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Welcome! If you visited Boarding Area over this weekend, you may have seen some of my posts and wondered – “Who is this Points With a Crew and why does he have so many people in the airplane in the logo?!?” 🙂
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.
Some of my most popular or favorite posts
To get an idea of what I write about, here are some of my most popular or otherwise notable posts:
- How to destroy a metal Chase Sapphire Preferred card (it’s harder than it looks!)
- Why you want to freeze your IDA / ARS credit accounts before applying for a US Bank Card
- How to always get a live chat with American Express.
- Getting Avis to stop its dirty trick on me
- How to get into a airport lounge for free
- Secret $1 concession stand at Great American Ball Park
- Family boarding on Southwest Airlines and how to sit next to each other
- How to speed through TSA security with a family
And of course if you’re new to the miles and points game, you’ll want to check out my Beginner’s Guide, which is a more newbie-friendly, step-by-step introduction.