6 Tips To Maximize Your Holiday Travel

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6 Tips To Maximize Your Vacations

We have been having so much fun this past year with all the traveling we have been doing. Along the way we’ve learned a bunch of tricks that have really helped us to maximize our holiday travel.

We want every moment of our vacations and holiday travel to count and this is how we do it…

1. Take an early flight or a red eye the night before. We learned pretty quickly that the best vacations start as early in the day as possible. By planning your vacation start time to coincide with hotel check in you get more from your vacation days!

2. Maximize your time spent driving. If you are driving to your destination leave the night before after the evening traffic and get to a point where you are past the traffic and the rest of your day will be smooth sailing (or driving). When we are heading to Northern California we always drive up past Los Angeles the night before and that saves us hours of LA traffic.

3. Plan out as much as you can before you go. We have spent way too much time planning out our days while on vacation when we could have been doing something else. Not a good use of our time.

4. But don’t plan too much. Remember to leave some time unplanned for adventures you didn’t know you wanted to take till you got there. Some of the most exciting things we have done have been spontaneous!

5. Download a weather and map app before you go. You don’t want to miss any of the fun because of rain or snow… or get lost while you are out having fun. Both of these tools will be priceless while you are away from home.

6. Look for ways to double dip on your vacations.

I love when one vacation can help with my next vacations… or maximize the one I’m taking. A great way to do so is with the Double Stay, Double Go promotion, happening in the month of November, when using your Marriott Rewards Premier and eligible United MileagePlus Credit Cards from Chase to earn you double points when booking your trip. Double points means more towards your next vacation!

If you are thinking about booking your holiday travel, remember that during the month of November, Marriott Rewards Premier cardmembers earn double points on United purchases and United MileagePlus Explorer, Club and Presidential Plus cardmembers earn double miles on Marriott purchases. You can visit the Double Stay, Double Go website before November 30, 2015 for more details.

Where are you traveling this holiday season?

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Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.


  1. These are great tips. We usually stay local around the holidays. We will go over to Orlando and got to Universal and Disney.

  2. Thanks for the suggestions. Marriott is my favorite hotel brand… and we are in the process of planning a trip but waiting to hear when my Mom can watch the kids.

  3. These are excellent tips, especially since holiday travel can be extra stressful. I actually leave on a trip Saturday morning and saved a pretty penny by booking a super early flight.

  4. My husband always plans out every detail of our trip before we go on vacation. It really does make for smooth sailing when you aren’t trying to plan out stuff to do during your trip.

  5. I’m the sort who likes to plan as little as possible. That’s why I love cruising. I don’t want to stress over making appointments or planning things like meals and transportation, I just want to relax.

  6. We will be heading to Orlando this season and the best advice I can give to travelers (especially those with young children) is get yourself up and ready before everyone else wakes up. Also have showers completed the night before and clothes out ready for the day.

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