Splash Down at Top Waterparks Across the Midwest

Written by Kristine Hansen @ The Points Guy

Orlando is far from the only place to find cool waterparks, and warm weather isn’t required for a good splash in the water. Across the Midwest, there are cozy hotels with indoor waterparks that are perfect for when the weather isn’t quite warm enough to swim outside, and there are also outdoor waterslides and wave …

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Should You Select a Bulkhead Seat When Traveling With a Baby?

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

As someone who has flown more than a million miles, largely by myself or with my wife, I recently flew cross country for the first time with our adopted newborn. On one flight, I selected the bulkhead row, while I opted for a row just behind the bulkhead on the return. I was never a …

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3 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Savannah You Have to Try

Written by Dia Adams @ The Points Guy

Savannah, Georgia, is a foodie paradise, but many picky younger eaters turn their noses up at haute cuisine. Fortunately, on our last visit to Savannah, my 11-year-old daughter and I found three restaurants that satisfied both my wish for local cuisine and her wish not to have anything too spicy, shrimpy or saucy or in …

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Apps and Websites to Use for Spontaneous Family Travel

Written by Terry Ward @ The Points Guy

Last-minute family travel can either be astronomically expensive or can translate to big savings on airfare and hotel stays, if you’re flexible and let the deals guide your decisions. When the stars align, these too-good-to-miss deals can create opportunities for family vacations you weren’t even expecting. But if you don’t know where to look for …

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Kids Welcome: Family-Friendly Wineries on the East Coast

Written by Judy Colbert @ The Points Guy

Stodgy or raucous, wineries and wine-tasting rooms can be illuminating or fun — until kids enter the family. Sometimes adults don’t want children around while they sip, and sometimes local regulations forbid kids under a certain age from being on the grounds of wine establishments. But you’re in luck: There are wineries all over the …

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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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Banff National Park: Planning the Perfect Summer Family Vacation

Written by Elen Turner @ The Points Guy

Alberta’s Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and an ideal place for a family summer vacation. The weather is warm and the blue skies reflect in the pine-fringed glacial lakes. The mountains are easily accessible and the roads are good. Kids (and adults) are almost sure to …

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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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Sleep With the Planes: The 9 Best Airport Hotels in the United States and Canada

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

There are airport hotels, and then there are hotels in airports. Those two are as similar as tunafish and caviar. Generic airport hotels are a dime a dozen and range in quality from “good enough” to “avoid at all costs,” but they generally require at least a shuttle bus to get to your bed and …

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Things to Do in Oahu With Kids

Written by Melanie Haiken @ The Points Guy

While the beach at Waikiki is justifiably popular, Oahu has much more to offer than Honolulu and the surrounding area. For example, a recent visit to Ko Olina, on the island’s less crowded western side, introduced our family to an unspoiled refuge of palm-shaded sandy coves and rugged shoreline known for its spectacular sunsets over …

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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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