Melanie Wynne

Travel Editor

Melanie Wynne
Melanie 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.

38 Articles by Melanie Wynne

Marriott Bringing its Moxy Brand to the US in 2016

At an event last night in Los Angeles’ Nokia Plaza, Marriott announced the impending U.S. arrival of their new budget hotel brand, Moxy—and TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne shares more details.  Following the successful September 2014 launch of a single property in Milan, Marriott has just announced plans to bring its boutique Moxy Hotels brand to the U.S. in 2016. Targeted at millennials, this…

SkyMall Catalog Files for Bankruptcy: A Sad Day in Travel

Fellow Americans and travelers, it appears that a dark day has arrived, bringing the demise of the SkyMall catalog, whose quirky, silly and over-the-top products have kept us all chuckling and/or puzzled on many a domestic flight. To mark this mournful occasion, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne takes a look back at SkyMall’s highs and lows—and offers some…

Skip the Customs Line with New Mobile Passport App

A new mobile app allowing passengers to breeze through customs has hit the market, and TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne gives us the scoop. The first mobile app of its kind, Mobile Passport could eventually serve as a customs-only alternative to Global Entry expedited airport security status. Authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and sponsored…

8 Nights of Hanukkah Hotels

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…

12 Christmas Getaways For Every Type of Traveler

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…

20 Great Holiday Gifts for Travelers

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…

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

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…

10 Unexpected Airport Amenities You Won’t Believe

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.  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) The Club at ATL You don’t necessarily have to be…

Top 8 Sites for Discounted Travel Gear

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…

How To Apply & Get Approved For Global Entry

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…