Well, the #travel1k rankings are going nicely for us lately, indeed: last week we were at #96, all happy to be TOP 100! and all for the first time since Klout died — and for the week of March 20th we’ve jumped again, 11 places up to #85! Thank you all, Dear Readers!
As a brief introduction, my name is Dan and my wife and I have 6 (SIX!) children. To forestall most of your questions, there are 3 boys and 3 girls, and yes, they keep us busy!
Our home airports are usually CVG and DAY, though we’ve been known to drive to IND, SDF or CMH if needed. We’ve even driven up to MDW before.
While I write some about general travel, I aim to focus specifically on traveling with families, especially large families. Those of us who are navigating car trips in packed minivans or trying to keep track of 17 different pieces of luggage in an airport just have different perspectives on travel than someone traveling with no kids.
I had known about travel hacking for several years, but had not really applied myself until realizing that we had a family reunion scheduled in Nevada. Knowing that 8 cross-country plane tickets were not going to be cheap (and might keep us from going), I did my first credit card churn back in January 0f 2013, and eventually was able to use 170,000 Southwest Rapid Reward points and the Southwest Companion pass to fly us there for free! (plus taxes).
I started blogging as well because like I said earlier, most of the travel blogs out there seemed to be about single people or others with no kids traveling in first class cabins and 5 star hotels. And while that is fun to read about, it’s not an accurate representation of how my family (or most of the families that I know) travel. I wanted to give another perspective…
Six children? SIX children? We are … awed. We can’t imagine what it’s like just having six children, never mind traveling with them!
So as you’d expect, the blog appears to have a big focus on amassing points, which in general these days means credit card churning, which is a strategy that pretty much only works really well in the US. And Canada, a bit … but definitely not in Thailand. Getting a credit card here is a multi-month ordeal, and they sure don’t see any need to entice you with giveaways.
Let’s check out the second recent article, this title seems promising:
After my experience with yet another canceled flight out of SFO and the frustration that followed [SEE: My epic battle with LifeMiles and how I was finally (sort of) victorious], I had to wonder why I even thought booking a flight to Arcata crossed my mind. I’ve now been burned so many times, that I literally prefer driving 4.5 hours instead of 45 minutes to fly one-stop out of Sacramento rather than two-stop out of Arcata.
I’d felt rather smug booking the short hop very last minute for only 7,500 LifeMiles and $30.60. But it turned out to be yet another repeat of this one mistake I keep making: banking on the SFO-ACV flight to get me home.
Yet another canceled vacation
One thing that came out of the trip was that I finally found out why our little airport has the code ACV. Simply, it stands for: Another Canceled Vacation. At least, this is what a United employee told an acquaintance of mine…
And there’s a bunch of posts about cards and flight deals and hotel deals, all US-centric … oh, here’s one that sounds like it’s on a topic close to our heart:
Chicago to Tokyo via…Africa?
Yes, it’s true. This is a completely valid award. I stumbled upon it when searching for ANA first class space between Chicago and Tokyo.
Normally, I wouldn’t have given it a second look, as Ethiopian had been popping up in options due to their fifth freedom flight (SEE: What is a fifth freedom flight?) between Tokyo and Seoul. But when I saw *only* Ethiopian listed as the operating carrier, I thought it must be a fluke. Nope. You can fly 14,000 miles to get to Tokyo this way.
Given that there are awards available directly between the Windy City and Tokyo, it makes pretty much no sense to fly literally twice as far, unless you’re a crazy avgeek. I have to admit, flying via Addis Ababa to Tokyo from Chicago does sound like a whole lot of fun. And a whole lot of time on a 787. I might regret the idea…
Heh. That reminds us of how some our best adventures got started! Check out the rest too — not sure we’d actually want to take any of them, but if you really like spending time on a plane, there you go!
Technically, BuiltWith tells us it’s a standard WordPress + Jetpack setup, and as always we recommend Dreampress as your best choice for that, free Jetpack Professional and all; and heavens to Betsy, this is the most plugin heavy site we have ever seen, by far; looks like there’s more analytics plugins on this blog than every other one we’ve all reviewed put together, and what must be every ad network known to mankind to boot!
p dir=”ltr”>So if you are a US-based travel hacker, definitely you want to have this blog on our follow list, looks like they’re one of the best at keeping you on top of credit card and loyalty offers we’ve seen! If you’re on the other side of the world like us, little thin on news that’s going to be relevant to you then it looks like, but check out their various guides for tips you can apply!