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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Everything Travelers Need to Know About the Ongoing Marriott Hotel Strikes

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

Over the weekend, Marriott strikes concluded in the cities of Oakland, California, and Detroit. But in six other cities, the protests continue, as workers now enter their second month of picketing. It’s the largest multicity hotel strike in American history. “The progress has been very slow in most cities,” said Rachel Gumpert, the national press …

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You Can Take an Exclusive Tour of the Vatican at Sunrise

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

This new tour might be the only way to get photos of the Vatican without 25,000 strangers in your Instagram photos. TripAdvisor just announced a new tour called Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before the Museums Open that lets travelers see the Vatican at sunrise. For $520, you will get advance entry to the Vatican museums …

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This New Hotel Brand Is Targeting ‘Mature Millennials’ for Cheaper Boutique Stays

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

New hotels open every day. But it’s less common for an entirely new hospitality brand to appear — especially one that wants to completely rebuild the industry. On Tuesday, the Life House hotel collection began accepting reservations for its first hotel: a 33-room estate in Little Havana, Miami. The colorful, distinctly Caribbean space will welcome guests on Dec. …

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The Single Biggest Reason People Travel Has Nothing to Do With the Destination

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

We’re partnering with Capital One to launch our new 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. Every trip …

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Tourists Facing 10 Years in Prison for Vandalizing Ancient Thai Wall

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

In Thailand, being offensive or disrespectful is a serious mistake. And for two tourists, the punishment could be up to 10 years in a provincial prison, in addition to fines of one million baht (roughly $30,450). According to Reuters, Brittney Schneider of Canada and Furlong Lee of the UK were arrested last Friday for defacing …

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This Fitness Retreat Is Designed to Give Back

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

Want to join a fitness retreat that’s as good for you as it is for the world? Last May, personal trainer and FITNUT founder Josh Grimm launched fitness retreats for the LGBTQ community. In addition to twice-daily workouts, private excursions, seed-to-table meals and upscale resorts, the retreats also give back to local residents. “I developed a passion …

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