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Family Travel Made Easy
(well, easier)
Summer Hull – Mommy Points
Edward Pizzarello – Pizza in Motion
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Who Are We?
MommyPoints.com
PizzaInMotion.com
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Miles and Points Matter for Families
• More people = more $$$
• Staying connected to family
• Tight budgets with daycare, groceries,
doctor’s visits, diapers, and much more
• Emergency trips
• Showing our children the world
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Travel Regularly (Almost) For Free
• 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.
• Stay in very nice hotels and/or suites.
• Show your kids things that they otherwise
would just read in books or see in movies.
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Perhaps best of all, traveling with
kids can be fun and pretty easy!
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Family Travel Made Easy Agenda
• Earning and Redeeming Miles and Points – Family
Specific Issues
• Elite Status & Families
• Travel Logistics for Families
• Planning the trip
• Lap infants and infant fares
• What to pack
• Where to sit on the plane
• How to survive the flight
• Helpful Travel Gear
• Q&A
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Earning & Redeeming Miles
and Points for Families
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Earning A Lot of Points
Families need more miles and points than
single travelers so we have to try harder and
get the family involved.
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Credit Card Bonuses x 2
Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility,
and Disclosure Act of 2009 = problems for
stay-at-home parents as of October 2011
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Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana,
Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington,
and Wisconsin.
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One Million Miles and Points
in Three Years
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Availability Issues and School
Schedules
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Tips for Availability
• Start looking 11 months out
• Consider different cabins or different
flights
• Consider “off season” destinations
• Combine revenue and award tickets
• Fixed value points
• Expert Flyer
• Use award booking services
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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
United and Brussels Airlines)
• New York JFK – Vienna on Austrian
• American’s Asia flights (especially in first class)
• LAN’s South America routes from Miami
• Asiana especially Seattle – Seoul
• Virgin Australia Los Angeles – Brisbane
• 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 (seriously – a Delta partner, no fuel surcharges, and
tons of business class space – and connections to places like
India)
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Book Something, then Keep
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.
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Elite Status and Families
© Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
Why Elite Status?
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Why Elite Status?
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Why Elite Status?
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Why Elite Status?
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Why Elite Status?
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Why Elite Status?
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Airline Elite Status
• Most airline elite status starts at 25,000
paid flown miles per year and goes up
from there.
• First class upgrades, preferred seats,
early boarding, extra miles, better
service, etc.
• Not practical for everyone and some
benefits can come via airline credit cards.
© Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
Airline Elite Status
• Can leverage many benefits to other
family members.
• AA up to 8 get preferred seats, free bags,
etc.
• United Platinums 8 get E+ seats
• United status carries over on awards if
the miles are booked from an elite
account
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Hotel Elite Status
• Free breakfast, late check-out, lounge
access and upgrades are huge for
families
• Mid-tier status can often be obtained by
credit cards or promos
• Some top tier can be obtained via
spending on credit cards
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Hotel Elite Status
• Hilton Gold via Citi HHonors Visa gets you
free continental breakfast for two +
possible lounge access + internet
• Hyatt Platinum via Hyatt Card or UA Club
Card gets 2PM late check-out + internet
• Club Carlson Gold via Club Carlson card
internet + welcome gift
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Hotel Elite Status
Really good stuff comes into play via top tier
status such as Hyatt Diamond!
Mattress runs can make sense if you are
close to the number of required stays.
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Travel Logistics for Families
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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?
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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.
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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!
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Get kids to carry
and pack their
own bags
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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.
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Strollers
• Make life in the airport and destination
much easier, but some strollers are
required to be checked.
• American Airlines weight limit doesn’t
allow Bob strollers to be gate checked.
• Be ready for heavy lifting through security
– especially if you are traveling alone.
• Can rent strollers at some locations (like
Disney), so determine which way is easiest
for your family.
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In the Airport
• Can carry through some liquids for
infants/toddlers, but have to be tested.
• Multiple bags may require multiple tests.
• Easier if they are in bottles or sippy cups.
• Under 12 yrs old can keep their shoes on.
• Don’t hesitate to use a backpack/leash if
you need to for safety reasons – especially
if you are travelling alone.
• Don’t get there late, but super early isn’t
good either
In the Airport
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Airport Lounges
• Having an airport lounge to go to can make
things much easier.
• Snacks, drinks, nicer restrooms, agents
ready to help with seats, rebooking, etc.
• Most important are family rooms with
doors that shut and toys to play with (AA).
• Can get day passes or annual member
• United Club Card, Amex Platinum, 12
passes for $33 via Executive Privileges Club
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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!
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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.
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Lap Infant
• 10% of fee may mean lowest fare, or
highest fare for ticketed cabin.
• Hang-up and call back
• BA charges 10% miles + 10% YQ
• Air Canada charges low flat fees
• Etihad and Qatar 10% miles in economy
• Virgin Atlantic 1,500 Miles for Upper Class,
750 miles for Prem. Eco, 200 miles for Eco
• Cathay is evil at 25% fare to/from US
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Where to Sit on the Plane
• Sitting together requires advanced
planning and/or on-board negotiations.
• E+/Main Cabin Extra!!!!
• First/Business if you can do it.
• US Airways issue – don’t add baby until at
the airport.
• If in a car seat, the kiddo can probably kick
the seat in front of them.
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Where to Sit on the Plane
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• Most airlines allow families with young
children to board early (Southwest between A
and B group)
• Isn’t always announced, so go ask.
• Consider having just one person board 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.
Boarding
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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 and gummy bears 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.
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© Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
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If All Hell Breaks Loose
• Try really hard to keep a sense of humor.
• The flight will eventually end.
• Show others you are doing everything
you can, but don’t get too worried about
what others think.
• Hand out ear plugs, drinks, whatever.
• Just keep trying to meet your child’s
needs.
• Get up, walk around. Switch off. Drink a
beer.
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Travel Gear - Travelmate
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Travel Gear – Traveling Toddler
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Why We Do This
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Frequent Traveler University Family Travel Presentation

  • 1. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Family Travel Made Easy (well, easier) Summer Hull – Mommy Points Edward Pizzarello – Pizza in Motion
  • 2. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Who Are We? MommyPoints.com PizzaInMotion.com
  • 3. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Miles and Points Matter for Families • More people = more $$$ • Staying connected to family • Tight budgets with daycare, groceries, doctor’s visits, diapers, and much more • Emergency trips • Showing our children the world
  • 4. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Travel Regularly (Almost) For Free • 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. • Stay in very nice hotels and/or suites. • Show your kids things that they otherwise would just read in books or see in movies.
  • 5. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Perhaps best of all, traveling with kids can be fun and pretty easy!
  • 6. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Family Travel Made Easy Agenda • Earning and Redeeming Miles and Points – Family Specific Issues • Elite Status & Families • Travel Logistics for Families • Planning the trip • Lap infants and infant fares • What to pack • Where to sit on the plane • How to survive the flight • Helpful Travel Gear • Q&A
  • 7. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Earning & Redeeming Miles and Points for Families
  • 8. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Earning A Lot of Points Families need more miles and points than single travelers so we have to try harder and get the family involved.
  • 9. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Credit Card Bonuses x 2 Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009 = problems for stay-at-home parents as of October 2011
  • 10. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.
  • 11. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved One Million Miles and Points in Three Years
  • 12. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Availability Issues and School Schedules
  • 13. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Tips for Availability • Start looking 11 months out • Consider different cabins or different flights • Consider “off season” destinations • Combine revenue and award tickets • Fixed value points • Expert Flyer • Use award booking services
  • 14. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved 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 United and Brussels Airlines) • New York JFK – Vienna on Austrian • American’s Asia flights (especially in first class) • LAN’s South America routes from Miami • Asiana especially Seattle – Seoul • Virgin Australia Los Angeles – Brisbane • 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 (seriously – a Delta partner, no fuel surcharges, and tons of business class space – and connections to places like India)
  • 15. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Book Something, then Keep 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.
  • 16. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Elite Status and Families
  • 17. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Why Elite Status?
  • 18. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Why Elite Status?
  • 19. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Why Elite Status?
  • 20. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Why Elite Status?
  • 21. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Why Elite Status?
  • 22. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Why Elite Status?
  • 23. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Airline Elite Status • Most airline elite status starts at 25,000 paid flown miles per year and goes up from there. • First class upgrades, preferred seats, early boarding, extra miles, better service, etc. • Not practical for everyone and some benefits can come via airline credit cards.
  • 24. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Airline Elite Status • Can leverage many benefits to other family members. • AA up to 8 get preferred seats, free bags, etc. • United Platinums 8 get E+ seats • United status carries over on awards if the miles are booked from an elite account
  • 25. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Hotel Elite Status • Free breakfast, late check-out, lounge access and upgrades are huge for families • Mid-tier status can often be obtained by credit cards or promos • Some top tier can be obtained via spending on credit cards
  • 26. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Hotel Elite Status • Hilton Gold via Citi HHonors Visa gets you free continental breakfast for two + possible lounge access + internet • Hyatt Platinum via Hyatt Card or UA Club Card gets 2PM late check-out + internet • Club Carlson Gold via Club Carlson card internet + welcome gift
  • 27. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Hotel Elite Status Really good stuff comes into play via top tier status such as Hyatt Diamond! Mattress runs can make sense if you are close to the number of required stays.
  • 28. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Travel Logistics for Families
  • 29. © 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?
  • 30. © 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.
  • 31. © 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!
  • 32.
  • 33. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Get kids to carry and pack their own bags
  • 34. © 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.
  • 35. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Strollers • Make life in the airport and destination much easier, but some strollers are required to be checked. • American Airlines weight limit doesn’t allow Bob strollers to be gate checked. • Be ready for heavy lifting through security – especially if you are traveling alone. • Can rent strollers at some locations (like Disney), so determine which way is easiest for your family.
  • 36. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved In the Airport • Can carry through some liquids for infants/toddlers, but have to be tested. • Multiple bags may require multiple tests. • Easier if they are in bottles or sippy cups. • Under 12 yrs old can keep their shoes on. • Don’t hesitate to use a backpack/leash if you need to for safety reasons – especially if you are travelling alone. • Don’t get there late, but super early isn’t good either
  • 38. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Airport Lounges • Having an airport lounge to go to can make things much easier. • Snacks, drinks, nicer restrooms, agents ready to help with seats, rebooking, etc. • Most important are family rooms with doors that shut and toys to play with (AA). • Can get day passes or annual member • United Club Card, Amex Platinum, 12 passes for $33 via Executive Privileges Club
  • 39.
  • 40. © 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!
  • 41. © 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.
  • 42. © 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 + 10% YQ • Air Canada charges low flat fees • Etihad and Qatar 10% miles in economy • Virgin Atlantic 1,500 Miles for Upper Class, 750 miles for Prem. Eco, 200 miles for Eco • Cathay is evil at 25% fare to/from US
  • 43. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Where to Sit on the Plane • Sitting together requires advanced planning and/or on-board negotiations. • E+/Main Cabin Extra!!!! • First/Business if you can do it. • US Airways issue – don’t add baby until at the airport. • If in a car seat, the kiddo can probably kick the seat in front of them.
  • 44. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Where to Sit on the Plane
  • 45. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved • Most airlines allow families with young children to board early (Southwest between A and B group) • Isn’t always announced, so go ask. • Consider having just one person board 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. Boarding
  • 46. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 47. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved 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 and gummy bears 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.
  • 48. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 49. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved
  • 50. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved If All Hell Breaks Loose • Try really hard to keep a sense of humor. • The flight will eventually end. • Show others you are doing everything you can, but don’t get too worried about what others think. • Hand out ear plugs, drinks, whatever. • Just keep trying to meet your child’s needs. • Get up, walk around. Switch off. Drink a beer.
  • 51. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Travel Gear - Travelmate
  • 52. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Travel Gear – Traveling Toddler
  • 53. © Lypht, LLC All Rights Reserved Why We Do This
  • 54.
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