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.


Hotel Review: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa at Disneyland

Tucked between Disneyland’s California Adventure park and Downtown Disney in Anaheim is Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. The Grand Californian has the distinction of being the only luxury hotel near Disneyland, but it is a luxury hotel built with families in mind. For the most part, Disney’s Grand Californian delivers a premium hotel experience in a Disneyland location that can’t be topped.  Service is impeccable with that famous friendliness that only Disney can deliver.  Disney recently hosted my family at the Grand Californian during the holiday season, which made the experience even more magical. With its luxury reputation...

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Transit in San Francisco: Getting Around the City by the Bay

The city of San Francisco is one of the most transit-friendly in the United States, if you know how to use the variety of services available to navigate the infamous hills. Get a local’s perspective on the best transportation choices in the City by the Bay, covering everything from cable cars to ferries to ride-sharing services. Planes, trains, and automobiles? That’s only a start in San Francisco, where transportation and transit choices for visitors to the city include cable cars, ferries, classic street cars, buses, bike sharing, and even the occasional Segway. These ways to get around San Francisco are as...

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What Are the Benefits of Staying On Property at Disneyland?

Headed to Anaheim, California to visit Mickey and wondering: What are the benefits of staying on property at Disneyland?  If you are a Walt Disney World fan accustomed to the multitude of Disney-owned hotel properties in Orlando, the experience of choosing a hotel at Disneyland will be very different. One of the major decisions you need to make in planning a family Disneyland trip is whether to choose a Disney-owned property or whether to select one of the “Good Neighbor” hotels run by someone else.  There are only three Disney-owned hotels at Disneyland: Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa, Disneyland...

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Holiday Attractions at Disneyland Bring Christmas Wonder and Cheer

Disney knows how to have a celebration, so it’s no surprise that the holidays at Disneyland Resort are a truly special event.  The giant tree in the square on Main Street USA and the castle covered in twinkling lights always set the Christmas mood. But for those who come to Disneyland for the rides, the holiday attractions at Disneyland make the theme park shine during the holidays. There are currently three holiday attractions within Disneyland park with special holiday overlays to celebrate the season. I recently had a chance to sample all three (along with the many impressive holiday...

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Holidays at Disneyland: Three Special Rides Bring Christmas Wonder & Cheer

Disney knows how to have a celebration, so it’s no surprise that the holidays at Disneyland Resort are a truly special event. The giant tree in the square on Main Street USA and the castle covered in twinkling lights always set the Christmas mood. For those who come to Disneyland for the rides and attractions, Disneyland truly shines during the holidays. There are currently three holiday attractions within Disneyland park with special holiday overlays to celebrate the season. I recently had a chance to sample all three (along with the many impressive holiday lights, parades, and shows) on a long weekend...

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Frequent Flyer Miles 101: Basics Every Traveling Parent Should Know

Many traveling families are probably familiar with frequent flyer miles and other travel loyalty points programs.  Most businesses in the travel industry (hotels, airlines, rental car companies, etc.) have programs in which customers earn miles or points for taking a flight, staying in a hotel, or renting a car.  Once you earn enough points, you can later redeem them for free travel – flights, hotel stays, car rentals, and more. Easy, right?  Well, not quite. Redeeming frequent flyer miles is harder than ever.  Many airlines have blackout dates and limited numbers of seats available.  Hotels often have inventory controls...

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6 Tips for Flying With Toddlers

Toddlers are not exactly ideal in-flight companions.  With short attention spans and propensities for temper tantrums, flying with toddlers can be a challenge.  Many first-time traveling parents are surprised to find that their one or two-year-old can be much more difficult on a plane than a sleepy infant. Don’t stop traveling, however, just because your child has not yet successfully navigated the terrible twos.  There are things every parent can do to improve the toddler air travel experience. Here are 6 tips to make flying with toddlers more manageable. 1) Bring a Variety of Distractions Toddler attention spans are extremely short.  While...

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6 Tips For Handling Naps & Sleep Schedules While Traveling With Baby

Planning to travel with a baby? You’ve worked so hard to establish good sleep habits and a naptime schedule back home, and many parents fear that traveling with their little one will undo all that hard work. Learn how to best manage naps and sleep schedules while on the road and in the air. One of the biggest challenges of traveling with babies and toddlers is sleep. The little ones need lots of it. But naps and early bedtimes can really eat into the time you’d prefer to spend exploring your destination. Once your baby transitions to one nap...

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5 Kid-Friendly Airline Features to Look For When Flying With Kids

Let’s face it: air travel isn’t exactly glamorous any more. And when you become a parent boarding a plane with kids in tow, whatever glamour that was left is definitely gone! Air travel with young kids is no joke, but the good news is that there are some airlines that are better than others for family travel. Find out how to spot those diamonds in the rough and pick the airline that makes travel with kids less stressful. When you are traveling with kids, not all airlines are created equal. Regardless of the airline you fly, today’s travel experience is not...

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