3 Easy Ways to Avoid Scams on Airbnb

TPG Contributor Hao Tran, one of Airbnb’s Superhosts in San Francisco, shares his best tips for booking and what you should look out for the next time you’re planning a trip with this vacation rental site.  Ever wonder about the legitimacy of the Airbnb listing you’re looking at? Are you getting the real deal or will it…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 Airbnb Gift Card

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, you’ll have the chance to win a $500 Airbnb gift card for your next stay. The credit is good toward stays, whether you’re planning to spend a few nights hanging out in a Hobbit house, lounging in a super-luxe villa or living like a local in Italy’s beautiful Cinque Terre. If you’re interested in traveling to…

Starwood Inks Deal to Open Properties in Cuba

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card Although the future of Starwood and its beloved SPG program is still unknown as the bidding war between Marriott and Anbang continues, the company is continuing to expand its portfolio. Starwood recently added…

Travel to Cuba Keeps Getting Easier

Until recently, traveling to Cuba was tricky for Americans, with the privilege reserved for just a handful with special permission from the government. With ties between the US and Cuba becoming friendlier every day, it’s now possible for the average American to visit via charter flights like Sun Country Charters, guided people-to-people cultural tours or by entering through a third country like Mexico. Last…

My 2015 Travel Year, Exciting New Airline Routes & More

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll…

Redeem Amex Membership Rewards Points for Airbnb Stays

Looking for another way to redeem your Membership Rewards points? Well, you’re in luck! Amex’s points program just got another partner this week with the introduction of a new redemption option through Airbnb, in addition to the gift card redemptions Amex introduced last year. Amex cardholders will now be able to integrate Membership Rewards accounts with their…

Live the Good Life at Villa Rentals Around the World

Chances are, if you’re a regular reader of The Points Guy, you love hotels — or at least the rush of staying at amazing ones for little to no cash outlay. But no matter how fantastic the property or spacious the suite, it’s hard to compare to the glamour of renting your own villa. TPG Contributor Adam Erace…

Kick Back On Nantucket Island This Summer

In the latest installation of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky holes up in serenely beautiful Nantucket, Massachusetts, just before the summer season hits. Set 30 miles south of Cape Cod and sprawling over almost 50 square miles, Nantucket feels like it inhabits another era. Its uneven cobbled streets (leave your heels at…

Travel to Bar Harbor on Points and Miles

In the latest installation of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky is in the mood for lobster and the great outdoors — so he takes us to Bar Harbor, Maine.  Lightly populated with year-round residents, vacation spot Bar Harbor is located on Maine’s beloved Mt. Desert Island, which takes in a good…

Casa Particulares: One Incredible Weekend with Three Cuban Families

Ever since my spur-of-the-moment trip to Havana, Cuba with TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino back in January 2015, I’d been wanting to head back to Cuba and do more exploring. Visiting only Havana is like going to Times Square and feeling confident you’ve seen the whole US. This time around I did things with just a bit more organization. I enlisted…