Where TPG Readers Would Travel With Unlimited Points and Miles

Dec 9, 2018

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We recently asked our TPG Lounge members to use their imagination and tell us about the places they’d visit and the products they’d fly if they had an unlimited amount of points and miles to use. Here’s a look at some of our favorite answers. (Some responses have been lightly edited for style and clarity).

Go Big or Go Home

When it comes to planning the perfect points-and-miles adventure, it never hurts to reach for the stars because, well, why not? These TPG Lounge members felt the same way.

“I’d do a round-the-world trip with my Mom. She never went to Europe until she turned 50 and I want her to see the world before she can’t.” — Regina M.

“I’d take my parents around the world in first class. They fled the former USSR to give me a better life. It would be an amazing way to thank them. I’d probably use AAdvantage miles because AA partners with my favorite airlines.” — Irina K.

“Everywhere and I guess, since I have unlimited points and miles, I’d splurge on The Residence now that it is bookable with miles.” — Steve I.

“I’d take an around-the-world Oceania cruise for 180 days visiting 90 ports in 36 countries using either Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards. Now you just have to tell me how to get an unlimited amount of points.” — Robert Z.

“A nice round-the-world [trip] with at least one leg in the Etihad Residence and one leg originating in Frankfurt so I can check out the Lufthansa First Class Terminal. I’ve been researching the Indian Ocean islands lately so let’s include them.” — Greg K.

“Same as Greg K., except I would do part in Emirates First Class and part in Singapore Suites as well.” — Burge K.

“Well, I would use your points, The Points Guy, and fly in the Etihad Apartment to wherever! I just want the experience.” — Kim A.

“Cincinnati (CVG) to Atlanta (ATL) to Johannesburg (JNB), hit South Africa, then fly to Victoria Falls and sit on the waterfall. Then I’d like to visit Kenya for a safari and [to see the] wildlife and end my trip in Cairo with a visit to the pyramids. I’d then fly back home and enjoy the rest of my simple life.” — Nick R.

“Unlimited means first class with all the stopovers you want for as long as you want and all the continents, baby. Might as well throw in that it’s for as long as you want to travel, but when you’re done you’re done.” — Tony C.

“The South Pacific, whereas if I had unlimited funds, I might go to Madagascar or Papua New Guinea.” — Marc E.L.

One TPG Reader would use his unlimited points and miles to visit Madagascar. (Photo by Kieran Stone / Getty Images).
One TPG Reader said he would use his unlimited points and miles to visit Madagascar. (Photo by Kieran Stone / Getty Images).

Destination-Specific Dream Trips

Some of our TPG Lounge readers wrote in with certain vacation destinations in mind — and excellent reasons for wanting to visit them.

“Head to Australia in January when it’s freezing here, stay there for a couple of months, go up to Thailand, then go to Japan for the cherry blossoms. I don’t really care what points I use as long as I’m flying in business and get to stay in nice hotels. Maybe throw Hawaii in there, too.” — Michaela W.

“I would want to go to each Hawaiian Island for a couple of weeks using Chase Ultimate Rewards points for flexibility in flights and hotels.” — Derek C.

“Tokyo with Delta SkyMiles for a nonstop flight from Portland (PDX) to Tokyo-Narita (NRT).” — Alexander J.

“Lhasa. I’d use United miles to fly in first class, then stay at The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. I’m hoping to be there next July! It’s one of my goal SPG properties.” — Nolan B.

“Whoa. That’s a tough one. Emirates First Class just because I haven’t ever done that, and to a beach somewhere gorgeous and quiet since Brian put those beach porn pictures on Instagram of Tahiti!” — Lara H.S.

“My dream vacation is me flying anywhere in international first class on Emirates.” — Kelly K.

Seychelles and Zanzibar. All the SCUBA.” — Candy S.

“Maldives in first class. Stay at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.” — Elizabeth M.

“The Apartment or Residence to Dubai for a few nights, then on to the Maldives for three nights, then on to Bora Bora or Tahiti and home in Singapore Suites.” — Richard A.

Cairo to experience all the history and [the chance] to live and travel like a Pharaoh.” — Vikrant A.

“A family trip to Ireland before my Dad gets too old to travel. [We’d fly business] class on Aer Lingus. Still saving and hoping time is on my side!” — Tracy M.

“Set off with my husband without a firm plan, because if I had unlimited miles, the higher point price would not matter. We’d maybe go somewhere in Europe and from there, just go wherever sounds good at the time.” — Renee N.

“A family trip to Australia — in first [or business] class of course — probably in Qatar QSuites from Atlanta to Doha (DOH) to Adelaide (ADL). Hyatt would be the hotel brand of choice, mainly because it would be amazing to stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney, which overlooks the Opera House. Flights via a Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards points transfer.” — Dustin C.

There's a reason the Park Hyatt Sydney is on so many people's travel bucket lists. (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
There’s a reason the Park Hyatt Sydney is on so many people’s travel bucket lists. (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

Readers Helping Readers

We love it when our readers get so involved in a topic, they end up answering each other’s questions and offering advice, all in the name of helping someone else plan an epic vacation with their points and miles. That’s what happened when TPG Lounge member Christine P.S. said she’d love to visit Antarctica someday.

Antarctica! Not sure how that would work though.” — Christine P.S.

“Go to Christchurch, New Zealand, and get the shuttle!” — Kari J.G.

“[Fly] to Ushuaia, Argentina, on a SkyTeam (Aerolíneas Argentinas) or OneWorld (LATAM) booking, then take a cruise.” — Burge K.

Featured photo of the Maldives by haveseen / Getty Images.

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