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Comfort Inn Bolivar Rome: Family Travel in the City Center

August 22, 2014

On a recent trip to Italy, TPG Contributor Jason Steele and his family spent three nights at the Comfort Inn Bolivar in Central Rome. Here’s what they found. Our family loves to visit Italy, but it can be very difficult to find family friendly accommodations there. Italian law requires hotels to collect passport information from all guests, […]

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Large Family & Group Travel Tips, Tricks, and Strategies

August 15, 2014

With a family of four, I sometimes envy the ease of travel enjoyed by singles and couples. One or two award seats aren’t too hard to find, you can fit into virtually any car or hotel room, and you can travel very light. On the other hand, I know other families that routinely travel as a […]

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Maximizing IHG Rewards Club for Family Travel

August 8, 2014

Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele continues his series on family travel options in the most prevalent hotel brands with a look at IHG Rewards.  Check out his earlier posts on Family Travel with Starwood, Hyatt, Hilton, and Marriott. The InterContinental Hotels Group, better known as IHG, features over 4,600 properties in over 100 countries. Other than InterContinental, its most prominent brands […]

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Planning a Family Vacation to Italy: Agriturismos

August 1, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele shares his experiences  Italy is a very rich destination for travelers. Certainly, there’s the ruins of the ancient Roman empire to see, and the art of the Renaissance to appreciate, but a trip to Italy is also about experiencing the people, culture, and cuisine of the countryside. Visitors have a unique […]

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Maximizing Marriott Rewards for Family Travel

July 25, 2014

Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele continues his series on family travel options in the most prevalent hotel brands with a look at Marriott Rewards. Previously, we looked at several of the major hotel loyalty programs to evaluate how family friendly they are, including Starwood Preferred Guest, Hyatt Gold Passport, and Hilton HHonors. Today I want to look at the Marriott Rewards program, which […]

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Rental Cars For Family Travel

July 18, 2014

Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at strategies for renting cars that can fit the whole family without breaking the budget. When I travel by myself, I have a simple formula for choosing which size rental car to reserve: I pick the smallest and least expensive car available. Rental car agencies rarely stock sub-compact cars, […]

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Strategies for Minimizing the TSA Fee Hike

July 14, 2014

Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at ways to mitigate the increased TSA security fees set to begin next week. As TPG reported recently, the TSA will soon be raising its fees, making airfare more expensive. The current fee is $2.50 per leg, with a cap of $5 per one-way trip or $10 per round trip. Beginning […]

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Maximizing Hilton HHonors For Family Travel

July 11, 2014

Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele continues his series on family travel options in the most prevalent hotel brands with a look at Hilton HHonors. Previously, we looked at the family friendly aspects of two popular hotel loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest and Hyatt Gold Passport. Today, I want to examine Hilton HHonors and see how it stacks up in accommodating family travelers. How HHonors […]

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Making Family Travel Easier with Car Seats & Strollers

July 4, 2014

For those of you whose adventures come with infants and toddlers in tow, today TPG Contributor Jason Steele advises on how to minimize the hassle of traveling with a car seat or stroller. My wife and I find that the rewards of family travel exceed the challenges, but there really is little upside to towing child car seats and […]

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Maximizing Hyatt Gold Passport for Family Travel

July 2, 2014

TPG Contributor Jason Steele continues his series on family travel options in major hotel loyalty programs. Up this week: Hyatt Gold Passport. Previously, we looked at family friendly hotel options within the Starwood brands, and readers commented that they wanted to compare that perspective to other brands. For starters, we’ll look at the Hyatt Gold Passport program […]

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How to Maximize Family Friendly Hotel Rooms With SPG

June 20, 2014

One of the challenges of family travel is finding accommodations for everyone. After our first daughter was born, finding a hotel that could supply a crib or a cot was fairly easy, but now that we have two children, the task has grown much harder. Starwood properties, which include Westin, Sheraton, and several other brands, […]

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Travel Tips for Parents Leaving The Kids at Home for the First Time

June 18, 2014

TPG Contributor Jason Steele has learned the ropes of family travel, but one challenge he never expected was that of finally leaving the kids behind for the first time. For those of you who are busy raising the next generation of explorers, I asked him to offer his insights. My wife and I love the challenges and rewards of traveling with […]

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A New Parents Guide To Traveling With Children

June 13, 2014

Traveling with young children can be both a blessing and, well, a less happy blessing. Family vacations call for more planning, stricter budgeting, and better organization than the average couple’s holiday. Despite the challenges, my wife and I have taken our two daughters on several lengthy international vacations, and countless domestic ones. Not only did we survive these trips, […]

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Coordinating Credit Card Strategies for Couples

May 30, 2014

Equitability in relationships is crucial, including financial decisions like which credit cards to apply for, who does the applying, and who reaps the benefits. I asked resident TPG family man Jason Steele to share his strategies for maintaining balance and harmony in a credit sharing couple. Couples need twice as many points and miles to travel together, […]

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Mother’s Day Gifts For The Traveling Mom

May 10, 2014

With only a day left until Mother’s Day, the TPG team has come up with a few fun ways to show your mom you love her and celebrate her love of travel- especially if you’ve procrastinated and need a unique last minute gift idea. 1. Use points and miles to take her on a trip: […]

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Is There a Minimum Age Limit To Get An Airline Frequent Flyer Accounts?

April 27, 2014

Earlier this week, TPG reader (and responsible parent) JB tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Brian, is there a minimum age limit for setting up a frequent flyer account? For instance, can my six-year-old start accumulating miles?” My answer is – absolutely!  After all, as the saying goes: “The family that accrues miles together, stays together.” (Okay, […]

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Traveling With Children: Planning Activities for All Ages

April 19, 2014

Planning the perfect vacation with children means picking the most family-friendly airlines (both domestic and international) and packing the best gear (for infants and young children), but the most important part might be choosing activities that are fun for the kids, and their parents, so I asked TPG contributor Jason Steele to write up his […]

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Tips For Flying With Kids in First Class

January 23, 2014

Though some airlines have banned kids from their first class cabin, you’ll still find lucky little tykes traveling like tycoons from time to time. With that in mind, TPG Contributor Jason Steele shares his own experience flying first class from Tel Aviv to Denver via Germany with his six-year-old daughter on Lufthansa, as well as […]

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JetBlue Launches Family Pooling Program

October 10, 2013

The ability to pool points together can make booking award travel a lot easier. Usually frequent flyer programs make you pay a transfer fee (usually about 1 cent per point plus fees), which greatly decreases the value of those points, since these days redemptions are usually between 1 and 2 cents per mile/point (though certain […]

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Travel Gear For Families With Toddlers And Young Children

September 25, 2013

A father of two young children himself, TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at some essential gear for families traveling with infants. Although family travel becomes easier as children start to walk and become potty trained, traveling with toddlers imposes a new set of challenges that require some different gear. Here are the top 10 essential items […]

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Essential Travel Gear For Families With Infants

September 24, 2013

Following our recent posts on family travel, TPG contributor (and father of two) Jason Steele gives his insights into traveling with infants and just what gear you’ll need to bring along your little bundle of joy on your next trip. We all have our favorite travel gadgets to see us through the most arduous journey, […]

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Maximize Monday: The Most Family-Friendly International Carriers

September 9, 2013

Recently, TPG contributor Jason Steele looked at the most family friendly airlines for domestic and short haul travel, considering luggage allowances, seating assignments, in-flight entertainment, and access to boarding priority. Today he’s going to roundup the international airlines with the best travel policies for family travel. When it comes to traveling with a family, things […]

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The Most Family Friendly Airlines For Domestic And Short Haul Flights

September 2, 2013

Traveling as a family is not easy or cheap, and all airlines are not created equal when it comes to accommodating family travel, so TPG contributor (and father of two children) Jason Steele has compiled a list of the family-friendliest airlines flying the skies these days and what accommodations they make for parents and kids.   Some […]

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Singapore’s Scoot Airlines Creates ScootinSilence Child-Free Cabin

August 21, 2013

Singapore Airlines announced that it has created a child-free zone on its budget carrier Scoot Airlines’ planes and that passengers can “upgrade” to this newly dubbed “ScootinSilence” area – reserved for travelers 12 and above – for about $14. Scoot is the latest airline to introduces a child-free zone on its flights, following in the […]

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