10 all-inclusive beach resorts you can book with points

Written by Jennifer Yellin @ The Points Guy

When it comes to family vacations, I look for a beach resort where the property is rich with amenities and offers an experience in itself. This is, by far, my favorite way to use points as a family. Staying at a nice high-end hotel in a city is great, although typically it just becomes a …

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5 East Coast weekend getaways you can take on the Acela

Written by Laura Itzkowitz @ The Points Guy

All aboard! For the entire month of September at The Points Guy, we’ll be exploring the world of train travel with reviews, features, deals and tips for maximizing your trip by rail. As much as we love planes, sometimes the train simply makes more sense. The stations are usually located right in the city center, …

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What to see and do in Brussels: Belgian waffles, chocolate and beyond

Written by Lee Huffman @ The Points Guy

I had taken my 8-year-old son on multiple international father-son trips, but never my 4-year-old daughter. So when FlyingBlue announced a summer promotion offering 25% off business class award flights, I knew this was a great opportunity for a fun dad-daughter trip. Friends have mentioned how great the chocolate, waffles and fries are in Belgium, …

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Hotels with resort fees as low as $2.50

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

First and foremost: The best resort fee is no resort fee. Although hotels can certainly charge additional fees for optional services, all mandatory fees should be included in the room rate. Resort fees — which may be disguised as a service fee, energy fee or simply listed as “miscellaneous” on your invoice — are a …

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Ways to Earn Points and Miles While Saving the Earth

Written by Amanda Woods @ The Points Guy

It’s always a good idea to reduce our environmental impact when we’re traveling, but it’s a lovely bonus to be rewarded when we do. Recently, Qantas started offering 10 Qantas points for every Australian dollar frequent flyers spend on reducing their carbon footprint. For points-watchers, that’s the highest standard earn rate of any Qantas frequent …

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Art (Sorta) Nouveau: A Review of the InterContinental Paris Le Grand

Written by Dia Adams @ The Points Guy

The InterContinental Paris Le Grand has catered to the elite since its opening in 1862. Pros: Impeccable service, a desirable location, an iconic structure and an expansive breakfast buffet. Cons: In the midst of renovation, even new rooms are not exactly modern, and questionable soft product choices mar the five-star experience.

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Maximizing IHG Rewards Club for Family Travel

Written by Jason Steele @ The Points Guy

Here’s the link to apply now for the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card with a 125,000-point bonus after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months. The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has 5,600 properties sprawled across 1,000 countries. The IHG universe includes the luxury InterContinental Hotels and many other brands: Kimpton, Regent, Voco …

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How Valuable Is the Citi Prestige’s 4th Night Free When Booking Midtier Hotels Though Citi ThankYou?

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

If you have a Citi Prestige® Card, you’re likely very aware of the changes and cuts to benefits that have plagued the card recently. Unfortunately, even the Prestige’s unique fourth-night-free benefit is being devaluated as of Sept. 1, 2019. That benefit will see the following changes: Limited to twice per calendar year. This cap includes …

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Stretch Your Points: The Best IHG Properties in the US for 10k Points

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

Here’s the link to apply now for the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card with a 125,000-point bonus after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months. Some travelers prefer to use their points for luxurious experiences they’d never pay for with cash, others try to maximize the redemption value they’ve earned and others …

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TPG Readers Reveal Their Best IHG Rewards Redemptions

Written by Kaeli Conforti @ The Points Guy

We recently asked our TPG Lounge audience to share the best redemptions they’ve ever had with the IHG Rewards program, a timely topic given the unprecedented welcome offer on the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card. Here’s a look at some of our favorite answers. (Some responses have been lightly edited for style and clarity). …

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6 of the Best-Value Points Hotels in Boston

Written by Brett Holzhauer @ The Points Guy

Boston is home to an incredible amount of American history along with an array tourist attractions. From Fenway Park to the Freedom Trail, the Museum of Fine Arts to the Paul Revere house — not to mention thousands of delicious restaurants — there’s a seemingly endless list of things to do in Boston. The city …

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Register Now for IHG’s Fall Accelerate Promotion to Earn Bonus Points on Stays

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

IHG runs promotions every couple of months to incentivize IHG Rewards members to stay (more) at its hotels. Many of us know the promotion by the name “Accelerate,” although IHG has been waffling between that name and “Make Every Stay Count.” The current Accelerate promotion is still running through August 31. However, you can register …

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Get Free Nights at Select IHG Properties in Southeast Asia, Korea and Maldives

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

InterContinental Hotels Group has launched a new promotion, offering members of IHG Rewards Club the opportunity to get an additional free night on paid stays. As first reported by Loyalty Lobby, the promo advertises itself as “One Extra Night. On Us.” for which you can get an extra night added onto your stay at select …

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