Hotel Review: AC Santo Mauro, Madrid

Gay Pride in Madrid is fabulous; the whole city parties, not just the LGBT community. I normally stay at the Westin Palace Madrid on the Plaza de las Cortes because it’s at the center of the action, right on the parade path. But that also means that staying there during Pride can be hectic, chaotic, messy, loud…

10 of the Most Thrilling Adventures on Earth

World traveler and TPG Contributor David Hoffmann isn’t one to shy away from an adventure. Over the last seven years, he’s traveled to 63 countries across six continents, documenting his travels for the David’s Been Here web series. For all you nature lovers and adrenaline junkies, here are his top 10 picks for exciting travel adventures around the…

Travel to London on Points and Miles

With the less-than-favorable exchange rate of pounds to dollars (£1 = $1.56 at this writing), new luxury hotels and celebrity chef-driven restaurants opening daily, London doesn’t seem to qualify as a value destination. But thanks to a continually increasing number of nonstop flights from the US — and a slew of points-redeeming hotel options — scoring a budget-savvy trip across the pond has never…

Deal Alert: $99 One-Way Fares to Amsterdam and Paris on WOW Air

Flights to Europe just got cheaper for East Coast flyers. Budget airline WOW Air has deals from Baltimore (BWI) and Boston (BOS) to Amsterdam (AMS) and Paris (CDG) with one-way fares starting at $99. All of these flights funnel through WOW’s hub in Reykjavik — connection times start at 70 minutes and there’s no need to go through security. While flights…

Travel to Bulgaria on Points and Miles

There are still plenty of authentic destinations left to explore in Europe without the crowds and overinflated prices — one is the Balkan Peninsula country of Bulgaria, which offers ancient history, stunning landscapes and mouthwatering cuisine. New TPG Contributor David Hoffmann (of the popular David’s Been Here web series) shares his recommended attractions, restaurants, hotels and redemptions…

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…

Making Family Vacations Affordable: TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points…

So, Greece is a Mess — What Does That Mean For Travelers?

With the recent financial collapse of Greece and its subsequent July 5 referendum, travelers are not sure how to handle trips planned to Athens, the Greek Islands and beyond. Here’s our guide to what’s happening, and what it means for you. Previously in Greece So, how did we get here? Let’s recap. No spoilers! 2008-2009:…

Amazing Deal Alert: Business Class to Europe from $1,519

There have been some amazing deals on business-class flights to Europe from the West Coast and East Coast over the past few weeks, with travelers having the opportunity to book premium-cabin travel to a number of European cities for less than $1,600 round-trip. This week, you can still take advantage of great fares from Philadelphia to a bunch of…

Top 6 Ways to Fly to Europe in Business Class

While summer award availability to Europe tends to be tight, you can still find some great seats with a little flexibility and creativity. As a follow-up to his post on the Top 5 Ways to Fly to Europe in First Class, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen covers six great options for flying in business class across…