Part of Disneyland will finally reopen — just don’t plan on going on any rides

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

What’s Disneyland without rides and attractions? Apparently, it’s not a theme park — which may be a good thing on its path to reopening. This week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that Disneyland (and the state’s other major theme parks) could not reopen until its home county was in no higher than a minimal (yellow) …

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3 ways Spirit’s frequent flyer program just got a whole lot better

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Yesterday, Spirit Airlines announced an all-new frequent flyer program that is set to launch on Jan. 21, 2021. While the ‘Free Spirit’ name will remain, it’s an otherwise top-to-bottom replacement of Spirit’s old, dated, less-than-rewarding frequent flyer program with a new, modern-era approach. With an all-new program comes a long list of changes. We released …

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Free seat assignments and checked bags: Spirit Airlines has an all-new frequent flyer program

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

I bet you never expected Spirit Airlines to make news with free checked bags and seat assignments, but it’s true. Or rather, it will be true for some travelers when the airline rolls out its new frequent flyer program early next year. Spirit Airlines has known for quite some time that its current frequent flyer …

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5 things to know about JW Marriott Bonnet Creek — the newest hotel near Disney

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

The year 2020 wasn’t all bad in the world of travel. While the opening of the JW Marriott Bonnet Creek hotel was understandably delayed a bit during the spring months, the near-Disney hotel opened its doors in July 2020. On a recent trip to Disney World, we couldn’t resist the chance to check out one …

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5 reasons to ski at Steamboat Springs this year

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

You definitely don’t need to stay stuck inside this winter. In Steamboat Springs, Colorado you’ll breathe crisp mountain air on one of the mountain’s many powder days and smile at the sound of your skis or board carving into a turn. Those timeless moments, as well as the laid-back vibe of this welcoming and authentic …

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An all-inclusive Central Texas oasis: A review of Miraval Austin Resort and Spa

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

In 2020, many of us need a minute to breathe, reset and recenter. Getting the chance to do that in luxury — wholly thanks to the stay requiring fewer points than normal — sounded almost too good to be true. But it was a very real opportunity, so we booked a two-night stay at the …

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Last day to book Marriott award nights at off peak-rates and more with ‘Week of Wonders’

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

If you’ve been hoping to book a discounted award night with Marriott Bonvoy between now through the end of November, this is your lucky week. Marriott Bonvoy is hosting a Week of Wonders from Oct. 8 to 15, 2020 and there’s more in store than “just” discounted award prices, though that’s an obvious headliner here. …

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How and why I checked a huge cardboard box of food for free on my last flight

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Here in 2020, there are plenty of things happening in travel — on both macro and micro levels — that would have never happened before a worldwide pandemic rammed right into modern-day life. This year has brought us deserts full of perfectly fine but grounded planes, empty airports and hotels, major theme parks that have …

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Disney World is reopening more character meals: Why they are better than ever

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This guide is updated periodically as more restaurants reopen.  Once upon a time, theme park guests packed Disney World’s Main Street U.S.A. Your biggest concerns were pondering the length of time you’d wait in line, how many FastPasses you could snag in a day and there were ample opportunities to dine with new …

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Tuesday travel tip: How to get a free 4-hour grace period on your next car rental

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

You probably already know The Platinum Card® from American Express comes with a big, long list of travel-related perks included with its $550 annual fee (see rates & fees). There are Platinum cardholder perks ranging from a monthly Uber credit to airport lounge access, an annual airline fee credit, up to $200, hotel and rental car elite status and …

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It’s official: ‘Schoolcations’ are the hottest new travel trend for families

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

In the spring, the overnight transition from normal life to sheltering-at-home while online schooling was a hot mess for pretty much everyone involved. (You haven’t lived until you’ve watched a Zoom class for preschoolers who don’t remotely comprehend the mute function.) But now, we’ve had time to hone our remote school and work skills, and …

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