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October has been a busy week here with some great travel stories – here’s a recap of what you may have missed from Points With a Crew in October

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Last weekend was the Family Travel for Real Life (#FT4RL) conference.  I live-blogged the entire conference in case you missed it

We had presentations on maximizing low-level hotel destinations, maximizing earning your points through manufactured spending and reselling

Also presentations on travel hacking Disney, family destinations in Asia, and getting the most out of your miles

Here’s what you missed if you weren’t able to attend – look for the next #FT4RL conference in spring



eBay can be a good way to buy good deals to resell, manufacture spending and otherwise meet minimum spend on credit cards.

Last week they send me (and several other people) an email claiming we were in violation of their “site interference” policy

Of course, then they can’t seem to make up their minds about what they want me to do?!!?


IHG Point Breaks are one of the best travel deals out there

Every few months, they release a list of hotels that are bookable for only 5000 points / night.

The IHG PointBreaks list for November 2015, December 2015 and January 2016 was just released!  Here’s a map and sortable table of the 180 IHG PointBreaks hotels


british airwaysThere was a mega fare sale by British Airways where you could get a transatlantic BUSINESS CLASS fare for as low as $266 out of pocket

It’s dead now (it lasted the good part of a day), but if you missed the deal, here are 4 steps to get you ready for the next great deal

Later in the month, British Airways announced the end of the 4500 Avios short-haul flight (one of the best travel deals out there!)

So are Avios now “worthless”?  Or just “worth less”?  Now if I can just get BA to refund my 50,000 Avios

every-kid-in-a-parkEarlier this year, the government announced the introduction of the Every Kid in a Park program

EKIAP said that families with a 4th grader would get free entry into all National Parks

That sounded great… until I found the “loophole” where certain parks aren’t free at all!


Citibank and American Airlines have a great program where you can get reduced mileage awards

There are currently 62 airports that you can fly from to get a roundtrip ticket for only 17,500 miles!

AND you then get a 10% rebate on those miles, making one-ways only 7,875 miles each!

Here are the rest of this month’s stories:

Family Travel

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CC license via Flickr

Miles, Points and Credit cards

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