Flight Cost, Travel Cost

We are always looking to save money on airfare when visiting our favorite Disney vacation locations.  We’ve talked about using points to get free flights, especially through the use of sign up bonuses for credit cards.  We have also talked about making alternate flight arrangements, including flying into alternate airports.  During a recent search for flights for a trip next summer, we’ve discovered another tip! 

We always start our searches by looking to see if we can get a low cost ticket to our destination.  We feel that it is better to save our airline miles for more expensive tickets so that we get more than 1 cent per mile worth of value from the airline miles.  In order to get a good feel of the price point for the flights we want, we start our searches at one of our favorite websites, ITA Matrix.  For this particular trip, I started looking for one way tickets from Washington, D.C.… Read the rest

Credit Cards, Disney Cruise, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Parks, Flight Cost, Food Cost, Hotel Cost, Planning, Ticket Cost, Travel Cost

I had the great privilege and honor to be invited back on my favorite podcast, Rope Drop Radio, to discuss various ways to take Disney vacations for less money. 

Derek and Doug, the hosts of Rope Drop Radio, are two dads who love Disney.  Their goal is helping you navigate the Disney Parks and never missing a rope drop!  They want to share tips and tricks, travel plans, and must sees to help you have an amazing Disney trip! 

You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes.Read the rest

Flight Cost, Travel Cost

Transportation is one of the first things you will want to plan when you’ve settled on Orlando as a destination.  There are two things to think about with regards to transportation: getting to Orlando from your home or original destination, and traveling around Orlando once you have arrived.… Read the rest

Disney Cruise, Flight Cost, Hotel Cost, Planning, Travel Cost

Planning | Travel | Boarding | Sea | Sea | Tortola | St. Thomas | Star Wars Day | Castaway Cay | Go Home

Our 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Star Wars Day At Sea cruise on the Disney Fantasy didn’t start out as one of our normal cruises.  As we discussed in our post about planning an off season cruise, we had originally planned to book our standard spring break cruise for 2017, but finances got in the way.  We instead picked a different destination for spring break, and in October 2015 we booked what we thought would be a standard 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Fantasy.  In January 2016, Disney announced new Star Wars Day At Sea cruises for 7 night sailings on the Disney Fantasy — and in March 2016, we received notification that our cruise had been switched to the Star Wars theme.  Interestingly, the price of the cruise almost immediately went up by 50%.  We weren’t upset that it got changed, but I probably never would have booked it for that price, even with the Star Wars addition.… Read the rest

Flight Cost, Hotel Cost, Planning, Travel Cost

We eagerly awaited the release of the 2017 Spring Itineraries from Disney Cruise Line.  We’ve taken Disney cruises for our past three spring break vacations and have always enjoyed them.  We haven’t been too adventurous with the spring break cruises: they have all been 5 night cruises on the Disney Wonder, with two sea days, and port days in Cozumel, Mexico and at Disney’s private Bahamian island, Castaway Cay.… Read the rest

Credit Cards, Flight Cost, Hotel Cost, Planning, Ticket Cost, Travel Cost

It has been a quiet month here at Back To The Mouse.  What have we been spending our time doing?  We took a few trips, but basically have been earning and burning our airline and hotel miles.

Here is what we earned since the beginning of 2016:


SPG  – We both signed up for the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest cards when the sign up bonus went to 35,000 points. … Read the rest

Credit Cards, Flight Cost, Travel Cost

Recently, a co-worker told me he’s planning to visit family in Europe in 18-24 months.  We had previously discussed credit card rewards, so he was interested in reducing his costs for the flights.  His lodging expenses will be covered since he’s staying with family. … Read the rest