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.


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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Airport Style Security at Disney: Metal Detectors Arrive at Disney and Other Theme Parks

Breaking news: Increased security has been put in place at a number of theme parks, including Disneyland and Walt Disney World as of December 17, 2015. Find out what you need to know for your upcoming vacations. Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld are ramping up security at their theme parks. Metal detectors are now being used at Walt Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld in Orlando as well as at Disneyland and Universal Hollywood in California. Weapons, as always, are prohibited at all theme parks. Disney now also will ban toy guns and will stop selling them in Disney stores. Costumes...

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21 Brilliant Ideas for Saving Money at Disney

Is it really possible to do Disney on a budget? With a little research and some preparation, there are lots of ways to save serious cash on your next Walt Disney World or Disneyland trip. Let TravelingMom show you how! Disney vacations can be expensive for families. Airfare, park tickets, dining, hotels, souvenirs, and everything else can really add up. You don’t have to wreck your family’s budget simply because you want to take your kids to meet Mickey. I travel to Disney parks several times a year and use all sorts of tricks to save money along the...

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Comparing San Francisco Airports: Three Ways to the Bay

Planning a trip to the city by the bay? Did you know that you can potentially save a lot of money on your air travels by utilizing one of the alternate San Francisco airports? A Bay Area local details the transportation options and pros and cons of traveling to and from SFO, OAK, or SJC when headed to the San Francisco area. San Francisco is one of the top U.S. travel destinations and is an especially good fit for family travelers. The city itself can be expensive, so it is especially important to get a good deal on airfare to...

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10 Reasons Disneyland is Better than Disney World

It’s one of the most controversial debates in the Disney universe: what Disney theme park is better? Two TravelingMom writers who both happen to be huge Disney fans decided to settle the question once and for all. Leslie Harvey offers up her thoughts on why Disneyland in Anaheim, California is the better park. And don’t miss the other side of the debate from Disney World fan Karyn Locke. Like most TravelingMoms, I love all things Disney. But let’s get real: I love some things Disney a little more than other things Disney. We all do. Some restaurants, some attractions,...

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Is Fastpass+ Coming to Disneyland?: Recent Tests Have the Rumor Mill Buzzing

Video out of Disneyland today suggests that some big changes could be coming to Fastpass at Disneyland. Testing appears to be underway on some potentially new Fastpass technology in Anaheim. What could this mean for your next Disneyland vacation? Over the summer, several Disney news sites reported that Disney would soon begin testing Fastpass+ at Disneyland. On October 19, 2015, Disneyland visitors saw the very first potential evidence that Fastpass changes might be coming Anaheim. The regular Fastpass queue for Space Mountain at Disneyland was outfitted with two bar code readers, as captured in this YouTube video from Disney fan...

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