The Best Ways to Get to the Bahamas Using Points and Miles

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

The Bahamas is a well-known tourist destination for Americans. It’s close to home and has pristine beaches and a plethora of resorts that make traveling there easy and fun for couples and families alike. If you want to visit the Bahamas this summer, you’re in luck: There are plenty of ways to get there on …

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Two Tickets for $26: The Math Behind a $60 Kids Fly Free Frontier Membership

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Who doesn’t love a good buy one, get one free deal? The Southwest Companion Pass offers a tremendous way to bring along a friend or family member on Southwest-operated flights for just the cost of taxes. But for families, there’s another way to have the kids fly for free that’s much easier than earning 110,000 …

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Using Airline Miles in a World Without Award Charts

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Redeeming frequent flyer miles has always been part art, part math and a bit of luck. At the heart of it all, we had award charts to guide us with prescribed minimum and maximum award prices. If you wanted to travel on a peak week, like Thanksgiving or a summer weekend, you knew the maximum …

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How This TPG Reader Pulled Off His First Backpacking Trip Across the South Pacific With Points

Written by Brian Biros @ The Points Guy

The Points & Miles Backpacker is a weekly column appearing every Monday. TPG Contributor Brian Biros, who has backpacked the globe for the past 15 years, discusses how to fund this adventurous, budgeted and increasingly popular form of travel with points and miles. He’ll also explore all things backpacking-related. Read his story here and his high-level approach here. People respond …

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Does Chase Travel Insurance Apply If I Pay for My Trip With Ultimate Rewards Points?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

“Reader Questions” are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. Icelandic budget carrier WOW air abruptly ceased operations last week after months of financial turmoil, leaving passengers stranded all over the globe. Many of the top travel rewards credit cards offer some form of trip cancellation insurance, and if …

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10 Ways to Save Money at Disney World

Written by Summer Hull and Edward Pizzarello @ The Points Guy

Whether your family goes to Disney for a much-anticipated, once-in-a-lifetime trip or heads to Mickey’s kingdom as often as you can (raises hand!), the cost can turn into a nightmare if you’re not careful. But saving real money on a Disney World vacation is easier said than done. If you think you’ve found a simple …

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Moorea or Bora Bora — Which Island Paradise Is Right For You?

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

Perhaps you hopped on a recent fare sale to Tahiti, or maybe you’re springing for business class on a Dreamliner flown by Air Tahiti Nui or United. Whatever takes you to French Polynesia, there’s a good chance you won’t be spending the bulk of your time on the island of Tahiti. Although Tahiti is home …

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Off the Beaten Path: Tips on Visiting and Exploring Lanai, Hawaii

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

While the term “Hawaii” generally conjures up images of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, there’s more to the island chain than those four. I recently shared my top tips for exploring and enjoying Molokai — The Friendly Isle — and now I’m back with recommendations to make the most of your stay on Lanai. Lanai is very …

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Consider Booking Through Credit Card Portals

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

I talk about transferring credit card points a lot.  But you should also consider booking through credit card portals too.  Here’s why. Now, I only have Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards cards. So, I won’t be covering other portals like Citi ThankYou, etc. Comparison  The best values are often gotten by transferring […]

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Car Rental Migration: Drive a Car Home from Florida for $7 Per Day

Written by Dia Adams @ The Points Guy

It’s time (again) for the great annual rental car migration: that magical time every spring when rental car companies practically give away car rentals if you take them in the “right” direction. In the fall, car rental companies want the cars to head south for the winter. In the spring, companies want to get cars …

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Major Change: United MileagePlus Pricing Awards Starting at 5,000 Miles

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Traditionally, an airline domestic economy flight cost 12,500 miles each direction, but more and more airlines are tip-toeing away from that number. Sometimes that means that a domestic flight costs many times that price when demand is higher, but sometimes airline awards can drop below 12.5k miles. United Awards Now Pricing at 5,000+ Miles First …

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Off the Beaten Path: Tips on Visiting and Exploring Molokai, Hawaii

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

Each day, untold throngs of tourists descend on the Hawaiian islands that everyone has heard of: Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. There’s another island that sits less than 10 miles from the Westin Ka’anapali, but practically speaking, it may as well be on the other side of the planet. Molokai is home to less …

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Best Ways to Redeem 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

In the fast paced ever changing world of travel rewards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card has stayed refreshingly consistent. While other issuers have updated their card offerings left and right, adding and removing benefits, the Chase Sapphire Preferred looks nearly identical to when it launched almost 10 years ago. It’s still a great first card for someone …

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10 Years Later, Why the Chase Sapphire Preferred Is Still My Top Rec for Family Travel

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Official application link: Chase Sapphire Preferred Card with a 60,000-point bonus after spending $4,000 in the first three months. Just as a family beach vacation is a timeless treat, the Chase Sapphire Preferred has been one of my top rewards credit-card recommendations for years for families who want to travel more for less. Since it …

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Deal Alert: Flights to Hawaii From $298 Round-Trip

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows …

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Hawaii Credit Card Award Travel Guide 2019

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

Last year, I did a few Hawaii credit card award travel guides thanks to all the changes in cards.  But a lot has changed since then, so it’s time for another update!  Check out my Hawaii credit cards award travel guide 2019 edition. When the new Amex Gold Card came out last year, I thought […]

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Limited Time: Book Lie-Flat Business Class Seat to Madrid for 25,500 Avios

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Want to fly to Europe in a lie-flat business class seat for just 25,500 points plus less than $100 in taxes and fees? Or, how about economy awards for the family from just 12,750 miles per ticket (also with sub-$100 taxes/fees)? This is not the stuff of mileage make-believe, but these are real award prices available …

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$15 off $60 at Amazon w/ 1 Chase point returns

Written by Nick Reyes @ Frequent Miler's Quick Deals

Amazon and Chase are once again partnering up to offer $15 off $60+ when you check out using at least 1 Chase Ultimate Rewards point to pay for your purchase. You definitely do not want to use more than 1 point, but it’s worthwhile to check for this promo since it can be an easy way to save on anything Amazon sells, including many popular third-party gift cards. The Deal Get $15 off of $60 when paying with at least 1…

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