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I’m giving away 100,000 Starwood Hotels Starpoints to one lucky winner, just for helping me plan my Disneyland vacation! Keep reading to find out how to enter.

To give you an idea of how much these 100,000 Starpoints are worth, consider that you could stay at a category 3 hotel, like a Sheraton, for 14 days for free! Or, if you don’t want to stay for 14 days, you could take advantage of the Nights & Flights option and use the Starpoints to get free hotel and free airline tickets.

I hear a lot about people who use rewards points (frequent flyer miles, hotel rewards points, etc.) to take free or almost free vacations and I’m about to do just that.  In January – the coldest month here in Alaska – I’ll be taking my family to sunny California to Disneyland for almost free!  How would you like to win up to 2 weeks worth of free hotel stay or free airline tickets, courtesy of Starwood Preferred Guest and American Express?

Give me your best vacation tip in the comments below (or just leave any comment) to be entered to win 100,000 Starpoints (which are good at hotels worldwide and for free airline tickets on most airlines).

Why are we Giving Away Free Hotel & Airline Tickets?

We’re able to give away the 100,000 Starpoints thanks to a promotion American Express has going right now.  Good from now until August 22, 2011, people who apply for a new American Express Starwood Preferred Guest card will also get up to 30,000 free Starpoints (10,000 at their first purchase and 20,000 more by spending $4,500 in 3 months).  Did I mention that there’s no annual fee for the first year?

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If you want to take advantage of this awesome offer from American Express and sign up for the American Express SPG card, go get the details now – the offer only lasts until August 22, 2011.

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Help Me Plan My Disneyland Trip with Your Best Tip!

Starwood Preferred Hotels is giving me 100,000 free Starpoints too to plan my vacation.  Of all the destinations, Disneyland was on the top of our list for a family vacation.  We’ll use the Nights & Flights option to get 2 free plane tickets and 5 hotel nights, then use the rest of the points for 5 more free hotel nights.  That’s 10 free days at the Sheraton Anaheim, right next to Disneyland with a free shuttle to and from the park.

Ah, the sweet sound of the word free!  Keep in mind we’ll be traveling with 4 small kids, which is no easy task.  I could really use your best vacation tips – both for Disneyland and just for flying with young ones – to help me plan my trip.  Give me your best tip below and you could win 100,000 free Starwood points!

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To Enter: Leave a comment on this post telling your best Disneyland or vacation tip (or just leave any comment) between today and August 21, 2011 at 11:59pm PST. Random drawing to be held and winner to be announced on August 21, 2011, 11:59pm AST.

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948 Comments

  1. Mary
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 17:13:21

    take at least a full day off from the park during the middle of your stay to hang around your hotel and swim and REST. You will enjoy the trip SO much more and not feel like you need a vacation after vacation!

  2. Pat Hoffmeister
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 07:39:47

    Take some time to relax in your hotel DAILY. This will keep you rejuvenated throughout your trip.

  3. Cassie
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 08:12:50

    Pick up a guide book from the library – they’ll tell you which areas of the park have the heaviest traffic at certain times of the day. This can help you avoid lines and crowds (which can test the patience of kids & grownups alike :)

  4. Mikael
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 12:07:36

    As a Southern California native, and Disneyland Annual Passholder I have learned much over many years of visiting the parks. First off all, coming in January will be great not only to enjoy the temperate Anaheim weather, but also because January is one of the slowest months in terms of traffic at the parks. The single greatest tip I have come across for making the best out of a Disneyland experience is a little known piece of software called RideMax. There is nothing better that I have found to plan your days inside the parks. RideMax calculates historical wait times for specific days of the week and times of the year along with recommendations on when to get a FASTPASS, eat, see the shows, etc. Some family from out of town actually turned me on to this on their visit to Disneyland recently, and although I thought I knew the parks pretty well, I was surprised just how much more efficient visits could be. This will save you hours in planning alone, you will not feel as fatigued, and the kids won’t have to stand around as long and will get to see more of what they want to see. The website is http://www.ridemax.com, it’s well worth it. Have a great trip!

  5. Lisa
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 13:31:28

  6. JulieB
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 13:33:24

  7. Sarah P
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 13:36:18

    I never go anywhere, especially trips, without stickers and Ziploc bags. Stickers because they keep my little ones happy & Ziploc bags because you never know when you’ll need one. They’re great for snacks, keeping things dry, wet clothes, garbage… etc.

  8. Lud
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 14:21:01

    Make a little emergency kit in advance-Keep wet wipes handy, bandages, tylenol, napkins, batteries, pen and paper, and something for tummy aches.

  9. Lud
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 14:26:02

  10. Lud
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 14:27:05

    subscribed to your email

  11. Lisa
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 13:29:47

    In advance of your trip, ship a box to your hotel filled with easy to carry snack items. Call the hotel to see how far in advance they will hold this for you, but it should be up to a week. I typically send snacks like granola bars, fruit snacks, nuts – things that won’t melt! I also send oatmeal packets to save some $$ on breakfast! Finally, I suggest ordering a case or two of bottled water from Costco online to be shipped to your hotel. This will save a tremendous amount of time & money.

  12. JulieB
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 13:36:36

    follow people like @disneylandlive, @touringplans, & @DLtoday. Touring plans has an app (lines is the name) that lists current wait times-updated by other people in the park in real time. The app is expensive, but you can view a few selected wait times for free throughout the day without buying the app. It’s helpful when trying to make a plan!

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  14. Lud
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    Aug 16, 2011 @ 15:55:07

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  17. Kristen
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 20:48:48

    Our family loves-loves-loves all things Disney! My best tip for you is this…buy Disney merchandise AHEAD OF TIME. Souvenirs at the parks are super expensive, and way too tempting–especially for little ones. Shop Disney’s on-line or outlet stores before you leave home, you can get so many great things at an incredible discount! Wrap something up for each of the kids (and yourself!) to find each morning before you head to the park. (If they are young enough it’s fun to tell them that Mickey left it for them *yay*) It’s a great incentive for everyone to get up and moving and makes your souvenir budget strrrrretch out so you can splurge on those few special things. I hope you have a truly MAGICAL trip, filled with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime :)

    Thanks for sponsoring this amazing giveaway! I would love to surprise my family with a win…I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. :)

    With pixie dust,

    Kristen

  18. Kristen
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 20:58:53

    I am following your blog via GFC…looking forward to reading your posts! Thanks so much for offering this Starpoints giveaway :)

    Kristen (melbytoast)
    kpcarrot@hotmail.com

  19. Kristen
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 21:02:35

    I am following you via email…looking forward to reading your future posts! Hoping to win this Starpoints giveaway :)

    With pixie dust,
    Kristen

  20. Shirliza
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 22:59:54

    Print out a packing list and bring it with you. This way you can double-check that you’ve got everything for your return trip. You can find one for families here: http://travelwithkids.about.com/od/packinglists/a/packing_list.htm
    In the health section, I’d also recommend a thermometer to check temps just in case anyone starts feeling sick.
    Otherwise you can buy a pad of lists from the container store http://redirect.tinyurl.com/api/click?key=a7e37b5f6ff1de9cb410158b1013e54a&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.containerstore.com%2Fshop%2Ftravel%2FtravelEssentials%3Futm_medium%3Daffiliate%26utm_term%3Dk186085%26productId%3D10024745%26utm_source%3Dgoogle%26N%3D257&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.homeeverafter.com&cuid=1b8802ad4X51cd0a30Xadc9c475&format=txt).

  21. jennifer horn
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 05:39:00

    Take snacks and water so you don’t have to buy those at the park. Will save a lot of money doing this!

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    Aug 17, 2011 @ 05:40:12

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  24. Gina Hamm
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 06:12:18

    My best vacation tip is be FLEXIBLE with plans!! It’s great to have a plan, but be willing to adjust based on weather, moods, crowds, etc. For our family nothing is worse than forcing ourselves through a bad time just because that was what we “planned”. It’s a vacation after all, toss the plans and go with the fun!

  25. Gina Hamm
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 06:13:41

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  26. Lud
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 07:30:17

  27. Lud
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 07:31:45

    put together a small bag for entertainment, a few new mini games, crayons, coloring books and toys for entertainment

  28. Lud
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 07:33:13

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  29. Lauren
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 08:58:11

    I love to use Tripadvisor to get honest reviews about activities and hotels I’m considering. I don’t want to waste valuable vacation time!

  30. Matthew
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:26:08

    As soon as you get to the park, head over to one of the more popular rides and get a FASTPASS to avoid waiting in line: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/fastpass/

    Then you can go on other rides and just return during your scheduled time.

  31. Matthew
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:30:06

  32. Katherine
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:06:37

    I made sure my kids always had their own “boredom busting ” bag

  33. Katherine
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:07:54

  34. Katherine
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:09:03

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  35. Eli
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:10:16

    Go EARLY to the parks and since you have kids in tow, build breaks into your schedule. I’ve seen plenty of cranky kids at Disney parks in the afternoon; it’s really easy to get over-extended. You’d be surprised what a little break/nap in the middle of the day can do for you.

    And regarding lines, make sure you use Fastpass system as often as you can. They’ll help you spend more time enjoying rides and less time waiting for them. I’d recommend getting one for a popular ride as soon as you enter the park, visit some other attractions, then come back when you Fastpass allows. You can only hold one Fastpass at a time, so plan accordingly.

    Enjoy the trip!

  36. Eli
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:12:46

    Also, just subscribed via e-mail.

  37. Ari
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:13:04

    Don’t check luggage – try to go carry-on only!

  38. Sarah
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:14:32

    If you are interested in seeing the parade at Disney, make sure to scope out a good spot early. The route will fill up pretty quickly!

  39. Cory
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:15:27

    Accept that your trip won’t go as you plan. Depending upon the age of your children also be prepared to have them spooked by the Disney characters.

  40. Kelly Sargent
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:18:58

    Since you are using Starwood points for your trip, make sure you stay at an SPG property close to Disneyland. Back in November 2009 we also went to Disneyland using Starwood points for a few nights. We stayed at the Sheraton Park on S. Harbor. The staff there was very friendly. We got in VERY late from Texas and they were awesome. The bellman that took us to our room gave us so many wonderful tips for the area. Had to be the nicest bellman EVER!

    You can also request a room facing Disney. We got to see the fireworks every night right from our balcony. The hotel had wonderful Disney pictures in the hallways and the beds were great! I was really worried about the walk, but it was easy for my son, who was 5 at the time. Lots of places to walk and eat. I read a bunch of reviews at Tripadvisor and so glad we made a decision to stay here.

  41. David
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:25:51

    Old School Epcot was the best!!!

  42. Alex
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:27:26

    There are several different iPhone/Android apps that give real-time updates on ride wait times. They were incredibly useful to us in planning our trip around the park, and I made sure to contribute to them by updating wait time on the rides we were at as well! Good luck!

  43. Mikael
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 14:36:25

    For the young kids, check out The Baby Center on Main Street (Pacific Wharf @ California Adventure). There are tiny tables to feed toddlers, and comfortable chairs for moms to feed their infants. There are are small size toilets just for the little ones as well. You can also buy diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, etc.

  44. Theo
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:36:33

    added your blog to my RSS reader.

    My tip, buy the water outside the park. I spent a fortune for water inside the park…., wouldn’t do it again.

  45. Mikael
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 14:38:34

    Also, I forgot…the whole Disneyland Guest Services page is full of useful information.

    https://disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/

  46. Crystal
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:46:12

    I worked as a concierge for Disney for 3 years, so my biggest tip is to PLAN AHEAD! I’m always amazed by how many people turn up not knowing even basic things. Make a list of your must-do attractions and look at menus online so you know which restaurants appeal to you!

  47. Shirliza
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 13:50:34

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    Aug 17, 2011 @ 14:59:03

  49. Shirliza
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 14:10:56

    The BEST view of the fireworks is from Main Street in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and most of the Fantasyland rides close down during fireworks and reopen afterwards. Everyone knows this and people start saving spots HOURS before. However, If you watch the fireworks from Fantasyland near Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the Carrousel, the fireworks will appear both in front of you and behind you, so you get to watch in both directions, BUT you’ll be first in line when the Fantasyland rides re-open. The Fantasyland rides outside the roped off area re-open first, so you can ride Dumbo and then be ready when they take down the ropes to the rest of Fantasyland. Otherwise there’s usually a 40 minute or longer wait for these rides. And these are the rides that all little ones can ride.

    Oh, and shop at the Target on Harbor Blvd. for snacks and bottled water when you arrive rather than having snacks, etc. shipped to your hotel. It will save you space and sanity when you arrive (not to mention shipping costs). It’s about 3 blocks down from Disneyland, which is about a half-hour walk or a few minutes’ drive.

  50. Paul
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 14:15:59

    Consider transferring the SPG points into a frequent flyer program for a 25% bonus! Make sure there is award availability for the seats BEFORE you make the transfer though!
    Enjoy your vacation!

  51. Melissa elders
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 14:32:03

    Always pack light — makes airline travel much smoother, and leaves more room for new purchases!

  52. Mikael
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 15:00:46

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  53. Doug
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 15:04:21

    Take a look at http://www.mousesavers.com – a great resource

  54. Doug
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 15:32:21

    Added your rss feed to my google reader account!

  55. Victoria
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 15:53:40

    FastPass, FastPass, FastPass. And spring for a babysitter one night: you guys will need a break from the kids!

  56. Victoria
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 15:56:38

    I just subscribed to your emails. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  57. Victoria
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 16:11:26

    I’m subscribed to receive email updates. Thanks for running the contest, and have a great time at Disney!

  58. Paige
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 16:18:43

    Bring new toys that the kids have never seen on the plane. Or a DVD player with headphone splitters so they can watch a new movie they’ve never seen. Too many parents leave kids to their own devices on airplace/don’t plan properly, and everyone (including the kids) suffers as a result.

    Also, pack your liquids in your checked bags. That will give you one less thing to worry about while going through security.

  59. Jill Barone
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 16:32:16

    The food inside the park is generally not that good by adult standards (and very expensive for what you get). For better dinner options, try dining outside the park. Some of the hotels have pretty good options!

  60. Andrew Jiang
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 16:44:02

    Disney: Lots of fun, but extremely exhausting. Rather than try to pack it all in quickly, spread the fun over a multiple days. The tickets are only slightly more for multi-day, and you’ll find yourself enjoying it much more and dreading the exhaustion significantly less.

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  63. Roxy
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 19:49:23

    Having been to Anaheim, my first tip is to not just focus on disneyland! The Angels play there too and tickets at the box office are not that bad!

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    Aug 17, 2011 @ 20:29:18

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  67. Cory Stinebrink
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 20:30:12

    I assume you can only do this once, but I signed up for emails.

  68. Maggie J
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 20:48:35

    If there are wee ones, make sure they have something to suck on for take offs and landings to keep their ears cleared.

  69. donna zittel
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 20:51:29

    this is awesome. We have 3 small kids and a vacation would be a dream come true right now!

  70. Alan
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:02:37

    Bring your own snacks and a water bottle to refill at fountains. Saves time and money.

  71. Brian
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:04:42

    I would hoard the points and keep it in my account. I would look at it everyday for a year and maybe then I’ll decide to use it.

  72. Candace
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:05:07

    If you are headed to Orlando, FL make sure to keep up with NASA on twitter for unique opportunities to interact with the space program! A great addition to any Disney World visit!

  73. Hans Mast
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:07:10

    Whenever you travel, make sure you’ve maximized the “rebate” value in every step of the process:
    1. Use coupons
    2. Use cashback sites (like BigCrumbs) to get cashback from Expedia, et. al.
    3. Use a mileage earning card to purchase your tickets/hotel, preferably the loyalty card of the airline/hotel chain that you are purchasing from that gives bonus miles/points
    4. Include your frequent flyer number/hotel loyalty number in the reservation
    5. Charge incidentals to the room rather than charging to CC so it increases your points earned

  74. Ben
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:07:46

    Bring your own food!

  75. Hans Mast
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:08:08

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    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:11:28

  77. Chad Moore
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:11:35

    If it’s raining know where to find your fav characters indoors.

  78. laurent
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:12:32

    Take a day off from the Disney Park in Tokyo to enjoy the city itself, and the Japanese culture, especially in this post tsunami period; they need the visitors and business

  79. Hans Mast
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:14:54

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  80. Jon Shih
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:16:02

    I used RideMax also (http://www.ridemax.com/) on my last trip to Disneyland and it helped a TON! I highly recommend it.

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    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:20:59

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  85. Vy
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:25:49

    I would use it to tour Asia, Tokyo and Seoul. Reedem it at a 4 stars hotel points and cash for extended stay!

  86. Jason
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:35:58

    Use miles instead of cash!!! Get hotel status to save money on internet and breakfast, not to mention the room upgrades!

  87. Harry
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:36:10

    Subscribed to your rss feeds — thanks!

  88. Ivan
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:46:47

    You may spend some time @ Downtown Disney as well….

  89. Allen
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:48:22

    Check out the restaurants that feature the characters, you pay a bit extra but you can have them all visit your table.

  90. Bruce B.
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:48:32

    During the afternoon–when the crowds are closing in and the heat is unbearable–go to Tom Sawyer’s Island. Can’t beat it for shade and finding a quiet spot.

  91. Jimmy Y.
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:50:49

    Sign up or use your AAA card for a Park Hopper Pass!

  92. Michael
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:53:19

    For maximum enjoyment, take me and my kids along with you!

  93. Kristen
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:53:48

    Yay! Back to leave another comment (by the way, thanks for your sweet reply!)…
    Another souvenir tip is this…PRESSED PENNIES! There are dozens of pressed penny machines scattered all over the parks. Purchase an inexpensive Penny Passport Book at one of the gift shops–it’s a perfect keepsake holders for the pennies. The hunt for penny machines is almost as much fun as seeing the attractions! As far as souvenirs go, it’s about as cheap as you can get….51 cents each, to be exact. My kids have started specific collections (villians, princesses, etc.). You can request a map of all the penny machines at any counter in the gift shops. We now collect pressed pennies on ALL of our vacations (we are really on a shoe string budget, my husband is a full time student and I’m a work-from-home mom…we usually camp). It’s like a little scrapbook of our family adventures! One more tip–take pennies (1985 or before work the best) and quarters from home. Our kids stack them in a mini M&M’s tube…a perfect portable size. Best of luck and enjoy your MAGICAL vacation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    With pixie dust,
    Kristen :)

  94. giovanna
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 22:25:08

    No matter what you do, the Fast Passes are a must! Plan your day around when you can get and redeem those.

  95. Sayyid C
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 22:27:49

    I don’t have kids so best thing I can tell you is stay hydrated? Have loads of patience? Nonetheless, Enjoy.

  96. Rachel
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 22:32:34

    I’d love to say I’d take a luxurious vacation and blow all of the points at once, but honestly, I’m pretty frugal so I’d more than likely use the points between myself and my family on multiple good value 4-night stays to get the 5th night free. :)

  97. Tony C
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 22:32:47

    I’d redeem it for SPG’s “nights and flights” option for 5 nights at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa. I’ll end up with 50,000 miles at Hawaiian Air; good enough for a round trip First class ticket.

    The balance of 30,000 Starpoints; I’de use another obscure option. To assuage such a guilt laden trip, I’d donate the points using starpoints to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. This option is one offered by SPG as well.

    Cheers!

  98. Tony C
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 22:34:15

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  100. Sam
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 22:47:18

    Get on public transit. Almost anywhere. A cheap way to get around, and really gives you a better feel for a place than any other activity.

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  102. Ladi O
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 22:56:38

    pack fruit cups for the kids as it could be used as mini snacks and fruits also help rejuvinate the body. toys and color pads will also help.

    since you will be at the sheraton for 10days, make sure you get some adult time as well…The hotel has a nice pool for the kids, so get to interact with fellow parents. You can set-up outings with the other families. pack pain killers for yourself and the kids. Also, sunscreen is important for california in the summer.
    lastly, make sure the kids are dehydrated at all times…..take water bottles along and refill with water at the hotel, so you dont have to purchase all the time. Plus, you save the environment.

    I hope I win.

    thanks.

  103. Michael Teper
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 23:04:08

    I would keep it to one park per day. Disney is incredibly well organized, so you won’t have to worry about much once you get in the park, but doing more than one per day will be taxing on everyone!

  104. Jacob
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 23:14:44

    I want a vacation

  105. Con
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 23:50:16

    Bring an empty water bottle to filll up at the airport instead of paying $5 a bottle since it will be double that in Disneyland!

  106. Savio
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 23:54:48

    Where there are kids, you need wet wipes.

  107. Scott L
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 00:28:41

    Do not rent a car! You won’t need it. Eat some local Mexican food if you can. The best.

  108. Bill K.
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 00:59:19

    If you are going to Disneyland, utilize the fast pass system which allows you to pick up passes and skip the general entry line of a ride to a shorter timed entry later for certain more popular attractions.

    Disney will tell you that you can only hold one fast pass at a time, but the fast pass for Roger Rabbit’s cartoon spin (good for the kids) is not tied to the rest of the passes in the disneyland park and so you can also get one the same time as holding other fast passes. And if you have a park hopper you can go from one park to the next and get a fast pass one right after the other without waiting until the next allotted time you can get a pass.

  109. Lorie
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 01:01:23

    Get a book or go to a website that talks about hidden “Mickeys” in the park. It will give you and your family something fun to look for and do as well as you will have a good amount of time at the parks.

  110. Bill K.
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 01:02:58

    Just completed an email subscription.

  111. Mikael
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 02:10:32

  112. Lorie
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 01:12:33

    completed email subscription

  113. Jordon
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 01:26:55

    Resting tip is to start early and then take a midday nap back at the room. Leaves you refreshed for the evening fireworks or shows and takes you away from the hottest part of the day!

  114. Johnny L.
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 01:26:56

    Definitely go to the website http://www.themeparkinsider.com/reviews/disneyland/. This website gives reviews of the rides (including minimum heights and wait times), dining areas, and other facets of the park. All of this is free! Once you finish going through this site, you can then maximize your time by going to the FASTPASS locations that will be the experience your family wants. The site also features reviews of the adjacent park, Disney California Adventure.

  115. Josh
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 02:28:04

    Added your blog to my Google Reader.

  116. DCA Rob
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 01:33:51

    I have recently gotten the SPG AMEX card. My goal is to save enough points for a 5th Night Free Awared in Rome or Florence.

  117. CC
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 01:58:08

    Just like a fire, pick a safety spot you can all eet and wait for one another in case one of the kids gets lost

  118. Mikael
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 02:10:06

    If your hotel room has a freezer, freeze beverages the night before so they will be ice cold in the middle of the day. If your freezer is too small, or you don’t have one, ask the front desk if you can put the bottles in theirs.

  119. Mikael
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 02:11:31

    I am an email subscriber.

  120. MIF1961
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 02:13:38

    6nights at St Regis Rome using 5th night free and one more night.

  121. Josh
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 02:20:17

    Make sure to check flights in to John Wayne Airport (SNA) and Long Beach Airport (LGB), in addition to LAX. They might have better availability and are closer to Disneyland!

  122. Peter
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 02:43:53

    Wait until lunchtime or dinnertime to go on the more popular rides. The lines will be shorter.

  123. Garrett
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:04:34

    Leave the kids with grandma and use the 100K to go to Bora Bora instead. That’s my best advice.

  124. Kevin N
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:25:53

    My friend and I have for years talked about seeing the so-called New Seven Wonders of the World. As luck would have it, 100,000 SPG points would cover our accommodations as follows:

    (1) Rio (Christ the Redeemer) – Two Cash and Points nights at the Sheraton Barra Hotel & Suites for 9600 SPG points and $180.

    (2) Peru (Machu Pichu) – Two nights Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa for 20000 SPG points.

    (3) Mexico (Chichen Itza) – Two nights at the Hacienda Temozon for 24000 SPG points

    (4) Rome (Colliseum) – Three Cash and Points nights at the Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center for 8,400 SPG points and $135

    (5) Agra (Taj Mahal) – Two nights at the ITC Mughal, Agra for 14000 SPG points

    (6) Jordan (Petra) – Three Cash and Points nights at the Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel & Towers for 12000 points and $180

    (7) China (Great Wall) – Three Cash and Point Nights at the West Beijing Financial Street for 12000 SPG points and $180

    Grand Total – 100,000 SPG points on the button!

  125. Joe
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:26:15

    awesome promotion!

  126. FrequentMiler
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:29:17

    Use SPG Cash + Points to maximize the value of your points.

  127. Russ
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:30:01

    any comment

  128. Jacob
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:33:01

    thanks for running the competition!

  129. Jacob
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:33:59

    thanks

  130. jfa
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:43:50

    use google to search blogs that relate other travelers recent experiences. piggyback off their recent trips

  131. jfa
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:47:02

    use trip advisor to share other visitors recent experiences

  132. Scott
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:47:14

    Great contest! Here’s what I’d do…

    For my honeymoon next Labor Day weekend, I’m trying to maximize time away, variety of fun/memorable experiences, and overall value with the points. I’d do two of the Fifth Night Free deals at Category 4 hotels, totaling 80k SPG points for 10 nights. For the remaining 20k points, I’d use it for the wedding night at the St. Regis in Washington DC (where we live) and hope they throw a free upgrade our way… hard to turn down bride in a pretty white dress, right? :)

    I’ve got the flights in F covered thanks to US Airways miles, but for the hotels:
    20k Points: St. Regis Washington DC (wedding night)
    40k Points for 5 nights: The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
    40k Points for 5 nights: Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort

    With a few overnight connections in First Class on Luthsansa, Thai Airways, and ANA I think this makes for an amazing two week honeymoon that I’d never be able to afford without using miles/points!

  133. jim
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:49:18

    wing it

  134. Matt
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:53:48

    Never been to Disneyland, but I practically grew up at Disney World. Best tip there is to get one of the Park Hopper passes. It’s a little more expensive but well worth it to switch parks during the day.

  135. infamousdx
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 05:04:22

    100k Starpoints would be amazing. I would string them out as long as possible using the Cash & Points option! Lots of option in Europe, probably the Mediterranean

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  136. Dave
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 04:08:20

    Pack Light – Just take a carry on bag!

  137. Nick
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 04:24:39

    Take lots of water

  138. K
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 04:26:57

    Make sure your camera is charged

  139. Larry B
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 04:28:35

    When we took our small children, we would go first thing in the morning, then take a couple of hours off midday to relax, hit the pool etc. and then return to the park late aftrernoon or evening to catch the fireworks. Always seemed less crowded later in the day.

  140. jim
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 04:32:23

    use trip advisor to read other travelers recent experiences

  141. Marc-André
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 04:38:52

    My best tip: Stay hydrated during those long days in the sun. Bring reusable bottles of water and wear light clothes!

  142. Chris
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 04:39:17

    I could really use a vacation about now :)

  143. Eric
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 04:41:39

    Points for vacation are great. I appreciate you sharing this great deal and your wealth of Starpoints.

  144. Joe
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 04:43:32

    Following your blog via RSS! Thanks!

  145. James
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 04:44:46

    I would also use it for a nights and flights redemption. I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii and I see Starwood has some amazing looking properties there.

  146. Curtis Tomlin
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 04:56:26

    Tip: Stay at a hotel near public transit to save on cost, and leave the driving to someone else! Portland, OR, Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA, L.A. all have good light rail systems.

  147. Randy
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 04:59:32

    Enjoy the warm weather and your family!

  148. Lud
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 06:01:34

  149. Laura B
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 05:02:14

    Enjoy the family time and take lots of pictures!!

  150. Lud
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 06:02:55

    Try to get deals online beforehand, like refillable cups and group discounts so you don’t have to keep paying extra and waiting on lines to pay.

  151. MSPpete
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 05:11:02

    I would skip Disney and go to Maldives for a week of scuba diving!

  152. Marcy
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 05:29:07

    Maybe then I would actually get to go on vacation for more than a 3-day weekend.

  153. Conway
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 05:38:04

    Subscribed via email!

  154. Conway
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 05:39:35

    When we last went we went in the summer and the best thing we did was bring face towels to wet and drape around our necks. It made standing in line and walking around a lot easier and you can just refresh the towel at a bathroom!

  155. Joey
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 05:41:26

    I’d use the 100K points to find a new place to juggle. Any suggestions on other places?

  156. Elizabeth Soundy
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 05:43:30

    Take a break from the camera yourself and let one of your children take the pictures instead if they are old enough. After years of taking all the photos on our family vacations my children took over the job. It was amazing to see what they found interesting and took photos of and what was memorable to them. Of course I borrowed the camera from time to time to include them in the photos.

  157. Jon S
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 05:44:38

    I’d do nights and flights to head off to vacation in California for a week and stay at Monarch Beach!

  158. Nadine
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 05:45:45

    Sounds like a great trip! You can probably use some points to get a free rental car as well. If I won, I would use the points to stay in Hawaii – either at the Sheraton Maui or the St. Regis Princeville in Kauai – trying to get the 5th night free promotion.

  159. erick
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 05:50:00

    If you are driving an RV to disneyland, whatever you do, don’t run your AC all day. It will absolutely result in a waterfall of condensation from a frozen AC unit right into the middle of your mobile dining room. True story

  160. Andrea
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 05:53:20

    go on vacation with my family!

  161. Nathaniel
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 06:57:20

    there’s a site called that has a lot of great info about the parks and how to maxmize your time there instead of waiting in lines.

  162. Angela
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 06:00:31

    Stay away from the timeshare or vacation home presentations!

  163. Brian Bridges
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 06:06:00

    Buy your Disneyland tickets from your local AAA office, and parking is included for free! That’s $15 per day to spend on other things!

  164. Cory
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 06:13:47

    Pack your own food on the flight. Airplane food is toxic.

  165. worldtraveller2
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 06:18:07

    So here it goes – my “handle” is Worldtraveller2, and I like adventure and to be moving on a trip. It is really hard for me to stay in one place for very long. So my adventure would start like this:
    One way ticket, off peak season from PHX-SCL (Phoenix to Santiago, Chile) on AA in November. (It is actually a great time to be there, right before the hot summer time starts). Redeem 35,000 Starwood points to make 40,000 AA points. (Each way from the USA to South America is 20,000 AA points.) You arrive at 7 AM in the morning, so then you would have the entire day to explore Santiago. Check in at either the W Santiago or San Cristobal Tower, a luxury collection hotel (10,000 Starwood points). Eat lunch at NRG Plus in Bella Vista, while visiting the Bella Artes Museum and then the lapis lazuli factories close by and/or riding the gondola at the Parque Metropolitano to Cerro San Cristobal Hill. Reserve dinner at Zanzibar in BordeRio. Sleep late, then rent a car from Avis (3500 points per $50) and take a drive to Algarrobo, just to see the world largest swimming pool (http://www.gizmag.com/worlds-biggest-and-deepest-swimming-pools/8891/) then make your way to Vina de Mar to stay at the Sheraton Miramar (cat 4) 10,000 Starwood points. Next morning, drive back to SCL to catch a flight to Calama, Chile (CJC) to see one of the most intriguing and interesting places on earth, San Pedro de Atacama. Stay at a great B and B here, because there are no Starwood hotels in San Pedro de Atacama (I stayed at the house of the museum curator and it was fabulous!). From CJC, take a flight to Iguzu Falls, Argentina and stay at the Sheraton (Cat 5) for 16,000 Starwood points per night. From Iguzu Falls, take a flight to Montevideo, Uruguay, staying at the Sheraton (cat 4) for 10,000 points, get some sleep and then take a day trip to Punta del Diablo (only a 2 ½ hour drive along the coast), spend the night at El Diablo Tranquilo Playa Suites(awesome!) Drive back to Montevideo and take the ferry across to Buenos Aires, Argentina, my second favorite city in the world! Stay at the Sheraton Libertador Hotel (cat 3) for two nights @ 7,000 Starwood nights per night. Fly back on a one way AA ticket from EZE to PHX (20,000 AA, but redeemed on 35,000 for both ways).
    Recap:
    • 35,000 Starwood pts= 40,000 AA for flights to and from South America (PHX – SCL, EZE-PHX)
    • 10,000 Starwood pts (W Santiago or San Cristobal Tower in Santiago, Chile)
    • 10,000 Starwood pts (Sheraton Miramar, Vina del Mar, Chile)
    • 16,000 Starwood pts (Iguzu Falls, Argentina)
    • 10,000 Starwood pts (Montevideo, Uraguy)
    • 14,000 Starwood pts (2 nights at the Sheraton Liberador, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Spend the last 5000 Starwood points for AVIS rental car (to decrease the car costs @ less than $100 off)

  166. Lee
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 06:32:13

    I would use the 100K miles to travel on a mini around world run with my wife.
    Use cash and point option to cash on hotel rooms on the way in Asia and Europe.
    Got the email sub. Thanks!

  167. Aleks
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 06:33:44

    These points would come in very handy for my next vacation! Might even convert some to airline miles for int’l First!

  168. HoKo
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 06:36:21

    If you have status with SPG (especially Platinum) I would strongly recommend using SPG points in Asia. Their elite recognition and treatment is head and shoulders above the sort of treatment I normally receive here in the US!

  169. John
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 06:38:55

    I also would like a vacation

  170. Russell Mohr
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:39:31

    I tweeted it to the world!!!

    https://twitter.com/rmohr

  171. Haplo859
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 06:39:33

    I just tweeted: Just entered to win 100,000 Starpoints from Starwood Hotels on HomeEverAfter! Thanks for a great promo. You can find it at https://twitter.com/#!/Haplo859

  172. jen
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 06:51:17

    If you need a break from the parks, head to Celebration, FL for the day. Rent bikes and cruise the nature trails or just hang out in their cute downtown. Lots of restaurants to eat in. A relaxing and fun place with kids or without!

  173. Nathaniel
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:51:56

  174. Mark
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:00:00

    I subscribed to your email updates.

  175. VInce
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:01:35

    With kids, I am always flexible with what I do and where I go on any given day. I start out with a plan, but I always have alternate arrangements in case of rain or if the rides are shut down. That keeps everyone busy and doesn’t waste any of our vacation days.

  176. Chad
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:03:10

    Get the travel guide. There actually really helpful in how they tell you to plan out your day.

  177. James W
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 08:08:02

  178. jennifer horn
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:19:55

    I’m a subscriber.

  179. jennifer horn
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:24:51

  180. Stephanie
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:29:14

    Go to the characters breakfast at the hotel! Kids absolutely LOVE it.

  181. ScottyD
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:32:16

    I just subscribed to your email update feed – planning our own Disney trip in a month – best advice, make a plan – have found the Unofficial Guide to Disney invaluable and their website for TouringPlans/wait times etc.

    –Scott

  182. Ty
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:32:31

    Take grandma…. believe me worth all the miles!

  183. AY
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:34:28

    Get in early, and use Fastpass wisely.

  184. Russell Mohr
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:34:39

    I would put the kids on the Space Mountain line and hit the bar- and repeat!

  185. laura
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:35:16

    i just subscribed to your blog via emali!

  186. Ty
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:35:31

    subscribed to your RSS thanks!

  187. RKS
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:44:20

    FASTPASS!

  188. Jed
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:44:43

    100k starwood points would mean being able to redeem for my upcoming trip to Paris, London, and Amsterdam!

  189. Ty
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:47:48

    http://www.twitter.com/pointpoints shared on twitter thanks

  190. Nathaniel
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:50:38

    subscribed to email

  191. Simon
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:52:29

    If I win the Starpoints I’d like to try the brand new W Taipei on New Year’s Eve!

  192. Goosh
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 08:04:47

    Make sure you allocate at least 2 days to see everything. Just went for the first time in 10 years and there’s just so much more now with the addition of California Adventure. Also, when I was a kid, it was all about running from ride to ride and trying to maximize the number of rides. I think the best thing now is to take a leisurely approach and actually have a sit down lunch, see a show, and just enjoy walking around the parks.

  193. James Wilcox
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 08:06:02

    Considering the number of days you’ll be there, definitely utilize restaurants outside of the park as much as is feasible. It will save your family a bundle of cash throughout those 5-10 days..

  194. James W
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 08:09:14

    Following you via RSS.. Thanks for the great info!

  195. Cory
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 09:10:16

  196. Larry
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 08:11:02

    Wear tennis shoes and do the fast pass. Bring lots of fruit bars and take a break often to sit and people-watch.

    Just subscribed to e-mail

  197. Jon C
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 08:11:54

    Subscribed to your reader.

  198. Spencer Wheelwright
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 08:22:08

    Make sure you have comfortable, broken-in shoes before heading on your trip!

  199. StarGoldUA
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 08:27:27

    I would transfer 80000 points to 100,000 miles to get a Biz ticket to North Asia and then use the remaining *wood points for Cash & Points for a 10 day vacation across the region.

  200. rachelT
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 08:28:44

    Always bring a change of clothes. There are lots of fun ways to get wet at Disney!

  201. IPBrian
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 08:36:15

    My vacation tip would be to plan your vacation, but remain flexible. People get too uptight, so what if you miss something, vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing!

  202. Dan
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 08:38:25

    just go to space mountain over and over.

  203. Andy
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 08:56:54

    Get Fastpass tickets and try to use them in the line right away. Half the time the people don’t check the timestamp on them. If they do, just come back at the correct time.

  204. Lance
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 09:07:49

    Do check out the nights and flights option for redeeming the points: good value to be had there…

  205. Jeff Dean
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 09:11:15

    With 100,000 Starpoints, I could take a six-night, seven-day dream vacation to the Pacific Northwest! I feel in love with region while watching the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, and I’ve longed to visit ever since! (And it just so happens that 100,000 Starpoints is precisely the right amount to make this trip possible!)
    First, I would immediately transfer 25,000 miles to American Airlines in order to pay for a round-trip AAdvantage flight from my home in Montgomery, Alabama, to Seattle, Washington, via the American hub in DFW. This transfer would drop an extra 5,000 Starpoints into my balance, leaving a net balance of 80,000 Starpoints.
    Now I would transfer 5,000 points to Amtrak in order to pay for intercity travel along Amtrak’s Cascadia route. Each day of travel in along the route requires 1,000 points, so I’m free to explore the wonders of Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia for five full days along an extensive train route! Now my balance stands at 75,000 Starpoints.
    Of course, I have to have a place to stay while I’m travelling, so I’ll leave 65,000 Starpoints in my account for nightly rooms. I’ll spend two nights at The Westin Grand in Vancouver (level 4, 10,000 each = 20,000 points), two nights at The Westin Seattle (level 4, 10,000 each = 20,000 points), one night at the Nine in Portland (level 4, 10,000 points), and splurge a little at The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler (level 5, 12,000 points). The remaining 3,000 Starpoints I’ll use in Seattle as part of their “Dine and Unwind” Instant rewards program: I’ll get to “enjoy a 3-course dinner with a glass of select Washington wine in Coldwater,” the hotel restaurant! Now my balance is at 10,000 Starpoints.
    Then I’ll take 5,000 of those points to buy a $50 gift card for Starbucks. That way I’ll have $7.14 every day of my trip to spend on breakfast…and that just happens to be the after-tax price of a medium nonfat latte and a Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon and Egg White English Muffin—a nutritious way to start my days!
    The final 5,000 Starpoints are just enough to transfer for a $50 Avis gift certificate, and $50 is the price the rent an SUV in Vancouver and drive myself to Whistler for my one-night stay there. What a coincidence!
    You see, then, that with only 100,000 Starpoints, the only costs that would remain are lunch and dinner on my trip—and a little cash out of my wallet is much more in line with the money I have available to spend for this dream vacation! I sure hope you’ll help me take my trip!
    Thanks!
    Jeff

  206. Several travel blogs giving away 100,000 Starpoints August 20-24 - FlyerTalk Forums
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 10:19:28

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  207. SC Flier
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 09:33:59

    Hire a babysitter for a night off.

  208. Cory
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 09:34:46

    I added a badge to my blog. Not sure how that works exactly just yet though :) This is a fun contest.

  209. SC Flier
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 09:39:02

    I subscribed to your emails!

  210. Cory
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 09:39:45

    Suppose I should link the site I put up a badge on

    http://re-declareyourindependence.blogspot.com/

  211. slarsondc
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 09:41:45

    Don’t over do it and have fun.

  212. Jerad Kaliher
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 10:45:10

    I love Disney and have been an annual pass member for several years. My most memorable trip was in Disney World when I was 13. I’ll never forget it.

  213. Victoria
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 09:50:55

    Daily entry to say I’m subscribed to your emails!

  214. Victoria
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 09:52:34

    Tip of the day: try to spend some time one-on-one with each member of the family!

  215. AR
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 10:36:40

    Check the weather forecast before you go. Simple, but often overlooked.

  216. Cheeseburger
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 10:42:25

    My suggestion is to go someplace you’ve never heard of.

  217. Mark
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 10:44:00

    Go on all the rides at Epcot….lots of fun! And try one of the resorts for dining. They are all themed and have so good international food. I hope I win the Starpoints! Thanks.

  218. gee whiz
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:44:42

    I’d take my wife to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in style In Bora Bora

  219. Wesley
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 10:47:29

    Just leaving a comment to enter.

  220. Wesley
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 10:51:05

    Getting a 2nd entry for following your RSS feed.

  221. SC Flier
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:02:10

  222. Lynn
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:02:22

    Slow down, keek the “Hurry up,we have to go now” to a minimum.

  223. Mike
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:05:39

    Remember to enjoy some adult beverages, preferably poolside.

  224. Isaac
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:08:41

    My strategy for any Disney trip has always been to get to the parks early and take a break in the middle of the day back at the hotel.

  225. lindsey
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:11:33

    get a big hug from mickey mouse and feel like a kid again!

  226. Doug
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:13:13

    day 2 comment! :)

  227. Andy S.
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:18:01

    I work a lot, so it’s hard to get 2-3 weeks off at a time. So when I travel, I dream of luxury across the board, including the flight. So, if you were to leave the kids at home and take a short, but excellent vacation in luxury, you may want to do what I would do:

    1) Convert 40,000 Starpoints to 50,000 AA miles.

    2) Redeem remaining 60,000 Starpoints for Nights and Flights for 5 nights in a Category 3 hotel and 50,000 AA miles. (Total 100,000 AA miles.)

    3) I would use the 100,000 AA miles to book a round trip ticket to Tokyo, Japan on Cathay Pacific airlines (with a stopover in Hong Kong) in their world-renowned, transpacific business class cabin (if you had 20,000 more Starpoints, redeeming them for an additional 25k AA miles would be well worth it for the upgrade to First Class in Cathay — tickets that normally retail for about $18,000+!!!).

    4) I would stay at the Sheraton Miyako Hotel (Category 3) for five nights as part of the Nights and Flights redemption. During my stay, I’d take day trips to see Japan! Yokohama; Kobe beef in…Kobe!; Tokyo; etc.

  228. Tom
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:19:07

    I would spend three nights at the Gritti Palace in Venice (30k x 3), and spend the remaining 10k at the hotel on food and drinks!

  229. Conway
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:23:51

  230. Ike
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:34:20

    Don’t worry too much about ‘perfect,’ just relax and enjoy.

  231. Becca
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:35:47

    You can use your fastpass anytime after the beginning of the window. The end of the window does not matter.

  232. mark
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:36:29

    5th night free, nights & flights are the best-kept secrets for Starwood redemption.

  233. Mark
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:41:11

    A few fabulous nights at the Westin Excelsior Rome!

  234. Josh G
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:41:24

    Using the Nights & Flights II option I’d redeem 70,000 Starpoints and receive 50,000 airline miles and five free nights at a Category 4 hotel. The Hotel would be The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria. I’d go with my wife and we would fly American Airlines. Since we would use MileSAAver, the flight would be 50,000 miles for a round trip. For the Hotel and Flight we would use a total of 70,000 Starpoints. With the remaining 30,000 Starpoints I would get $300 worth of iTunes Gift cards. I would then buy an ITouch for my wife since I accidentally dropped hers in the toilet (which is currently water damaged).
    __________________________________________________________________________________

    Nights & Flights II = 70,000 Starpoints
    $300 iTunes Gift Cards = 30,000 Starpoints

  235. john gamane
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:55:52

    6 of y’all on a plane.
    When you choose ur seats, select the back of the plane.
    Put the 2 oldest in window / aisle seats behind Dad.
    You and Dad sit on opposite aisles – assumes 3 across seating both sides of plane – again using window / aisle seat.
    If someone comes for the empty seat you just slide over – worst case.
    With some luck, you will think you’re in 1st class.
    Enjoy your trip.
    john & susan

    ps – during the trip, if something strikes you as attractive but too expensive – SPEND THE MONEY – avoid any and all possible regrets.

  236. Kevin
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:56:00

    Use the nights and flights option! Get the most out of the points!

  237. Megan G
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:03:13

    Give my regards to Mickey and Minnie!

  238. Conway
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:14:10

    My wife and I just recently got married here in Chicago and she has never traveled outside North America. We are both foodies and would love to do an Asian tour and eat all the delicacies the Far East has to offer! Stop one would be Japan and I would try to book The Westin Tokyo for 4 nights Cash and Points (32000 points.) In the early morning we’ll head to the Tsukiji Fish Market and indulge in a bowlful of chutoro. At night we would scour the streets for the best Tonkatsu ramen and Takoyaki! Stop two would be Taipei where would hit up the night markets and chow on yummy street food like the infamous stinky tofu and cool down with bao bing. We would use SPG points to stay at the Sheraton Taipei with the 5th night free (40000 points). Then finally on to Malaysia where we would hit up its beautiful beaches and rainforests. We would probably make a stop at the Petronas Towers and rest our feet Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur with the 5th night free promo (28000 points). Dishes like Malaysian curry chicken, roti canai, and Laksa are my favorites and the best place to do that is Jalan Alor. Now that would be a great way to spend 100,000 Starwood points!

  239. arye
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:14:30

    lol at all the random tips. enjoy yourself, disney is for whole family fun, not just the kids!!

  240. Romina
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:28:35

    I’ll book tickets to Australia to escape winter!

  241. romina
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:30:40

    I just subscribe to your list, so here it’s my second entry of the day ;)

  242. mat
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:31:58

    I’ll use them to visit Hawaii for the first time!

  243. Martin
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:33:07

    In for the win.

  244. Ricky
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:44:19

    Maximize the cities you see on your trip by using free stopovers.

  245. Jason
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:47:01

    Make a reservation for lunch/dinner at one of nicer restaurants in the park early in the morning. By meal time, they’ll be booked!

  246. LS
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:55:45

    Convert to Asia Miles (turn 100,000 SPG to 125,000 Asia Miles) and get a business class round trip CX tickets (need 125,000 Asia Miles) to visit parents!!!

  247. Jeffrey L
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:04:46

    Tour our wonderful National Parks by car and use the points for hotel stays along the way

  248. Glenda Zoo
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:06:11

    Take my Hubby to Hawaii for our 25th anniversary.

  249. Curtis Borchardt
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:06:20

    Go straight to the back of the park first, and work forward!

  250. Jennifer Church
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:09:16

    You could stay at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vistana and really be able to relax and compare Disney World to Disneyland.

  251. Andrew H
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:23:18

    Plan out which rides/things you want to see in advance!

  252. aitchly
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:25:23

    use undercover tourist and go back to the hotel every single day during the heat of the day, you will still see it all and not be tired

  253. Lantean
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:34:25

    Turno off your cell phone while on vacation – it can’t get any better!
    ;-)

  254. Cathy
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:35:17

    Bring your own water bottles and buy gallon jugs to refill your bottles each day before going to the park – you will save SO much money!

  255. steve
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:38:29

    Always do the parks in a clockwise direction (left to right) as the majority of people do the typical start on the right thing.

  256. Cathy
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:38:49

    I subscribed via Google reader.

  257. beth
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:39:13

    have a great time in disney!

  258. shanie
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:39:36

    can i come too? :)

  259. Mike McKelvey
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:46:44

    I would take my wife on a 10-day vacation to Kauai for our 10,000-day anniversary and stay in the same hotel we stayed in during our honeymoon 27 years ago, the Sheraton Kauaii. I always try to use the cash and points option, so I would have enough to get a 7-day honeymoon room for my son and his new wife at the Sheraton Maui next year. I’d use the rest to stay at the Sheraton Virginia Beach a couple weekends during the summer!

  260. Shana
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:47:01

    The best place to watch the fireworks is in front of the castle

  261. Linda McKelvey
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:48:16

    I would go to Hawaii and stay long enough to see the Big Island and Maui in addition to my favorite, Kauaii!

  262. Shana
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:49:39

    The best place to watch the fireworks is in front of the castle.

  263. Jan Pitera
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:52:48

    Get to the park when it first opens. That way during the peak afternoon times you can go back to your hotel and have some down time. Don’t overschedule, this just leads to cranky kids and parents.

  264. Ghenghy
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 13:56:03

    Stay at a Disney owned property and you can get “Extra Magic Hours” where you can get into the park an hour ahead of everyone else. This lets you ride more rides in that one hour than would take 3 or more hours later in the day.

  265. mickisue
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 14:19:20

    Before you leave, tell your kids that they each get to plan one activity for the whole family. If you need to put a $$ limit on it, no problem. Then, let them have at the brochures, the websites, whatever.

    If any of them are not yet reading, they’ll definitely recognize the word “disneyland” by the time that they’re done.

    My kids are all grown up, now. But when we took vacations, the idea that they were in charge of some part of it helped them deal better with the bulk of it that they were NOT in charge of. Four, here, too, BTW: the oldest was 7 when the youngest was born.

  266. Rocky
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 14:21:13

    1) 40,000 points: 5-night free award at Le Westin Montreal, the city’s newest hotel in a great location.

    2) 36,000 points for 3 nights at Le Meridien Barcelona. I’ve seen awards available when the cheapest room is 450 euros!

    3) 24,000 points plus $450 cash for 3 nights at the Hotel Eden Rome. This is also an expensive stay at Rome’s most romantic hotel right near Spagna.

    For the dates I checked, I estimated this at around a $4000 value. Thanks for the great offer!

  267. Eric Pease
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 14:28:59

    My dream vacation would be to fly myself and my girlfriend (of the last 2 years) to Paris and get married. I’m 50, never been married and she’s the woman I’ve been waiting for all my life.

  268. scott t
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 14:46:05

    You must know that you cannot see everything in a few days. The only way to keep your sanity is to plan midday breaks to head back to the hotel pool or for naptime and then take several hours off from the park and the crowds. Get some rest and head back late in the day when other families are leaving the park. You’ll feel far better and have a much better vacation!

  269. Shirliza
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 14:51:51

    Buy small, Disney-themed notebooks and sharpies (great back to school deals right now) for each of your children before getting to the park to use as autograph books. It will save you money in the park and your kids will have a great memento from the vacation in years to come. We did this with my niece on her first trip to Disneyland and now that she’s 16, she still treasures it.

    I’m assuming you plan to take a camera with you to the park, too. When the park photography employees stop you to take your picture along Main Street and in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle (and other spots in California Adventure while you’re in that park), kindly ask if s/he would take your family’s picture with your camera, too. I’ve never had one turn us down and that way you’re guaranteed a complete family photo, in a great location, by someone who is paid to take pictures!

    Also, consider going through the park in a clockwise pattern because you find shorter lines in the beginning of the day simply because our culture is so accustomed to beginning on the right. I know this sounds silly, but it has worked for us if we get there when the park opens through about midday when the whole park is full no matter where you go.

  270. DCA Rob
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 15:30:31

    Gotta love SPG!

  271. Rob
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 15:35:42

    Leave the park in the middle of the day and have your kids take a long nap (and maybe nap yourself). The park is least crowded early in the day and in the evening (evening particularly makes a huge difference for the kid-oriented stuff, because families are worn out and have left by then). If you rest mid-day, you can be there at the best times.

  272. Brandon
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 15:41:25

    Best Disneyland tip is to go Geocaching in disneyland. There are plenty of rides to ride, but this is something different that most people don’t do. go online and see if you can find some geocaching locations in the park and then start hunting wiht your gps.

  273. Robert Samstein
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 15:45:12

    Always pack as light as possible to avoid checking your bag

  274. Robert Samstein
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 15:46:03

    I subscribed to the RSS feed

  275. Forrest
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 15:46:14

    Get there early, start at the farthest popular ride and work your way back toward the exit. Have fun!

  276. Alastair
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 15:54:48

    Head for the back of the park when it first opens and work your way towards the front. Most people will start at the front and work around so you should find smaller lines.

  277. Miriam Samstein
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 15:57:30

    I would love to take a vacation with my husband and little baby!

  278. Robert Samstein
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 16:01:33

  279. Kelli
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 16:11:49

    Subscribed to feeds! Thanks!!

  280. John
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 16:16:27

    Vacation tip – use the Starwood Nights and Flights Option – You can get two free flights AND five free nights! And don’t forget sunscreen!

  281. jeff behrens
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 16:45:44

    A week in Bhutan!

  282. Frank
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 16:49:35

    I’d fly to Thailand to experience the best beaches, culture, and food around! Sounds like a dream vacation to me!

  283. Alvin Shimoju
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 17:11:24

    Currently at the 1.2mill lifetime miles mark, I would love to add 90,000miles AA miles before the Million Miler Program rule changes to “miles flown” like the other airlines. IF I am the lucky one to win this 100k SPG points, I would probably plan out a trip throughout Eastern Asia. Here is what I came up with:

    1. Transfer 75,000 to AAdvantage and receive 90,000 after the 5000 x 3 points bonus. Not only the 90,000 will count towards my lifetime miles but this will allow me to use the One World Award.

    2. Use 90,000 to book the One World Distance Zone 5 award which allows me to fly 14,000 miles in coach.

    3. I was able to come up with an itinerary starting in Honolulu and ending in Nagoya. I chose to end the ticket in Japan since it will be a great opportunity to visit my family and I would probably stay there for long period of time after the trip. Booking a last-minute ticket out of Japan to US is quite cheap.

    HNL – HND JL 3,831 miles
    HND – GMP JL 758 miles
    ICN – TPE CX 914 miles
    TPE – HKG CX 511 miles
    HKG – BKK CX 1,049 miles
    BKK – SIN CX 899 miles
    SIN – CMB CX 1,709 miles
    CMB – HKG CX 2,534 miles
    HKG – PVG CX 773 miles
    PVG – NGO JL 919 miles

    GRAND TOTAL 13,897 miles (remainder 103miles) :D
    *Miles calculated using OneWorld trip planner

    4. Use the remaining 25,000 SPG points to book hotels in Thailand or Taiwan for 6-8nights (Category 2 redemption). I would probably try to use it at Le Meridien in Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai and maybe the Aloft in Bangkok.

    I would probably spend a good 4-6months for this trip so flexibility will be the key. Also, I read on FlyerTalk that the ticket is good for 1yr and changing dates after departure is FREE so as long as I can book every segment before I hop on the first HNL-HND flight, I can change the date as I go.

    I’m used to budget travels being a regular backpacker so 6-8nights randomly at a Starwood property will be my guilty pleasure when I can’t stand the hostel bunk beds! :p

    10 Flights
    7 Countries
    Avg. 9000 AA mileage redemption/flight

    NOT BAD EH!?

  284. Danielle
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 17:29:19

    Try a pickle in Adventureland at Disneyland.

  285. Jessica
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 17:32:53

    I’d want to go to Madrid and Barcelona!

  286. Edward
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 17:41:41

    Rent a stroller on main street, take your card with you on the train and get a new stroller when you get off for your kids…

  287. Linda
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:42:24

    Bring moleskin for those blisters when they show up from all that walking. Nothing ruins a day like blisters and sore feet.

  288. james
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 17:47:51

    I like this blog.

  289. Michael
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 17:53:12

    Pack essential in carry-ons, just in case the airlines misplace your luggage. Many a vacation jas been ruined because medicines/clothes/cameras were lost on the airline. Packing your carry-ons well can save you much aggravation and save your vacation!

  290. Greg
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 17:59:02

    Antarctica! I’d convert the points to AA miles and fly down to Buenos Aires and then use points to stay at the Park Tower in BA. I guess I’d have to pay for the cruise down to Antarctica myself but the airfare and lodging would be taken care of by Starwood. Would be awesome!

  291. Mark
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:02:53

    You will run out of things to do with 10 days at Disneyland. Maybe you should head down to Legoland to break up the trip a bit.

  292. Savio
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:04:25

    At checkin, always ask how much it would cost for an upgrade. You might be pleasantly surprised.

  293. JC Cangilla
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:07:50

    Hey, great contest! I think I would use 100K Starpoints to visit Macau–heard it’s an amazing destination and just a great time. 80K Starpoints would get a ticket from LAX to MFM via AirChina. I would use the remaining 20K to bid on the various tickets to the 2011 Macau Open (via , including playing with the pros in the Pro-Am! Fingers crossed…

  294. Henry
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:08:24

    I subscribed to your email list

  295. Henry
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:10:35

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  296. Kelly K.
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:13:05

    The earlier you book the better the price. Also, try to book the hotel and flight at the same time.

  297. Chris
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:18:03

    Take a few, smaller vacations instead of one long, extended vacation each year. You’ll enjoy the time, instead of just spending it in a hotel room. And don’t leave home without your Starwood American Express!

  298. mike park
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:21:01

    I would use some of the points to transfer to delta for two award tickets to LAX and the rest for cash and points to take the fam to disney and visit family

  299. Scott Schmidt
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:21:42

    Acoid. California. Adventure.

  300. Susan
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:22:57

    Cash and Points for starters. This really extends your points and allows you to take several vacations with fewer points. On a side note, we do many of the vacation club offers with our without the tours. We’ve gone to so many nice resorts with just each other or with the family that we never would have done on our own. This way we can experience the ownership of a nice villa without the costs or annual fees with an ownership package.

  301. Torsten Jacobi
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:26:58

    New Years Eve in the tropical paradise of Fiji!

    Convert 60k SPG points into 75k AAdvantage Miles.

    Call AA and book these flights (they are currently available):

    Air Pacific 12/27 LAX-NAN

    Air Pacific 01/08 NAN-LAX

    75000 miles + taxes $83

    Then check into The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji. It has wonderful lush tropical gardens and rooms. http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=202

    35000 Starpoints

    Total for 6 night(s)

    Every 5th night is free! Use 5k points for a spectacular breakfast in the Westin looking at the South Pacific.

    Then do a 2 night trip out to the Yasawa islands.

    http://www.ssc.com.fj/fiji_island_yasawas.aspx

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasawa_Islands

    Even as a jaded tropics traveler (like me) you will be stunned by the unspoiled beauty of the Yasawa islands. They filmed the movie Cast Away http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cast_Away and it really looks just like that.

    We did this trip in April thanks to many accumulated Starwood points.

  302. Venetia Rumsey
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:32:16

    I just subscrived to your email list. I love Disney. Wear comfy sneakers…lots of walking

  303. Heather
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:36:08

    I recommend you use the Nights and Flights option to redeem for 5 nights at a category 3 SPG hotel (Sheraton Anaheim Hotel or Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort) and 50,000 AA or Delta miles. This will leave you with 40,000 SPG points which can be redeemed for another 50,000 AA or Delta miles using the transfer bonus (transfer 20,000 SPG points and get 25,000 AA or Delta miles) which would get you 4 free airplane tickets at the lowest redemption level. Or you could redeem for more hotel nights or for two rooms at the hotel! When are you expecting?

  304. Jake
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:45:28

    Convert SPG points to Aeroplan when Aeroplan has promos for transfering hotel points. Many times they give extra 5000 AP points for transgering 20,000 SPG points to AP. That’s a total of 30,000 with the 5000 bonus from SPG.

  305. Jon S.
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:47:32

    The new Star Tours is awesome – hope you enjoy it! :)

  306. Lois
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:48:42

    Get the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. It has a game plan that involves not doing the rides in order, but doing them according to their research of what rides are busiest at what times, traffic flow, etc. Copy those game plan pages, take them to the park and do not weaken and do the rides in a different order than what they recommend. The time savings really was amazing!

  307. Nathan
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:51:30

    Four days/ three nights at the St Regis in Bora Bora to relive my honeymoon!! (Three nights at 30,000 a night plus a 10,000 spa package for my wife.)

  308. marben
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:57:39

    Research to see if ZipCar can be useful to you on your vacation vs a mainstream rental company. I’ve used them on my last several vacations to San Fran / Seattle and its been super convenient.

  309. pinki
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:59:15

    Stuff everything you can into carry-on bags! I hate waiting at baggage claim!

  310. HC
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:00:28

    Be flexible with plans and don’t feel like you have to check out everything.

    At Disney, definitely check out the “It’s a small world” ride with your kids. It’s a surprisingly enjoyable ride! :)

  311. Mike H
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:05:43

    Eat at a local food joint that looks like a dive! I’ve found so many GREAT food places that look “sketchy” and you’re supporting local businesses!

  312. DoubleD
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:06:09

    I would transfer the points to American Airlines since I am very close to lifetime elite status with American Airlines.

  313. Paul
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:06:45

    I’d actually transfer the points to American Airlines in pursuit of elite status with them.

  314. Michael Hendrick
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:19:54

    I am so ready to relax in Europe, especially France. I plan to combine the beach and the mountains with fine French dining and plenty of wine. No cheap B&B for me on this getaway. I will be sure to send an electronic postcard!

  315. Roxy
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:20:22

    another tip… take a break from the kids… hire a hotel nanny and go get steak with your husband.

  316. Eli
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:21:31

    Another Disney tip: If you’re an iPhone or Android user, there are several apps that will give wait times and park hours. They can be a huge help when trying to plan out your day.

  317. Flamingo
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:23:32

    Wow, just found your website from FT!

    Good site!

  318. phsu
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:28:25

    This 100K SPG points will be great for me & my wife to achieve 4 milestone events for a 20-day tour from US to China:

    1. Celebrate our 20th anniversary for a “luxury” vacation in China
    2. Help me to achieve the AA Lifetime Gold tier (1MM)
    3. Visit my wife’s parents (88th years old)
    4. Attend my dad-in-law 88th birthday party.

    Total with estimated out of pocket cost of $500 for 20-day! The total retail value for this vacation will be approx. $14K – using 100K SPG points  14 cents/SPG point value!

    The proposed usage of the 100K SPG points for this 3-week China vacation:

    – Redeem 60,000 SPG points for 5 nights in a category 3 hotel in China (Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel) AND get 50,000 American Airline miles

    – Redeem 40,000 SPG points for 5 nights in a category 4 hotel in China (The St. Regis Shanghai) — using the Redeem 4 nights and get the 5th free night SPG award option.
    Details of the planned 3-week milestone events:

    1. AA Lifetime Gold Tier (1MM): My lifetime AA mile balance is approx. 950K miles using all available Citi, Mile transfer, Fidelity .. mile earning opportunities. The additional 50K AA miles from the 60K SPG points for 5-night/50K miles will let me become AA Lifetime Gold Tier (1MM) immediately!  out of pocket cost = $0

    2. Days 1 & 2: Use the 50K AA miles into my AA account for 2 Business class AA tickets from FL to Shanghai, China (PEK) for 220K miles –> out of pocket cost = $83 (tax). Estimated retail value = $10K

    3. Days 2-7: Using the free 5 night category 3 hotel coupon to check into “Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel” to relax the flight “pressure” and start to plan for the in-law’s 88th Birthday party & coming bus tour –> out of pocket cost = $20 (tips). Estimated retail value = $1K

    4. Days 7-14: Take the special 8-day/7-night bus tour sponsored by the China government for $49/person (this special rate can only be obtained from a few special travel agents in US) to visit 4 major cities in southern China:

    Shanghai (Yu Garden, Nanjing Street, Shanghai Bund …), Suzhou & Hangzhou (Hanshan Temple , Liu Garden ..), Najing …

    The tour fare of $49/person will include these incredible deals:
    • Five Star or Four Star Hotel (Twin Sharing)
    • Breakfast (Western and Chinese Buffet)
    • Sightseeing and Lunch including entrance fees
    • All intra-China ground transportation
    • Professional local English speaking guide
     Total out of pocket cost: $98 + $100 (tips). Estimated retail value = $1.5K

    5. Days 14-19: Check in “The St. Regis Shanghai” using the coupon from the 40K SPG points for any category 4 hotel. Compile videos & photos taken during the tour and air the vacation photos/videos in the in-law 88th birthday party.  Out of pocket cost = $220 (tips & party $). Estimated retail value (hotel only) = $2K

    6. Days 19-20: Take the AA business class seats from Shanghai & back to FL with the best lifetime memory for achieving 4 major milestones – Thanks to the lovely support from Homeeverafter.com, AMEX & SPG.

  319. Crystal
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:29:35

    Take advantage of the FastPass system at Disney parks to save a lot of time waiting in lines! It’s free!

  320. Byron
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:29:49

    If you’re not a fan of guidebooks, or don’t have one with you, wikitravel.org is a great source of free information!

  321. Aaron Schuett
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:33:00

    Best tip: always bring snacks!

  322. jerry
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:33:42

    My wife wants to go to Ireland

  323. Nathan
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:37:06

    Disneyland is a blast. I’d make sure to stay till the end of the evening – it is most fun as people start to wind down and crowds disperse. I would use the SPG points for Sheraton Maldives Full Moon.

  324. Louis
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:48:21

    I would be tempted to use the points to purchase a flight to the Canary Islands off of Spain, using the ‘Flights and Nights’ option. The Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort Canary (http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1541&neverShowCheckAvail=yes) looks amazing. It’s a category 3 hotel so it would only cost 60K miles for 5 free nights. I’d need an additional 10K SPG points to make a round trip of it. The rest of the points I’d bank for a while.

  325. Brandon
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:49:44

    My tip would be to just relax. Too many people try to go to the parks every day, and they’re extremely tiring after a few days. Take a day or 2 to just hang with the family by the pool.

  326. Jay
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 19:59:17

    This is great.

  327. Peter K
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 20:13:27

    Become a fast pass expert!

  328. Greg
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 20:14:11

    I would use them at St Regis Bora Bora…………………..oh wait, 100k SPG pts wouldn’t even get me a single free night there, how pathetic. Get a grip on your Category 7 redemption rates SPG, they are OUT OF CONTROL!!!!! :-(

  329. Larry
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 20:15:49

    I would take my family to Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. My older son is autistic and loves the ocean and scuba/snorkeling. He says the water pressure makes him feel safe. 5 nights there for 100,000 points? Yes please!

  330. Alex K
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 20:20:29

    I try to research restaurants ahead of time on yelp, tripadvisor, frommers, etc – but just to keep a list of good options for different areas. I don’t like every single meal planned ahead, but I don’t want to just guess at random places either.

  331. Alex K
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 20:28:37

    I just subscribed to the RSS feed in Google Reader – looking forward to the posts!

  332. John
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 20:33:08

    I’d use the points for the Westin Monache in Mammoth Lakes. One three day weekend during peak season at 16k/night = 48k points, One five night stay (12k/night + one free with four night redemption = 48k). Those two trips would get my wife to a ski ability level where we could start skiing Utah and Colorado. Of course, those later trips would require more Starpoints….

  333. Kathleen W
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 20:33:45

    Fly free whenever you can! Miles & points make every trip soooo much better.

  334. MT
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 20:34:16

    I would transfer 100k points to AA for 125k miles. I’d chip-in 5k of my own AA miles to redeem for a business class ticket that allows for travel up to 20,000 miles. I’d visit Europe and Asia on my way to/from India and the US.

  335. Mike
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 20:37:23

    Make sure you get the Park Hopper pass and check out California Adventure, if only for the World of Color show and Soaring Over California ride. Give yourself plenty of time to get good spots for the show. See the fireworks one night and the World of Color another night.

    If you only want to spring for admission one night you can get a good view of the fireworks by the pool of the Paradise Hotel which also pumps in the audio track from the actual show.

    Consider San Diego as well. A short drive but a ton of other attractions, better than going up to LA if already in Orange County.

  336. Richard
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 20:41:29

    I did as well! chose meee

  337. Dustin G
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 20:43:34

    Disneyland is great in January! Don’t go at the beginning of the month because of New Years crowds, but after that the crowds become much more manageable. As I’m sure you have found by now, there are many good Disneyland websites that are worth researching. Have fun!

  338. Hans Mast
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:46:35

    Added badge:

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    Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:48:07

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  341. Hans Mast
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:49:23

  342. tommyx
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 20:50:01

    i would convert the miles to aeroplan and take a round-the-world business class trip!

  343. Hans Mast
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:55:40

    Finally, my tip for the day (should have come first, I guess) is:
    If you’re a member of an airline’s lounge (for instance I’m a United Red Carpet Club member), always go to the lounge and have those agents help you in case of irregular operations (weather, canceled flights, delayed flights, mechanical, etc). They are generally better trained, more senior, and more helpful than some random agent. Furthermore, the lines are generally a fraction of the length of the customer service or gate agent lines.

  344. JP
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 20:56:08

    Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to enter your contest. This entry is for Thursday, August 18, 2011. – Wow, Disneyland!!! :) I wish I had some good ideas. I haven’t been there in a long time. I once went as a kid and remember it to this day. Our family was moving to Hawaii from Florida so we drove all the way across country eventually ending out trip before flying on to Hawaii in L.A. with a couple days at Disney. It was the only time I ever really saw my dad happy. Something about Disney just use to make the kid in him come out. Living in Florida gave us the opportunity to go to DisneyWorld, so I can offer tips about WDW but not many on Disneyland. I know there are some good websites out there with tips and tricks. If you email me I would be more than happy to share them with you. I didn’t want to SPAM your blog. Well, with all that being said…I guess my pointer would be to have as much fun as possible as it is the memories that stay with you longer than anything else. Remember to not let weather, crowds, rude people, or some other blimp get in the way of just enjoying the time with your family! You’ll have a wonderful trip, I’m sure!!!! :) Enjoy!!! :)

  345. Bradley
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:14:29

    My vacation tip is to make sure you always go to one new place so that even your favorite destination can be more and more interesting!

  346. Head Angel
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:23:40

    Added your badge to our website. Hope to win and be able to make a stranger smile by giving them a magical vacation as a Random Act of Kindness.

  347. SC Flier
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:32:47

    I’ve put your badge on my website!
    http://www.journeysearcher.com/js/otherlinks.html

  348. Hans Mast
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:44:45

    Still have badge: http://mennodeals.com

  349. Hans Mast
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:50:49

  350. Holly
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:52:48

    If you need a rental car for your stay, try autoslash.com to let them try to find the best rate and then for them to keep trying to find one that is even lower.

  351. Hans Mast
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:52:53

    Subscribed to email updates.

  352. Laura
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 22:03:16

    Vacation in NYC, details TBD. Thanks.

  353. Michael
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 22:14:15

    Or perhaps go for the St Regis in Bora Bora and those incredible over-the-water bungalows.

  354. laurent
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 22:23:12

    would love to go to fiji with my wife and use the spg points to stay there

  355. Edward Klein
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 22:41:45

    Try a night, and day, at the Monarch St Regis!

  356. Marc
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 22:43:30

    I would stay at The Westin Monache Resort, in Mammoth CA for about a week for a snowboarding trip. I’d bankroll the rest of the points for next really good transfer bonus.

  357. Mae
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 22:50:49

    Don’t try and hit it all at once, especially with kids. Take it slow, plan out what you want to see and how much each day to spread it out throughout the trip. Plan to fit in naps or down time away from the parks.

  358. Hamurabi2000
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 22:57:44

    take some time to really relax. I actually like to lock-in myself in a hotel room and order tons of in-room dining without seeing/talking to anyone every now and then

  359. Manikandan C
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 01:30:23

    Just subscribed to your RSS feed at

  360. Jacob
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 00:37:52

    subscribed to email updates

  361. Andrea
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 00:38:09

    hoping to win

  362. Jacob
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 00:38:39

    aaa

  363. Jacob
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 00:41:56

    shared on facebook

  364. SK
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 01:50:31

    HI! I’m planning to take my wife to Madrid and Istanbul upon completing medical school. I was hoping to redeem the nights & flights option to stay at the Le Meredien Istanbul, opening this Nov. 2011, and then use the airline miles to upgrade our existing AA reservations to business class.

  365. Steve
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 02:08:20

    Subscribed to your feed. Thanks.

  366. Lynn
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 02:29:57

    Always have a few games in mind to pass time standing in line (Who would win, Batman or Superman….).

  367. Lynn
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 02:30:54

    Always have a few games in mind to pass time standing in line. Water and a snack, too.

  368. Mike
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 02:34:22

    Split the group up if need be. Some may need a pool break while others continue the journey thru the park.

  369. Becca
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 03:05:05

    Buy Disney goods cheaply before going and give them to the kids once there instead of buying at Disney stores.

  370. Ike
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 03:05:59

    Never go anywhere with more kids than you have hands.

  371. Robert Samstein
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 03:47:30

    todays comment

  372. Robert Samstein
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 03:48:06

    Today for twitter

  373. Laura B
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 04:00:28

    Enjoy your trip….subscribed to emails….

  374. Randy
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 04:01:58

    I would use the Night and Flights and also the airlines transfer from points to miles….it enables you to get 5 free nights plus two RT tickets for 100,000 points or less…

  375. Mark
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 04:13:19

    Honolulu Moana Surfrider for a few nights !.

  376. Barry Lipton
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 04:17:30

    Wear SP1,000,000 sunblock!

  377. Kevin D
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 04:27:04

    Flights & Nights to visit Munich for Oktoberfest!

  378. Kuba
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 04:42:49

    Great promo!

  379. Joe
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 04:43:54

    Enjoy your vacation!

  380. Lizzie
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 04:44:05

    Don’t forget hats, sunscreen, drinks and snacks. And avoid additives if you want the children to be as calm as possible!

  381. Sheryll
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 05:47:15

    Always take snacks! And earplugs.

  382. Travis Todd
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 04:51:44

    I think a great Disney tip is that on the back of the fast pass machines is a button you can push that gives you a fast pass without having to swipe your ticket. This way you get more fast passes and wait in less lines

    Also with the Amex platinum use the 200 incidentals on the airline to buy a lot of things you can give as gifts. You may not use 200 on delta this year but you can buy 100 packs of gum and give them out to friends and have a good laugh when you give it away.

  383. mike
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 05:06:24

    I woudl use the points to buy tickets for my wife to visit her homeland of madagascar

  384. Glenda Zoo
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 05:26:02

    Will take my hubby to Hawaii for our 25th!!!!

  385. Jeffrey C
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 05:27:12

    Will take my wife wherever she wants to go… she’ll get to choose!

  386. Conway
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:27:29

  387. David
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 05:29:12

    Using partner airlines is one of the best tips I ever learned. The airline you have miles with may not fly to the location you want to visit, but you can bet that one of their partners does!

    Thanks so much for running this promotion.

  388. chris
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 05:31:36

    Always bring snacks, food is way to expensive in the park.

  389. jennifer horn
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 05:32:48

    I’m a subscriber

  390. jennifer horn
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 05:36:09

  391. Angela
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 05:36:33

    Eat breakfast and grab drinks from the hotel!

  392. SC Flier
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:37:58

  393. Eric
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 05:43:10

    I would use the SPG points for a free stay at the W Taipei and the St Regis Singapore!

  394. john zavala
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 05:43:56

    Take enough strollers- don;t assume all the kids will want to walk!

  395. Spencer Wheelwright
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 05:44:22

    Take Rick Steves with you!

  396. Chris
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 05:48:12

    I’d use the 100,000 points to make a return trip to the Westin Maui, I love that hotel and the island. Depending on airfare prices, I’d transfer out part of the points to cover my plane ticket and then do cash and points for the hotel room.

  397. Cory
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:57:48

  398. SC Flier
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:01:19

    I’ve kept your badge on my website!
    http://www.journeysearcher.com/js/otherlinks.html

  399. Marcy
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:01:53

    So many choices. Am still trying to do the math to see how best to use these points considering all I’d want to do. Must prioritize.

  400. SC Flier
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:05:34

    Tip: Have a clear plan for what to do if you get separated.

  401. Jon
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:13:16

    I would transfer 60,000 SPG points to AA for 75,000 total AA miles (including the bonus) and use Miami as my “gateway city” to allow the ability to build in much needed free trips. I would use the remaining 40,000 towards various hotels as detailed below. The estimated hotel cost would be $4,132, however, I would be required to pay only $690 by using cash + points. In addition, I would likely save several thousand dollars on airfare.

    Peru
    My first trip would be a one-way award to Lima, Peru in early November, which would be used as a starting point to visit either Machu Picchu in Cuzco or the Amazon river in Iquitos. By leaving in November, I could take advantage of the off-peak dates price of 15,000 miles. I would also use 4,800 SPG points (1,600 + $30 night) towards 3 nights at the Sheraton Lima Hotel ($172/night).

    Denver
    Next, I would book a one way award from Lima to Denver (for my long awaited ski-trip) with Miami as my gateway city/stopover until February. Again, by leaving in early November I would take advantage of the off-peak dates price of 15,000 miles and by using Miami as my stopover, I have the ability to essentially build in a free trip to Denver for my ski-trip. I would also use 19,200 SPG points (4,800 + $90 night) towards 4 nights at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain ($435/night).

    Scotland
    I would book a one way award from Denver to Edinburgh, Scotland for the annual golf trip with Miami as my gateway city/stopover until May. By leaving in early May I would take advantage of the off-peak dates price of 20,000 miles to Europe and by using Miami as my stopover, I have given myself the ability to get home to Miami after the ski-trip and a ticket to meet the boys in Scotland all for 20,000 miles. I would also use 8,000 SPG points (4,000 + $60/night) towards 2 nights at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh ($478/night with current exchange rates).

    San Diego
    For my last redemption I would book a one way award from Edinburgh to San Diego for a good friend’s wedding with Miami as my gateway city/stopover until the wedding date. Again by leaving in the off-peak dates the cost would be 20,000 miles, giving me a ticket home to Miami as well as a one-way ticket to San Diego for my buddy’s wedding. I would use my last 8,000 SPG points (4,000 + $60/night) towards 2 nights at the Westin San Diego ($460/night). I would use my last 5,000 AAdvantage miles (if my math is correct) towards my ticket back to Miami.

  402. Scott Dunlop
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:14:23

  403. AY
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:16:44

    I will transfer 80,000 to 100,000 AA miles for a biz RT tkt to Europe, then 20,000 for 5 nights *wood cat 4 plus $300 (point and cash).

  404. Nadine
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:17:58

    One thing I’ve done when traveling with my young son is buy a small portable booster seat to bring along rather than pay to rent one from the car companies (though if you are a AAA member, Hertz gives them to you for free).

  405. Conway
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:20:08

    Subscribed to RSS feed!

  406. Rich A
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:22:01

    Here’s my points-related tip. Airline miles and hotel points are great but keeping track of them can be overwhelming. Try Awardwallet.com to keep track of passwords, account balances, etc.

  407. Ken A
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:23:04

    I would transfer the 100,000 Starpoints into 125,000 American Airline miles to help me in my quest of achieving lifetime AAdvantage Platinum elite status when you accumulate 2,000,000 AA miles from any source.

  408. Cory
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:26:26

    Wear the best, most comfortable pair of shoes you can possibly find. When going on any vacation, especially if you’re visiting a Disney park, proper foot wear is essential. Your feet and legs will still be sore, but you’ll be in worse shape if you choose style over comfort in your footwear.

  409. Conway
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:32:03

    When traveling with kids, I always recommend making sure kids know 1. your mobile phone number and 2. a homebase in case someone gets lost or split up

  410. SC Flier
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:35:04

    I’m still subscribed to your free email updates.

  411. Tom
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:50:33

    Only go to a theme park every other day and rest by the swimming pools every other day.

  412. Cathy
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:52:08

    Bring a backpack. It might not be stylish, but it will be so much better/easier to carry around a park….for things like water bottles and small snacks!

  413. Steve
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:54:17

    Just tweeted the contest from sthubbar. Don’t know how to get the link for the tweet.

  414. Andrew
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:55:37

    This would be great for my trip to Italy, thanks!

  415. Sherri
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:58:56

    Be sure to hit the Storybookland attraction after dark.

  416. aitchly
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 07:01:10

    Glad you are running this promo because it led me to your site. Good Stuff!

  417. chris
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 07:03:40

    The Tiki room in disneyland is a wonderful 15 minutes of sitting and resting in cool air conditioning while the kids watch the singing birds. great stop for the afternoon quick rest

  418. Daniel
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 07:04:01

    For those interested in using their Starpoints for air travel there are several different transfer partners. If you want to fly Continental or a couple of the carriers though it’s probably better to transfer into another Star Alliance partner and then redeem on a Continental flight since transferring directly from Starpoints to CO miles reduces their value compared to other transfer options.

  419. Terry
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 07:08:24

    Plan snacks and drinks in advance!

  420. justin
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 07:13:34

    My best advice for Disney Land is to not schedule every second of every day.. it’s a vacation.. RELAX!

  421. Cory
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:17:36

    Google Buzz

    11:16 am Great promo for free points to stay in hotels. Huge value.

    http://www.homeeverafter.com/give-me-your-best-disneyland-vacation-idea-and-win-100000-starwood-hotels-points/

  422. Sam
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 07:33:57

    Remember: Vacation is all about food. :)

  423. Cory
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 07:36:13

    Shared on Google+ but not entirely sure how to link that here, but I’ll try anyway.

    https://plus.google.com/109553257174184173277/posts?hl=en

  424. James W
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:43:38

  425. Danielle
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 07:48:35

    I would buy and ship to hotel, water, snacks, etc.. even though you pay for shipping, you save money on things that cost way too much at/around the parks. I would also (depending on kids ages) get Disney books/coloring books via amazon.com (using points), as well as some Disney souvenirs.. that way the kids can learn and get excited about Disney… and you can leave a little Disney gift for them by their bed a few mornings to bring the “Disney Magic” to them :)
    I’ll leave some more tips like fasttrack passes for rides and reservations before you get there in the next days :) Sounds like youll have a fantastic trip!

  426. Poley
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 07:55:21

    Many hotels have a babysitting service on call. Leave the kids with a sitter for a few hours and have a parents night out

  427. Brad
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 07:55:43

    Have a great trip!

    I know it’s been said, but you really should take some downtime–Disneyland is much more enjoyable when you aren’t exhausted!

    With the crowds (even in the low months), timing can be everything. If you’re staying at or near Disney–potentially pricey without points, but a great idea that can make the details much more convenient–hit the park early before the crowds build up, and target the busy afternoon hours for a break. You can come back for seconds after other visitors are worn out start hearing home.

  428. Danielle
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:08:26

    Subscribed via RSS yahoo…
    Another tip.. if you get the theme park maps at hotel, you can find which attractions have FastPass tickets, such as Pirates of the Caribbean and get a few as you get into the park.. and make a little plan so the kids dont get anxious or walk around aimlessly :) Of course Id suggest getting a few and stop at attractions in between that the kids like.. so its not too scheduled, all about balance :)

  429. Cynthia
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:08:55

    I’ve lived in Florida my entire life and have been to Disney World a bunch of times. But I’ve never been to Disneyland! If I win, that’s where I would go.

  430. Bill K.
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:18:33

    Go to micechat.com and check the expected traffic at each park each day to see what days to at disneyland and what days to do at california adventure

  431. Lorie
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:20:25

    Get to the park as soon as it opens in the morning for the shortest lines, go back to the hotel in the afternoon an return in the evening and stay until the park closes for shorter wait times again

  432. Izzy
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:21:18

    I would use these points to do a month long vacation with my family somewhere in Europe or Asia.

  433. Chad
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:28:10

    Have that water bottle, everyone staying hydrated is the biggest key for getting through a long day

  434. Cory
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:33:40

  435. Cory
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:34:21

  436. Ann
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:35:16

    Get a hotel close to the park!

  437. James W
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:41:33

    Considering the number of days you’ll be at the park and their food prices, definitely utilize restaurants outside the gates as much as is feasible. It will save your family a bundle of cash throughout those 5-10 days..

  438. Jamie
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:56:54

    Be sure to check out Universal Studios while you’re there. Have a great trip.

  439. Caleb Barrett
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:59:42

    When you go to Disneyland you should check out the lobby of the Grand Californian Hotel (it is connected to the California Adventure park). It is a really expansive space with sitting areas throughout, you can go there to rest even if you don’t stay at this hotel. A couple things that make the lobby awesome:
    1. There is a connected area/room with a fire and small chairs for kids; sometimes someone (an employee) comes out and they tell stories for the kids.
    2. There is a piano in the lobby, and sometimes an employee plays Disney music.

  440. Caleb Barrett
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 09:03:29

    …and I just tweeted about this awesome contest!

  441. Jed
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 09:03:34

    Points! Is there a secret club in Disneyland like there is in Disneyworld?

  442. Caleb Barrett
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 09:04:49

    …and subscribed to your blog via Google Reader.

  443. Markus Sleuwen
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 09:13:44

    Stay at one of the hotels inside Disney resort and get to the resorts an hour early and stay an hour late (with substantially reduced numbers of visitors).

  444. Ryan Harrigill
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 09:27:17

    Make sure you check the weather and have on comfortable shoes!

  445. Kristi
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 09:39:55

    Take the train by transferring Starpoints to Amtrak rewards points. Depending on where you’re coming from, you could get there on as little as 5,500 points per person!

  446. Edward Klein
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 09:45:28

    Make an early dinner reservation for the restaurant inside Pirates of the Carribean.

  447. Jack H.
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 09:47:13

    As has previously been mentioned, the best advice for a great Disney vacation, is to plan your trip during the offseason. If you can avoid the crowded times, the trip is so much more enjoyable and you are able to see many more attractions without waiting in the long lines.

  448. Shana
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 09:56:45

    There are lockers near the entrance to store things you don’t want to carry around all day.

  449. russell mohr
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 09:58:26

    I think I’d stay at the Swan and ride the Pirates of the Caribbean non-stop for a week!

  450. Simon
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 09:59:41

    I want to go to Disneyland…in Tokyo!

  451. Sean B
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 10:02:43

    My tip….don’t expect to see it all in one day. You will set yourself up for failure.

  452. mike
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 10:03:16

    use packing cubes

  453. Dan
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 10:08:15

    Paris sounds good.

  454. Carling
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 10:14:49

    I like the check out the local magazine/newspaper for local events and good restuarants when I visit a new city.

  455. David
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 10:28:55

    Water bottles. Bring lots of water bottles to always stay hydrated.

  456. Nathaniel
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 12:08:39

    there’s a site called that has a lot of great info about the parks and how to maxmize your time there instead of waiting in lines.

  457. Nathaniel
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 12:10:42

  458. Nancy
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 11:12:40

    Add an educational side trip to your itinerary. Head out to the Kennedy Space Center to see where the shuttle and rockets launch and launched from. It’s located righ on the ocean, so you can go for a cool down dip in the ocean after on Cocoa Beach.

  459. Sean
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 11:27:21

    http://twitter.com/#!/BigBodySS/status/104635211547029504

    I’m hoping to send my mom to Spain for her retirement gift.

  460. midnightRanger
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 11:30:07

    Good question. I would use the points towards my one year anniversary. My wife and I want to have kids but she doesn’t want to get pregnant until after she has a “dream beach vacation”. Therefore, I would use the points to stay at the Le Méridien Tahiti for one week. I need 48,000 points for 5 nights plus I would redeem 48,000 points for the upgrade to an over water suite for four of those nights. The remaining 4,000 would be used for a champagne breakfast on the day of our anniversary.

  461. Mikael
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 12:53:59

  462. Jason
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 11:55:05

    Get fastpasses for popular rides early as by mid-afternoon you may find them all taken!

  463. Michael Lefkovich
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 12:06:05

    Plan out your full itinerary in advance. We’ve had vacations where we’ve spent more time planning during the vacation than doing things

  464. Yanina
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 12:18:56

    We’d like to spend couple weeks in Europe next summer. SPG points will be very helpfull for our travel budget.

  465. Yanina
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 12:20:46

    subscribed to your email

  466. Aaron Schuett
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 12:23:31

    This sounds silly, but I always bring one of those thin full-size camping towels. Good to fold and sit on to make terrible Air France seats bearable, good to fold wet swimsuits and freshly washed clothes in to help them dry, and good to use when the hotel offers questionable towels!
    Thanks!!

  467. Troy McClure
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 13:30:05

    This life and this world are truly amazing and have been very generous to me. Call me dumb but I would give 100% of the starpoints won to the “Miles for Kids in Need” charity via American Airlines. Of course I would transfer them to AA netting 125,000 miles and from there pass them on to good folks at this awesome charity.

    I know many of you have more points and miles that you could ever use and if you find this cause worthy or maybe you have a few spare miles to chuck their way I highly suggest looking into it. Here is their website: .

    Good luck everyone.

  468. Hannah
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 12:39:19

    Use your starpoints to enjoy the hotel amenties. Things like getting spa treatment might not be the most “efficient” way to use your starpoints, but as long as it’s the most efficient to you…

  469. Mikael
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 12:46:10

    Ask the monorail cast members if you can sit in the front with the driver. It gives a new perspective to the ride, and the kids will LOVE it (you’ll think it’s pretty neat too).

  470. Mikael
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 12:48:22

    I am a subscriber.

  471. Debra I
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 13:16:34

    Airfare expensive? Try checking right after midnight Eastern time. Any airfares put on hold for the day often clear at midnight. Since so many people live on the East Coast, I notice that airfares often drop around this time.

  472. Heather
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 13:17:16

    Consider redeeming your Starpoints for two connecting rooms at one of the Sheraton’s in Anaheim. With 4 kids, you need all the room you can get! Reserve two rooms and make a note in your reservation that you want the rooms to be connecting due to the age of your small kids. You can also make a note requesting a crib (or two). Follow up by emailing the hotel with your request a week before your visit. A relatively early check-in might also help you get connecting rooms. Some hotels have firecodes restricting the number of people who may stay in each room. You are brave to fly with so many kids!

  473. Alastair
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 13:18:23

    Depending on the age of your kids, hide some toys for a few weeks before travel. That way they’ll be fresh for the child (and hopefully keep them entertained for longer).

  474. Harold
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 13:22:46

    By glitter cases through AAShopping for 83,871 miles each. :-)

  475. tassojunior
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 13:25:00

    Maldives !

    The Sheraton Full Moon Resort and Spa is 20,000 points per night and a bargain.

    The W is one of the world’s best resorts and 100,000 might get two nights.

  476. worldtraveller2
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 13:29:24

    five-night stay at Greece’s stunning Blue Palace Resort & Spa.

  477. Jie
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 13:31:34

    Will use the points on a future Hawaii resort stay.

  478. Head Angel
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 13:31:47

    Added your badge to our website. (www.angelwingsdeliveries.com) Hope to win and be able to make a stranger smile by giving them a magical vacation as a Random Act of Kindness.

  479. Tyler
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 13:32:08

    Try booking flights on Tuesdays–that’s when airlines post their newest discount fares for the week. Prices will always be highest on weekends, so try to avoid booking then.

  480. Falon
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 13:42:44

    I’d to the Nights & Flights II and spend 5 days in Victoria, BC.

    Hotel = The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria. (70,000 Starpoints)

    I’d transfer the remaining 30,000 Starpoints to my AA miles account and try to shoot for my million mile goal!

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  481. Melis
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 13:47:00

    Get a FastPass for Space Mountain as soon as you get in because those run out fast! Remember to get another FastPass two hours later, maybe to Indiana Jones or Haunted Mansion. One person from the family can get the tix stamped for everyone while the rest of you are waiting in line for another ride.

    Bring hats and suncreen, it can be a hot day in SoCal even in the winter!

    Super Bowl Sunday is always a good day to go if you guys are not football fans :) Most people stay home on that day and the lines are short.

  482. jeff david
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 14:20:26

    Carry a pack of tissues with you when traveling in asia. no guarantee that you will have tp in restrooms.

  483. mordy
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 14:29:25

    I would take a trip to paris

  484. steve
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 14:33:58

    I’d use them to book an amazing hotel on an upcoming Asia trip

  485. beth
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 14:34:36

    for an oceanfront room in Maui!

  486. Ben Travis
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 14:35:40

    Definitely, go for more than one day and pace yourself. You will enjoy it more.

  487. shanie
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 14:36:45

    get to the park early to beat the crowds.

  488. Erin
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 14:43:35

    My best theme park tip would be to look in your local grocery stores or coupon books for real deals! Often times they host great promotions especially during lousy weather months in your city. O yes, and the most important one – Always wear comfortable shoes!! :-)

  489. Michael
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 14:51:19

    Disney with wee ones? Take a break in the middle of the day and return to your room for a nap. After everyone is recharged go back in the early evening. It’ll help the kids stay composed.

  490. Curtis Borchardt
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 14:51:41

    I recommend, in addition to the tissues mentioned above, a travel pack of “personal” wipes.

  491. Jennifer Church
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 14:52:46

    I like to bring some $1 US coins along — they are often a curiousity and nice gift when traveling abroad.

  492. JP
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 15:16:01

    Thank you, thank you for offering us want-to-travel-dreamers an opportunity to make it happen. Wow, I couldn’t sleep last night…now I’m day dreaming about what to do with 100,000 Starpoints. It would be a total shock!!! Does one use them for one big exotic trip like at a St. Regis property or for little smaller category stays along a big trip around the world? Awww, I hope I win. I have my fingers crossed and my lucky rabbits foot from the Frontier Land gift shop back in the day at DisneyWorld. As cheesy as the shops are at times, they use to have fun little items…like the Tiki Tiki Room memorable or the Haunted Mansion ride stuff. Make sure to put a little extra money aside for some little extras at the gift shops while on your trip at Disney Land. Some of the stuff you can find ahead of time on eBay or such sites…but some is only available there at the park. I would also bring snacks so you don’t have to pay for the expensive snacks at the park…saving money for gifts, souvenirs, or a nice dinner at one of the many nice resturants at Disney. Again, enjoy your trip!!! – JP :)

  493. Crystal
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 15:23:53

    Pack an empty tote bag in your suitcase, and use it to bring home all the extra stuff that won’t fit when it’s time to pack at the end of the trip!

  494. Cory
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 16:27:26

  495. Andrew
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 15:32:55

    Pack our own Oatmeal, and use the coffee maker to make the oatmeal

  496. Matt
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 15:33:53

    Would love to win the points for my honeymoon! Thanks!!

  497. John
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 15:36:31

    Critical vacation tip – don’t forget to pack socks and underwear! :-)

  498. Shaown Nandi
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 15:36:53

    Make sure you drink plenty of water and take breaks! And don’t forget to mark down where you park your rental car!

  499. Czarina
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 15:38:28

    I would help my fiance plan our honeymoon in Asia :)

  500. Mike McKelvey
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 15:46:06

    I would take my wife on a 10-day vacation to Kauai for our 10,000-day anniversary and stay in the same hotel we stayed in during our honeymoon 27 years ago, the Sheraton Kauaii. I always try to use the cash and points option, so I would have enough to get a 7-day honeymoon room for my son and his new wife at the Sheraton Maui next year. I’d use the rest to stay at the Sheraton Virginia Beach a couple weekends during the summer.

  501. Phil
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 16:09:54

    Forget a backpack to haul stuff around in all day…. get a rolling cart instead. You’ll be able to pack in a cooler for drinks and snacks, a few folding chairs, an umbrella, extra sunscreen and a large beach bag which you can use to hold loose items like jackets and sweaters because it can get chilly in the evenings.

  502. Linda McKelvey
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 16:15:19

    I would visit the Big Island and then stay at the Sheraton Maui in addition to my favorite, Sheraton Kauaii!

  503. Rosa Naranjo
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 17:26:10

  504. Frank
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 16:28:12

    Thailand baby! A few days on the beaches of Ko Samui, a few days of city life in Bangkok, and culture up in Chang Rai!

  505. Cory
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 16:29:10

    Got the email subscription

  506. Kevin Khoo
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 16:29:49

    With the 100,000 points, I will do a trip around the world to visit the Disney Parks in Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong! It would be great to see the parks in the foreign countries.

  507. Cory
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 16:30:53

    My vacation advice is 2 things: First, get lost and enjoy being lost wherever you happen to be. 2nd, don’t blog while on vacation. Leave work at home.

  508. Larry
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 16:40:08

    Take one day off to enjoy the pool.

    We’d go to Sheraton Kaanapali on Maui. Black Rock sunsets and great views at breakfast.

  509. Guggu
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 16:58:09

    I would start out early in the morning when the kids are more alert and I would study and plan the route throughout the park, as not to waste any precious time. A relaxed afternoon break back at the hotel is a necessary energy booster, just to get away from the crowds and noises.

  510. Tracy
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 17:00:47

    Definitely take a break mid-vacation and enjoy the pool and relax! Also, buy a rain poncho and your Disney merchandise at the local Walmart – much better pricing!

  511. Danielle
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 17:09:00

    Get Disneyland lines wait times from Lines on TouringPlans.com

  512. Eli
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 17:15:38

    Just subscribed to your RSS feed!

  513. Rosa Naranjo
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 17:17:07

    Use the FastPass and definitely take rest days during your vacation. It pays off to not be pooped.

  514. Rosa Naranjo
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 17:19:54

    I subscribed to your email updates

  515. Mike H
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 17:30:20

    Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen. Make sure you put on sunscreen. I got really bad sunburn when I was little in Orlando so don’t forget it!!

  516. Jon
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 17:31:35

    Make sure to book some sitdown restaurants for dinner at the beginning of your day so you’ll be guaranteed a table!

  517. Jon
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 17:32:53

    Just subscribed to your RSS feed!

  518. Holly
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 17:45:47

    Carry a multi-outlet adapter to be able to share an outlet in airports and hotels.
    http://www.amazon.com/58368-3-Grounded-Outlet-Adapter-White/dp/B001UE7SC8

  519. Holly
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 17:47:48

    Just subscribed to your email!

  520. James H
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 18:06:44

    A tip for traveling with kids is to not get into a rush to try and see too much. Especially if the trip is going to be for several days as history has shown the kids get really tired and cranky after going to more than one or two museums in a row. Quality time around a swimming pool is just as good.

  521. Jeff Dean
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 18:15:00

    With 100,000 Starpoints, I could take a six-night, seven-day dream vacation to the Pacific Northwest! I feel in love with region while watching the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, and I’ve longed to visit ever since! (And it just so happens that 100,000 Starpoints is precisely the right amount to make this trip possible!)
    First, I would immediately transfer 25,000 miles to American Airlines in order to pay for a round-trip AAdvantage flight from my home in Montgomery, Alabama, to Seattle, Washington, via the American hub in DFW. This transfer would drop an extra 5,000 Starpoints into my balance, leaving a net balance of 80,000 Starpoints.
    Now I would transfer 5,000 points to Amtrak in order to pay for intercity travel along Amtrak’s Cascadia route. Each day of travel in along the route requires 1,000 points, so I’m free to explore the wonders of Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia for five full days along an extensive train route! Now my balance stands at 75,000 Starpoints.
    Of course, I have to have a place to stay while I’m travelling, so I’ll leave 65,000 Starpoints in my account for nightly rooms. I’ll spend two nights at The Westin Grand in Vancouver (level 4, 10,000 each = 20,000 points), two nights at The Westin Seattle (level 4, 10,000 each = 20,000 points), one night at the Nine in Portland (level 4, 10,000 points), and splurge a little at The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler (level 5, 12,000 points). The remaining 3,000 Starpoints I’ll use in Seattle as part of their “Dine and Unwind” Instant rewards program: I’ll get to “enjoy a 3-course dinner with a glass of select Washington wine in Coldwater,” the hotel restaurant! Now my balance is at 10,000 Starpoints.
    Then I’ll take 5,000 of those points to buy a $50 gift card for Starbucks. That way I’ll have $7.14 every day of my trip to spend on breakfast…and that just happens to be the after-tax price of a medium nonfat latte and a Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon and Egg White English Muffin—a nutritious way to start my days!
    The final 5,000 Starpoints are just enough to transfer for a $50 Avis gift certificate, and $50 is the price the rent an SUV in Vancouver and drive myself to Whistler for my one-night stay there. What a coincidence!
    You see, then, that with only 100,000 Starpoints, the only costs that would remain are lunch and dinner on my trip—and a little cash out of my wallet is much more in line with the money I have available to spend for this dream vacation! I sure hope you’ll help me take my trip!
    Thanks!
    Jeff

  522. Steve
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 18:26:42

    For Disneyland,

    Convert to miles for the airline and then use cash and points for the best hotel.

  523. Steve
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 18:28:26

    Subscribed to feedburner.

  524. phsu
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 18:33:57

    Good contest. Thanks.

    Subscribe your service & FB & Twitter

  525. tinac
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 18:35:31

    Wow, am I late for this contest? 100K SPG points will be a great value for travel to Europe + free hotel stays..

  526. Scott
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 18:38:58

    Here’s my plan of action to use 100000 Starwood Points that you’re generously offering:

    First, I’d transfer 40K Starwood points to my AAdvantage account for the 50K points I require for Lifetime Gold status. This will top up my American Airlines account to just above 200K miles.

    Then I’d use the 200K AAdvantage miles to book a OneWorld Distance Zone 6 trip (14001-20000 total miles travelled) with the following dream itinerary

    New York (Where I live!)
    Amman (Petra!)
    New Delhi (Taj Mahal!)
    Hong Kong (Victoria Harbour!)
    Tokyo (Imperial Palace!)
    Vancouver (Stanley Park!)
    New York (Exhausted!)

    (Total miles: 19490)

    During my fifteen-day-long whirlwind trip, I would stay 3 nights in each city using Starwood’s Cash and Points option (12000 points, plus $180) for each of the following category 4 hotels:

    Sheraton Amman Al Nabil
    Le Meridien, Delhi
    Le Meridien, Hong Kong
    Sheraton Miyako, Tokyo
    The Westin Grand, Vancouver

    Total Starwood points used: 100000
    Total cash: $900
    Vacation of a lifetime for me!

  527. Andrew
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 18:48:34

    My travel tip is to take vacations in late summer/ early fall whenever possible because the weather is usually good and settled; hotels and airports are less busy; and it feels like a bonus after the long summer before winter arrives. Lake Tahoe has about the best weather of anywhere I know in the US – for month after month in summer and fall, the skies are blue and the temperatures perfect.

  528. Martha
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 18:59:09

    My dream place is to go to the South Pacific, so I would choose The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort or Le Méridien Bora Bora. Maybe someday!!!!

  529. Hans Mast
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:08:30

    I still have badge:

  530. Hans Mast
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:09:38

  531. Chris D
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:18:14

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! Followed your twitter

  532. JB
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:21:04

    Galapagos!

  533. Nick
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:40:45

    My trip tip: go back to the hotel at least once per day to shower/freshen up. A favorite is to wash my feet and lay down for a few minutes. This is especially nice if I’ve been wearing sandals.

  534. Louis
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:47:52

    Looking into the starwoods program, it looks like the best way to spend those points is with the 50% off hotel room rate promotion. Using this option can make each SPG point worth 28 cents or more… (for example the http://www.starwoodhotels.com/luxury/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3081 goes for about 680 a night. 50% off costs 1000 SPG points, but it saves you $340, which means 1SPG point is worth 34 cents! (Assuming this offer includes suites and not just rooms, I have to investigate that…)).

  535. Victoria
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:48:03

    Tip of the day: take the shuttle from the hotel and don’t worry about parking!

    I accidentally double posted my “I’d subscribed to your emails” on the first day, so I’m doing just one entry today. Please count one of those as today’s “I’m subscribed” comment, since I wouldn’t want to accidentally over-enter.

  536. Sunny_Day
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:49:18

    Don’t forget sunscreen!

  537. David Hagins
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:51:01

    Our video for our entry is located here. http://www.youtube.com/.

    The way we would redeem our points is detailed below.

    I would first donate 12,000 SPG points to the American Red Cross to assist with Tornado Relief in our hometown, leaving us 88,000 SPG points remaining.

    I would then transfer 60,000 SPG points to AA, in order to receive 75,000 miles. With those 75,000 miles, I would buy 3 tickets to Aruba (my other child is under 2, so she wouldn’t need a ticket) during off peak times.

    With the remaining 28,000 SPG points I would use Cash and Points option of 4,000 SPG + $83/night, averaging about $.039 per point, better than the $.024 if redeemed at 10,000 SPG points per night. The best thing about this, is online it doesn’t mention Cash & Points as an option at the Westin in Aruba, but if you call they can book it for you. We would stay for 5 nights, using an additional 20,000 points, with 8,000 points remaining.

    I would then redeem 8,000 SPG points for $84 towards a massage via Instant Awards at the hotel for my wife because she’s a rockstar staying at home with both our kids. The ratio for Instant Awards is 950 SPG points is $10.

  538. Sunny_Day
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:51:11

    Subscribed to email!

  539. DoubleD
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:51:27

    Transfer them to AA and count them towards lifetime status.

  540. DisneyFan
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:53:15

    Don’t forget you can get a camera from amazon with a gift card with all those spg points :))

  541. DisneyFan
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:54:23

    Subscribed!

  542. LoveAnaheim!
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:55:51

    For little kids, I’d recommend soft year plugs as the shows and fireworks can be quite loud sometimes!

  543. LoveAnaheim
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:56:51

    Signed up for news via email!

  544. MickyMouse)
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:58:14

    To keep yourself hydrated, a hydropack would be helpful!

  545. MickyMouse)
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:59:02

    Subscribed to news – keep the good work up!

  546. Abbe
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 19:59:59

    Have fun at Disneyland. With kids, it works good to go early in the morning and stay until early afternoon. Then have everyone go back to the hotel for a break when it is the busy time at Disney. Then go back refreshed and stay until closing.

  547. DisneyRules
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:00:01

    Comfortable shoes are a must!

  548. SunnyCal
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:02:19

    Happy Vacation!

  549. Summer Fun
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:05:09

    Sunglasses and a hat!

  550. Hans Mast
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:07:56

    I still have the badge: http://mennodeals.com

  551. Beach Boy
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:08:13

    added to email updates!

  552. Kids
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:09:28

    Band-aid just in case!

  553. Hans Mast
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:10:27

  554. Kids
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:10:37

    Added updates via email. Good luck to everyone!

  555. Hans Mast
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:11:47

  556. Henry M.
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:15:33

    I’d use 100K points for 5 nights at the Westin Paris. Thanks for the contest and have a great time at Disneyland.

  557. xing chen
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:18:08

    transfer to ANA, island hopping around east asia using ANA miles on ANA, Asiana, Air China, Thai and Singapore.

  558. David
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:21:39

    Great contest! Hope I win!

  559. Edgar
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:32:11

    Go to New Zealand and visit the caves at Waitomo!

  560. Christa
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:44:29

    Stay close to Disneyland so that you can leave to take a break & then return for some more time at the Happiest Place on Earth!

  561. Orie
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 21:21:23

    A much needed vacation

  562. marie
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 21:33:03

    Transfer 60K SPG to AA and fly to Bali. Use Cash + Points for Westin Bali at Nusa Dua. Chill, surf, and cook with spices!

  563. Marie
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 21:47:23

    Bring Wipees. Great for sticky drinks or foods while walking the park. Also, go early. Then take a midday break to chill out at the hotel pool and nap in the room. You will avoid the midday heat. Return in the evening to shorter lines and cooler weather.

  564. Jackknife
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 22:04:19

    Make sure you hit up the Matterhorn… an experience unique to Disneyland!

  565. Jackknife
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 22:08:37

    Subscribed to your email. Thanks.

  566. laurent
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 22:27:35

    i would take my wife around the world

  567. laurent
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 22:30:00

    would take my wife to africa

  568. Michael
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 22:40:38

    Transfer some points to Singapore Airlines and try the new A380.

  569. Awan
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 23:45:14

    Plan your rides ahead of time using the RideMax software. The software knows which rides are the busiest when and creates an itinerary that minimizes wait time. Best $15 you can spend before a Disney trip.

  570. amy
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 00:03:51

    Make dining reservations asap. It can be very frustrating to not get into your restaurants of choice. Especially the more popular options such as character breakfasts. Enjoy your trip!

  571. Mark
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 00:57:16

    A few nights at the Westin Excelsior in Rome!

  572. Elizabeth Winter
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 01:17:09

    Saw the link on Flyertalk – now added you to my list of “keep an eye on” websites!

  573. Becca
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 01:18:32

    Bring lots of snacks. A hungry child is an unhappy child!

  574. Devin Bourne
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 01:19:10

    Purchase a quality offering of cheese from any grocer around Disney Land. When you arrive in Toon Town and stroll through the mouse’s houses, leave said offering in the fridge. Mickey or Minnie will be thrilled to have had such generous company!!

    Have a good trip!

  575. Ike
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 01:23:16

  576. Ike
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 01:25:15

    An iPad is your friend. Easy for kids to use, small and compact, and far more durable than a mini DVD player. Hours of entertainment for the kids. Pop in a few Disney movies to get them in the mood!

  577. jacob
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 01:30:24

    thanks for runnign this!

  578. andrea
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 01:30:49

    we need a vacation!

  579. Carling
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 02:57:13

    I love to check out blogs for places that people have stayed or eaten at in the locations I am visiting. They usually have great reviews.

  580. DCA Rob
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 03:21:30

    I see a lot of 4,000 points per night redemptions in Thailand – hmmmm.

  581. alex
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 03:26:36

    I would transfer 40K to the AA to get the ticket to Hawaii and spend the rest on Hotel nights.

  582. Kelli
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 04:14:41

    Stay hydrated!

  583. Nadine
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 04:15:54

    Another great use for the points would be to transfer them to one of the airlines to get the 20% bump and then transfer to my husband’s account to get the 100% transfeer bonus (paying for the fees). Then we would have plenty of miles for our family to go to Europe in business class.

  584. Eric
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 04:24:06

    With this many points, consider other Disney options (e.g., Disneyworld or Euro Disney). There’s an educational component, beyond just the fun Disney part!

  585. Tom
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 04:30:12

    Be sure to check out Universal up near Hollywood.

  586. phsu
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 04:30:37

    So many entries… I need an vacation to read these great ideas….

  587. Sherri
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 04:31:02

    Take a day to hit the beach at Surf City(Huntington Beach).

  588. Ryan P.
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 04:51:57

    Westin Resort/Spa – Whistler: 12k points/night. 6 nights. 6×12=72k points used.
    St. Regis – Deer Valley – 25k points/night. 1 night. 25k points used.
    Sheraton Suites Orlando Airport – 3k points night. 1 night. 3k points used.
    100k points used.

    I would like to use these points to experience a true slope side ski vacation. A chance to stay at the most respected hotels at my 2 favorite ski destinations. After all that skiing I thought a trip to Orlando was due so that I could enjoy Cocoa Beach and a theme park for a day.

    Pray for snow!

  589. Jeffrey C
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 05:09:44

    Taking my wife wherever she decides. I love her so much.

  590. Glenda Zoo
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 05:10:35

    Hubby to Hawaii for our 25th next July!

  591. Gwen
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 05:29:27

    Take e-books on a Kindle or iPad, for vacation reading.

  592. Danielle
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 05:31:46

    Tip#3 Character breakfasts are great for any age kid, even you :) You could make reservations before your trip for one of the dine with the characters, and may even find discounts online when booking. :)
    Cant wait to here about this trip!

  593. Conway
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 06:59:14

  594. Danielle
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:00:30

  595. Cory
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:00:36

  596. Adam
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 06:06:52

    Use a touring plan to avoid spending time in lines.

  597. Marcy
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 06:14:13

    Still the Pacific Northwest.

  598. Cory
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 06:36:18

    Get the Mickie Mouse Ear hats. Classic and cheesy, perhaps. But, some things you just have to do.

  599. Casey Friday
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 06:40:44

    I would cash in 90k points for three nights at the W Retreat and Spa Maldives, for three lovely nights with my wife (in the off season). I would use my current CO/UA points to fly over in F, and use the remaining 10k Starpoints for two things: 9500 would go towards a $100 Amazon gift card to purchase loads of sunscreen, and the remaining 500 would be donated to charity, as a symbol of gratitude to the universe.

  600. Frank
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 06:43:52

    Thailand baby! Culture, beaches, food, nightlife, great hotels, friendly people, monks, etc! That’s my spot!

  601. Linda McKelvey
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 06:51:53

    I love Hawaii so much — would stay at the Sheraton Kauai for at a week and the Sheraton Maui for a week, then use the rest of the points to visit the Big Island!

  602. Mike McKelvey
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 06:54:56

    First would be 2 weekends at the Sheraton Virginia Beach using Cash & Points. Next would be the Sheraton Kauai for 5 nights Cash and Points, then Westing Kauai for 5 nights C&P to celebrate our 10,000-day being married. Next year 7 nights C&P at the Sheraton Maui for my son and his new wife. :)

  603. Conway
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 06:57:29

    If you can swing it, a couple friend of mine brought their babysitter/friend with them. For the price of a plane ticket they had a babysitter for the week!

  604. Llinda McKelvey
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 06:57:49

    To Hawaii! Maui first, then Big Island, then Kauai — could do it all with Cash and Points!

  605. Linda McKelvey
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:02:03

    Would love to see Hawaii again!

  606. Eliyanna
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:04:44

    Buy the Unoffical Guide to Disneyland for the best tips.

  607. Michael H.
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:04:52

    Plan on going to Thailand next year for 10 year anniversary. Would use every point to stay at SPG properties throughout Thailand including Le Meridien Khao Lak.

  608. Cory
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:05:19

  609. Danielle
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:05:55

    Bring a refillable water bottle for use inside Disneyland.

  610. Cory
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:06:09

  611. Cory
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:08:16

  612. Roxy
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:12:10

    Another vacation trip is to get your kids a disney breakfast or something with the characters!

  613. Roxy
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:12:59

  614. Edward Klein
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:27:09

    Take a break at Laguna Beach.

  615. Jenny
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:32:18

    Bring your own snacks into Disneyland, set a meeting point in case anyone gets lost, and spend more than 1 day there so you don’t feel too rushed!

  616. jerry
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:46:01

    thank you

  617. James W
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:51:46

  618. Chris N
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:55:38

    I would suggest getting an early start each day and then come back to the hotel for lunch, a dip in the pool and a rest/nap. Then go back late afternoon when everyone else is tired and leaving to enjoy the rest of the park until closing including the parades.

  619. Dan
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:57:02

    I’m more of a Disney World fan, but I think this applies anyway: Get there early, do the popular attractions first and take a break midday if you can to recharge your batteries. Get a good spot for Fantasmic (if it’s on that night). Try out the restaurant reservation for World of Color so you don’t have to go get the fast pass early and then wait for a good spot. More than anything, enjoy Disneyland and take your time!

  620. Dave
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 07:58:10

    Thanks for offering the Starpoints. I love the 5th night free option. If I win it’s off to Japan for me.

  621. Harold
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:07:42

    Take extra memory cards for the camera

  622. Harold
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:08:42

    Take extra memory cards for the camera.

  623. henry
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:09:46

    the best holiday is the one at lucern, switzerland

  624. Jan
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:11:45

    Go early morning and start in back of the park and work your way to the front. There will be less crowds and shorter lines. Leave the park just before lunch and head for lunch and the hotel pool for a few hours rest. Return to the park later in the afternoon when crowds will lessen once again. You will be rested and can go until evening.

  625. Peter K
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:11:47

    The key to Disneyland – visit early and late, and nap during the middle of the day. Otherwise, you’ll run out of gas at around 4:00PM!

  626. Erin
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:19:07

    A good vacation tip: Pack light by packing several separates that can mix and match, therefore expanding your clothing choices and decreasing luggage space.

  627. giovanni
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:19:18

    consider using those amez spg points on tickets to orlando to see walt disney world next time, the contrast/similarities of the properties is interesting to experience

  628. Amy N
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:32:42

    Hi! Little ones can get tired of waiting for the rides and shows. To do your trip most efficiently:

    1. go to California Adventure and get your tickets to the World of Color Show first — otherwise, you’ll end up with a late evening show that is well past bedtime.
    2. At Disneyland, stop in at guest relations right away and make sure everyone who has a birthday or is just celebrating with others gets a button.
    3. And pick up the listings of attractions for litte ones (recommendations such as the Tiki Room – we would never have know unless we picked that up).
    4. Lines: The least busy lines are actually during afternoon nap time since the locals like to come in the morning.
    5. The Small World ride is an absolute favorite with the kids. We timed waiting for the ride with the fireworks for an amazing show. This is also the time when the rides are shorter.

    Have a great time!

    P.S. Sheraton Anaheim is a great choice since their rooms are large. Suite upgrade is even better for a large family so worth the points if you can do it. For a smaller family, the Sheraton Park Anaheim is walkable so you don’t need to wait for a shuttle.

  629. Bill K.
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:36:08

    Another tip for a break or a quicker way into the California Adventure park is that there is an entrance and exit that connects directly from the park into the Grand Californian hotel. You can go here and avoid lines getting into and out of the park and also just take a break in their grand lobby and sitting areas.

  630. Lorie
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:40:51

    Definitely try the dole whip at disneyland in adventureland, it is great.

  631. Chad
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:44:17

    Don’t forget the sunscreen and to re-apply

  632. James W
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:47:49

    Like any family vacation, expect the best…but prepare for the worst. Keep your eyes on the fact that it IS a wonderful thing to be with your family even if there’s a stormy day, the Disney ride you were excited about is down for repair, etc.

  633. Jon
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:08:54

  634. steve
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 09:24:24

    Take advantage of being able to enter the parks early if you stay at a Disney hotel.

  635. beth
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 09:25:12

    Book things ahead of time so you aren’t disappointed if can;t get anything when you get there.

  636. shanie
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 09:26:01

    Take your kids to a character breakfast and make sure they have their autographs books!

  637. Lud
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:38:34

    Tweeted yesterday 8/19 http://www.twitter.com/scoopstweet

  638. Lud
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:39:13

  639. Christina H
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 09:39:16

    Disneyland will be wonderful – have a great time!

  640. Lud
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:40:24

    Tip: always make sure you plan for extra expenses in the budget, it can be more than what you thought with all the little things!

  641. Tracy
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 09:41:20

    Would use 100,000 SPG points to travel to Greece!

  642. Ann
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 09:46:36

    Combine better bidding and priceline for great deals on hotels.

  643. Marie
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 09:50:41

    Do a character breakfast! Save with a package.
    Bring wipees, refillable bottled waters, and snacks.

  644. Jason
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 09:55:57

    Of the “classic” attractions, Peter Pan’s ride is one of the most popular and would be a good candidate to do as soon as the park opens (before the lines get too long).

  645. Jon
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 09:57:25

    Use your 100,000 SPG points to go to not just Disneyland but EuroDisney, Tokyo DisneySea (totally worth it), or Hong Kong Disneyland as well!! :)

  646. Eye
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:16:43

    Hi,

    Stay near Disney that provides shuttle service. Go when the kids are well rested and have a nice big breakfast. Either pack lunches and bring a cooler or go back to the hotel to eat. It get pretty expensive especially with little ones. Take snacks in a backpack along with water. If you get caught in a long line, you’ll have something to keep them company. Get Fast-passes to your favorite rides so you are not caught up in the long lines also. Let the kids take a nap if they need it and come back for the evening parades, shows and fireworks. Kids love those and usually cannot last the whole day without a meltdown. Enjoy!

  647. Eric
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:26:12

    Travel across asia to explore various SPG properties, Hong Kong tokyo, Taipei, etc, etc. etc.

  648. Howie
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:26:26

    Always pack an extra day clothes on a carry-on!

  649. Sheryll
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:27:35

    The adriatic coast

  650. Lynn
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:29:36

    When visiting Different areas, do not feel as if you have to explore the entire site. If it is not working for your family, move on.

  651. Mike
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:32:12

    Arrange early for any special occasions (birthdays, etc). Disney does an amazing job of recognizing things.

  652. Curtis Borchardt
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:35:02

    Disney parks are great to visit the first 3 weeks in December or the middle of May (before schools get out.) Those with young or homeschooled kids will find quiet, empty, much-less-stressful parks at these times, in addition to avoiding the hot sun.

  653. Jennifer Church
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:36:43

    Christmas Eve is my favorite time to visit amusement parks — no crowds, no heat, and tires the little ones out so they’re not up so early and fried by 10am Christmas morning.

  654. David
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:46:29

    Love the SPG cash+points option

  655. Alex K
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:48:01

    I try to maximize my vacation days as much as possible – including flying back on the morning I have to be at work, or taking the red eye. Tues morning flights, for example, can be a ton cheaper than Mon night flights. You have to consider the extra hotel night, but you get that much more time at the destination too.

  656. aitchly
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 12:13:12

  657. HoKo
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 11:31:16

    Go to Bali, best use for sure!

  658. HoKo
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 11:32:06

  659. Heather Christopher
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 11:52:25

    We would use the 100,000 Starwood points to stay in 3 luxury hotels in Europe: Milan, Monte Carlo, Paris.

  660. Elizabeth
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 13:04:43

  661. Linda
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 13:08:21

    Make sure to sit down for a real lunch and dinner during the day. Make it a sit down, and enjoy the meal with the family. Take time to relax for just a bit and feel the energy come back!

  662. Barry
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 13:10:02

    Have everyone pick there must ride attraction and hit those first. That way nobody is disappointed at the end of the day.

  663. Justin M.
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 12:15:57

    I would take a trip to either the Swan or Dolphin at Disneyworld with my wife and 2 girls before baby #3 comes along in a couple of months! Both of my kids love Disney characters and would have a blast at Disneyworld!

  664. Todd
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 12:17:03

    We always take our portable DVD player. Great for movies on the airplane. Ours has 2 headphone plugs so 2 of the kids can watch at the same time.

  665. worldtraveller2
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 12:18:35

    Spend 60,000 points on to get 5 nights at Sheraton Mendoza, plus 50,000 AA miles. The convert the other 40,000 points to another 50,000 AA miles.

  666. Mike
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 12:38:27

    Use the miles to take the kids to see their grandparents in Africa

  667. Elizabeth
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 12:56:35

    Always pack an extra change of clothes and toiletries in your carry-on bags. If your checked luggage is lost at least you will still have a pair of clean underwear and socks!

  668. Elizabeth
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 12:59:16

    Subscribed to email updates.

  669. JP
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 13:19:13

    Entry for Aug 20, 2011. Hello again! :) One tip that has always worked for me at the Disney parks is to wear Mickey ears and/or Disney shirts. For some reason the employees tend to be much friendlier when you put Disney stuff on. Ironically, it even kinda changes your mood and makes the experience even more enjoyable. Wear some Mickey ears! :) You can get some ahead of time or visit a shop at Disney and get a pair you love. At WDW they even have customizable ones…where you can snap on the ear texture/color you want. Once again, have a wonderful trip!!! – JP :)

  670. Alastair
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 13:20:34

    The best time to go on the rides in Fantasyland (e.g. Dumbo’s Flying Adventure) is when the Main St parade is on, as all the other kids are at that.

  671. Kevin
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 13:21:31

    When visiting Dubai make sure to allow time to visit Sharjah, the emirate immediately to the north. Beautiful public monuments and mosques.

  672. JD
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 13:45:29

    Seychelles is calling for a visit.

  673. Cory
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 14:59:07

  674. Mike
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 14:10:05

    We’d love to celebrate our wedding anniversary in Paris next May!

  675. Jeff
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 14:10:21

    I haven’t been to Disneyland, but for Disney World, go all out on the Fast Passes if you like the popular rides. As soon as you can get another one, sprint to the next one you want to get (even if its the same one or across the park). You can designate one person to do it if you don’t want to run the whole crew around. We snuck food in too to avoid the outrageous prices.

  676. Jeff
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 14:13:25

    Subscribed to the RSS too.

    I’ll tweet but my account is protected so you’ll have to take my word for it.

  677. Easy Victor
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 14:16:51

    I will visit my daughter in Barcelona!

  678. Hong T
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 14:21:48

    We love staying at a nearby hotel (the Sheraton works great!). That way we can rest in the middle of the day, so we can enjoy the evening shows, and beat the mid-day heat and crowds.

  679. Russell Mohr
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 14:38:55

    I’d use em for one of dem crazy Sheraton resorts down there and then I would REFUSE to pay the resort “fees”- heeee haw!

  680. Russell Mohr
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 14:42:54

    I just tweeted your contest again at twitter.com/rmohr

  681. Russell Mohr
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 14:44:25

    I just tweeted again- your comments detected a “duplicate” post when I posted my twitter account URL- username is rmohr– love the contest!

  682. Greg
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 14:54:20

    Well, I’ll be brutally honest. I’d like the 100K Starpoints to transfer to my American Airlines account as 125K AA miles. This would be put me at just over 2MM lifetime AA – and LT Platinum. A truly worthy cause if there ever was one. :)

  683. Joe
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 15:07:16

    subscribed to your email

  684. Joe
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 15:14:29

    Let the kids do what ever planing they can. They will feel that you trust them and will be happy even if you don’t get to do everything you wanted.

  685. Hunter
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 15:25:04

    Use the points to come to my wedding in Germany next summer!

  686. Jed
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 15:43:38

    Points entry!

  687. Jett
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 15:48:12

    When I took my daughter to Disneyland Paris (never been to Anaheim Disneyland), we prepared her for the rides by watching youtube videos of each ride. She is 2, and I wanted to make sure she didn’t get scared on the dark, creepy rides. She also got really excited about the rides and sang along to most of the songs when we went.

  688. Simon
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 15:52:43

    My birthday is coming up on the 28th, would be a great birthday present!!

  689. laurent
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 15:56:27

    i need a free trip with my wife

  690. Eli
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 16:10:44

    Would love to be able to use the points on an anniversary trip for my wife and me! Hopefully headed for a tour of Italy and France.

    Enjoy your own trip!

  691. Joe
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 16:44:32

    Start at the back of the park and work your way forward…

  692. Alan
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 16:55:08

    Take your own water and snacks to save time and money.

  693. Sam
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 16:55:13

    Here’s to hoping that 690 other people aren’t as luck as #691 :) While Disney sounds fun, I’d prefer something exotic. Airfare for 2 and the Sheraton on Kauai would be my spend. Loved our time there last year!

  694. Crystal
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:10:46

    You can get on the major attractions with minimal wait during the parades and fireworks!

  695. Kristen
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:11:06

    Use the fast pass as often as possible. It will give you extra HOURS per day to ride rides! Make sure to take sunscreen with you, it will wear off as the day goes on. I looked like a lobster after the first day. Lesson learned. We want to visit the Seychelles. If it is good enough for Will and Kate, then it is good enough for us!

  696. Louis
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:11:25

    It looks like you can use the ’50% off for hotels” on suites, though only certain properties support this (at least according to the terms and conditions). If you can find the right property, this could make for a tremendous deal…

  697. Shana
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:14:15

    If the Disneyland Resort is your only destination, find a hotel that has a Disneyland shuttle, is on the Anaheim Trolley route or is close enough to walk.

  698. Jeff Dean
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:19:34

    With 100,000 Starpoints, I could take a six-night, seven-day dream vacation to the Pacific Northwest!

    First, I would immediately transfer 25,000 miles to American Airlines in order to pay for a round-trip AAdvantage flight from my home in Montgomery, Alabama, to Seattle, Washington, via the American hub in DFW. This transfer would drop an extra 5,000 Starpoints into my balance, leaving a net balance of 80,000 Starpoints.

    I would transfer 5,000 points to Amtrak in order to pay for intercity travel along Amtrak’s Cascadia route. Each day of travel in along the route requires 1,000 points, so I’m free to explore the wonders of Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia for five full days along an extensive train route! Now my balance stands at 75,000 Starpoints.

    Of course, I have to have a place to stay while I’m travelling, so I’ll leave 65,000 Starpoints in my account for nightly rooms. I’ll spend two nights at The Westin Grand in Vancouver (level 4, 10,000 each = 20,000 points), two nights at The Westin Seattle (level 4, 10,000 each = 20,000 points), one night at the Nine in Portland (level 4, 10,000 points), and splurge a little at The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler (level 5, 12,000 points). The remaining 3,000 Starpoints I’ll use in Seattle as part of their “Dine and Unwind” Instant rewards program: I’ll get to “enjoy a 3-course dinner with a glass of select Washington wine in Coldwater,” the hotel restaurant! Now my balance is at 10,000 Starpoints.

    I’ll take 5,000 of those points to buy a $50 gift card for Starbucks. That way I’ll have $7.14 every day of my trip to spend on breakfast…and that just happens to be the after-tax price of a medium nonfat latte and a Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon and Egg White English Muffin—a nutritious way to start my days!
    The final 5,000 Starpoints are just enough to transfer for a $50 Avis gift certificate, and $50 is the price the rent an SUV in Vancouver and drive myself to Whistler for my one-night stay there. What a coincidence!

  699. Caleb B
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:30:41

    Use sunscreen everyday!

  700. Geneyem B
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:31:27

    Drink lots of water and remember to rest.

  701. Edward
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:32:12

    Would love to go to Paris in the spring and cruise the Seine.

  702. Mica
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:34:03

    Make sure the shuttle doesn’t stop at every hotel in the area. Our shuttle to Disneyworld in Orlando took an hour to go 3 miles!

  703. Jeff Sommers
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:38:53

    I would use the points to get airfare to Hawaii from Chicago and then use the remaining points to stay at the Westin Maui (cash and points) and also use points to get a rental car while in Maui.

    As for a travel tip, I suggest the tripit app for all those smartphone users. Its a great place to store all your travel plans in one convenient place.

  704. Aaron Schuett
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:40:39

    Trip Tip: never check luggage, and bring an extra pair of socks and underwear!

  705. Daniel
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:48:05

    Would be an amazing trip with my girlfriend to Hong Kong for sure!

  706. John
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:56:46

    TIP: Pack powdered sports drink packs like Gatorade to mix with water at Disneyland or other theme parks to save money on flavored drinks (water at the parks always tastes funny) and stay hydrated.

  707. David
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:58:27

    Make sure to check out the old photos in the halls of the Disneyland hotel between the main lobby and convention center. Really gives you a great feel of the history behind the happiest place on earth.

  708. Mikael
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 18:58:51

  709. John
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 18:14:41

    This is kind of a silly vacation tip – but don’t forget to wear slip-on shoes to the airport! You’ll get through security that much faster.

  710. SC Flier
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 19:30:59

  711. Kate
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 18:44:28

    My best travel tip is to thoroughly check out places you’re considering staying on TripAdvisor. I love the site-especially the photos real travelers post which show you what the hotel is really like-not just the glossy, pro photos on the hotel’s site.

  712. Sveta
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 18:48:42

    I would spend 5 days in Castillo Hotel Son Vida, Mallorca, Spain for my honeymoon and use the rest of the points to get plane tickets!

  713. Kate
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 18:50:39

  714. Jack Levengard
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 18:53:08

    I would take my wife on that Hawaiian vacation we never got around to. Our Honeymoon was suppose to be in Hawaii, but on the flight out, there were problems. We never made it. 20th anniversary coming up in a couple of months. This would be a great surprise trip to give her

  715. Mikael
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 18:58:09

    If you see no other show, see World of Color at California Adventure. The show is amazing, combining water, lights, sound and special effects. There really is no adequate way to describe it, but you must see it. You need to get a FASTPASS first thing in the morning, and the lines can be long, even right as the park opens. There are some ways to get a FASTPASS by ordering a meal combo that will give you priority seating. Here are some tips: http://land.allears.net/blogs/guestblog/2010/06/viewing_tips_strategies_for_di_1.html

  716. Rosa Naranjo
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 18:58:36

    Take a day to rest and take it easy.

  717. Mikael
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 18:59:23

    I subscribe to Home Ever After emails.

  718. JB
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 19:02:06

    Fly to Australia!

  719. SC Flier
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 19:20:41

  720. SC Flier
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 19:21:14

    I’m still subscribed to your emails! Thanks!

  721. David
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 19:21:58

    I like it!

  722. Holly
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 19:22:39

    Subscribed to your e-mail.

  723. Holly
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 19:25:11

    Disney tip: book reservations for restaurants in advance and keep looking back for openings if your first choice was sold out.

  724. SC Flier
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 19:28:59

    My daily tip:
    There was a great Italian restaurant that I went to when I was there a few years ago. They had offered a free limo ride from the Disney area hotels, and the food was fantastic and affordable. I don’t remember the name, but perhaps a hotel concierge would know it if it’s still around.

  725. jennifer horn
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 19:36:30

    I’m a subscriber. 8/20

  726. jennifer horn
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 19:37:50

  727. Paul
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 19:40:07

    Florida !

  728. Ted
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 19:56:06

    Get a no foreign transaction fee credit card, but also make sure you bring cash with you when going abroad!

  729. Bluto
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 19:59:19

    My best tip is to bring two cameras. There are so many vacation photos lost because the main camera runs out of battery.

  730. Lindsay
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:11:56

    Pack the night before so your items settle in your bag.

  731. Jon
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:14:22

    Travel with extra collapsible bag w/zipper that can handle any purchases, loose items, etc.

  732. Vishal
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:23:45

    My parents have never been out of Nepal and India. India was less than 10 miles from where I grew up. They celebrated their 25th anniversary this year. I would like to transfer 80,000 starpoints to Thai Airways getting 100K Thai Airways Miles. I would redeem a roundtrip KTM-BKK-HKT for 50K miles each. BKK because it’s a global and eccentric city and HKT because my mom has never seen the sea. I’d use the cash and points option to redeem for 2 nights at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit hotel. It looks really fascinating. Also 3 nights at the Westing Siray Bay Resort and Spa using Cash and points too. So total 80 points on Thai Airways and 20K for hotels. One in one, a great gift from a son. All thanks to SPG and homeeverafter.com!

  733. Tuan
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:27:27

    My best vacation tip is always be prepared for the unexpected.

  734. Teresa
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:42:25

    Return to the hotel each afternoon for a break; then return to the park in the early evening

  735. Christa
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:44:24

    You mentioned you would have enough to spend 10 days for Disneyland. If you are, I’m sure you’ll have more than enough time for that and some other things. There’s plenty to do in the area. Check out Medieval Times =)

  736. Michael L
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:49:18

    Use it on Hawaii island hopping between the starwood resorts there

  737. Hannah S
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:50:36

    Transfer to Amtrak and go up and down the east coast to all the major cities (including orlando to check out disneyworld)

  738. ASen
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 21:20:13

    Have a great vacation

  739. AS
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 21:21:32

    Eating in the park is expensive. Try to have your meals outside

  740. Allison
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 21:42:54

    When staying in Singapore use the hop on hop off bus. A great and easy way to get to all the key sights.

  741. Ann
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 21:45:39

    Don’t forget to get the frequent flyer miles for your trip. they can add up faster than you think!

  742. Michael
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 22:14:06

    Time to show Mom Cancun and the Westin Lagunamar.

  743. Ben Davis
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 22:15:28

    I flew to Denmark for a vacation this week and I have fallen in love with this place. My next trip will be to explore Sweden and Norway!

  744. Shannan
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 22:22:09

    Our best tip is to take a mid-day break at the hotel, off property, etc. We found our kids got a little overstimulated and sometimes forgot to slow down and appreciate the little things. A break from the crowds, rides and non-stop disney merchandising helped keep them excited about Disney and less about buying things or riding everything immediately.

  745. JC
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 22:46:40

    Simple but classic, take the family to Hawaii to see my dad’s birthplace!

  746. Joyce
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 23:21:27

    Go to Disneyland during the winter holiday and you will see Disneyland all lit up like a Christmas tree! It is so festive and the parade has snow! They change up a few rides for the holidays (add Nightmare before Christmas) so it makes it special. There’s a huge Christmas tree on main street. I’m like a kid again on Christmas Day!

  747. Ben
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 23:54:14

    HAWAII!

  748. Scott
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 00:12:12

    Take a break from the park in the middle of the day.

  749. Ike
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 02:13:02

    Shared:

  750. John Knerr
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 01:44:31

    Pace yourself, take breaks often. Visit the parks during the evening hours and use the fast pass option.

  751. Becca
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 02:09:49

    Take a midday break from the park. Relax and rejuvinate. Then return in the afternoon, refreshed.

  752. Ike
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 02:13:45

    Take it easy and don’t try to do and see everything.

  753. Carling
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 02:48:41

    Always check hotwire and priceline for rental car rates!

  754. Greg
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 03:06:39

    Well, I’ll be brutally honest. I’d like the 100K Starpoints to transfer to my American Airlines account as 125K AA miles. This would be put me at just over 2MM lifetime AA – and LT Platinum. A truly worthy cause if there ever was one.

  755. Doug
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 03:23:47

    How I would use 100,000 SPG points.

    My wife is on active duty with the Army in Afghanistan for the next year, returning home in July 2012 (maybe if they dont extend her). She will get a 2 week rest & recuperation (R&R) leave sometime around Feb 2012. We plan on meeting in Dubai, UAE and spending time together after being apart for the first time since we have been married for more than a week. We will want to just have a relaxed time together and will want to have her feel special and pampered. So my plan is to use the points to pay for 4 nights at the Grosvenor House in Duabi. SInce this is a Category 6 hotel it will cost 20,000 points a night and therefore 4 nights @20K a night = 80,000 SPG points total. The remaining 20,000 points I would transfer to the American Red Cross who was instrumental in assisting in the notification and assistance to a family and parents of a fallen soldier that we both knew and counted as a friend. They do a great job and service to our military and military families all over the world. So I would transfer 4,000 points x 5 times = 20,000 SPG points for a total of $200 to the American Red Cross.

  756. Linda McKelvey
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 04:46:41

    Have been thinking more about this, and with 100,000 points I’d want to share share this with more of my family. We’d take a week-long vacation to Kauai to stay at the Sheraton. We’d use the Cash and Points option so we could get 3 rooms!

  757. Mike McKelvey
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 04:47:55

    Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island to celebrate 10,000th day of being married to my beautiful wife!

  758. Nick McKelvey
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 04:54:58

    I would go to all the American Idol locations!

  759. Lizzie
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 05:00:29

    Brilliant, thanks :-)

  760. Stephanie
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 05:02:07

    use the FastPass to avoid the long lines! also make sure you take breaks during the day instead of doing a marathon session in the park.

    enjoy Disney!

  761. Andy
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 05:04:32

    Italy!

  762. Rob
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 05:07:47

    Make sure to take lots of pictures of your kids

  763. Susannah Hall
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 05:08:08

    Enjoy your trip!

  764. Kevin D
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 05:10:11

    I would use Flights & Nights to go to Munich for Oktoberfest!

  765. midnightRanger
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 05:31:38

    Good question. I would use the points towards my one year anniversary as described in Comment# 458.

  766. scott
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 05:50:08

    Arrive early, arrive early, arrive early! Be at the gates ready to go at least 15 minutes before advertised opening time.

  767. jeff
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 06:02:39

    Use the points for airline miles

  768. jeff
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 06:05:42

    Just subscribed for emails

  769. John
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 06:11:10

    Don’t forget to leave the laptop and work behind when you go on vacation (although maybe not, if you’re a travel blogger. :-) )

  770. Chris
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 06:32:11

    Enjoy your vacation

  771. jacob
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 06:42:19

    south america

  772. Edward Klein
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 06:43:49

    Legoland!

  773. Victoria
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 06:43:59

    I’d take a tour of asia, staying at many of the points-cheap but luxurious hotels Starwood has there. Thailand here I come!

  774. andrea
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 06:44:31

    israel

  775. Victoria
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 06:44:41

    I’m subscribed to your emails!

  776. Katie
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 06:56:47

    I read a tip using the FASTPASS in a magazine once that I really liked – you can see online which rides are available for that option. Make a plan before you go which ones you want. Then, as soon as you get there (usually first thing in the morning) split up the group and go get tickets and have a meeting place designated. You can get FASTPASS tickets for various times of the day, so just plan for it. (Meaning, get one ride from 10-12, on from 12-2, etc.)

  777. Yanina
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 07:03:20

    I would love to use Starpoints to pay for hotels on a dream trip to Europe!

  778. Yanina
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 07:04:25

    I’m a subscriber.

  779. Danielle
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:06:03

    @DMTboston
    Danielle http://www.homeeverafter.com/give-me-your-best-disneyland-vacation-idea-and-win-100000-starwood-hotels-points/ win 100000 starwood points!
    I posted a tweet :)
    I realized your doing the trip in January.. but you can still experience the holidays in Disney… You could check out a Christmas Carol at the Norris Center or a concert at the Walt Disney concert hall :)

  780. Robert Z
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 07:10:28

    I’d use the points for 5 free nights in a category 6 luxury hotel

  781. Cory
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:10:41

  782. Cory
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:16:10

    Also shared via Google’s Buzz function. Looks like this, though linking is not really possible:

    8/19 Cory S: Great promo for free points to stay in hotels. Huge value.

    http://www.homeeverafter.com/give-me-your-best-disneyland-vacation-idea-and-win-100000-starwood-hotels-points/

  783. Cory
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 07:27:21

    Ride the Teacups. So much fun :)

  784. jerry
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 07:39:08

    I want to take my wife to Ireland

  785. Danielle
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 07:54:28

    Not sure if you mentioned when you were going to take the trip… but if you plan to go in November/December you will get to experience Christmas in Disney which will get you and the whole fam in the xmas spirit! Another plus is that its not peak season so you probably wont experience all those lines and crowds like mid-summer :)

  786. August
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 07:54:29

    My best vacation tip – pack light if you can and if you are doing a lot of stops. If you are just doing one destination, packing heavy works fine :)

  787. Marcy
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 07:55:41

    Visors in FL. Hats will be too hot.

  788. Roxy
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:06:42

    another tip, there are a ton of hotels in the area, so opt for the least expensive since you’ll hardly be there anyway!

  789. Roxy
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:07:29

  790. Cory
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:11:47

  791. Cory
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:12:33

  792. Todd
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:13:52

    I went to Finland as a 15 yr old and loved it. Going back and staying at Hotel Kamp in Helsinki would be incredible. Thank you, Todd!

  793. Cory
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:14:11

  794. Kristen
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:22:35

    A family Vacation at DisneyWorld and staying at the Walt Disney World Dolphin would make our 5 yr old Jack happy beyond words!

  795. Chad
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:28:42

    Just remember your in disneyland! enjoy yourself!

  796. Allison
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:33:29

    Pack extra zip lock bags. Can be used to for packing wet bathing suits, protecting a camera during a sudden storm, and hundreds of other uses

  797. KLR
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:36:42

    When traveling internationally check the map of the airport where you will arrive for ATMs. Its much cheaper and easier to get cash in that way.

  798. aitchly
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:40:32

    For disney, get a suite with a kitchen. Eat breakfast at hotel, pack lunch and go back to eat dinner.

  799. Bill K.
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:40:51

    If you want to do some shopping at the park, wait until the end of the day, the shops on main street in disneyland stay open until an hour after the parks close

  800. Lorie
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:42:20

    If you ride thunder mountain railroad, try to sit in the back, it is the wildest ride back there

  801. Brandon
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 08:50:08

    I would use the points to spend 6 nights at the St. Regis Deer Valley for Spring Break

  802. Roger P
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 09:05:54

    My only disney tip would be to go off-season (once school starts) and on a weekday. You can avoid the lines and crowds!

  803. Ryan Pringnitz
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:06:56

  804. Roger P`
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 09:09:59

    I just subscribed to the email newsletter!

  805. Heather Christopher
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 09:16:28

    We would use the 100,000 Starwood points to stay in Australia and Singapore.

  806. Joshua Boyd
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 09:18:51

    I would use the points to stay in Europe!

  807. Alastair
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 09:29:24

    Make sure you have an adapter for your camera charger.

  808. Noah
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:03:48

    Subscribed via email. My tip: Travel is all about new experiences. Make sure to push your self out of your regular routines/comfort zone to have the most fulfilling experience.

  809. Brian
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:05:44

    Send someone ahead to get the fastlane tickets for everyone in the group. Get on a less crowded ride while you wait for the fastlane time to come around. Saved us tons of time.

  810. Ryan Pringnitz
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:07:50

    Subscribed via e-mail also.

  811. Donna
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:10:34

    We were just there last summer. People keep recommending fast passes and apps that give wait times. While you should definitely do those, don’t rush! Just enjoy being there. Disney does everything first class, so there is so much to look at and enjoy. Take your time. You dont want to feel like you need a vacation from your vacation; and rushing will stress out the kids. Stressed kids don’t make for a happy vacation or good memories.

    Be sure to tell them at the ticket office that’s it’s your first visit. I’m holding my “1st Visit” button badge right now. Everyone should get one and the employees should recognize you all day. They made very nice comments and it’s a free souvenir.

    Make a game of finding the hidden Mickeys. They’re all over the park. When one of your kids finds one, take their picture with it. Pictures are the best souvenirs.

    And speaking of pictures, my favorite pictures from all Disney trips are the HAT pictures. They sell so many different kinds of hats throughout the park. Pit hats on everyone and take their picture…individually usually but can do group or pairs. You don’t have to buy the hats, just borrow them for the picture right in the store. Your kids will love looking at the picture of dad with the goofy hat with long ears or mom with the princess hat or tiara.

    One of the most popular things being sold in the parks for good reason are the squirt water bottles with the fan on top. The fan has soft blades that won’t hurt the kiddie. Buy them outside the park much cheaper and take them in. If you don’t want to transport them home, give them to a family checking in when you check out. Good karma.

    And if you are so inclined, you can take your own food in. Check the restrictions on size of cooler. I believe they have to fit in one of their lockers which can be found just inside the park.

    Have a great trip. Disney is the BEST!

  812. Donna
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:13:16

    Almost forgot…I subscribed by email. Thanks for the contest.

  813. David LaRue
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:28:38

    We use this one for cruises and small hotel rooms… Take a dollar store shoe organizer and hang it over the bathroom door. Use the pockets to organize all the vacation stuff…sunscreen, sunglasses, hairbrushes, kid stuff, music players, reciepts…ect ect The clear pockets make it easy to see what your looking for in all in one spot.
    Don’t know if it would work with kids, but it doesnt take much room to pack one.

  814. Nadine
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:38:23

    I would use the Starwood points to supplement my AA miles to have a family trip to Hawaii staying at the St Regis Princeville resort.

  815. Russell Mohr
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:44:07

    I’m getting all tweety with this https://twitter.com/!/rmohr/status/105363755067645952

  816. Shalisa
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:56:31

    Planning is the key to a great vacation, especially a Disney vacation. With 2 weeks you’ll have plenty of time to see everything, but you should still have a daily itinerary of what you want to do. Going slow, taking breaks, will leave you with memories and a relaxing experience. Know what’s there, map it out, and plan for some extra anaheim adventures, and lots of pool time. I recommend the info at mousesavers.com. Flying with kids is a cinch with crayons, snacks and favorite toys. We love small plastic figurines. Disney actually sells quite a few sets online, they would make a fun surprise present on the plane.

  817. Robert
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:57:10

    Stay the Disneyland Hotel and have breakfast with some of the characters.

  818. Elizabeth
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:58:11

    Make sure to bring some snacks for the long plane ride. Airport food is expensive.

  819. Angela
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:01:40

    Stop by at a fast-food joint to eat a big meal before going into the park!

  820. Christy
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:02:40

    Clear out your memory card so you have plenty of room on your camera!

  821. Robert
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:02:45

    Subscribed to get emails.

  822. Dan
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:03:23

    Stay away from the timeshare tours!

  823. Henrik
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:04:00

    Points can provide great value, but remember to book early, especially if you are several people traveling together and want to get on the same flights.

  824. jennifer horn
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:12:58

    I’m a subscriber. 8/21

  825. jennifer horn
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:15:36

  826. Robert
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:17:32

  827. Cory
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:24:46

  828. cyn
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:26:16

    Remember that those characters are bigger-than-life – and may scare your small ones. Be ready with a big hug, just in case. :-)

  829. Richard
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:28:20

    My best vacation tip would be to make sure you bring a great digital camera with you and take photos and videos so that you can remember your holiday for years to come. I’m 32 now, I remember when I was a kid we went to Disneyland and I spilled a can of Sprite all over me – we got it on a Hi8 videocam and watched it recently, decades later. You’ll want to do the same in 20, 30 years….

  830. Russell Mohr
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:35:22

    How bouts a week at the Westin Orlando Imagine!

  831. Eric
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:39:41

    Good luck to the travel buddies!

  832. Mike
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:42:32

    Enjoy an adult only meal one evening. You can get a Disney sitter to stay in the room with the kids.

  833. Lynn
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:44:47

    Take a spare swim suit and sunscreen in your carry on….just in case.

  834. Shana
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:50:33

    Reminds me of my favorite Jack Handey quote: “I was taking my little nephew to disneyland, but i decided to play a mean trick. i pulled up next to an old, burned down warehouse. “Oh no,” i said. “Disneyland burned down.” He started crying, and i was about to tell him it was all a joke and drive to the real disneyland, but it was getting kinda late.”

  835. Peter K
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:56:58

    Starpoints converted to LAN points for 2 business class tickets to Rio and a couple of nights at the Rio Sheraton – that’s the ticket!

  836. Mikael
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:57:44

    I subscribe to the updates.

  837. Mikael
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:58:10

  838. Hong T
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:59:03

    Too bad we can’t use Starpoints for Disneyland Fastrack tickets – are you listening, Starwood?

  839. Mikael
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:00:14

    Eat some of your meals in Downtown Disney. The kids should like the ambiance in Rainforest Cafe and the prices are quite a bit more reasonable than inside the parks.

  840. Maureen
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:00:48

    Don’t forget sunblock for the kids & self too.

  841. Sheryll
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 13:14:34

    Baby wipes, always. Also, a sarong is a life saver and can be used for a variety of things.

  842. Cory
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:24:01

    If ever possible DO NOT check bags. There are ways to avoid bag fees, but there is no way to avoid the tendency from airlines to lose your bag, or worse..steal from it.

  843. Jack
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:25:43

    much needed vacation!!!

  844. Ty
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:28:09

    Maybe use the points to take the family to Tokyo Disney instead!

  845. Sherri
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:30:25

    when you finsih with disneyland go to dsneyworld

  846. JP
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:31:05

    Entry for Aug 21, 2011. I have my fingers crossed. I would be total shock if I actually won this!!! – JP :)

  847. Tom
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:31:30

    Be sure to hit the Lego store at Downtown Disney

  848. Ty
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:31:51

  849. John
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:40:35

    Definitely worth it to stay at one of the resorts connected via monorail.

  850. Eric
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:41:32

    I would really like ot win the 100,000 points and take a great vacation with SPG.

  851. Simon
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:42:23

    Never been to the Disneyland in CA – hope for a visit with 100,000 SPG points!

  852. Brendan
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:44:22

    Wear comfortable shoes.

  853. Jackknife
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:54:15

    Keep hydrated… otherwise things could get dicey.

  854. Jackknife
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:54:48

    Subscribed to emails.

  855. James W
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 13:59:13

  856. Eliyanna
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 13:05:50

    Make a list of attractions you want to visit before entering the parks.

  857. Danielle
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 13:07:01

    Visit the Nemo Subs first thing or late in the evening,

  858. Henry M.
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 13:48:18

    Thanks for the contest and have fun with the family at Disneyland.

  859. bk3day
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 13:54:32

    If lines are long at Disny, rent one of those motorized scooters. You’ll get backdoored into every ride.

  860. James W
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 13:58:30

    Three words: quick drying clothes… If there is any chance of being on a water ride (such as the canoes), wear something that will dry quickly.

  861. Frank
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 14:15:33

    I’ll be in Buenos Aires in October. I’d use the points for two weeks of indulgence at the Sheraton Libertador in Argengina!

  862. Dano
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 14:22:59

    Best vacation family ever (so far). Used Starwood points for 2 rooms for 8 days at Disney World Dolphin/Swan (separating parents from kids). AMX points for 4 park hopper passes and AA miles for Rnd trip air for 4. No pressure to get my money’s worth since it was ALL points. Meaning sleeping in was ok, coming back to hotel pool early on a park day was ok, no pushing to cover tons of ground everyday, etc. I was even able to charge many items back to the room and could use points to pay. It was a relaxing, low cost, Disney World vacation if that is possible with young kids. So I recommend: Use points to take some pressure off the trip, stay at the part if you can (easier to go back/forth) and take the trip when the part is lightly crowded….such as week before Christmas. Happy, happy.

  863. Jason
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 14:40:50

    If it’s hot and you need a little shade, Pirates of the Caribbean is a great option. Once you get inside, the line and the ride are comfortably cool.

  864. Lud
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:10:01

    Tweeted today Sunday http://www.twitter.com/scoopstweet

  865. Lud
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:12:55

    Tip buy in advance and all at once to avoid extra fees, including processing fees and get online discounts

  866. worldtraveller2
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 15:38:30

    I would go to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile! It is stunning!

  867. cindy
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 15:39:44

    How about the Maldives!

  868. Conway
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:56:23

  869. Jeffrey Sommers
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:07:07

    I would love to take my family to Disneyland courtesy of the 100,000 SPG giveaway!!!!

  870. Michael
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:09:41

    Make arrangements with the hotel concierge to secure a reputable babysitter and have dinner with the hubby/wifey! It;s your vacation too!

  871. Alex K
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:17:05

    When searching for award tickets, probably the best piece of advice I can give is have patience and flexibility. It’s kind of ridiculous how many hours I can spend searching for award flights – but when I find the right combination it’s all worth it!

  872. Aruna Gohel
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 17:19:50

    WOW! Congrats, Disneyland is amazing!

    Check out all the fun and scary rides for yourself, even if you have young ones maybe split up with your husband and you guys can take turns riding the scary ones. Trust me, don’t miss out on that!

    Get that FastPass thing, so you guys don’t have to waste your funtime waiting for rides. If possible have someone be there when the park opens to get all the fastpasses, then when you arrive you’ll be ready to ROCK and ROLL!

    Lastly, get the ParkHopper passes. It saves a load of money if you have trouble making up your mind which AWESOME ride to go on! Also, if Mickey Mouse or another rare character is in another park, you won’t miss out!

    Have a lovely time.

    –AG :D

  873. Aruna Gohel
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 17:23:49

    Additional entry:

    Subscribed to your RSS feed <3

  874. Aruna Gohel
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 17:25:30

    Additional entry:

    Tweeted this giveaway

    https://twitter.com/!/rfrancis98/status/105447985063800832

    I love your blog XD PICK ME, I am worthy, my lord.

  875. Aruna Gohel
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 17:31:14

    Additional entries:

    I put your badge on my site and posted about it on my blog. Pick me :D

  876. Stubtify
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:37:37

    My wonderful wife and I can finally see Hawaii :o) In style!

  877. Dale Mitchell
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:42:49

    ‘nother day, ‘nother entry. Pick me, pick me!

  878. Jason
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:45:29

    Always bring your own food for the plane ride.

  879. Joan Mitchell
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:46:05

    100k would be nice right about now! The Hotel Danielle is very nice this time of year!

  880. Nish
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:51:10

    I want to win this one :)

  881. Curtis Borchardt
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:53:28

    When booking award tickets you are not 100% sure are going to be the final iteration of your travel plans, use one person’s miles to book both of your tickets, so if you have to cancel, the cancellation and miles redeposit fees will not be doubled.

  882. Shakti B.
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 17:53:42

  883. Jennifer Church
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:55:12

    Get to your destination a day in advance, so you can check the local supermarkets to see if they sell discounted attractions tickets or have specially marked soda cans with discounts. Sometimes, they are Buy One Get One Free with a soda can at places like Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia (L.A. area)

  884. HoKo
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:56:23

    Thailand is sweet, I’d check that out!

  885. Hoko
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 16:57:15

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/Haplo859 Lets hope I win

  886. laurent
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 17:07:15

    i will use these 100k spg points to take my wife to southern europe this fall

  887. JB
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 17:22:39

    Go back to Hawaii!

  888. Kathleen W
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 17:27:10

    Fly free!!

  889. Shakti B.
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 17:44:19

    I always carry my own refillable water container when traveling. This works especially well when flying. I empty it before security and then refill it after going through. I would definitely carry my a refillable water bottle to an amusement park and refill it throughout the day.

  890. Shakti B.
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 17:47:31

    Subscribed to RSS feed.

  891. JD
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 17:49:08

    When traveling in a foreign country, be cautious when a local negotiates on your behalf in the native language (which you do not speak).

  892. Louis
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 18:01:28

    I’ve never been to DisneyLand, but it’s only a matter of time before my little girls are old enough to enjoy it. Based on what everyone’s said it sounds like a great place to go.

  893. Erin
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 18:02:27

    Best Disneyland Tip: Plan a whole day and plan to be tired at the end of it! I love to go for the entire day and just soak it all up, and pack as much in as possible! You will have tired kiddos the next day, but it’s well worth it! :-)

  894. Kate
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 18:08:59

    I always make sure to pack snacks when I go on trips, especially at parks like Disney where they are SO overpriced. When I backpacked though Europe my fiance and I saved a TON of money eating granola bars etc. instead of paying for pricy mini meals.

  895. SC Flier
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:12:19

  896. Miranda
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 18:28:24

    Let’s See tips….. There have been so many amazing tips posted. I can’t imagine how you will ever pick 1 winner. I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls and it is their dream to go to Disney someday. I hope that you and your family enjoy your trip. We are a middle class family that struggle paycheck to paycheck and my husband works 60+ hours each week to provide for us so I can be at home to raise our children. Truth is that it wouldn’t only be a dream for my kids to go to Disney it is my dream as a parent to be able to take them on a nice vacation. I dream of my girls being able to fly for the very first time…. I dream of the four of us having a quality family time that could be one of those memories that you grow up and remember forever. How wonderful that trip was, how much you were able to bond as a family, relax as a family, no phone, e-mail, internet, just quality family time that when you return back to home and get caught back up in the hussle and craziness that life brings your direction you could just look back and remember the quiet, peacefulness of not having a care in the world besides sitting back and enjoying the presence of each other. To be able to see my girls faces lit up with pure joy and excitement verses feeling like the bad parent that always has to be creative in explaining to them why it is so much fun to stay at home verses go to the movies, waterpark, theme park, etc. because we just don’t have the extra. Of course, taking lots and lots of pictures and coming home and then being able to spend several family days letting each girl (including myself) create their own scrapbook of pictures and writing their favorite parts of the trip to cherish and keep forever!

  897. phsu
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 18:37:31

    Wow, almost 900 replies …

    What is my chance to get 100K SPG points for my milestone travel?

  898. Ted
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 18:37:46

    Another post for the win!!

  899. tinac
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 18:39:28

    How does the random drawing work for 900 replies?

  900. Elijah Nouvelage
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:58:28

    I tweeted this contest: https://twitter.com/!/wanderinghome

  901. Dorinda Knepper
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:04:32

    Seriously, the best advice is to just go and have a good time, enjoy your kids while they still like being around you, eat too much, laugh to much, take too many pictures, (especially with people in goofy suits) and don’t fret. They grow up and all you have are the memories, if there aren’t many or the ones you have are mostly fussing and fretting over this and that, well, then that’s all you will have. Better to have fun, while you can, take the time to enjoy every little thing, because before you realize it, the toys are gone, the phone isn’t ringing and they’ve grown up and gone off to live their own lives. We have one chance to make the best memories we can make, so….Go Make Good Memories!!!

  902. Alex K
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:10:48

    I just signed up for email alerts – here’s toasting another entry!

  903. Yaswanth
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:10:59

    I would use their Category 4 Nights and Flights option for 70,000 Points. With this I would get 50,000 miles which I would transfer to American Airlines and 5 free nights at a Category 4 hotel which I would use at the The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa in St. Maarten. American flies there directly from Miami and Off-Peak it’s only 25K miles roundtrip so I could take someone with me with the 50,000 mile transfer. Also with American those miles count toward lifetime Gold which I am close to. In fact, I would use another 20K points to transfer to American getting me to 75K mies with them. The last 10,000 I would donate to the UNICEF Childrens Fund.

    Thanks for the great contest! Actually made think about where and how I would want to use so many points. No way I’ll ever able to actaully spend the $100,000 needed to earn the points haha.

  904. SC Flier
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:13:21

    Your badge is still on my website! http://www.journeysearcher.com

  905. Spencer Wheelwright
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:13:45

    Don’t forget to take some time for naps or just to sit and people-watch!

  906. SC Flier
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:14:22

    Daily tip: Take an early lunch to beat the crowds.

  907. SC Flier
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:15:30

    I’m still subscribed to your free email updates.

  908. Holly
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:17:02

    Wear sunscreen at the Disney parks!

  909. Holly
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:17:52

    Thanks for your emails!

  910. MiffSC (Susan)
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:35:17

  911. Mica
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:35:40

    I love this contest. What a great idea!

  912. Tony Cheng
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:45:34

    I always get great tips from the Starwood Hotel Concierges whenever I go on a trip to Disneyland. I email them before I arrive to get ideas on what to do and help plan my schedule of activities.

  913. Elijah Nouvelage
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:48:25

    Subscribed to your email updates.

  914. Linda
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:55:24

    Make sure you have a plan. Going into Disney without a plan is just a waste of time and money. Layout a plan of attack, include time off and rest periods in order to last longer. Remember to sit to eat, make reservations at restaurants in order to waste less time.

  915. Barry
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:58:25

    If the kids (or parents) start to get grouchy – take a rest. I have seen enough yelling and crying at Disney. If your children are tired, let them have a nap. Nobody is going to have fun if you push to much. Ask most small children what they remember about their trip and they will tell you the pool. Remember that and take it to heart. Besides dad could enjoy a beer while watching the kids!

  916. Joyce Cheng
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:58:34

    Keep up the great work! It has helped us so much!

  917. Elijah Nouvelage
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 19:59:51

    Fastpass has been beaten to death, but it’s still the best single tip that I can think of. Also, see if you can get in to Club 33 somehow. ; )

  918. A. Kendall
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:00:17

    Let the wife/husband/grandparents take the kids to the park one day and stay in and relax :)

  919. Jon
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 21:03:45

  920. Caleb B
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:11:09

    I’m still subscribed via Google Reader!

  921. RobbM
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:11:29

    Be Flexible !!! With children (we have 5!), we found that Disney was best enjoyed by going hard for 1-2 days at the parks and then give them a day to chill out at the hotel to swim, etc, and re-energize.

    Our hotel even had a pay option (small fee of $3/person) to go to a nearby private resort that had 3 different pools with big slides; the kids thought it was an awesome part of the vacation too.

  922. Caleb B
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:12:27

    You should go to bed early every night!

  923. Geneyem B
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:13:09

    Meet new friends at the Parks.

  924. Lindsay
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:18:44

    Buy carryon size of makeup/beauty products from a site like http://www.3floz.com/ so you don’t have to check a bag or sacrifice having your morning/evening ritual of products.

  925. MiffSC (Susan)
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:31:18

    Go early to the park of your choice; take a break and return to your resort or hotel when the day is hottest; then return to the parks in the evening. Three of the theme parks have special night-time events.

  926. MiffSC (Susan)
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:34:05

    Use Fastpass! Fastpass compares favorably to sliced bread as a great invention. It’s free, it’s simple, and it saves you from standing in line for the most popular rides.

  927. MiffSC (Susan)
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:41:06

    I meant to add to one of the comments above – that I subscribed to your email… so didn’t want seem that I ‘over posted’ – and couldn’t go back and edit. Sorry.

  928. Kristin
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 21:41:37

  929. Kristen
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:45:48

    I subscribe to your blog via email! Thanks for the great posts :)

    Kristen

  930. Kristen
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:50:12

    I love to take a photo of our kids standing in the SAME SPOT every time we go to Disney. It really shows how they have changed, while Disney stays just as magical as ever! Of course we take pics in front of the castle (doesn’t everyone? lol), but it’s fun to have something UNIQUE. Because our family heritage is Norwegian, I have the kids pose with the giant troll in Norway (EPCOT). I have the photos framed, hanging in our living room! I hope we will will some Starwood points from your giveaway so we can take another magical Disney troll photo to hang with the others :)

    With pixie dust,

    Kristen

  931. Jon
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 21:01:35

    Fastpass – everyone says Fastpass because it’s true – it’s the single most important thing that will save you time at Disneyland! Make good use of it :)

  932. Alan
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 21:13:11

    Water, snacks and, yes, hand sanitizer.

  933. Kris
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 21:31:11

    Naps and chill in the hotel pool during midday when it’s hot and crowded at the Park. Bring water and wipees when you go. Get to the park early, take midday break, then go back in the evening til Disneyland closes. You will avoid the line for rides this way. Have fun!

  934. Jessy
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 21:32:43

    Pack an extra sim card for the camera. I recommend a waterproof camera because of all the splash rides.

  935. jessy
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 21:36:05

    I subscribed!

  936. Michael
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 21:39:07

    Another great family trip is to the Great Northwest and an almost limitless supply of great Starwood properties to choose from.

  937. Denver
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 21:44:32

    Points entry

  938. Matt
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 21:55:30

    Would use for honeymoon!

  939. Czarina
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 21:56:39

    Would love to go to Asia!

  940. Marie
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 22:03:29

    Go to Disneyworld and Universal Orlando (Wizarding World of HARRY POTTER) instead. Orlando is much better in terms of theme parks.

  941. Ben
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 22:04:58

    I would send my grandmother on a trip to see all her grandchildren across the world!

  942. Marie
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 22:05:14

    I subscirbed to email updates.

  943. MJ
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 22:16:26

    100k starpoints would be the BOMB!

  944. Mica
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 22:17:02

    The SPG program is awesome. I’d use my points for Nights and Flights!

  945. Mka
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 22:19:27

    Would use points for westin Paris. Wishing you a fabulous vacation. Bring a disneythemed DVD for kids to watch at hotel during rest periods.

  946. Mka
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 22:23:04

    I subscribed to email updates.

  947. Melis
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 22:46:45

    Subscribed to email updates.

  948. eric pease
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 22:54:55

    Paris in the springtime! maybe Euro Disney too!