How to Create a Points & Miles Strategy for Family Travel

Now that you’re sold on traveling for free or for very little cost, where do you invest your time, energy and spending to earn points? TPG Contributor Jessica Lawler suggests considering these factors to devise a points and miles strategy for family travel. Keeping up on the points game can be a little intimidating at…

$3,000 Worth of Flights for $40 — 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…

A Contingency Checklist for Family Travel

The possibility of things going completely wrong is just part of the nature of traveling with family. TPG Contributor Jessica Lawler shows you how a little bit of planning can help you deal with unforeseen obstacles on the ground and in the air. On a recent month-long trip to France (as a last hurrah before my…

Hawaii’s Most Amazing Hotel Pools

There’s nothing quite like getting off a long flight and getting that first look at your destination … in the form of a hotel pool. TPG Contributor Kaeli Conforti (the Digital Editor at Budget Travel) grew up on Oahu and her family vacationed at resorts on the other islands. Here, she shares her picks for…

10 Tips for Booking Family Award Travel

Award travel is a great way to broaden not only your own horizons, but also those of the people you love. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele offers some of his favorite strategies for traveling with the whole family using points and miles. Family travel can be challenging for award travel enthusiasts, as you’ll need a larger…

The Ultimate Guys’ Fishing Weekend

Having recently returned from the holy grail of guys’ weekends, TPG Contributor Muhammad Lila shares his experience with the West Coast Fishing Club, a Vancouver-based charter fishing outfitter that specializes in high-end outdoor adventures. As he explains, you’ll trade tents and mud for high-thread-count sheets and delicious, chef-prepared meals. What happens when you mix 14 men of varying ages and…

7 Things Families with Young Kids Should Pack for Travel

Having the right gear can make all the difference while traveling internationally, or even domestically. You can find thousands of opinions on travel gear, but TPG Contributor Jessica Lawler suggests that families with young children shouldn’t travel without these seven items. 1. The Ergobaby Carrier. Being hands-free while traveling is essential for parents. While we bring this carrier for our…

Comparing Starwood’s Swan and Dolphin Disney World Resorts

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 The Swan and Dolphin resorts are great options for Walt Disney World visitors, as they’re both SPG properties located inside the park. However, the two hotels offer guests very different experiences. Today, TPG Contributor…

Football Frenzy — 32 Teams in 60 Days on Points and Miles

Love football as much as you love a good award redemption? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten understands. Here’s his way to see a whole lot of football for not that many points and miles. (As of this writing, all flights listed below have availability — and all stadium photos are used courtesy of the individual stadiums.) If you can get a couple months…

5 Tips for Planning Great Family Trips

Despite harrowing tales of screaming babies and spilled airplane drinks, traveling with children doesn’t have to be painful. Having lived and traveled abroad with her family of four, new TPG Contributor Jessica Lawler offers her insights into planning more organized, efficient and affordable trips that will create lasting memories for your own family.  In the last…