All you need to know about flying the UK’s low-cost carriers as a family

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: The team at The Points Guy loves to travel, but now is not the time for unnecessary trips. Our team has temporarily ceased taking review trips and we are not publishing new flight or hotel reviews. While bringing our readers unbiased, detailed reviews of travel experiences is one of our core missions, now is …

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The ultimate Marriott Bonvoy redemption: A review of The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

Waking up as my British Airways flight was descending into Male, the capital city of the Maldives, two things were clear: 1) The Maldives are even more beautiful than I had ever imagined and 2) My partner and I were about to actually pull off a trip we’d been envisioning for years, a stay at …

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Want to ski for less? Head to Canada

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

While there are certainly great ways to save on the notoriously high cost of skiing here in the U.S. (Epic Pass discounts, kids ski free, seniors ski free), we at TPG wondered if heading north of the border in search of powder could also save you a little more this ski season. The short answer: …

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Second Cities: Destinations to add onto a trip to Edinburgh

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh with its historic castle, distilleries and hikes with sweeping views is one of the top places to visit in the U.K. But there are other destinations to explore in Scotland. Within a few hours drive or train ride of Edinburgh, you will find the second cities of Glasgow, Inverness and St …

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Insider tips from Airbnb Superhosts on how to launch the perfect rental

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

More than 2 million people check into an Airbnb every night, so chances are you’ve been an Airbnb guest. Home rentals have become many families’ first choice for travel accommodation. However, you may have considered becoming an Airbnb host as well. What are the questions you should ask before getting into the short-term rental game? …

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Why you should visit London over Thanksgiving

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

While there are many good times of year to visit London, heading there during Thanksgiving week is the perfect combination of extra vacation days and offseason rates. Additionally, right now visitors to London  have the advantage of a more advantageous than usual exchange rate (about £1: $1.23 at press time). The festive holiday season is already …

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How to book a Barcelona hotel room for 4 on points

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

A lot of frequent-flying families pick a city in Europe as their first long-haul trip on miles and points. However, if you’ve ever actually tried to book a hotel room for four people in European cities, you probably know that not all rooms allow occupancy by more than three people. Certainly, that is the case …

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How to find points hotels in Florence for a family of 4

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

If you’ve ever tried to book a hotel room for four people in European cities, you’ve found that not all rooms are cleared for family occupancy. That’s certainly the case with some points-friendly hotels. Next in our series on European points hotels that accommodate a family of four (so far we’ve covered London, Paris, Rome and …

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The Best Way to Get from Heathrow Airport to London

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

London is a destination for many points enthusiasts since there are often great redemptions available for hotels and flights. The UK is so points-centric that it even became the first international office of TPG with the launch of TPG UK in April this year. But after landing at the largest Londin airport, Heathrow, how should …

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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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