Melanie Wynne

Travel Editor

Melanie WynneMelanie Wynne lives in Los Angeles and writes about travel, food and wine, sharing tips on enjoying the good life with limited vacation time. Before launching her career as a writer, she was a professional artist specializing in multi-media and sculpture. However, the lure of travel led her down a new path — and so far, to more than 50 countries. In addition to running her own travel blogs (including the couples/friends-focused Travels With Two), Melanie is a regular contributor to USA Today, and has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, AOL Travel, Gayot and more. When not exploring the restaurants, art and landscapes of Los Angeles, you can often find her on an airplane or out on a road trip. Some of Melanie's recent travels have taken her to a villa in Provence, ancient rice terraces in the Philippines, Chile’s Atacama Desert, and her favorite California wine region, Paso Robles.

As the Travel Editor of The Points Guy, Melanie helps the team manage the site’s content and contributes posts on points and mileage awards, travel industry trends, and her own adventures. Melanie enjoys being a helpful resource to her fellow travelers, so please feel free to email her at melanie@thepointsguy.

Articles by Melanie Wynne

8 Nights of Hanukkah Hotels

December 16, 2014

Like a bag of shiny gelt (gold-wrapped chocolate coins), it’s a treat to gather with your extended mishpachah (family) for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which this year spans December 16-24. Based on the eight U.S. cities with the largest Jewish populations, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne suggests a menorah’s worth of hotels to inspire celebrating the Festival of Lights […]

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12 Christmas Getaways For Every Type of Traveler

December 11, 2014

No plans yet for Christmas? Well, there’s no need to pout, because TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has compiled a list of holiday getaways that will get you packing. Whether you’re looking for romance, adventure, trips suited to friends or family, a chilled-out vacation or a non-stop party, you’ll find your ideal Christmas destination here.  Travelers in Search of […]

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20 Great Holiday Gifts for Travelers

December 10, 2014

With a world’s worth of potential gifts to give a traveler for the winter holidays, you could spend the entire year looking for the perfect present. Fortunately, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has narrowed the list down to twenty must-have items for journeys near and far – leaving you more time to plan your next trip! TPG TIP: To maximize […]

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Top 10 Hotel Club Lounges in the U.S. & How to Gain Access

December 2, 2014

Following TPG Contributor Nick Ewen’s rundown of the best airport lounges in the U.S., TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne shares her picks for the top 10 hotel club lounges in America, as well as tips on how to earn your way into them through their affiliated loyalty programs and co-branded credit cards. Gaining entry to private club lounges like these will take your future hotel […]

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10 Unexpected Airport Amenities You Won’t Believe

November 22, 2014

Whether you’re stuck in an endless delay, find yourself with a layover, or have merely arrived early for your flight, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne wants you to know that several U.S. airports offer a little something extra in terms of relaxation, recreation and diversion.  Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) The Club at ATL You don’t necessarily have to be […]

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Top 8 Sites for Discounted Travel Gear

November 19, 2014

Shopping online rather than at brick-and-mortar stores can save you a good deal of money, especially when it comes to expensive travel gear like luggage, carryalls, outdoor wear and seasonal sports equipment. TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has compiled this list of the top sites for discounted travel gear to help you get properly outfitted for your future trips - without spending a bundle.  Discount sites […]

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How To Apply & Get Approved For Global Entry

November 3, 2014

Last week, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne was approved for Global Entry, an expedited airport security status overseen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Here is the process she went through get her coveted Known Traveler Number–and how you can do it too.  Global Entry, the U.S. government’s expedited immigration program for pre-approved, low-risk frequent international travelers, costs […]

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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Airport Restaurants in the US

October 31, 2014

While the landscape of U.S. airport dining can sometimes be a wasteland of fast-food joints and far-from-fresh fare, there is hope. Popping up at airport terminals across the country are riffs on local hotspots, tasty national chains and even eateries created specifically for a hub. Hope you’re hungry, because TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne is issuing your boarding pass to great meals at […]

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8 Haunted Points Hotels for Halloween

October 18, 2014

Escaping from your normal plane of existence this Halloween? TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has compiled a list of U.S. hotels with frightful pasts and present day treats, like delightful amenities and, in most cases, availability during Halloween weekend and for points redemption. Hotel Monteleone – New Orleans, Louisiana The Hotel & the Haunting: Voodoo-steeped New Orleans prides itself on being America’s most haunted city. […]

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Hotelied: Up To 50% Off Hotels Based on Your Social Media Presence

October 17, 2014

TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne takes a look at a new, free hotel booking site called Hotelied that offers exclusive discounts to its members based on personal data such as their social media popularity, their travel-program loyalty, and more.  Billed as a “dating site for hotel stays,” a new members-only booking site called Hotelied claims to offer personalized savings on […]

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Hotel Review: Sheraton Tribeca New York – King Guest Room

October 13, 2014

The TPG team recently met in New York for strategy meetings and checked into a variety of hotels across the city. TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne stayed at the Sheraton Tribeca New York, and this is her review of the property. Stay tuned for more New York City hotel reviews. When I checked into the Sheraton Tribeca New York last month, it had […]

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Ebola and Travel: CDC Launches New Airport Screening Program

October 9, 2014

Following the death yesterday of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man afflicted with the U.S.’s first recorded case of Ebola and sequestered in an isolation ward at a Dallas hospital, the U.S. federal government is launching its first large-scale attempt at screening for Ebola at American airports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that […]

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Cultured: 10 Museum Exhibits You Must See Before They Close

October 4, 2014

Looking to inject a little arts and culture into your fall travel plans? TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne shares her picks for the museum exhibits to catch in various cities around the world – before they close.  New York Jeff Koons: A Retrospective - Whitney Museum of American Art Closing October 19, 2014 Famed American artist Jeff Koons has a talent […]

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10 New Things to See in L.A. This Fall

September 15, 2014

Planning an autumn trip to Los Angeles? TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne lives there, and shares her picks for the best new experiences in the City of Angels.  L.A.’s a generally laid-back city, but it can sometimes feel like it’s moving at the speed of light, with a constant flood of new restaurants, nightlife, cultural attractions and entertainment experiences to […]

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Aloft Introduces Robotic Butler & The Future of Hotel Tech

August 25, 2014

The future of hotel technology has arrived: robot butlers, digital concierges and apps that let you choose your own room are just the beginning. TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne checks in on state-of-the-art advancements being used right now at hotel chains around the world.  You don’t have to remember Rosie, the electronic maid of cartoon family The Jetsons, to appreciate […]

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8 Hottest Las Vegas Pool Parties to Hit Before Summer’s Over

August 18, 2014

Sin City is on fire through the end of summer and the best way to cool down is at one of its legendary pool parties. Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne scopes out the best parties and hottest headliners over Labor Day Weekend and beyond. It’s been a big year for Vegas for those who love points with several new […]

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Where to Find the 1920s in Santa Barbara

August 15, 2014

Looking for some historical perspective behind one of Southern California’s most picturesque seaside cities? Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne takes you to Santa Barbara for a tour of the past and the present. A graceful wave of palm-dotted hills sloping gently to the Pacific, the heartbreaking beauty of Santa Barbara, California inspires PhDs to take jobs as baristas just to live there. What this […]

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SkyTeam Launches Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass

August 4, 2014

Hot on the heels of Jason Steele’s recent post about air travel passes, SkyTeam has launched its new Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass. The latest in SkyTeam’s series of regional travel passes, the Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass provides what appears to be a modest cost savings on multi-stop flight itineraries aboard SkyTeam member airlines serving 26 participating countries […]

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What to Do in Oahu, Hawaii: Beach, Mountains and More

July 15, 2014

Like a Choose Your Own Adventure book come to life, the Hawaiian island of O’ahu blends a varied sweep of wild, technicolor landscapes with a thousand-year history to form an exciting gateway to the most exotic state in America. From soft, pale sands and pockmarked volcanic shores to jagged peaks and jungly gardens carpeted in lush greens, and a melted-turquoise ocean tossed by gravity-defying waves, the natural […]

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Enterprise Rolls Out New Enhancements to Its Loyalty Program

July 8, 2014

Driven by a highly competitive rental car market, Enterprise Rent-A-Car recently announced some sexy new enhancements to its Enterprise Plus loyalty program, including points earning/redemptions in Europe, the option of receiving an e-receipt following a rental, and status match opportunities. First launched in 2012, the Enterprise Plus program earns its members one point per qualifying dollar spent on Enterprise rentals, and free rental […]

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TSA Bans Uncharged Gadgets on Transatlantic Flights to US

July 8, 2014

If you’re headed to the U.S. on a transatlantic flight, make sure your cell phones, laptops, tablets and more are charged by the time you get to the airport, or you might not be allowed to board with them. As part of the Enhanced Security Measures announced by the Secretary of Homeland Security last week, the […]

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Cultured: Los Angeles’ Downtown Art Walk

July 1, 2014

I’m pleased to introduce a new TPG column. “Cultured” sets out to explore the arts and cultural attractions  in top cities around the world. With so many emerging and established arts scenes out there, we know these attractions are often at the top of travelers’ lists when it comes to discovering a city. To get the ball rolling […]

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Earn Up To 100,000 AAdvantage Bonus Miles On New Asia Routes

June 25, 2014

Today through December 6, 2014, American Airlines AAdvantage members can earn up to 100,000 bonus miles for taking a maximum of four eligible round-trip flights on any of AA’s new non-stop routes between the US and Asia. Register prior to travel using promotion code ASIA2, purchase a qualifying First Class, Business Class or select Economy Class fare ticket, and […]

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My Los Angeles – An Entire World In One Surprising City

June 24, 2014

We’ve been introducing you to the TPG staff based far and wide across the United States and Europe. To learn a little more about them, they’re sharing with you their experiences in the destinations that they call home. Today, meet Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne and her Los Angeles. My heart has belonged to L.A. since 1993, when I drove across the […]

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