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…

8 Travel Tips that Every Parent Needs to Know

Both the joys and rigors of travel can be magnified when you have children in tow, so today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips from his own experiences as a traveler and father to help you make the most of your next family vacation. It has been said that there’s no instruction…

10 Remarkable Road Trips in the U.S.A.

Planes allow you to travel quickly around the U.S., but if your journey is the destination, take to the roads to explore the country’s dazzling array of landscapes at a slower pace. If you need some road-tripping inspiration, check out our post on Maximizing Points and Miles on Road Trips—and allow new TPG Contributor Spencer Spellman to guide you along some of the best driving routes in America. Route 66 – California to/from…

12 Christmas Getaways For Every Type of Traveler

No plans yet for Christmas? Well, there’s no need to pout, because TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has compiled a list of holiday getaways that will get you packing. Whether you’re looking for romance, adventure, trips suited to friends or family, a chilled-out vacation or a non-stop party, you’ll find your ideal Christmas destination here.  Travelers in Search of…

What’s the Best Strategy For Redeeming Family Award Tickets?

TPG reader Hung asked me on Facebook: “I’m planning a trip to Vietnam next summer with my family of four, but can’t book United award tickets for four people at the same time. When I select two people, there are many award seats available. Can I redeem points for two seats first, and then immediately redeem another…