Rome Hotels on Points for Families of 4

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

Rome is often one of the first overseas destinations for many North American families in pursuit of magical travel moments. From seeing their children catch their first glimpse of the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon or eating gelato while sitting on the Spanish Steps, there’s plenty of reasons to put Rome on your travel list. …

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British Airways Is Charging Economy Passengers Who Order Afternoon Tea Service Extra for the Actual Tea

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

The new British Airways buy-on-board menu made international news this week when passengers started to share that the most quintessentially British item on offer — the Afternoon Tea for £5 GBP ($6.50) or 715 Avios — does not include any actual tea on the short-haul economy service within Europe. Rather, the “Afternoon Tea” consists solely …

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How to Save Money on Child Airline Tickets

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

Last chance reminder! Until Apr. 24, the Marriot Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card are offering 100,000-point welcome bonuses. The bonuses have identical terms: Spend $5,000 in the first three months to earn 100,000 Marriott points. Terms Apply. While most families know about lap infant tickets, there is …

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Potty Break: Preparing Your Child for Toilets Overseas

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

It would be a shame to tackle saving your points, planning your travel, getting the time off work and school and surviving a long-haul flight with kids only to arrive on the other side of the world and realize that your child is ill-prepared to use the bathroom in an unfamiliar setting. I’ve taken my …

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Paris Hotels on Points for Families of 4

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

“Paris is always a good idea,” Audrey Hepburn says in the movie “Sabrina.” That may be why Paris often is the first overseas destination for many North American families in pursuit of magic moments, such as seeing their children catch their first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower (or, hopefully soon, a rebuilt Notre Dame Cathedral). …

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Entering Eden: A Review of the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

The Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa was a great place to spend a long weekend away from Europe with my kids. Pros: Great Gold amenities, a plethora of activities and amenities for families and honeymooners alike on a private island Cons: Expensive and inflexible ferry, lack of communication before arrival and an annoying reservation process for on-property restaurants.

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How to Get a Lap Infant Ticket When Booking Etihad Using American Airlines Miles

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

My quest for answers on a lap infant quandary started with a direct message sent to Mommy Points on Instagram from family that was scheduled to travel from India to the United States in Etihad Airways business class using American Airlines miles. Their problem? Neither Etihad nor American (the two, by the way, may be …

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High/Low Travel Strategy: Mixing Luxury and Budget Travel on the Same Trip

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

While my favorite way to maximize travel is through points and miles, my husband and I have come up with a few other tricks over the years to find that elusive balance between my love of budget travel and his taste for the finer things. Our go-to technique for a vacation with the right mix of …

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5 Top Chiang Mai Activities Made Family-Friendly

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

For families like mine that travel the globe, Thailand is at the top of our go-to list. During my traveling maternity leave, my husband and I visited with our then 8-month-old and 2 1/2-year-old sons. With many points hotels and flight options, Thailand is a great choice for families seeking a vibrant experience along with an exotic beach …

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Marriott Website Adding Large Surcharges for Children on Some Award Bookings

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

TPG has covered many of the unfortunate growing pains related to the Marriott/SPG integration. We’ve covered the recent Choice Benefits snafu and heard grumbles from our readers ever since the two programs combined, including this most recent complaint. Now, families seem to be Marriott’s latest IT victim with charges for children being added automatically to both cash and award bookings on Marriott’s …

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8 Points-Friendly London Hotels for Families of Four

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

Finding rooms that can legitimately fit your whole family in London is a challenge. Those sort of rooms are not common and are usually notoriously expensive, even with the more advantageous than normal exchange rate (about £1 : $1.26 at press time). Hotel rooms for four comprised of two double or queen beds may be common in …

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In the Princes’ Footsteps: A Review of Coworth Park, Dorchester Collection, in Ascot, England

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

Situated in the picturesque English countryside, Coworth Park is a true indulgence in British hospitality. Pros: competitive room rate for a five-star hotel with extras through FRH, and horse lovers can rejoice. Children allowed in quiet areas only at certain times. Cons: expensive food and beverage, service lacking a personalized feel at times.

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