Traveling with family, whether young or old, is different than just traveling solo or with your significant other and that extends to your miles and points programs. How you pick the ones to use and how you use your earned miles and points can all change to better benefit your family. Certain programs allow for family seats together, free checked bags, loyalty points pooling — all things that can benefit your growing travel team.
JetBlue is a great airline if your end goal is to pool your miles. JetBlue TrueBlue members can pool miles without a fee if your family includes fewer than three adults and six children (under the age of 21). A “head of household” manages the pooling of the points in a TrueBlue account.
British Airways also allows you to pool your family’s miles. Additional perks for families include no last-minute booking fees and a minimal award ticket cancellation fee. British Airways Executive Club members can also book American Airlines award tickets using Avios and even receive complimentary priority access. With British Airways, the only way for a child to earn Avios is to be a part of the Household Account, which can include seven people who live at the same address.
Hilton Honors rewards program has relatively low thresholds for gold elite status compared to other hotel rewards programs and you can easily achieve gold status faster through various promotions that occur throughout the year. Gold status is a great mid-tier hotel elite status for families, as it comes with special perks like hotel lounge access, free breakfast and free WiFi.
Hyatt’s World of Hyatt program can be generous to families, with free hotel nights starting for relatively small amounts. You can also earn those points through rewards credit cards you might already have in your wallet, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, which transfers the points into the Hyatt program at a 1:1 ratio. Additionally, if you have top-tier elite status, you’ll receive four confirmed suite upgrades!
If you’re a family that heads to Disney on a regular basis, you need Disney Rewards. Choose from two Visa cards and then start earning points for your everyday purchases that you can redeem for airline travel statements or for Disney-esque perks, like park and resort fees, movies, Disney Cruise Line packages and more.
Zermatt’s colorful ski boutique-lined Bahnhofstrasse, stylish apartment-style lodgings of every description and views of the Matterhorn from every angle make up one of Europe’s most family-friendly destinations — and it certainly does not hurt that it is proclaimed the “world’s best ski resort” by organizations like SnowOnline.com year after year. During the warmer months, meanwhile, you will see many family groups with kids strolling the shopping streets (sometimes alongside a herd of about 50 free-range Valais Blackneck goats around 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.), enjoying fondue and pizza at nearby cafés, and taking advantage of the many hiking and bike trails.
San Diego is a great destination for families looking for fun no matter what time of year it is, but this fall, there is plenty to do for everyone — even when you have a budget. Thanks to year-round sunshine, the best way to explore this city is by heading outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather.
The movies and cruise vacations actually have a lot in common: fascinating ports of call, making friends with interesting people, new sensory experiences, the constant change of scenery. When you think about it, it’s no surprise many classic comedies and romances are set aboard cruise ships, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe, Royal Wedding (1951), An Affair to Remember (1957) with Cary Grant, the more recent and kid-friendly Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and the long-running television series Love Boat.