Travel to Cuba Keeps Getting Easier

Until recently, traveling to Cuba was tricky for Americans, with the privilege reserved for just a handful with special permission from the government. With ties between the US and Cuba becoming friendlier every day, it’s now possible for the average American to visit via charter flights like Sun Country Charters, guided people-to-people cultural tours or by entering through a third country like Mexico. Last…

My 2015 Travel Year, Exciting New Airline Routes & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Redeem Amex Membership Rewards Points for Airbnb Stays

Looking for another way to redeem your Membership Rewards points? Well, you’re in luck! Amex’s points program just got another partner this week with the introduction of a new redemption option through Airbnb, in addition to the gift card redemptions Amex introduced last year. Amex cardholders will now be able to integrate Membership Rewards accounts with their…

Live the Good Life at Villa Rentals Around the World

Chances are, if you’re a regular reader of The Points Guy, you love hotels — or at least the rush of staying at amazing ones for little to no cash outlay. But no matter how fantastic the property or spacious the suite, it’s hard to compare to the glamour of renting your own villa. TPG Contributor Adam Erace…

Kick Back On Nantucket Island This Summer

In the latest installation of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky holes up in serenely beautiful Nantucket, Massachusetts, just before the summer season hits. Set 30 miles south of Cape Cod and sprawling over almost 50 square miles, Nantucket feels like it inhabits another era. Its uneven cobbled streets (leave your heels at…

Travel to Bar Harbor on Points and Miles

In the latest installation of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky is in the mood for lobster and the great outdoors — so he takes us to Bar Harbor, Maine.  Lightly populated with year-round residents, vacation spot Bar Harbor is located on Maine’s beloved Mt. Desert Island, which takes in a good…

Casa Particulares: One Incredible Weekend with Three Cuban Families

Ever since my spur-of-the-moment trip to Havana, Cuba with TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino back in January 2015, I’d been wanting to head back to Cuba and do more exploring. Visiting only Havana is like going to Times Square and feeling confident you’ve seen the whole US. This time around I did things with just a bit more organization. I enlisted…

Airbnb’s Fastest-Growing Market: Cuba

Since the US eased restrictions on travel to Cuba in December, the Caribbean nation has quickly become one of the hottest destinations in the hemisphere. Both commercial airlines and charters have been adding new services to Havana, including JetBlue, which announced it would be adding a weekly service from New York JFK-José Martí International Airport…

By the Sea: Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy

In the first installment of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky luxuriates in the sun-splashed, no-fuss dolce vita of Italy’s Ligurian Coast. First, get your bearings: The Ligurian Coast is better known as the Italian Riviera, and is divided into two parts: west of Genoa to the French border (Riviera di Ponente) and…

Why I’m Off To Cuba Again (So Soon)

Ever since my spur-of-the-moment trip to Havana, Cuba with TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino back in January 2015, I’ve been wanting to head back to Cuba and explore more of this charming, complex country–the largest in the Caribbean, with newly relaxed restrictions and a lot to offer tourists aside from its capital city. Visiting only Havana is like going to Times Square and…