52 Articles by Melanie Wynne

8 Reasons Why Travel to Cartagena, Colombia Is Growing

A few months ago, TPG Contributor — and former Travel Editor — Melanie Wynne pounced on a sweet JetBlue flight deal to Cartagena, Colombia, and spent six days wandering between the past and present in this elegant, sexy (and crumbling) city on South America’s Caribbean coast. She shot all the photos too. Ask a cross-section of Americans what the word “Cartagena” invokes for them, and chances…

Hotel Review: The Hilton Cartagena Hotel in Colombia

Last summer, TPG Contributor Melanie Wynne traveled to Cartagena, Colombia for six days and spent half her stay at the Hilton Cartagena Hotel, set on El Laguito Peninsula in the Bocagrande beach district. Here’s her review of the property.   Set on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Cartagena offers a mix of beaches, history and culture, with points properties in…

9 Sweet Apple Treats for Fall

To take advantage of Chase Sapphire Preferred’s lucrative offer of 3x points on dining on the first Friday of every month, we regularly round up the best in food and drink. Now that summer is (almost) over, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne gets to the core of nine delicious apple desserts to help you welcome autumn with a smile….

Flight Review: US Airways A330 Business Class, Philly-Dublin

Last month, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne took her first trip to Ireland, and to get there and back, she opted for the comfort of US Airways’ (soon to be AA’s) international business class. Here’s her review of her flight experience.  I’m always up for an adventure, so when I was recently invited by a handsome Irish gentleman to visit…

Favorite Places: The Glorious Cardiff Castle in Wales

Our weekend series ”Favorite Places,” features beloved travel destinations, attractions, restaurants, hotels and more from different members of the TPG team. Earlier this year, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne took a whirlwind trip through Europe that started in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. There she visited one of the best-preserved historical structures in the country, the splendid, formerly private home known…

Travel to Chile’s Atacama Desert on Points and Miles

The driest place on Earth, Chile’s Atacama Desert is also fascinating, colorful and surprisingly full of life. Requiring long flights from the US and possible overnight stays coming and going, it’s also a great destination for using your hard-earned points and miles. TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne guides you to and through the Atacama, a journey she…

Hotel Review: The London EDITION

Earlier this year, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne stayed one night at The London EDITION in the West End, a property in a luxury brand that allows you to redeem Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Rewards — and this is her experience of the property. (All photos by the author.) After The Points Guy enjoyed a one-night stay at The…

Favorite Places: An All-You-Can-Eat Cheese Cave in France

Time for another installment of our weekend series ”Favorite Places,” featuring beloved travel destinations, attractions, restaurants, hotels and more from different members of the TPG team. Earlier this year, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne took a whirlwind trip through Europe, with a stop in Bordeaux, France for a delightful meal at a cheese-lovers’ paradise called Baud et Millet. (All photos by…

Delta Unveils New Private Check-In Lounge at LAX

Yesterday at Los Angeles International Airport, Delta Air Lines unveiled its first private check-in lounge, Delta ONE at LAX — and TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne was there for the big reveal. (All photos by the author.) As part of a three-year, $229-million refurbishment of LAX’s Terminal 5 (known as the Delta Terminal), Delta Air Lines…

Selfie Sticks: Travel Tool or Tourist Nightmare?

Though Mashable recently declared 2015 “the year the selfie stick took over,” it’s official—we here at TPG aren’t the only people in the world who find selfie sticks annoying. For fear of poking someone’s eye out, ruining priceless artwork, or inciting violence in crowded areas, these extendable boom arms designed to hold your smartphone camera way out in front…