This Family Is Getting $5,000 to Redo Their Trip to Paris

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

We’re partnering with Capital One on our Purposeful Travel Hub. If you have unique ways you like to give back when you travel or just love exploring new places with family and friends, we want to hear about it. Share your most treasured travel moments and purposeful travel tips with us using #MeaningfulMoments. Sometimes, you plan the vacation …

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Here’s Why Hilton’s CEO Doesn’t Tip Housekeeping

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

Hilton president and CEO Christopher Nassetta just noted he does not tip housekeeping when he checks out of a hotel. During the 41st Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, The New York Times columnist and CNBC co-anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Nassetta how much he would be leaving for housekeeping. “I typically do not leave …

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Would You Spend $700 to Stay at a Hotel Run by a Fitness Center? Equinox Is Betting Yes

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

It’s not fitness — it’s hospitality. Reservations are open at the world’s first Equinox Hotel, which will launch in New York City’s flashy new Hudson Yards neighborhood on July 15. Equinox’s expansion into the travel space has been rapid. Last September, Equinox rolled out “day trips” from the brand’s hometown in New York City. A …

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A Bathtub Named Desire: A Review of The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel and just-initiated Hyatt property, has been turning heads since it debuted on one of the most enviable stretches of coast outside Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in 2015. From its perch overlooking Monuments Beach, guests can see whales plying the surf and, in the distance, the iconic El Arco rock formation …

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At Least There Are Free Margaritas: Hyatt Ziva in Los Cabos, Mexico

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

Baja California Sur may be experiencing a development boom of massive proportions, but not every hotel and resort peppering the coastal strip is new. The all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos reopened in 2015, after extensive repairs and renovations following Hurricane Odile a year earlier. Hyatt’s Ziva and sister Zilara brands have long been known to …

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Solaz, So Good: A Review of Solaz, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

All across the southern tip of Baja California Sur, hotels have been opening with dizzying frequency. Solaz, a Luxury Collection Hotel from Marriott, debuted in September and has distinguished itself as one of the top properties on the peninsula for points travelers. During a recent trip to Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, …

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Poor Woman’s Business Class to Paradise: Flying Delta’s 737 From Detroit to Cabo San Lucas

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

Sometimes, you think you know how things are going to shake out. After all, the day had started at 3:30am with me groping around in the dark for my headphones (couldn’t find ’em). And I’ll be honest: Flight reviews give me a special kind of anxiety, and I was fresh off a week of getting …

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New York City’s Newest Neighborhood Has Just Opened to the Public

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

Restaurants and hotels open with head-spinning frequency in New York City, but it’s not every day an entirely new neighborhood makes a grand debut — especially on the densely populated, 22.8-square-mile island of Manhattan. But on the far west side of the borough, a development has been slowly rising over the city’s acres of active …

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What Airbnb’s Acquisition of HotelTonight Could Mean for Travelers

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

In a move that will expand its role in the travel space, Airbnb has inked an agreement to acquire the last-minute booking app, HotelTonight. If HotelTonight’s most recent valuation of $465 million is accurate, it would be Airbnb’s largest acquisition to date, according to The New York Times. In a statement, Airbnb CEO and co-founder, Brian …

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Bali Is Shutting Down for 24 Hours to Observe a Day of Silence

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

In Bali, everything has gone quiet. Starting at 6am on Thursday, March 7 — that’s Central Indonesia Time — the international airport in Denpasar (DPS) closed for a full 24 hours. No flights will land or takeoff here, and mobile internet will remain shut off until 6am on Friday. It’s all part of the island’s Hindu New Year …

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AirAsia Wants to Become a Travel Technology Company

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

Asia’s largest low-cost airline is looking to jump-start new technologies aimed at making travel easier. AirAsia announced Monday morning that it was establishing a venture capital fund designed to support start-ups that can help create a “travel technology ecosystem” in Southeast Asia. The goal, AirAsia’s CEO, Tony Fernandes, said in a statement, is to leverage …

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In California, Wildflower Super Blooms Are Already Erupting Following Wet Winter

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

March is right around the corner, and though it’s not quite spring, it is officially wildflower season. According to DesertUSA — a resource that provides regular wildflower reports — blossoms have been appearing earlier than usual across the region. Some areas are even anticipating full super blooms. For a super bloom (an exceptionally high proliferation …

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11 Tips for Celebrating Grand Canyon National Park’s 100th Birthday

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

On Feb. 26 in 1919, exactly 100 years ago today, the Grand Canyon was officially designated a national park. It’s a breathtaking landscape that has enchanted travelers for much longer than it’s been an officially protected area. In honor of the park’s centennial birthday, we’re highlighting 11 important tips and tricks for having an unforgettable …

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Virgin Voyages: New Details on Loyalty Program, Secret Destination and More

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

Sir Richard Branson has never been on a cruise. Yet on Thursday, Feb. 14, reservations opened for Branson’s very own cruise line, Virgin Voyages. Since he was 27, Branson has dreamt about creating a cruise ship he would actually like to sail on. During a morning press conference, moderated by The Points Guy himself, Brian Kelly, at …

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You Can Now See King Tut’s Tomb After a 9-Year Conservation Project

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

A massive conservation project at the tomb of King Tutankhamun has finally concluded after nine years. Since the discovery of the 19-year-old pharaoh’s tomb in 1922, it has remained one of Egypt’s most legendary and popular attractions, luring travelers to the Valley of Kings to see the remarkably intact chamber, complete with illustrious wall paintings …

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The Best Destination for New Yorkers Could Be Just Two Hours North of the City

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

We’re partnering with Capital One on our Purposeful Travel Hub. If you have unique ways you like to pay it forward when you travel or just love exploring new places with family and friends, we want to hear about it. Share your most treasured travel moments and purposeful travel tips with us using #MeaningfulMoments. From Grand Central Terminal …

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Can This New Ship Actually Convince Anti-Cruisers to Cruise?

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

On Dec. 9, following a flurry of short pre-inaugural sailings, Celebrity’s debut Edge-class ship, the namesake Celebrity Edge, will make its first official, seven-night maiden voyage. Easily one of the most anticipated debuts in the cruise industry, this ship recently journeyed from France’s STX shipyard to Port Everglades, Florida, and I’ve been personally following it …

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