6 All-American Theme Parks For a Fun Summer Vacation

The summer vacation season is heating up, which means it’s prime time for taking the family to one of these classic American theme parks. Having worked in theme park operations for more than two decades, TPG Contributor Joel Ward — who recently shared his picks for must-see theme parks around the world — shares some of the best summertime destinations…

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…

6 Must-See Theme Parks Around the World

Summer is the most popular time of the year for visiting amusement parks in North America, but if you’re traveling a bit further afield than Florida, you’ll discover that many of the most exciting new developments are happening in other parts of the globe. Having worked in theme park operations for more than two decades, TPG…

Using Points and Miles to Book Award Travel for Others

Some of my favorite awards have been the ones I booked for other people, like taking my mom to Easter Island a few years ago, or treating my dad to a VIP experience at a Knicks game with Starpoints last year. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele shares his own experiences of booking award travel for others, and…

Six Great Summer Destinations for Families

Across America, children are eagerly counting down the days until school’s out for the summer. For them, Memorial Day signals “no more teachers, no more books.” For parents like TPG Contributor Kara Williams of The Vacation Gals, though, it means nearly three glorious months of no carpools, homework help, or packing daily lunches—and instead, ample…

7 Winter Ski Destinations to Spend Your Summer Vacation

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some relatively uncommon summer vacation destinations, and explains why they should be on your list. If you’re looking for great summer destinations to beat the heat, consider some of your favorite winter destinations — namely, ski areas. While it used to be that ski resorts and…

7 Sunny Spring Break Destinations for Families

The best award travel deals for Spring Break are usually booked far in advance, but many families simply aren’t able to be that organized. Fortunately, TPG Senior Contributor Jason Steele can suggest some great Spring Break destinations for families that can still be booked with points and miles—even now. Finding Spring Break (late March through early April) award availability for an entire family…

Emirates SFO-DXB—16 Hours with a Toddler!

In light of the recent Etihad mistake-fare windfall and last month’s Emirates Fare Sale to Italy, the TPG Team traded stories about their own long-haul economy sale-fare experiences. One of our favorites comes from TPG’s newest team member, Leigh Rowan, who recounts his and his wife’s recent 16-hour adventure in Emirates economy…with their 18-month old son.  Back in mid-October,…

Mom and Baby Booted Off Frontier Flight For “Rudeness”

Crawling right behind Air Asia’s “Hot Watergate” and the Korean Air “‘nutroversy,” Tennessee mom Nicki Gazlay and her baby were kicked off a Frontier Airlines flight yesterday for arguing with a flight attendant. Gazlay and her five-month-old son were boarding their connecting flight from Denver (DEN) to Memphis (MEM) when a flight attendant demanded Gazlay take her son out of…