Melanie Wynne

Assistant 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 Assistant Editor of The Points Guy, Melanie helps Eric and Brian manage the site’s content and contributes posts on 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

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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First Look at the Snazzy New LAX Oneworld Business Lounge

June 18, 2014

Los Angeles-based TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne recently had a chance to check out the new Oneworld International Business Lounge at LAX… here’s her review! Unveiled just yesterday, the new oneworld International Business Lounge at Los Angeles’ LAX is a real winner. Set on Level 5 of the sparkling Tom Bradley International Terminal (fully renovated as of June 2013) and […]

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Fourth of July With A View: Best Hotels For Fireworks Shows

June 17, 2014

In the United States, the most patriotic night of the year is also the most dazzling, with Fourth of July fireworks lighting up the skies from sea to shining sea. Many cities stage awe-inspiring displays of bombs bursting in air, attracting huge crowds in parks and public spaces, as well as on roads and public transportation. To leave the hordes behind this Fourth of July, head to […]

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Hotel Review: Blue Moon Hotel in Miami’s South Beach

May 31, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I gathered the TPG staff  for an exciting strategy session at our new Miami headquarters, and reserved a room for TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne at the Blue Moon Hotel, a relatively new property on trendy Collins Avenue in South Beach. Here’s Melanie’s review of this historic boutique hotel.  If you’ve never woken up inside a piece of history a […]

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10 Hip Hotels That Allow You to Earn and Use Points

May 23, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. To help you maximize your hotel points – and your impeccable taste in lodgings - TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne explores 10 ways to be rewarded for your brand loyalty to cool, hip hotels around the world.  […]

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The New Frontier of Airline Fees: Overhead Bin Space and Seat Assignments

April 30, 2014

Following Frontier Airlines’ announcement this past Monday that it will now charge its passengers for placing their carry-on bags in its overhead bins and reserving seats in advance, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne examines the present landscape of similarly ridiculous airline fees – and finds the worst offenders. In yet another irritating step toward entirely fee-dependent fares, low-cost […]

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What Is A Bitcoin and Might They Be Useful For Travelers?

April 16, 2014

TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne takes us through a quick history of the bitcoin and analyzes the future of this digital currency and whether travelers could take advantage of it in the future.  In the four-year history of the digital currency known as bitcoin, I’ve referred to it as the “LaserDisc of money” more than once, […]

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Destination of the Week: Adelaide

March 21, 2014

Though summer has reached an end in the Southern Hemisphere, fall can be an ideal time to escape the cold up north and head to Australia. For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne explores Aboriginal culture, native gardens, regional wine and cuisine, and lots of friendly marsupials in and around the historic city of […]

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Hitlist: A New Cheap Flight Finder App With Potential…And Some Kinks to Work Out

February 17, 2014

TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne takes a new travel app called Hitlist, which promises to get you to your dream destinations for less, out for a spin. Fresh out of beta, a new travel app called Hitlist by Tripcommon monitors your favorite destinations and alerts you when flights there go down in price. It’s like Flight Aware or […]

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Redeem Your Virgin America Points for Flights, Not Virgin Limited Edition Travel Packages

February 14, 2014

Virgin America just announced a new promotion called “Take your points on vacation with Virgin Limited Edition”, which listed travel packages that you can use your points on not only for flights but also to stay in places that look pretty great including safari camps in Kenya and South Africa, an alpine lodge in Switzerland, […]

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Destination of the Week: Papagayo, Costa Rica

January 31, 2014

If this winter’s polar vortex is inspiring you to plan a tropical vacation, know that now through April, Costa Rica  is warm, sunny and dry. For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne takes us to one of her (and The Points Guy’s) favorite spots on the northwest coast of Costa Rica: the wild, volcanic Peninsula Papagayo. Best […]

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Destination of the Week: Aspen, Colorado

January 24, 2014

With powder up a whopping 20% from last year and average temperatures in the 40s, skiers this season are flocking to the Rockies and Elks. For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Melanie Wynne takes us to one of her favorite winter destinations in the US – Aspen, Colorado. Echoes of Aspen’s former glory as a silver-mining boom town […]

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