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Ten Ways to Make Family Travel 
Easier and Cheaper 
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Miles and Points Matter the Most 
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for Families 
• More people = more $$$ without points ...
Travel Regularly for Much Less 
• If you have good credit, and are willing to 
do a little work your family can travel 
fr...
1. Identify and Eliminate Pain 
Points via Advance Planning 
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More This, Less That 
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Common Family Travel Troubles 
• Car rental pick-ups, send one person to get 
the car. 
• Schedule fewer events and have m...
Even Santa has an Express Pass! 
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2. Save Big by Using Miles for 
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Flights
There are many different ways to save 
on lodging, but flight costs are harder to 
cut, so earning miles for the family to...
Earning A Lot of Points 
Families need more miles and points than 
single travelers so we have to try harder and 
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One Million Miles and Points 
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in Three Years
Availability Issues and School 
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Schedules
Tips for Availability 
• Start looking 11 months out 
• Consider different cabins or different 
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Tips for Availability 
Getting multiple business class seats on international flights can be 
very tough. According to Gar...
Coach won’t kill you, but… 
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Flying in a Lie-Flat Seat is Nice! 
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Little Kids Like Sleep, Too! 
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Book Something, then Keep 
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Looking 
Get to know your airline change policies, 
and then ...
3. Learn Award Chart Sweet 
Spots to Stretch Miles 
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Great Deals for Domestic Travel 
• Avios for short flights on American 
Airlines or Alaska, starting at 4,500 miles 
• 25,...
International Sweet Spots 
• Boston – Dublin 12.5k/25k Avios 
• ANA business class to Europe 63,000 RT 
• Singapore Airlin...
Pro Tip: Just learn award 
chart sweet spots as they 
align with your travel goals. 
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4. The Southwest Companion 
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Best Deal in Family Travel 
The Southwest Companion Pass is the best 
deal in family travel if Southwest is a 
convenient ...
Earning Companion Pass 
• Need 110,000 qualifying points in a 
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calendar year. 
• The 50,...
5. Be Obsessive about Seat 
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Assignments
Airline seat assignments can 
make or break a family flight, so 
get seat assignments early and 
monitor them closely. 
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6. Book Enough Space for 
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Everyone
Is a hotel room best? 
Once you start talking about more than one 
or two kids, a standard hotel room isn’t 
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Hyatt Vacation Club 
Studio: 12,000 Hyatt points 
One Bedroom:15,000 Hyatt points 
Two Bedroom: 23,000 Hyatt points 
Three...
Hyatt Vacation Club 
• Available in cities like: Key West, 
Breckenridge, Aspen, San Antonio, and 
more. 
• Typically offe...
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SPG Suites 
• You can use points to book suites and 
deluxe rooms via SPG on points or c...
50% Discount for 2nd Room 
• Many hotel programs will offer a 50% 
discount on a connecting room for 
children, but you ha...
Look to All Suite Properties 
• Use Hilton Hhonors points to stay at 
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Embassy Suites. 
•...
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VRBO and Airbnb 
• Sometimes a house or apartment can be 
more economical than a hotel. ...
7. Get “Freebies” from Credit 
Card Perks and Elite Status 
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Free Checked Bags 
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Free Breakfast
Status or Pseudo Status 
• At least get mid-tier status like Hilton 
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Gold via credit car...
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Pre-Check
Pre-Check is a Game Changer 
• Get it via Global Entry, NEXUS, elite 
invitation, or soon by applying online 
• Will cost ...
8. Bring (and leave) the Right 
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Gear.
Travel Gear - Travelmate 
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Travel Gear – Traveling Toddler 
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Bubble Bum
Ergo, Stroller, Car Seat Covers
UberFAMILY in 
NYC, DC, and Philly
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Packing 
• Bring more than you think you need, but 
not so much that you can’t carry it....
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Carry-on Bag 
• Snacks and drinks for the kiddos - 
especially for departure and landing...
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Checked Bag 
• Carry-on essentials for you, but your hands 
will already be full, so try...
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9. Plan the Right 
Activities…AKA no “I’m 
Boreds”
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Planning the Trip 
• Be realistic and conservative. 
• Consider bringing grandparents or...
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K.I.S.S. 
• Push your kid’s boundaries some on trips, 
but keep it simple. 
• Arrange fo...
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10. Bonus Tips
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Get kids to carry 
and pack their 
own bags
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Lap Infant 
• Children under two are permitted as lap 
infants, but whether or not that ...
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Lap Infant 
• Ask if there are any open seats if you have 
a lap infant. 
• 10% miles/fa...
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Lap Infant 
• 10% of fee may mean lowest fare, or 
highest fare for ticketed cabin. 
• H...
Where to Sit on the Plane 
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Boarding 
• Most US airlines don’t allow families with 
young children to board early (Southwest 
between A and B group) 
...
Surviving the Flight 
• Plan activities for the whole flight + 
• Eat on-board to take up time. 
• Make sure they are thir...
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  1. 1. Ten Ways to Make Family Travel Easier and Cheaper © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Who Are We? MommyPoints.com PizzaInMotion.com
  3. 3. Miles and Points Matter the Most © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved for Families • More people = more $$$ without points • Need to stay connected to family • Tight budgets with daycare, groceries, doctor’s visits, diapers, and much more • Emergency trips to help family • Showing our children the world
  4. 4. Travel Regularly for Much Less • If you have good credit, and are willing to do a little work your family can travel frequently almost for free. • You can travel in first or business class or stretch your miles in coach. • Stay in very nice hotels and/or suites. • Show your kids things that they otherwise would just read in books or see in movies. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  5. 5. 1. Identify and Eliminate Pain Points via Advance Planning © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. More This, Less That © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  7. 7. Common Family Travel Troubles • Car rental pick-ups, send one person to get the car. • Schedule fewer events and have more down time. • Avoid lines when possible, Pre-Check, pre-book tickets (Eiffel Tower), FastPasses, and off-peak times. • Get everyone involved in the planning. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  8. 8. Even Santa has an Express Pass! © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  9. 9. 2. Save Big by Using Miles for © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Flights
  10. 10. There are many different ways to save on lodging, but flight costs are harder to cut, so earning miles for the family to fly © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved for less is paramount.
  11. 11. Earning A Lot of Points Families need more miles and points than single travelers so we have to try harder and © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved get the family involved.
  12. 12. One Million Miles and Points © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved in Three Years
  13. 13. Availability Issues and School © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Schedules
  14. 14. Tips for Availability • Start looking 11 months out • Consider different cabins or different © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved flights • Consider “off season” destinations • Combine revenue and award tickets • Fixed value points • Expert Flyer • Use award booking services
  15. 15. Tips for Availability Getting multiple business class seats on international flights can be very tough. According to Gary Leff, who books tons of these awards: • Anywhere - Brussels (Newark, JFK, Chicago, Washington Dulles on © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved United and Brussels Airlines) • American’s Asia flights (especially in first class) • LAN’s South America routes from Miami • Asiana especially Seattle – Seoul • Virgin Australia Los Angeles – Brisbane • Good luck with 3 business class seats on Cathay booking 6+ months out • West Coast on Korean (via Ultimate Rewards) • Most Air France routes when using Air France KLM Flying Blue miles (transferrable instantly from Amex Membership Rewards, but you pay fuel surcharges) • Saudi Arabian (Delta partner, no fuel surcharges, and tons of business class space – and connections to places like India)
  16. 16. Coach won’t kill you, but… © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  17. 17. Flying in a Lie-Flat Seat is Nice! © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  18. 18. Little Kids Like Sleep, Too! © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  19. 19. Book Something, then Keep © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Looking Get to know your airline change policies, and then you can book awards that will work, but keep checking to try to improve them.
  20. 20. 3. Learn Award Chart Sweet Spots to Stretch Miles © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  21. 21. Great Deals for Domestic Travel • Avios for short flights on American Airlines or Alaska, starting at 4,500 miles • 25,000 RT from West Coast to Hawaii • ANA great currently for close-in destinations and stopovers on United • Spirit starts at 2,500 miles with card • Off peak and discount deals (15,750 AA) • Follow @theflightdeal and © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved @airfarewatchdog for sales
  22. 22. International Sweet Spots • Boston – Dublin 12.5k/25k Avios • ANA business class to Europe 63,000 RT • Singapore Airlines business class 60k to Hawaii, Korean economy 25k RT • Flying Blue 25,000 miles RT to Europe • American 40,000 miles RT Europe off-peak © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved (last 6 months) • United free one-ways
  23. 23. Pro Tip: Just learn award chart sweet spots as they align with your travel goals. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  24. 24. 4. The Southwest Companion © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Pass
  25. 25. Best Deal in Family Travel The Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in family travel if Southwest is a convenient airline for your family. Your companion flies virtually free with you for up to two years if timed carefully. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  26. 26. Earning Companion Pass • Need 110,000 qualifying points in a © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved calendar year. • The 50,000 point sign-up bonus points count toward those 110k • Earn as early in the year as possible for max benefit. • Shopping portal points, credit card use, and hotel transfers all count
  27. 27. 5. Be Obsessive about Seat © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Assignments
  28. 28. Airline seat assignments can make or break a family flight, so get seat assignments early and monitor them closely. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  29. 29. 6. Book Enough Space for © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Everyone
  30. 30. Is a hotel room best? Once you start talking about more than one or two kids, a standard hotel room isn’t © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved always the best option. However, points can still play into the equation of a larger room or even house rental.
  31. 31. Hyatt Vacation Club Studio: 12,000 Hyatt points One Bedroom:15,000 Hyatt points Two Bedroom: 23,000 Hyatt points Three Bedroom: 30,000 Hyatt points © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  32. 32. Hyatt Vacation Club • Available in cities like: Key West, Breckenridge, Aspen, San Antonio, and more. • Typically offered on a relatively short-term basis (usually 60 - 90 days prior to © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved arrival) • Book points rates over the phone
  33. 33. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved SPG Suites • You can use points to book suites and deluxe rooms via SPG on points or cash and points. • Sometimes the additional surcharge, especially for deluxe rooms, is minimal. • Ask about cash upgrade prices was $25 to go from base room to one-bedroom in Whistler
  34. 34. 50% Discount for 2nd Room • Many hotel programs will offer a 50% discount on a connecting room for children, but you have to ask. • More common in Europe than the US, © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved but still happens here. • I got 50% off connecting room at the Walt Disney World Swan (SPG)
  35. 35. Look to All Suite Properties • Use Hilton Hhonors points to stay at © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Embassy Suites. • Hyatt points to stay at Hyatt House properties with 1 or 2 bedrooms. • Marriott points to stay at TownePlace Suites or similar. • Club Carlson property Radisson Suites Oceanfront in Melbourne, Florida
  36. 36. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved VRBO and Airbnb • Sometimes a house or apartment can be more economical than a hotel. • Can use Barclaycard Arrival points
  37. 37. 7. Get “Freebies” from Credit Card Perks and Elite Status © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  38. 38. Free Checked Bags © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  39. 39. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Free Breakfast
  40. 40. Status or Pseudo Status • At least get mid-tier status like Hilton © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Gold via credit card • Some cards like United Club card give very status-like benefits • Status benefits extend to some extend to other family members • Worth the incremental push to get status, but don’t worry too much about it
  41. 41. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Pre-Check
  42. 42. Pre-Check is a Game Changer • Get it via Global Entry, NEXUS, elite invitation, or soon by applying online • Will cost $85, Global Entry is $100, or NEXUS is $50 (and free for kids) • Good for five years • Will have to do fingerprints, background © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved check, etc. • Children 12 and under piggyback!
  43. 43. 8. Bring (and leave) the Right © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Gear.
  44. 44. Travel Gear - Travelmate © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  45. 45. Travel Gear – Traveling Toddler © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  46. 46. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Bubble Bum
  47. 47. Ergo, Stroller, Car Seat Covers
  48. 48. UberFAMILY in NYC, DC, and Philly
  49. 49. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Packing • Bring more than you think you need, but not so much that you can’t carry it. • Focus on things that can’t easily be obtained where you are going. • Keep the baby things together in one place as much as possible, and carry that bag on. • Checking bags is likely a necessity. • Decide what you will do about stroller and car seat.
  50. 50. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Carry-on Bag • Snacks and drinks for the kiddos - especially for departure and landing. • Diapers, wipes, and more diapers. • Change of clothes. • Toys, DVD, iPad, movies, colors, stickers, etc. • Blanket and/or comfort item. • Extra bottle and formula. • Sense of humor and free drink coupons!
  51. 51. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Checked Bag • Carry-on essentials for you, but your hands will already be full, so try and check everything that you do not really need • Take advantage of elite status or credit cards that provide free checked bags to avoid fees. (or fly Southwest!) • Use curbside checking or get help into the airport. • Use luggage carts.
  52. 52. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved 9. Plan the Right Activities…AKA no “I’m Boreds”
  53. 53. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Planning the Trip • Be realistic and conservative. • Consider bringing grandparents or second set of hands. • Choose flight times carefully and take sleep/feeding schedules into account. • Think about where the kiddo(s) will sleep. Do you need one room or two? Suite? • Where on the plane should you sit? • Car seats?
  54. 54. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved K.I.S.S. • Push your kid’s boundaries some on trips, but keep it simple. • Arrange for “free play” time in parks and with other kids. • Get them involved with planning the day. • Swimming in the hotel pool is always good. • Don’t push it when they are tired. • Don’t try exotic foods when they are tired. • Sleep when they are tired.
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  56. 56. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved 10. Bonus Tips
  57. 57. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Get kids to carry and pack their own bags
  58. 58. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Lap Infant • Children under two are permitted as lap infants, but whether or not that is a good deal depends on your family. • Safety issues during turbulence. • Limited space • Keep in mind the baby’s temperament – won’t know that until they are born. • Little C would have been a disaster as a lap infant!
  59. 59. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Lap Infant • Ask if there are any open seats if you have a lap infant. • 10% miles/fare + taxes internationally • Bring the birth certificate to prove age. • Have car seat available if you want to take advantage of complimentary seat. • Nursing covers • Once infants/toddlers become mobile at 9- 12 months, it becomes much harder to manage lap children.
  60. 60. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Lap Infant • 10% of fee may mean lowest fare, or highest fare for ticketed cabin. • Hang-up and call back • BA charges 10% miles • Air Canada charges flat charges in miles
  61. 61. Where to Sit on the Plane © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  62. 62. Boarding • Most US airlines don’t allow families with young children to board early (Southwest between A and B group) • Consider having just one person board early on © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved and bring the kid on later. • Get your child in the seat and get out of the aisle while you install the car seat or CARES harness.
  63. 63. Surviving the Flight • Plan activities for the whole flight + • Eat on-board to take up time. • Make sure they are thirsty when they get on so that they will drink after take-off • Suckers are good. • Do one activity as long as it works. • If they fall asleep – don’t move. • Movies, DirecTV, ear phones, etc. • If it isn’t hurting anyone, let them do it. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
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  65. 65. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  66. 66. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Why We Do This

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