Brave the Arizona Heat! 3 Ways to Vacation in Scottsdale for Less This Summer

Brave the Arizona Heat! 3 Ways to Vacation in Scottsdale for Less This Summer

Scottsdale, Arizona is the special place that I call home. Most of the year, the weather is lovely, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below 75 degrees. But the summer is a different story. For three months per year, we deal with extreme heat that often hits more than 120 degrees! While this isn't ideal, it means that the snowbirds, or part-time residents who live in Arizona during the winter, take off for more temperate climates. Once they're gone, the five-star resorts in the area start discounting heavily to attract customers, which means it's prime staycation time for me!

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Why (and How!) to Fly Etihad Airways, the Swankiest Hotel in the Sky

Why (and How!) to Fly Etihad Airways, the Swankiest Hotel in the Sky

Ah the perks of being a travel writer! On Monday, I was invited to attend the opening of Etihad Airways' newest lounge at Los Angeles International Airport. I've flown in business class with Etihad in the past (on miles, naturally), so I knew it would be a classy affair. I was right. Here's how you can visit this lounge and take one of Etihad's star-quality flights, even if you're on a budget. 

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5 Oneworld Hacks to Upgrade Your Travel Experience

5 Oneworld Hacks to Upgrade Your Travel Experience

American Airlines is switching to a revenue-based frequent flyer program on August 1st, 2016, and this means that their miles system is changing. Under the old system, you earned one mile for every mile flown, and elite passengers could collect extra miles based on their status. However, after August 1st, miles earning will be based purely on how much a ticket costs, which means that people who buy a ticket on the cheap will be earning fewer miles than someone who buys the same flight for more money. 

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4 Ways to Explore Norway (Without Going Broke)

4 Ways to Explore Norway (Without Going Broke)

My mom's side of the family hails from Norway, and while I grew up hearing about what a beautiful country it is, I never thought I'd actually get to see it for myself. Surprise, somehow it happened! My husband got a new job, and with it came the opportunity to work from Norway for nine weeks this summer. 

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3 Easy Ways to Score Cheap Summer Flights

3 Easy Ways to Score Cheap Summer Flights

Summer 2016 is upon us, and if you can look away from your Pokémon GO app for a few days, there are lots of opportunities for travel out there. Here are my best tips for flying on the cheap in summer 2016.

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How I Saved $600 Leveraging Air Miles and the Sharing Economy to Attend a Destination Wedding

How I Saved $600 Leveraging Air Miles and the Sharing Economy to Attend a Destination Wedding

I just got back from my cousin's wedding in Lake Arrowhead, California, where I had a great weekend with family I don't see often enough, then extended the trip a few days to visit friends in L.A., and I didn't spend a fortune to do it.

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9 Clever Ways to Keep Your Airline Miles From Expiring

9 Clever Ways to Keep Your Airline Miles From Expiring

For frequent travelers, there's nothing scarier than the idea of waking up one morning to find your frequent flyer account totally empty.  

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3 Ways Brexit Will Make Global Travel Cheaper

3 Ways Brexit Will Make Global Travel Cheaper

The word "Brexit" has been echoing through the microphones of international journalists for months now. Will the United Kingdom stay in the European Union? Will they vote to leave? No one could say for sure. This morning, the world awoke to an answer: the votes are in, and the UK has chosen to leave the EU. 

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How to Avoid the 5 Top Travel Scams

How to Avoid the 5 Top Travel Scams

If you're a frequent traveler, chances are you've been the victim of a scam at least once.

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20 Things I've Learned That Save Money While Traveling in Europe

20 Things I've Learned That Save Money While Traveling in Europe

We post a lot of deals for airfare and hotels and talk a lot about credit card points, but that's all about getting there. How can you save money once you're actually there and still have an amazing vacation?

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