TPG Reader Hall of Fame: A foodie’s dream around-the-world luxury honeymoon with points and miles

Written by Jasmin Baron @ The Points Guy

We love hearing about the incredible trips TPG readers have taken, and today’s Hall of Fame story is an exceptional one. TPG reader Nada and her husband, Marcus, planned an epic round-the-world honeymoon almost exclusively with points and miles, traveling in high style and staying at some of the world’s most aspirational properties. These unabashed …

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US Virgin Islands welcoming tourists again next week

Written by Clint Henderson @ The Points Guy

As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year. U.S. Virgin Islands set to reopen   The U.S. Virgin …

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One family’s experience traveling during the age of coronavirus

Written by Joe Leader @ The Points Guy

Travel in the age of coronavirus Careful.  That one word best describes my first family air travel and vacation experience in a post COVID-19 world. As an airline industry CEO my passion for travel beckoned strongly, but I wanted to make certain to travel safely. My amazing wife, Dr. Jeanette Leader, works as a medical …

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IHG just introduced dynamic award pricing — here’s what that means for travelers

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

After rolling out dynamic award pricing in Greater China last month, IHG confirmed to TPG that hotels in the Americas are now pricing award nights dynamically. The hotel group also told us that it will roll out the pricing structure to “more hotels coming weeks.” TPG’s initial tests have confirmed that dynamic pricing has also …

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The 15 best things to do in San Diego

Written by Clint Henderson @ The Points Guy

At TPG, we paused traveling to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Local and federal governments around the globe are now debating the appropriate levels of isolation and distancing. Before booking that next trip, we recommend you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions. TPG is continuing to publish …

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Here’s what points and miles promotions might look like after coronavirus

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

 The novel coronavirus has changed, and in many cases, permanently altered the travel industry. As things begin returning to normal, we’re starting to imagine what travel will look like after the pandemic. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. The travel industry will bounce back. But what will …

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Here’s what hotel loyalty programs might look like after coronavirus

Written by Jasmin Baron @ The Points Guy

The coronavirus pandemic continues to severely impact the travel industry with no end yet in sight. As a result, companies and loyalty programs have had to make significant policy adjustments to accommodate travelers, from introducing flexible change and cancellation policies to pausing points expiration and more. With U.S. hotel occupancy rates at unprecedented lows, hotel …

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Why Hilton’s top credit card has me switching my hotel loyalty

Written by Clint Henderson @ The Points Guy

Back in 2018, Hilton launched the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express, which offered automatic Diamond elite status to cardholders. The card is very unusual because it gives you top-tier Hilton status just for holding the card. That means you’re eligible for suite upgrades and executive lounge access. No other hotel chain offers top-tier status …

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TPG readers share their wish lists for travel loyalty program changes after coronavirus

Written by Jasmin Baron @ The Points Guy

Travel loyalty programs have already made substantial adjustments to elite status expiration, change and cancellation fees and more due to the coronavirus outbreak. With travel still at unprecedented lows, we’ll likely see further policy changes to reengage loyal customers and attract new ones once it’s safe to travel again. We asked TPG Lounge readers to …

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Book by May 31: Conrad Bali $89/night including taxes and fees through 2021

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with new information from the Conrad Bali and Hilton. The original post was published on May 24, 2020. As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. …

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How to understand IHG points’ value (and ways to save the most money on your next stay)

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

There’s something to be said about IHG points value and flexibility. With 5,600+ hotels worldwide, there’s a good chance you can find a location for your next trip, no matter where you’re going. Plus, IHG points are pretty easy to collect. With the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, you can earn 140,000 bonus points after …

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Open for business: What to know about getting to Iceland on points this summer

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

Iceland said last week that it would welcome international travelers back “no later than June 15,” according to its prime minister. As countries start to relax restrictions put in place from the novel coronavirus, you may want to add the small country to the top of your list if you’re considering traveling this summer or …

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As travel resumes, sticker shock and overwhelming demand follows for some destinations

Written by The Points Guy Travel Team @ The Points Guy

For at least the last 10 weeks, most Americans have stayed close to home. And in many parts of the country, we’re still far from anything remotely resembling normalcy. Spring break trips were scrapped with little fanfare. Now, summer vacations are in the coronavirus crosshairs. But not all would-be travelers plan to sit this year …

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