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.


Universal Orlando Resort: 7 Things Every Disney Fan Needs to Know

You know every nook and cranny of the Magic Kingdom. Epcot is your home-away-from-home. But this trip… you are ready to cheat on Disney. As a die-hard Disney fan, going somewhere else may give you pause, but a day at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure is a worthy gamble. Find out what skills and tricks transfer – and what don’t – in this guide to Universal for Disney fans. As a Disney super-fan, going to any other theme park makes me feel a little guilty. My loyalty to Walt runs deep. When I found myself looking...

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8 Things to Know about Visiting Palm Springs with Kids

Palm Springs, California, is much more than a desert dotted with golf courses. Californians have long known it to be a family-friendly destination with engaging activities and attractions (not to mention the perfect pool weather year round). Find out what else might surprise you about Palm Springs and why you should consider it for a trip with your kids. You might know Palm Springs, California,  for its lusciously green golf courses in the desert. It’s also famous as a place where grandma and grandpa retire in their golden years. Not everyone thinks of it as a destination for a family...

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High Flying with Mickey: What You Need to Know About Flying to Orlando

Planning a trip by plane down to Orlando to meet Mickey Mouse? With any travel – especially if you are bringing the kids – a little preparation before your trip goes a long way. Our Frequent Flyer TravelingMom flies to MCO often and offers her very best tips for navigating the airport, picking the right ground transportation, having a magical time aboard the Magical Express, and more. For many families, a trip to Walt Disney World requires a plane trip before the fun can start. For anyone who isn’t a frequent flyer, flying can sometimes be the most anxiety-producing...

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The Ultimate Guide to Extra Magic Hours at Walt Disney World

One of the biggest complaints about taking a Walt Disney World vacation is waiting in long lines. Fortunately, Disney has made many tools available to guests willing to plan and prepare that will significantly reduce waits during a Disney trip. Extra Magic Hours are just one of those tools that can greatly help with crowd avoidance and make a Disney vacation extra magical. Find out how, when, and when not to use them for your next Walt Disney World visit. Extra Magic Hours. If you are a Walt Disney World veteran, those three little words are probably magic to your...

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The Ultimate Guide to Disneyland Character Meals

Dining with Mickey and pals is an important part of a Disney vacation for most families. Find out tips, tricks, and advice for character dining at Disneyland from a mom who has eaten with kids at every single Disneyland character meal. Tough work, but someone’s gotta do it! Few families plan a visit to Disneyland without scheduling a meal with their favorite Disney characters. Character meals are a perfect way to get photos and autographs with a wide variety of characters in a quieter setting. You avoid the theme park lines and have a more relaxed sit-down dining experience...

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Choose the Right Travel Rewards Credit Card

Are you leaving money or miles on the table when it comes to travel? You might be if you don’t have the right credit card working for your family to earn travel rewards. Find out a few simple steps from our Frequent Flyer TMOM for maximizing your miles and identifying the right credit card to do just that.  A travel rewards credit card is an invaluable tool for earning “free” travel. So many traveling families, however, don’t maximize their value. Inertia is powerful; it is so much easier to stick with the card you already have than it is...

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Disney Ticket Price Increases: What’s Changing & How to Lock in at a Lower Price

BREAKING: Disney announced today that Walt Disney World and Disneyland ticket prices will be increasing tomorrow, Sunday February 28, 2016. The good news? You can still lock in today’s lower prices (even at a discount off of the current rack rate) with this TMOM insider trick — if you act quickly today! Disney typically increases tickets prices every year in the late winter or early spring. Tomorrow (Sunday, February 28, 2016) is D-day for ticket price increases. Disney hasn’t announced all the details yet, but Disney made the fact of the increases official in a statement on the Disney Parks Blog...

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Is Air Travel Finally Becoming Civilized Again? Snacks & Other Airline Perks Making a Comeback

Two U.S. airlines have just begun to offer complimentary snacks on board domestic flights – even in economy. Is this change signaling a return to the air travel perks of days gone by or is it too early to claim victory in the friendly skies? Learn what our Frequent Flyer TMOM has to say on the subject. After years and years of cost-cutting and amenity cutbacks, a few U.S. airlines are reversing course. This week, United began offering complimentary snacks on board its domestic flights in the economy cabin of the plane. Not to be outdone, American Airlines announced yesterday...

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10 Things to Do in San Francisco with Kids

San Francisco is one of the world’s top tourist destinations and a city that travelers with kids visit often. Get a local’s perspective on the city hosting Super Bowl 50 and learn what are can’t-miss attractions for travelers with kids of any age. San Francisco, California, is playing host to the 2016 Super Bowl. While the game is officially taking place in Santa Clara, a suburb of San Jose to the south, the entire Bay Area is expected to be filled to capacity for the 50th anniversary of the big game. If you are planning to come to the...

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What Every Parent Needs to Know Before Skiing with Young Kids

Considering skiing with a toddler or preschooler? Many kids may be ready to hit the slopes at a young age, but planning and executing a ski vacation with little ones can sometimes be quite the challenge for parents. Here’s what you need to know before taking your younger children for a ski vacation. My fearless redheaded daughter was on the slopes for the first time at 23 months old. She could barely speak in sentences but she adored sliding down the hill on her little matchstick skis. She’s now approaching her seventh birthday, and my family has skied in...

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