Why you may want to buy future United flight credits to earn a 5x miles bonus

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Airlines are doing some interesting things to raise cash, while many would-be travelers are still on the ground. And while many of these sales and offers won’t be a great deal for travelers who aren’t sure when they’ll fly next, there are exceptions to every rule. Sometimes these offers can make sense in the right …

Read More

7 easy ways to make your vacation home rental better for guests

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

I’ve rented many vacation homes via a variety of sites and owners. The homes have ranged wildly from budget-friendly tiny cabins to ski-friendly mountain houses for 22 and $1,000 per night beach homes. But throughout those different experiences, some common themes have emerged that make it easy to love — or not love — the …

Read More

Reservations won’t be required at many Ikon ski resorts this season

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Last year, the U.S. ski season started on Oct. 10 in Colorado with the opening of Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin), followed the next day by Keystone. Believe it or not, the calendar says that’s less than a month away. And in a refreshing, almost unbelievable moment of normalcy, A-Basin says it’s expecting to open again in …

Read More

Southwest Airlines offering flights to Hawaii from $99 or 6,864 points into 2021

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year. We know your 2020 Hawaii trip probably didn’t work out …

Read More

This iconic Disney resort will reopen in summer of 2021 with exciting new theming

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Disney World unlocked the gates to its theme parks in early July, but that doesn’t mean that everything is back to normal at the Most Magical Place on Earth. Many Disney hotels, popular restaurants, shows and more remain closed even as summer turns to fall. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, one of the original properties that …

Read More

Marriott’s newest Disney World hotel on track to open in 2021 with a new name

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

If you want to use hotel points to stay on Disney World property, you likely already know about Disney’s Swan and Dolphin hotels. While they’re on Disney’s grounds and within walking distance to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, they’re actually Westin and Sheraton properties where you can earn and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points. Since similarly …

Read More

Mickey’s Christmas Party is canceled, but there’s still plenty of holiday magic at Disney

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We’ll be here to help you prepare, whether you’re traveling next month or next year. A visit to Disney World is a pretty special …

Read More

2 reasons why I renewed our passports in the midst of a pandemic with no travel booked

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

It’s been 222 days since we were last outside the U.S. That international foray was a brief five-hour jaunt to Mexico on a four-night Disney Cruise — but still an important benchmark. In an alternate timeline, we would have collected at least three or four more passport stamps since then with planned trips to Banff …

Read More

Universal Orlando changes how it prices park tickets, temporarily closes 2 hotels

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Theme parks have had a rough year — just like the rest of us. While most theme parks in Florida have reopened, including the juggernauts Disney World and Universal Orlando, it’s clear demand isn’t as high as they’d hoped. As a result, Disney has shifted more of its business to local annual passholders, rather than …

Read More

Flying solo: Airline unaccompanied minor policies and fees in the US

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Airlines have dramatically varying policies and fees when it comes to children flying alone under the designation of an unaccompanied minor. Here is a round up of the United States based airlines policies and fees for unaccompanied minors…

Read More