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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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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Top Hotels for Redeeming the IHG Premier Card’s Free Night

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

For a long time, the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card (no longer available to new applicants) offered one of the most valuable perks in the credit card world. In exchange for a modest $49 annual fee, you received an unrestricted free night, valid at any IHG property in the world. The possibilities were endless, …

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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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Ahead of the Game: A Review of the InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort in Vietnam

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

The InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort is a new property that opened in June 2018 on Phu Quoc island in Vietnam. Pros: beautiful property, extremely comfortable bed and plenty of activities. Cons: confusing reception upon arrival and active construction on both sides of the property.

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How the Apple Card Compares to Other No-Fee Cash-Back Credit Cards

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

The Apple Card is expected to come out this summer, offering 3% cash back on purchases directly from Apple, 2% on anything you buy using Apple Pay and 1% on anything purchased with the physical card. The earning is simple and there’s no annual fee. But there are also no transfer partners nor the ability …

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Here’s How to Earn 5x Delta SkyMiles on Hotel Reservations

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

It’s the season for bonuses when it comes to hotel stays. Delta’s latest offer will grant you 5x SkyMiles on all reservations made through Delta.com/Hotels between March 25, 2019 and April 8, 2019. You can book any hotel through the portal, add your SkyMiles number and you’ll earn 5 SkyMiles per $1 spent. TPG‘s latest …

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10 of the World’s Cheapest Cities for Luxury Points Hotels

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

Staying at a fabulous luxury hotel like a Park Hyatt, St. Regis or Waldorf Astoria can cost well over $1,000 a night in destinations such as New York City, Paris or the Maldives. While redeeming hotel points can certainly save you money on such stays, award rates can also skyrocket to well over 100,000 points per …

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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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Catalina Island — What Families Should See, Do and Where to Stay

Written by June Allan Corrigan @ The Points Guy

While it’s not always practical to whisk your family off to the Maldives or one of Thailand’s exotic isles, a laid-back island vacation is still within reach — quite easy reach, in fact. Just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina Island is a crowd-pleaser during peak summer months but there’s plenty for …

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How to Use Points to Plan Multigenerational Trips

Written by Angelina Aucello @ The Points Guy

Family travel isn’t limited to just parents and children. As a matter of fact, traveling is arguably the most rewarding means of bringing families together in more ways than one. My household’s fondest family memories include multigenerational trips when my parents and/or other relatives tagged along. Believe it or not, getting the gang together for …

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Friendly, Quirky and Comfy: A Review of the Hotel Indigo Birmingham Five Points South – UAB

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

Hotel Indigo is know for local flair and friendly staff — and this Hotel Indigo in Birmingham, AL scored perfectly in these two categories. Pros: 44% suites, excellent front desk staff and themed bar. Cons: a few broken items in our room and a questionable neighborhood.

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Get 10x American Airlines Miles — Or 10% Cashback — on IHG Stays and Still Earn IHG Points

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

One of the foundational elements of the points and miles hobby is that you should maximize every online purchases by going through a shopping portal. This doesn’t just apply when buying items online; you also can score bonus points, miles or cash back on travel purchases by using shopping portals. And today a new offer popped up …

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Family-Friendly Hotels That Will Gladly Welcome Your Pooch, Too

Written by Lissa Poirot @ The Points Guy

The family vacation is a rite of passage, especially when you can bring the whole family — including those of the four-legged variety. Many family-friendly hotel brands, along with a few specialty resorts, welcome pets with open arms and offer a few extra amenities to boot. Here are some of our favorites: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak …

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