like the importance of choosing the right flights to maximize awake time to enjoy the amenities, and tips for booking these luxurious experiences using points and miles. We also delve into the lighter side of luxury flights, from our collection of airline pajamas to debating the best in-flight ice cream sundaes. It's not just about the destinations but the joy and comfort we experience getting there. Whether you're a seasoned traveler in the points game or just starting out, this episode is packed with inspiration, tips, and a few laughs to guide you toward your next luxury travel experience. Ready to turn your travel dreams into reality without the hefty price tag? Join us on this luxurious journey across the skies. Grab your headphones, or turn up the speaker, and dive into the world of first and business class travel like you've never heard before. And remember, this is just a glimpse into the possibilities that await when you play the points game right. Hit play to listen to the full episode and embark on this high-flying adventure with us, the Travel Mom Squad! Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: How to Get Your Next Vacation for Nearly Free: https://travelmomsquad.lpages.co/freevacation/ Award Travel Academy: https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=TMSWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterhttps://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Links From This Episode: https://travelmomsquad.com/review-of-emirates-first-class-seats-milan-jfk/https://travelmomsquad.com/flying-etihad-apartments-for-65k-miles/https://travelmomsquad.com/singapore-suites-dream-flight/https://travelmomsquad.com/business-class-seats-worth-it/ Episode Minute By Minute:

Duration:00:37:18

66. Living the Dream: Saving on Our Los Cabos Luxury Escape to the Waldorf Astoria

3/5/2024
Picture this: rooms with sweeping ocean views, sandy beaches at your doorstep, and impeccable service from a team that seems to know what you want before you even ask. Now, imagine enjoying all this luxury at a rate of zero dollars per night. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, we made it happen at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, and we're ready to spill all the details. In our latest adventure, each of us checked into this slice of paradise, leveraging our points and miles for a stay that didn't break the bank. From Salt Lake City to Houston, we navigated the world of airline points, dodging those sky-high prices for direct flights. And then, there was the resort itself – a marvel built into the cliffs, offering breathtaking views and private plunge pools in every room. It's luxury redefined, but accessible luxury, thanks to our trusty points and miles strategy. Our days were filled with the kind of activities that make you pinch yourself to make sure you're not dreaming. From private cocktail classes that turned us into mixology masters to unforgettable whale-watching excursions, every moment was a blend of thrill and relaxation. And the service? Unparalleled. Whether it was the daily delivery of chips and guac to our rooms or the seamless handling of special requests, the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos made us feel like royalty. This trip was more than just a getaway; it was a testament to the power of points and miles in unlocking experiences we once thought were out of reach. If you're curious about how we do it, how you can do it too, and all the mesmerizing details of our stay at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, you need to listen to our latest episode. It's not just a story of travel; it's a guide to living your luxury travel dreams on a budget. So, are you ready to turn your travel fantasies into reality without emptying your bank account? Hit play to listen to the full episode. Let us take you on a journey to Los Cabos, where luxury meets affordability, all thanks to the magic of travel points and miles. Links to Get You Started: How to Get Your Next Vacation for Nearly Free: https://travelmomsquad.lpages.co/freevacation/ Award Travel Academy: https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=TMSWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterhttps://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Links From This Episode: https://www.waldorfastorialoscabospedregal.com/https://www.cabotransfers.com/https://cabotrek.com/ Episode Minute By Minute:

Duration:00:54:31

65. Unlocking Paradise: How Points Made Costa Rica Affordable for a Family of Seven

2/27/2024
In this episode, we're taking you on a tropical adventure to Costa Rica, a destination that many dream about but assume is out of reach budget-wise (especially for a family vacation). But guess what? Our special guest, Rob Dulgarian, also known as “Travel Points Rob”, along with his family of seven, managed to explore the lush landscapes, vibrant culture, and breathtaking beaches of Costa Rica without the financial stress, all thanks to the magic of points and miles. Our journey today is a blueprint for making those seemingly impossible family vacations possible. From the moment we heard Rob’s story, we knew this episode was going to be a game-changer for families dreaming of exotic getaways but wary of the costs. Today, we dive deep into the nitty-gritty of planning, executing, and enjoying a family trip to Costa Rica on a budget that feels almost too good to be true. What makes Costa Rica an ideal destination for families, you ask? It's not just the postcard-perfect beaches or the endless opportunities for adventure in its national parks and rainforests. It's the possibility of experiencing all of this without the hefty price tag, thanks to strategic use of credit card points and miles. Rob shares firsthand experiences, from booking flights and accommodations to enjoying local attractions, all while keeping expenses to a minimum. We made sure to pack this conversation full with tips and tricks on how to leverage those points and miles for maximum benefit, making luxury accessible and travel dreams achievable. Whether you're a seasoned points collector or just starting out, there's something for everyone looking to stretch their travel budget further. So, are you ready to discover how you can give your family the gift of an unforgettable vacation without the financial strain? It's time to redefine what's possible with a little creativity and the right strategies. Grab your headphones or crank up the speaker, and let's dive into the lush world of Costa Rica on points and miles. Hit play to listen to the full episode and embark on this journey with us! Links: How to Get Your Next Vacation for Nearly Free: https://travelmomsquad.lpages.co/freevacation/ Award Travel Academy: https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=TMSWEB150 Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquad Facebook group: Travel Mom Squad: Travel on Points | Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Links From This Episode: Tabacon Thermal Resort: https://www.tabacon.com/ Andaz Papagayo: https://www.hyatt.com/andaz/liraz-andaz-costa-rica-resort-at-peninsula-papagayo?src=corp_lclb_gmb_seo_liraz Secrets Papagayo: https://www.hyattinclusivecollection.com/en/resorts-hotels/secrets/costa-rica/papagayo-costa-rica/ Maleku Tours: https://www.malekutours.com/ Activities: https://travelmomsquad.com/costa-rica-family-activities-to-consider/ Pam’s Past trip to Costa Rica: https://travelmomsquad.com/points-and-miles-to-costa-rica/ Episode Minute By Minute: 00:48 Introduction and Special Guest, “Travel Points Rob” 01:19 Traveling to Costa Rica on Points 03:15 Experiences with Southwest Airlines 04:47 Traveling to Costa Rica with Family 06:02 Traveling to Costa Rica as a Solo Traveler 07:11 Traveling within Costa Rica 12:03 Staying in Costa Rica: Accommodation Experiences 22:42 Activities and Experiences in Costa Rica 30:19 Planning Future Trips to Costa Rica 32:40 Conclusion and How You Can Get to Costa Rica!

Duration:00:31:48

64. Jess's Luxurious Trip to Japan: Travel On Points to The Land of the Rising Sun

2/20/2024
Ever wonder how a journey to Japan, packed with adventure and luxury, can be almost free? Well, buckle up, because Jess's recent trip to the Land of the Rising Sun is nothing short of a travel masterpiece. Imagine scoring business class flights worth over $20,000 for a mere $1,000 in taxes and fees, and luxuriating in nine nights at opulent Hyatt hotels for less than $300. Sounds like a dream, right? But it's exactly what Jess did, and she's spilling all the secrets. With a whirlwind of strategic planning and a dash of spontaneity, Jess and her stepdaughters flew from Chicago to Tokyo on a deal too good to pass up. From the moment they landed, Tokyo welcomed them with its bustling charm and endless explorations. Staying at the Andaz Tokyo, they were treated to breathtaking views, luxurious amenities, and a taste of Japanese culture that's hard to come by. But it wasn't just about the destinations; it was about embracing the beauty of travel, from the exhilaration of flying business class to the serenity of Kyoto's historical sites. This is a vivid reminder of the joys of exploring new cultures, the thrill of luxury travel made accessible through savvy spending, points, and the unforgettable memories created along the way. We explore their journey through Tokyo and Kyoto, showcasing the best of Japan, from the futuristic vibes of teamLab Planets to the timeless beauty of Kyoto's temples and the Park Hyatt's serene luxury. This experience is all about the power of points and miles, turning a dream into an affordable reality. So, whether you're dreaming of neon-lit Tokyo streets or the tranquil gardens of Kyoto, Jess's story proves that with a little know-how and some credit card points, these dreams can become reality. Ready to embark on your own journey of nearly-free travel and create stories to tell for a lifetime? Hit play to listen to the full episode and dive deep into the world of savvy award travel. Your adventure awaits! Links From This Episode: Andaz Tokyo: https://www.hyatt.com/andaz/tyoaz-andaz-tokyo-toranomon-hills?src=corp_lclb_gmb_seo_tyoaz Park Hyatt Kyoto: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/japan/park-hyatt-kyoto/itmph SmartEx App (for Shinkansen tickets): https://smart-ex.jp/en/app/download/index.html Voice Map app: https://voicemap.me/walking-tour-app Kamakura History Walk: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/658965 Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: Award Travel Academy: Award Travel Academy I https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=TMSWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquad Facebook group: Travel Mom Squad: Travel on Points | Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Episode Minute By Minute: 00:00 Introduction and Overview of Jess's Japan Trip 00:58 The Journey Begins: Flight to Japan 13:38 Navigating Tokyo: Public Transportation and Accommodation 18:59 Exploring Tokyo: Food, Culture, and Attractions 32:45 Transition to Kyoto: Bullet Train Experience 35:03 Discovering Kyoto: Accommodation and Local Experiences 41:42 Day Trips from Kyoto: Nara and Osaka 41:51 Wrapping Up the Japan Adventure: Final Night in Tokyo 44:31 Reflections and Takeaways from the Japan Trip

Duration:00:44:55

63. Abu Dhabi Awaits: Pam’s Journey in Etihad’s Luxury Apartments

2/13/2024
Today, Pam—the queen of booking phenomenal business and first-class flights—shares her recent escapade to Abu Dhabi! Have you ever planned a trip around a flight you want to take? It's not that unusual for us at the Travel Mom Squad. Pam’s trip was planned around her desire to fly Etihad Apartments first class. This trip was made possible by credit card points and miles, and she's here to tell you all about it. Abu Dhabi wasn't initially on Pam's radar; her previous brief visit was merely a stopover on her way to the Maldives. However, when an irresistible opportunity to fly Etihad Apartments from London to Abu Dhabi for a fraction of the usual cost surfaced, Pam's travel instincts kicked in. The thrill of securing such an exclusive flight experience at an unbelievable deal was too enticing to pass up. We dive into the excitement of luxury travel – from the anticipation of lounging in the Etihad Lounge to the exquisite in-flight dining, complete with caviar and mocktails. The experience of flying first-class in an apartment-like setting is a dream for many, and today, we paint a vivid picture of the luxury and comfort that comes with such a journey. This episode isn't just about the destination; it's about embracing spontaneous opportunities and the joy of experiencing world-class luxury in the skies. It's a story of how a simple flight booking can turn into an unforgettable adventure, highlighting the essence of traveling on points and miles. To hear all about Pam’s amazing journey to Abu Dhabi, her experiences with Etihad Apartments, and how she managed to pull off such a luxurious trip using points and miles, hit play now! It’s an adventure that not only inspires but also demonstrates what’s possible with savvy spending. So, grab your headphones or turn up your speaker, and let's get lost in the luxury of traveling on points together! Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: Award Travel Academy: Award Travel Academy https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=THMWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquad Facebook group: Travel Mom Squad: Travel on Points | Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Links For This Episode: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/united-arab-emirates/park-hyatt-abu-dhabi-hotel-and-villas/abuph Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/united-arab-emirates/grand-hyatt-abu-dhabi-hotel-and-residences-emirates-pearl/auhgh Episode Minute By Minute: 00:00 Introduction to Pam’s Adventure to Abu Dhabi! 00:55 Planning a Trip to Abu Dhabi 01:46 The Excitement of Booking a Flight 05:00 Experiencing Etihad Apartments First Class 12:07 Arriving in Abu Dhabi and Changing Plans 13:46 Staying at the Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi 17:53 Moving to the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi 25:37 Reflecting on the Trip and Returning Home 27:17 Final Thoughts and Travel Tips

Duration:00:28:11

62. Planning Your Next Family Vacation: Top Family-Friendly Hotels and Resorts

2/6/2024
Welcome back travelers! Today, we’re giving you a glimpse into how we choose those fabulous, family-friendly hotels and resorts for our travels. It's all about blending fun, comfort, and adventure for the entire family. Join us, as we share some insights and our top picks that have made our family vacations truly special. Our journey in identifying the ideal family vacation spots is driven by a mission to find destinations that cater to both adults and children. For instance, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach in California is a prime example. Its beachfront location, coupled with family-friendly amenities and proximity to Disneyland, make it a top choice for a diverse family experience. Venturing to Costa Rica, the Andaz Costa Rica stands out as a perfect balance of luxury and child-friendly fun. From its diverse pool options to the excitement of wildlife encounters, it exemplifies the kind of destination that appeals to all ages. We can’t get over how amazing this resort is and cannot wait to go back! In Hawaii, the Grand Hyatt Kauai caught our attention. Despite its less swim-friendly beach, the resort compensates with stunning pools and lush landscapes, demonstrating that the allure of a destination can extend beyond the typical beachfront criteria. Texas offers the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, a resort that combines the tranquility of the countryside with a plethora of activities like water slides and horseback riding, making it an ideal choice for action-packed family getaways. Lastly, the Kimpton Seafire in Grand Cayman has all the versatility needed for family travel. Balancing kid-friendly activities with adult luxuries, it's a splurge-worthy destination offering exceptional experiences. In this episode, we dive deeper into how each of these resorts offers something unique, ensuring memorable family vacations. Hit play now to learn how to plan that perfect family getaway! Plus, follow the links below if you want to get there for nearly free. :) Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: Award Travel Academy: Award Travel Academy I https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=THMWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Links For This Episode: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Andaz Costa Rica Grand Hyatt Kauai Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Kimpton Seafire Hyatt Ziva Cancun Episode Minute By Minute: 00:00 Introduction To Our Favorite Family-Friendly Hotels/Resorts 01:18 Exploring the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach 03:50 Delicious Breakfast at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach 05:10 Discovering the Andaz Costa Rica 08:37 Additional Activities at Andaz Costa Rica 10:33 Experience at Grand Hyatt Kauai 12:24 Comparing Grand Hyatt Kauai and Hyatt Regency Maui 14:42 Unveiling the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines 17:08 Activities at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines 19:14 A Non-Hyatt Option: Kimpton Seafire in Grand Cayman 19:57 Maximizing Your Hotel Stay with Points 20:19 Making the Most of IHG Points 20:51 Benefits of Booking Multiple Nights 22:50 Hotel Location and Amenities 23:16 Family-Friendly Features and Activities 23:51 Water Activities and Kids Club 25:07 Resort Fees and Inclusions 25:26 Overall Experience and Recommendations 31:54 Honorable Mentions: Other Great Family Hotels 36:39 Future Family Vacation Destinations

Duration:00:41:48

61. Unpacking Our Award Travel Secrets: Your Questions, Our Answers!

1/30/2024
Q&A With TMS! Today, we’re getting personal and interactive by answering your questions. We've gathered a fantastic collection of questions from our Instagram stories, and we got to answer as many of them as we could in this episode! Here is just a sneak peek at some of the tips and tricks we cover: We tackle common dilemmas such as being an authorized user on a credit card and still wanting to snag the welcome offer. We also address the post-welcome offer phase—what do you do with your credit cards then? Close them? Keep them open and pay the fee for another year? Something else? We dive into questions asked about our planning process—do we choose our destinations first, or do we follow the deals? We share our mixed approach of meticulous planning and spontaneous deal grabbing, like the amazing flight sale to Singapore we couldn’t resist! A significant part of our discussion revolves around managing annual fees and maximizing the value of our points. So, we decided to open up about our strategies and experiences, demonstrating how to make the most out of those points and miles. And finally, we just couldn’t wrap up this Q&A episode without sharing some of our proudest moments. Are you ready for tips, insights, and more? Hit play and join us for a deep dive into the art of award travel! Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: Award Travel Academy: Award Travel Academy I https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=THMWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Episode Minute By Minute: 01:15 Answering Your Questions: Credit Card Usage 03:39 Answering Your Questions: Strategy After Redeeming Points 08:12 Answering Your Questions: Choosing Destinations vs. Following Deals 12:49 Answering Your Questions: Saving Points vs. Earning and Burning 17:46 Answering Your Questions: Expenses Not Covered by Credit Cards 22:09 Answering Your Questions: Business Cards for 5/24 25:44 Answering Your Questions: Annual Fees 29:31 Our Proudest Moments in Traveling On Points

Duration:00:33:57

60. Behind the Scenes with the Travel Mom Squad: Our Story, Strategies, and Success Tips

1/23/2024
Today, we're peeling back the curtain on the Travel Mom Squad – sharing the story of our humble beginnings, the engine that keeps our mission running, and some golden insights for those of you dreaming of starting your own venture. Travel Mom Squad sprouted its roots back in December 2018, with Alex at the helm. Spotting a gap in the award travel community, particularly a lack of family-oriented resources and female perspectives, she set out to create a platform that addressed these voids. Fast forward, we all joined forces, pushing Travel Mom Squad from a passion to a potential business! Running the Travel Mom Squad isn't just about sharing travel tips; it's a business sustained by affiliate links and course sales, like our Award Travel Academy. But at the core of it all is our passion for traveling on points and the joy of helping others travel more for less. This passion is the lifeblood of our blog posts, podcast episodes, and every piece of content we create! For those aspiring to start their own business, our journey is a true example of how you can turn your passion into a thriving business. We encourage you to learn, grow your email list, and follow your passion – it's the surest path to success. So, are you ready for a behind-the-scenes look into the Travel Mom Squad (and maybe even find inspiration for your own entrepreneurial journey)? Hit play and join us as we explore the business side of award travel! Here's to a journey filled with learning, growth, and unforgettable travel experiences. Happy travels in 2024! Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: Award Travel Academy: Award Travel Academy I https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=THMWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Links For This Episode: Webinar: How to Get Paid to Travel Without a Big Following: https://www.macs-explore.com/alex2 Episode Minute By Minute: 00:00 Today’s Episode, All About the Business Side of the Travel Mom Squad! 01:04 The Origin Story of the Travel Mom Squad 03:14 The Challenges and Triumphs of Starting a Business 04:16 The Role of Family in the Travel Mom Squad 06:46 The Birth of Made Possible by Points 10:19 The Merger of the Travel Mom Squad and Made Possible by Points 15:41 The Business Side of the Travel Mom Squad 32:04 Lessons Learned and Advice for Aspiring Business Owners 38:20 Final Thoughts and Motivation to Start Your Own Business!

Duration:00:39:00

59. Travel On Points & Miles Playbook: Dealing with Credit Card Application Hurdles and Denials

1/16/2024
Feeling a bit baffled by the twists and turns of credit card applications and rewards? You're definitely not alone in this journey! With a myriad of cards, rules, and unexpected hurdles, the path to becoming a savvy traveler can seem daunting. But fear not, we're here to guide you through the maze with ease! In today's episode, we look into the common challenges and mysteries that many of us face when traveling on points and miles. We're breaking down the complexities of pending applications, credit card denials, and the strategies for turning these seemingly setbacks into exciting opportunities. Whether it's understanding the nuances of a pending application, tackling a denial head-on, or making the most of a reconsideration call, we've got the inside scoop for you. Our conversation is filled with practical advice and real-life stories to help you navigate the sometimes confusing world of points and miles. If you're aiming to make 2024 a year filled with rewarding travel and smart choices, this is a conversation you can't miss! So, what are you waiting for? Hit play and join us in this impactful episode. Start turning your travel challenges into triumphs. And remember to check out our free masterclass below, where we share even more tips and tricks to make 2024 a year of incredible, nearly free travel adventures. Happy traveling, and here's to unlocking more of the world in 2024! Links For This Episode: Beginner’s Guide to Travel on Points: https://travelmomsquad.ck.page/beginnerguide Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: Award Travel Academy: Award Travel Academy I https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=THMWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Episode Minute By Minute: 00:00 Introduction to Credit Card Denials and Pending Applications 00:48 Understanding the Stress of Credit Card Denials 01:14 Dealing with Pending Applications 01:20 The Reality of Pending Applications 02:42 Options When Your Application Goes Pending 05:33 Personal Experiences with Pending Applications 08:09 Providing Additional Information for Verification 13:06 Dealing with Denials and Reconsideration Calls 20:05 Sharing Personal Experiences with Denials 30:15 Understanding Retention Offers 38:50 Final Thoughts On Dealing with Pending Applications and Credit Card Denials

Duration:00:39:30

58. Traveling on Points Simplified: Overcome Common Pain Points with Our Expert Tips

1/9/2024
Interested in traveling on points and miles but find it a bit overwhelming? You're not alone. With so many cards and rules to consider, it can feel like a daunting task. But don't worry, we're here to help simplify it all for you! In this episode, we're tackling the most common pain points, making the journey into this exciting world more accessible and less intimidating. We demystify the complexities of booking with points. Whether it's the best time to book, understanding the points needed for different trips, or the art of finding award flights, we've got you covered. Each traveler's approach is unique, and we're here to show you how flexibility and a personalized strategy can lead to incredible travel experiences. Whether you're after simplicity or the highest value per point, aligning your tactics with your travel goals is crucial. One concern many award travelers share is the fear of running out of credit card options. We address this by sharing sustainable strategies and insights into the ever-evolving world of travel credit cards. Plus, we offer tips for beginners feeling overwhelmed, emphasizing the importance of starting small and gradually building your skills. This episode is packed with actionable advice and real-life examples to help you navigate the points and miles landscape. If you're looking to make 2024 a year filled with adventure and smart travel choices, this conversation is a must-listen! So, why wait? Hit play to join us on this exciting episode and start turning your travel dreams into reality. And don't forget to check out our free masterclass below, offering even more insights to help make 2024 your year of unforgettable, nearly free travel. Happy traveling and here's to exploring more of the world in 2024! Links For This Episode: Beginner’s Guide to Travel on Points: https://travelmomsquad.ck.page/beginnerguide Travel Freely App: https://my.travelfreely.com/app_store?bref=hms Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: Award Travel Academy: Award Travel Academy I https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=THMWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Episode Minute By Minute: 00:00 Introduction to the Most Common Pain Points 01:21 Understanding the Basics of Booking in Advance 05:58 How Many Points Do You Need for a Trip? 11:28 Mastering the Art of Award Searches 18:29 Maximizing the Value of Your Points and Miles 23:44 Addressing the Fear of Running Out of Cards 28:33 How to Stay Organized and Not Become Overwhelmed 38:02 Encouragement and Next Steps to Stress-Free Travel!

Duration:00:38:32

57. Unveiling Our Must-See Destinations and Card Strategies for 2024

1/2/2024
Today, we are diving into our 2024 travel plans and card strategies for maximum adventure. Traveling on points and miles can turn your dream vacation into an unforgettable family trip for nearly free! As 2024 unfolds, we are buzzing with excitement, sharing our insights on top card picks. Each card, carefully chosen, mirrors our unique travel aspirations! It doesn’t matter what your goals are; points and miles can help get you there. Our travel plans for 2024 are as diverse as they are exciting. From the historical charm of Scotland to the modern marvels of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and even a fantasy getaway to Bora Bora, our itinerary showcases the wide variety of experiences you can have with enough points and miles. In this episode, we also talk about points balance, our personal points reserves, and how they influence our travel decisions. This insight is invaluable for anyone looking to build an effective points strategy in 2024 and beyond! So, are you ready to embark on an exciting journey this year? Press play to hear the full episode, and join us as we explore the most rewarding ways to travel for less! P.S.—Don't forget to check out our free Masterclass below for more tips on making 2024 your year of nearly free travel. Here's to making incredible memories and unlocking new horizons in 2024 – happy travels! Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: Award Travel Academy: Award Travel Academy I https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=THMWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Links For This Episode: Ultimate Guide to Hyatt: https://travelmomsquad.ck.page/ultimatehyatt Episode Minute By Minute: 01:11 Unveiling Our Top Card Picks for 2024 02:36 Alex’s Exclusive Card Strategy for the Year Ahead 03:33 Pam’s Personalized Card Tactics for 2024 07:10 Jess’s Journey: Where Will 2024 Take Her? 09:28 Alex’s Dream Destinations for 2024 15:33 Pam’s Ultimate Travel Wishlist for the Year 22:47 2024’s Most Awaited Travel Experiences 23:56 The Inside Scoop on Planning Our Singapore Adventure 28:51 Exploring the Possibilities: Where Might 2024 Take Us? 30:30 Family Travel Fantasies: Planning Ahead for 2024 35:51 Mastering the Art of Points & Miles Stockpiling 36:06 Setting Goals: Our Points Earning Strategy for 2024 37:41 Revealing Our Current Points We’ve Collected

Duration:00:46:58

56. From Miles to Memories: 2023's Best Trips, Deals, and Points Mastery Revealed (Year-End Review)

12/26/2023
Today, we're recapping the incredible adventures of 2023, showing you just how limitless your travel possibilities can be with some clever strategies! 2023 has been a year of remarkable journeys and outstanding savings, all thanks to the art of traveling on points. As we scroll through our camera roles, we can’t believe everywhere we have been! It’s been a rollercoaster of accumulating and redeeming points and miles, and we can't wait to share the highlights with you! So, let's talk about the credit cards that have been our golden tickets to these adventures. This year, we've outdone ourselves, opening more cards than ever before. Just imagine, Jess alone raked in over 2 million points from welcome offers! We dive into the specifics of managing our credit portfolios, sharing insights on the cards we've canceled or downgraded. Remember, our level of activity is intense, but everyone's points journey is unique, and we encourage you to find your rhythm. Now, let's whisk you away on our 2023 travel escapades. We're talking about luxurious trips to Australia and Italy, fun-filled family trips to Hawaii and Cancun, and more – all booked with points and miles. Each destination was a new story, from the spectacular Emirates first-class flights to the delightful experiences at all-inclusive resorts. In this episode, we're not just sharing destinations; we're opening up a world of possibilities with traveling on points and miles. If you're intrigued about how to travel more for less, don't miss our free masterclass (linked below)! So, are you ready to be whisked away on a journey of incredible travels and smart point spending? Hit play and join us as we transform travel dreams into awe-inspiring realities. Here's to making each trip an adventure of a lifetime! Safe travels! Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: Award Travel Academy: Award Travel Academy I https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=THMWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Episode Minute By Minute: 01:39 Year of the Inks: A Deep Dive! 02:02 Co-Branded Cards: Explore How Co-Branded Cards Opened Doors to New Possibilities 02:23 IHG Card: A Game-Changer 03:05 Venture X and Freedom Unlimited: Power Duo! 04:39 Credit Card Time Travel: We revisit our Credit Card History 07:36 Pam Shares Her Unique Credit Card Tactics 10:28 Strategic Exits: Gain insight Into Our Smart Decisions On Which Cards to Keep 20:52 Swiss and Italian Escapes! Relive Our Journeys to Switzerland and Italy 21:32 Californian Coastal Retreats: Where the Ocean Meets Luxury! 22:36 Texas and Cancun: Texas and the Tropical Paradise of Cancun 23:13 Dreaming Ahead: Future Travel Plans! A sneak peek into 2024 25:17 London and Swiss Trips! Take a glimpse into our stays in London and Switzerland 26:47 Costa Rica to Salt Lake City 28:02 Maldives and Miami Adventures 28:56 Reflecting on 2023: Reflect with us on the year's most memorable travel experiences 34:58 Explore how we maximized value and minimized cost in our most economical trips in 2023

Duration:00:40:06

55. From Points to Paradise: Our Maldives Adventure on a Budget

12/19/2023
In this podcast episode, Alex and Pam are setting our sights on the stunning Maldives—a dream destination that might seem out of reach but is surprisingly attainable with savvy points and miles techniques! The Maldives, with its peaceful islands and crystal-clear waters, is the perfect example of a tropical paradise. Each resort offers an exclusive retreat into luxury and serenity. Imagine snorkeling in vibrant reefs and basking in the endless sunshine, all in the comfort of a secluded haven. Traveling to the Maldives is an adventure in and of itself. Utilizing points and miles, you can embark on a flight that is both comfortable and economical. By choosing the best airline options and being flexible with your travel plans, we show you how you can transform your trip. Staying at the exquisite Le Meridien Maldives, a Marriott jewel, is always a highlight! Booking entirely with Marriott points, this property epitomizes the luxury Maldivian experience with its iconic overwater villas. Thanks to Marriott's dynamic pricing, a night here can range from 52,000 to 70,000 points, offering incredible value for such luxury. The Maldives isn't just about where you stay; it's about embracing the entire experience. From dining to leisure activities like paddleboarding or resting in the serene beauty of the shores, every aspect is a testament to the joys of travel. The privacy and peace we experienced were beyond comparison – it was like having our own slice of paradise. Exploring the Maldives is a shining example of the wonders of traveling on points. We maximized our credit card points, chose the best airlines, and leveraged hotel loyalty programs to turn a dream destination into a memorable reality. Inspired to embark on your own Maldivian adventure? Hit play to discover how you can make it happen. Let's turn those travel dreams into realities! Safe travels! Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: Award Travel Academy: Award Travel Academy I https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=THMWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Links For This Episode: Travel Zoo: https://www.travelzoo.com/ VIP Traveler: https://viptraveler.com/home?access_token=iFV8uYTWx69r6Yia Sun Siyam: https://www.sunsiyam.com/ Le Meridien Maldives: https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/mlemd-le-meridien-maldives-resort-and-spa/rooms/ Park Hyatt Maldives: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/maldives/park-hyatt-maldives-hadahaa/mldph Alila Maldives: https://www.alilahotels.com/kothaifaru-maldives/rooms/ Hilton Conrad Maldives: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/mlehici-conrad-maldives-rangali-island/ Episode Minute By Minute: 01:53 Understanding the Maldives: Where is it Located? 05:09 Traveling to the Maldives: Flight Options 05:51 Booking Flights with Points and Miles 10:10 Experiences with Qatar Airways 13:29 Experiences with Singapore Airlines 20:47 Arriving in the Maldives: Seaplane Experience 24:57 Accommodation Options in the Maldives 26:37 Experience at Reethi Faru Resort: A Luxurious Escape 27:05 Booking Siam World through VIP Traveler 27:44 Tips for Financing Your Trip to the Maldives 29:13 Hear Our Impressions of the Siam World Resort 30:35 Stay at the Le Meridien Maldives 45:23 Options at the Hilton Conrad Maldives 48:29 Comparing the Maldives and Bora Bora

Duration:00:55:17

54. The Golden Key to Travel: Hyatt Globalist Status Unveiled

12/12/2023
In today’s episode, we're diving headfirst into World of Hyatt's Globalist status. It's no secret that we have a bit of a love affair with Hyatt's loyalty program, and in this episode, we're spilling all the details on why this particular status holds a special place in our points and miles hearts. What exactly is Hyatt Globalist status, and why are we so enamored with it? Simply put, it's the pinnacle of Hyatt's loyalty program, offering a plethora of benefits that can transform a regular hotel stay into a luxury experience. From free breakfasts for the entire family to room upgrades and late checkouts, the perks are generous and can add significant value to your travels. But let's talk about how one earns this coveted status. The traditional route requires either 60 qualifying nights at Hyatt properties or accumulating 100,000 base points. However, let's not overlook the power of Hyatt credit cards in this equation. These cards can significantly lower the barrier to achieving Globalist status by offering qualifying nights as part of their benefits. During our episode, we shared our personal experiences with Hyatt Globalist status and how we've leveraged credit card spending, strategic booking, and even the occasional 'mattress run' to maintain our status. Whether it's the little things like enjoying a peaceful breakfast with our families or the luxury of sprawling out in a suite upgrade, these experiences have solidified our loyalty to Hyatt. But here's a crucial point: while we're huge proponents of Hyatt Globalist status, it may not be the right fit for everyone. It all boils down to how often you travel and where you stay. If your travel style aligns with what Hyatt offers, then pursuing Globalist status can be incredibly rewarding. This episode wasn't just about sharing our tips and tricks; it's about showing you the potential of points and how it can unlock experiences you might have thought were out of reach. If you're intrigued and want to dive deeper into Hyatt Globalist status, hit play to listen to the full episode. Remember, the world is waiting for you to explore it – one Hyatt stay at a time! Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: Award Travel Academy: Award Travel Academy I https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=THMWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Links For This Episode: Changes to Hyatt's Loyalty Program Ultimate Guide to Hyatt: https://travelmomsquad.ck.page/ultimatehyatt Hyatt Corporate Elite Tier Offer Episode Minute By Minute: 00:00 Introduction to Today’s Episode, All About the Hyatt Globalist Status! 01:18 How to Qualify for Hyatt Globalist Status 02:58 Earning Qualifying Nights with Hyatt Credit Cards 05:04 Understanding the Hyatt Points System 05:40 Strategies for Earning Hyatt Globalist Status 07:48 Perks of Hyatt Globalist Status 16:42 Favorite Perks of Hyatt Globalist Status 21:07 Changes to Hyatt's Milestone Rewards Program 22:51 Understanding the New Milestone Rewards 31:47 Choosing Between Points, Upgrade Awards, and Experience Credits 32:09 The Impact of Future Travel Plans on Reward Choices 33:38 The Perks of Guest of Honor Awards 35:12 The Advantages of Hyatt Concierge 38:40 Exploring the Concept of Mattress Runs 46:50 The Pros and Cons of Fast Track Challenges 51:04 Deciding if Globalist Status Makes Sense for You!

Duration:00:57:12

53. Navigating the Wonders of Istanbul: A Dream Destination for Traveling On Points!

12/5/2023
This week, we're diving into the captivating world of Istanbul, where every turn is a discovery and every moment an adventure. Jess and Pam have been there, explored its wonders, and are thrilled to show you how to experience this magical city using the clever art of traveling on points and miles. Picture this: You're cruising high above, nestled in business class, sipping a welcome drink, en route to an unforgettable Istanbul escapade. Jess has got the scoop on snagging those coveted business class seats using airline miles, ensuring your journey is as enchanting as the destination. Utilizing credit card miles, your dream flight to Istanbul is closer than you think. Istanbul's accommodations aren’t just places to rest; they're part of the experience. Hear Jess rave about her experience at the Park Hyatt Istanbul. Transferring Hyatt points between friends allowed her and three girlfriends to stay for $0! We also share Jess and Pam’s contrasting experiences with the traditional Turkish Hamam, a story you won’t want to miss! Istanbul is full of experiences! Whether you're soaking in the history at the Hagia Sophia, wandering through the bustling Grand Bazaar, or cruising the Bosphorus, Istanbul’s allure is endless. And with our insider tips, you’ll enjoy these wonders while making savvy use of your travel budget. This might all sound like a dream, but it's all within reach, thanks to points and miles. Ready to embark on an Istanbul adventure like no other? Press play on this episode, and let us take you through the mesmerizing streets of Istanbul, showing you how to make your travel dreams a reality, without stretching your wallet. Happy travels! Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: Award Travel Academy: Award Travel Academy I https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=THMWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Links For This Episode: https://www.instagram.com/practicalpointstravel/Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam Must Do Attractions and Hidden Gems of Old City Bosphorus Sunset Cruise Park Hyatt Istanbul inDrive App Episode Minute By Minute: 01:11 Planning the Trip: Choosing the Destination 01:49 Booking the Flights: Our Top Strategies 03:05 The Benefits of Getting Friends into Traveling On Points 04:55 Booking the Flights: Using Points and Miles 07:50 Arriving in Istanbul: First Impressions and Transportation 10:28 Accommodation: Staying at the Park Hyatt Istanbul 17:41 Exploring Istanbul: Location and Accessibility 18:49 Navigating Istanbul: Public Transportation and Taxi Apps 22:05 The Hamam Experience: Pam’s Hilarious Story 25:48 The Hamam Experience: Jess’s Story 30:47 Exploring Istanbul: Guided Tours and Sunset Cruises 34:51 Istanbul: A Family-Friendly Destination 35:24 Traveling with Friends: The Benefits of Shared Experiences 36:05 Conclusion: Istanbul, A Must-Visit Destination

Duration:00:37:49

52. London Awaits: Flying High and Staying Stylish with Miles

11/28/2023
Today, we’re talking about London - a city where every street corner tells a story. It’s a city we've explored and fallen in love with time and again, and we're excited to share how you can do the same, smartly using points and miles! Imagine this: You’re soaring over the Atlantic, cozied up in business class, toasting to the beginning of an unforgettable journey. Pam has the lowdown on snagging business class tickets with airline miles, making your journey as delightful as the destination. From United’s direct flights to ANA’s fantastic deals, your dream flight to London is just points away. But what about when you land? London's hotels are more than just places to stay; they're experiences in themselves. From the grand Hyatt Regency Churchill, echoing tales of history and luxury, to the quirky and charming boutique stays like Great Scotland Yard, your stay in London can be as unique as the city itself. Jess’s recent discovery of the Andaz, nestled next to the Liverpool Tube station, offers a perfect blend of comfort and convenience. London is full of experiences! Whether you’re marveling at the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London, strolling through the verdant Hyde Park, or immersing yourself in the rich tapestries of history at the National Gallery, London’s attractions are endless. And with our tips, you can enjoy these experiences more, while spending less. All this might sound extravagant, but here's the secret - it's all achievable with points and miles. Are you ready to embark on a London adventure like no other? Hit play on this episode and let us guide you through the enchanting streets of London, all while keeping your wallet happy. Safe travels and happy traveling! Links: Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey: Award Travel Academy: Award Travel Academy I https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=THMWEB150 Our Website: https://travelmomsquad.com Connect With Us: Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletterInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquadhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad Links For This Episode: Ultimate Guide to Hyatt Points Hyatt Regency London- The Churchill Great Scotland Yard Hotel St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London Hotel Indigo London- Kensington Andaz London Liverpool Street Kimpton Fitzroy London Episode Minute By Minute: 00:00 Introduction to Traveling to London With Points and Miles! 00:46 Pam's expertise on flights to London in luxury 01:09 Exploring different flight options to London 04:32 Exploring other airlines for London travel 06:13 Making the most of Delta flash sales 07:40 Experiences with Virgin Atlantic and Air France 11:13 Jess's favorite way to get to London 15:48 Exploring the variety of hotel options in London 17:38 Experiences with Hyatt Regency Churchill and Great Scotland Yard 24:03 Reviewing Hotel Indigo in Kensington 25:20 Jess shares about her recent stay at Andaz London 27:08 Reviewing Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel 32:42 Exploring London's parks and museums 36:22 Our favorite things to do in London! 37:51 Family-friendly activities in London 41:50 Our final thoughts on London!

Duration:00:43:38