TPG’s top 20 destinations for 2020, a bed bug nightmare and more

Dec 21, 2019

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Each Saturday, we round up the top miles, points and travel news that you might have missed on TPG this week. Here’s what you need to know:

We’re calling it: The 20 hottest destinations of 2020

Here are TPG’s best predictions for the new decade’s top destinations. Are any of them on your bucket list?

Nightmare: We caught bed bugs staying at a nice hotel

real bed bug on wool knitwear, good details on enlarge view

TPG’s Summer Hull and her family stayed at a nice hotel this summer that left them with some very nasty souvenirs — for months. Here’s how you can learn from her ordeal so you never have to go through such a harrowing experience. 

Watch: This mom has no idea her son is piloting her flight

Photo courtesy of Michael Lowe.
Photo courtesy of Michael Lowe.

Michael Lowe doesn’t often lie to his parents or make his mom cry. But when he does, it’s for a good reason.

What was flying like 20 years ago?

KOWLOON, HONG KONG - 1994/01/01: A Cathay Pacific Boeing 747 lands at Kai Tak airport in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The approach over highly-populated areas is considered one of the most dangerous in the world. (Photo by Gerhard Joren/LightRocket via Getty Images)
(Photo by Gerhard Joren/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Everyone was prepping for Y2K, flights were 30% pricier and there were a lot more opportunities to fly the Queen of the Skies.

Here’s how to book “reverse” flights to save on airfare

BEIJING, CHINA - 2017/04/28: Chinese passport and flight tickets on Nara map, arranged for photography. On April.21,2017, the Japanese government announced that from May.8, it will take some measures to further ease rules on multiple-entry visas for Chinese visitors, as part of efforts to achieve its goal of 40 million foreign visitors in 2020. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)
(Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)

This little trick could save you hundreds.

Here’s what it was like to stay at Disney World’s first all-new resort in 7 years


The Disney World Riviera Resort is sure to please both adults and children alike.

Airline elite status matches and challenges for 2020

Photo by Nicky Kelvin for The Points Guy.

Wanna keep your travel perks? TPG Loyalty and Engagement Editor Richard Kerr helps you explore your options.

Here’s why I skip the airport lounge and go straight to the gate

(Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

TPG analyst Zach Griff has plenty of elite status. Here’s why he doesn’t care about lounge access any more.

Here’s how a $200 insurance plan gave me almost $1,300 to spend in Italy

Photo by Roger Ballard Photography.
(Photo courtesy of Roger Ballard Photography)

Here’s everything you need to know about purchasing a travel insurance plan.

Capt. Beverley Bass: American aviation heroine

Photo courtesy of Beverley Bass.
(Photo courtesy of Beverley Bass)

This is the story of a woman who wouldn’t take “No” for an answer.

Talking Points: “The world’s most powerful flight attendant”

Learn all about the world of flight attendants by tuning in for this episode of TPG’s podcast Talking Points.

Featured photo by The Points Guy.

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