Tips When Visiting the Legendary Hearst Castle in California

Written by Jon Bailey @ The Points Guy

High above the hills of San Simeon, California, about a four-hour drive north along the coast from Los Angeles, sits Hearst Castle. Built between 1919 and 1947 by publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, this 165-room estate is an iconic destination, something lifted from a fairy tale. Visiting Hearst Castle with kids is a great way …

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Egypt Opens 4,600-Year-Old ‘Bent’ Pyramid To The Public

Written by Caroline Blair @ The Points Guy

Those considering traveling to Egypt have two more reasons to visit. Egypt has opened the “bent” pyramid for visitors to explore for the first time since 1965, as well as a satellite pyramid. The pyramids, located 25 miles south of Cairo in UNESCO World Heritage Site Dahshur, re-opened to visitors on Saturday. The “bent” pyramid, …

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This Is Why You Should Visit Maine’s Acadia National Park

Written by Tana Baer @ The Points Guy

The striking, craggy coastline of Maine’s Acadia National Park has been an awe-inspiring destination for families since it first was declared a national park in the summer of 1916. On Mount Desert Island, three hours up the coast from Portland, deep cobalt waters crash in boisterous, foamy waves against dramatic granite cliffs and small, unassuming …

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Why Florida’s Space Coast Is Just the Break You Need From the Theme Parks

Written by Terry Ward @ The Points Guy

Theme parks might be what initially brings you to Central Florida, but if you neglect to venture east to the beaches and wildlife-rich Indian River Lagoon near Kennedy Space Center along the state’s Space Coast, you’ll be missing out on the real Florida. Roughly 55 miles east of Walt Disney World Resort, Florida’s Space Coast, …

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Planning a Family Trip to Vienna

Written by Devorah Lev-Tov @ The Points Guy

Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it oozes Old World charm. It’s full of marble-clad buildings, impressive coffeehouses, art museums and leafy parks and plazas hugging the Danube River. There’s truly something for everyone in this family-friendly European city filled with culture and history. Visiting palaces, watching the famous …

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How Credit Cards Can Help Close Your Mid-Year Elite Status Gap

Written by Madison Blancaflor @ The Points Guy

We’ve already made it through the first half of 2019, which means it’s time to evaluate your progress towards airline and hotel elite status. You have until the end of the year to earn elite status that will last through 2020, but the sooner you hit your desired tier, the longer you have access to …

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How to Avoid Resort Fees

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

It’s a universal traveler truth — resort fees stink. While resort fees have been a thing for decades, their beginnings were much more humble than today’s realities. As told by Kill Resort Fees, at first, resort fees were much lower ($5–$10) and often were optional, reserved only for those who wanted to use the resort’s …

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Free Breakfast and Confirmed Suites – The Best Top-Tier Hotel Elite Status for Your Family

Written by Dia Adams @ The Points Guy

Once you have kids, the prism through which you view life changes. That extends to travel: While everyone enjoys being pampered, families have different requirements and priorities from their hotel loyalty programs than single business travelers. To help those who travel with a crew, TPG is breaking down top-tier hotel loyalty programs through the lens …

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How to Extend Your Hotel Award Stays With a Free Night

Written by Liz Hund @ The Points Guy

There’s nothing like the feeling of successfully booking a trip with your hard-earned points, but what’s even better is getting doubly rewarded for your dedication. Those who are unfamiliar with the points and miles game may question the method to your madness, but when it’s finally vacation time, there are many ways to book a …

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Smoky Mountains to Roller Coasters: 10 Family-Friendly Activities in Gatlinburg

Written by Lee Huffman @ The Points Guy

Now that my family has moved to Nashville, we’ve been looking for family-friendly road trips we can take to explore the Southeast. Gatlinburg came as a highly recommended fun getaway that combines unique experiences and the great outdoors. We made the trip, loved it and want to share the highlights in case you’re searching for …

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The Ultimate California Road Trip on the Cheap With Points

Written by Carissa Rawson @ The Points Guy

California’s Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is as famous as it is expensive. A must-do road trip for its incredibly scenic vistas and seaside towns, it comes at a price. Hotels in cities like Malibu and Monterey charge as much as $500 a night, and many hotel chains also charge top-tier point redemptions for middle-of-the-road properties. …

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Two Magic Words That Make Family Travel Easier

Written by Dia Adams @ The Points Guy

You’ve probably heard the saying — “less is more.” That applies to so many facets of life, including family travel, though it doesn’t necessarily mean take fewer trips. At least once a week in the TPG Family Facebook Group someone asks about tips for a first-time visit to Europe. Usually, that family is flush with …

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How to Score a Free Night at a Luxury Hotel Through InterContinental Ambassador

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

If you want elite status at hotels, most hotel brands require that you either stay a number of nights or hold a cobranded credit card. However, you can buy elite status — or purchase elite-like benefits — with a few hotels. And one of those is the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG)’s InterContinental Ambassador program. In …

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TPG Readers Reveal Their Favorite Points Hotels in Europe

Written by Kaeli Conforti @ The Points Guy

We recently asked our TPG Lounge members to share their all-time favorite points hotels in Europe. Here’s a look at some of our favorite answers. (Some responses have been lightly edited for style and clarity). Memorable Stays With Marriott From beautiful resorts in the Greek Islands to rooms with castle views in Edinburgh, our TPG Lounge audience has …

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Factory Fiji: A Review of the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

“This is not what an InterContinental is supposed to be like,” the older British man said to his wife. She nodded in agreement. As they tried to relax in the adults-only infinity pool, a nearby horde of children screamed at a cluster of terrified crabs. The older couple was right. The InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort …

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Best Credit Cards for Families for Free-Night Certificates

Written by Dia Adams @ The Points Guy

The Points Guy extensively covers hotel credit cards and their value, especially for families. We’ve also talked about the annual free-night benefit that comes with many hotel cards. These are the award nights that you get just for keeping the card and paying your annual fee (though additional nights are sometimes available by hitting annual spending …

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