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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Budget International Family Destinations for 2019

Written by Devorah Lev-Tov @ The Points Guy

When you’re traveling with your family of three or four or five people, following the crowds to traditionally popular destinations can bust a budget, especially if you’re headed out of the US. Instead of Venice or Hong Kong during peak season, we have a list of alternate destinations that may be just what you need …

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Why Istanbul Should Be Your Next Big Family Destination

Written by Melanie Haiken @ The Points Guy

Walking through the arrival doors of the vast and sparkling new Istanbul (IST) airport, we were greeted by a colorful backlit photograph of Istanbul’s Bosphorus river with the slogan: “A glittering meeting of two continents.” Having read about Istanbul’s importance in world history as the intersection of Europe and Asia, we were well ready to …

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Hotel Review – Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

Written by Craig at Middle Age Miles @ Middle Age Miles

Introduction The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City (RC Pentagon City) is a nice, classic hotel located just outside Washington DC, near DCA airport. We had an excellent 4-night stay there, in connection with the wedding of Middle Age Miles son Dylan…

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Can You Stack Shopping Portal Benefits with Using a Club Level Upgrade Certificate from the Ritz Carlton Visa Card? (Experiment-in-Progress)

Written by Craig at Middle Age Miles @ Middle Age Miles

Introduction At Middle Age Miles, we love to experiment with different points-and-miles strategies and then share our results with our readers, in hopes that it’ll benefit the community. In this experiment, we wanted to explore the notoriously hard-to-use Club Level…

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Palace in the Sky: A Review Of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

In a city known for high-end luxury and a jam-packed skyline, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong still finds a way to tower above it all. Pros: Delicious food, top-rate service and unlimited Dom Perignon brunch on Sunday mornings. Cons: Views are hit or miss depending on the weather, limited elite benefits and everything from rooms to food is outrageously expensive.

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Hotel Pet Mascots Kids Will Love

Written by Lissa Poirot @ The Points Guy

Sometimes the best welcome a hotel can offer the kids is a wagging tail or the brush of soft fur, and a few hotels and resorts are making their properties feel more like home with resident pets that serve as mascots. The animal touch and kiss may be the special treat that ensures a property …

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Night in Tokyo

Written by Stu Davidson @ Stuck in Customs

Weekly Hikes I’ve taken to doing three hikes a week in the mountains around Queenstown. I usually do 8-12 kilometers while listening to audiobooks or podcasts on a Bluetooth speaker. I don’t see a lot of other people on the hikes… maybe five or so. They always give me a confused look because they can […]

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Night in Tokyo

Written by Stu Davidson @ Stuck in Customs

Weekly Hikes I’ve taken to doing three hikes a week in the mountains around Queenstown. I usually do 8-12 kilometers while listening to audiobooks or podcasts on a Bluetooth speaker. I don’t see a lot of other people on the hikes… maybe five or so. They always give me a confused look because they can […]

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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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A Grande Dame Gets a Makeover: A Review of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

Written by Nick Ellis @ The Points Guy

The Ritz-Carlton Central Park, New York is a beautiful property that blends classic New York glamour with 21st-century practicality. Pros: Convenient location, elegantly renovated guest rooms and amazing service. Cons: Average bathrooms, high food/drink prices and poor elite recognition for Platinum members.

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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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Keeping Your Kiddo Safe: Babyproofing Hotel Rooms

Written by Judy Colbert @ The Points Guy

Toddlers can face a minefield of dangers just about anywhere, especially in unfamiliar hotel rooms, where sharp corners, tabletops filled with chewable items and electric outlets free to be prodded await a curious child. Hotel “babyproofing” services may mean as little as providing electric outlet covers or as extensive as offering a full range of …

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High/Low Travel Strategy: Mixing Luxury and Budget Travel on the Same Trip

Written by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen @ The Points Guy

While my favorite way to maximize travel is through points and miles, my husband and I have come up with a few other tricks over the years to find that elusive balance between my love of budget travel and his taste for the finer things. Our go-to technique for a vacation with the right mix of …

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Book Marriott Award Stays Before the Increase

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

If you’re thinking of booking a Marriott award stay, do it TODAY.  Even if you’re not sure about your plans, book Marriott award stays before the increase. Today is March 4, and as we know, March 5 is the day Marriott is making its annual changes to its hotel categories.  But this year is a […]

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