Leslie Harvey, Frequent Flyer TravelingMom

Leslie Harvey, Frequent Flyer TravelingMom

Leslie Harvey is a former attorney from the San Francisco Bay Area and mom of two kids, ages 8 and 3. She blogs about the joys and challenges of travel with little ones at Trips With Tykes. She has a passion for all things air travel related (well, everything except the TSA) and is also a lifelong Disney geek. She saves money on her family’s travels by maximizing the benefits of airline frequent flyer and other loyalty programs.


Is the Disney Credit Card Right for You?

A Disney credit card is often a popular choice among Disney-going travelers. But are the two Disney credit card offerings from Chase really giving you the most or the best travel rewards? One of TravelingMom’s credit card rewards experts looks at the pros and cons of these cards. Rewards credit cards can be an incredibly useful tool to save money on your family’s vacations. With a plethora of airline miles cards, hotel cards, points cards, and cash-back cards, choosing the right one requires serious research and a detailed cost-benefit analysis. Credit cards also come with risk and potential for making...

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1 Day Itinerary for San Francisco

The City by the Bay in a single day? It can be done. Although the city of San Francisco is a destination worthy of a week or more, sometimes travelers just do not have the time for a longer visit. Get a local’s take on how to hit the highlights in this 1 day itinerary for San Francisco. San Francisco, California is one of the top United States travel destinations for travelers around the globe. I recommend that visitors come and stay awhile, taking a few day trips around Northern California on a longer visit. But longer vacations are...

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Touring the California Mendocino Coast with Kids

North of the San Francisco Bay Area, hundreds of miles of breathtaking California coastline stretch up to the Oregon border. These more remote coastal areas are often overlooked by travelers. Find out why families should venture off the beaten path and head north to the Mendocino Coast with kids for a family-friendly getaway full of trains, hikes, and beaches. Mendocino County with kids in Northern California may not seem like the obvious choice for a family vacation. The area is best known as a couples getaway destination for active baby boomers. The quiet rugged coastline is hundreds of miles...

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Big Changes to FASTPASS at Disneyland in 2017: Here Comes MaxPass

Breaking Disney News: The first stage of Disneyland’s next generation FASTPASS service, MaxPass, is here as of June 21, 2017. Find out how the new digital FASTPASS system works. Plus, details on what will be coming next when Disneyland MaxPass is fully implemented later this year. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thank for helping support TravelingMom. MaxPass at Disneyland In mid-January 2017, Disneyland announced it would revise the FASTPASS and call it MaxPass. MaxPass would combine smartphone driven FASTPASS reservations with a little bit of the PhotoPass service now offered separately. This unique...

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3 Reasons Cash Back Credit Cards May Be Smarter for Travel Rewards

Credit card rewards are a common way to earn money and points for travel. Travelers in search of a free flight or hotel night, however, often get the wrong card. Are airline or hotel cards the smartest choice? Maybe not. Frequent Flyer TravelingMom explains why cash back credit cards might be the better bet for casual travelers looking for easy travel rewards. Disclosure: TMOM may earn a commission on credit cards approved via links on this page. Opinion is solely that of the author. Choosing the Right Rewards Credit Card Want free travel? Sure, we all do. Over the...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Disneyland Summer of Heroes

Saving the Guardians of the Galaxy. Training with Hawkeye and Black Widow. Dancing with Groot. Getting a selfie with Captain America. These are just a few of the things that superhero fans can do at Disneyland this summer during the Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure. Get one of the very first exclusive looks inside the event to plan your trip. And get crucial tips for surviving the busy summer vacation season at the Happiest Place on Earth. The summer season at Disneyland is always special, but Summer 2017 is shaping up to be truly epic. Officially coined...

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10 Things Do in Oakland California with Kids

San Francisco may get all of the glory, but the city of Oakland just across the bay has plenty to offer family travelers as well. World-class museums, an up-and-coming food scene, and outdoor adventures make it a worthy stop on a trip to the Bay Area or even an adventure all on its own. Get an East Bay local’s take on visiting Oakland, California with kids. Often overshadowed by its neighbor across the bay, the city of Oakland, California may not seem like an obvious destination for family travelers. I’ll let you in on a local’s secret. There is...

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Transportation Tips for Off-Site Hotels at Disney World

Many travelers opt to stay “off-property” on a Walt Disney World vacation. Staying in a non-Disney hotel means losing out on a few Disney perks. But the compromise often makes sense for many families, for a variety of reasons. Staying off-site, however, means that travelers need to plan a bit more to select the best transportation choices. Learn how navigate your way through Disney while staying off-property with these transit tips. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thanks for helping support TravelingMom. Transportation Tips for Off-Site Hotels...

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Complete Guide to Disney Transportation

Planes, trains, and automobiles? In Orlando, that’s not quite right. For Walt Disney World visitors, let’s revise the old transportation adage. How about monorails, Magical Express, and ferries? Or perhaps ride-sharing, shuttles, and rental cars? Disney transportation can be both overwhelming and overwhelmingly convenient. But you need to know how to use the system. Find out everything you need to know to master Disney World transportation. Walt Disney World is a pretty enormous place. That means transportation is an essential part of the experience. Most new visitors are completely overwhelmed by the choices. How can you best make use of...

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12 Most Important Things to Know about Disney’s MagicBands

At Walt Disney World, it may seem like magic that a little plastic wristband can do so much. Disney’s MagicBands, introduced a few years ago, are still a novelty to many visitors who don’t visit Disney often. Here we answer 12 frequently asked questions about MagicBands and all the conveniences they offer – with all the latest information on MagicBand 2, released in early 2017. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thanks for helping support TravelingMom. If you haven’t been on a Disney vacation in the past...

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