How to ensure your safari is ethical

Written by Roxy Furman @ The Points Guy

An African safari falls on the bucket list of many people across the world, allowing an often once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close to some of the most majestic animals on the planet. Unfortunately however, we are undergoing “absolute decimation of environmental spaces and species like never before,” according to three-time winner of the Wildlife …

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Book now: One-way Emirates first class for less than $3,300

Written by Nick Ewen @ The Points Guy

Emirates first class is one of the most blinged-out, sought-after products in the world of award travel. While the new 777-300ER suites are spectacular, you won’t suffer much in the carrier’s flagship A380 first class — think closing doors, fantastic cuisine and an onboard shower at 38,000 feet. And if your plans include a flight …

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Delta One flash sale: Business-class tickets to Europe starting at $2,085 round-trip

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

For more TPG news and deals delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter here: https://thepointsguy.com/mailing-list/ Here’s something we don’t see often: a Delta One flash sale. We’re seeing fares from major Delta hubs like New York, Detroit and Atlanta starting at just $2,085 round-trip. This is a solid deal, as …

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Your ultimate guide to upgrading with miles

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Far and away the most coveted perk in commercial aviation is an upgrade to a comfier seat with better legroom, more recline and better food and beverage options. While it’s easy to envy the elite members who get “complimentary” upgrades, anyone who’s ever taken an economics class will tell you that there’s no such thing …

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TPG Reader Hall of Fame: First-class flights, overwater villas — and you can do it too

Written by Carissa Rawson @ The Points Guy

At TPG, we aim to make travel easier, more affordable and whenever possible, more luxurious. A few weeks ago, we asked members of our Facebook community, TPG Lounge, to submit their best uses of points and miles to a reader Hall of Fame thread. Stories ranged from fabulous round-the-world family trips to five-star multi-destination vacations. …

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3 independent hotel loyalty programs worth knowing

Written by Jason Steele @ The Points Guy

If you travel enough, you may eventually get tired of staying at the typical hotel offered by the major corporate chains. Since these are the places where you earn and spend your loyalty points, most of us put up with uninspired hotels that can vary little from city to city. If this sounds like your predicament, you need …

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Best ways to use 80,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ The Points Guy

The Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard currently comes with an increased bonus of up to 80,000 Virgin Atlantic miles after meeting minimum spending requirements. The road to achieving the full bonus is more complicated than most other cards, but Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles have tremendous value if you know how to use them. Here’s how …

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Move over, bland chains: Hotels are finally figuring out that we want unique places to stay

Written by Carissa Rawson @ The Points Guy

Quick, think of a big-box hotel. What are you picturing? Is it a huge hotel devoid of personality with copious amounts of rooms? Or an aspirational mega-resort that’s nearly impossible to book with points? Yeah, me too. And apparently everyone else as well, because hotel chains have slowly been putting forth efforts over the past …

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TPG Lounge readers’ best American Express Membership Rewards redemptions

Written by Kaeli Conforti @ The Points Guy

We recently asked our TPG Lounge members to share the best redemptions they’ve ever had with the American Express Membership Rewards program. Here’s a look at some of our favorite answers. (Some responses have been lightly edited for style and clarity). LIMITED-TIME OFFER: Earn up to 100,000 Amex Membership Rewards points after spending $25,000 on purchases …

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