How I used points and miles to save over $6,000 on a last-minute trip to Europe

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

Last month, I had to book a last-minute round-trip ticket to Prague for a family matter. Despite the country being closed to Americans due to coronavirus, I was able to enter with my Czech passport as I’m a dual citizen. Current travel restrictions mean fewer airlines are offering U.S. to Europe flights right now, so …

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Register today, vote later: The best ways to travel to your local polling site or ballot dropbox

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Every election is important. But the 2020 election coming up on Nov. 3 is particularly crucial. This year, U.S. voters will make major decisions that impact all three branches of United States government, as well as the rest of the world. Sign up for TPG’s daily newsletter to receive more daily news in your inbox …

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How to transfer your Avios between British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus accounts

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Avios is the currency used by the loyalty programs British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus and Aer Lingus AerClub. So, if you have a frequent flyer account with these airlines, you’ll be earning and redeeming Avios. Avios can be transferred between the programs at a rate of 1:1, so one BA Avios is worth one …

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6 reasons to visit Italy’s Aeolian Islands

Written by Anthony Grant @ 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. Located off the northern coast of Sicily and worlds away …

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United’s new map-based search tool lets you search by destination, activity or cheapest prices

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Tracking coronavirus restrictions has become a full-time job — literally, for some. TPG has published multiple reopening guides, while at least one tech company provides real-time COVID-19 restrictions for more than 120 countries worldwide. Sign up for TPG’s daily newsletter to stay up to date on travel news And now, United Airlines is jumping in …

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No major airport near you? Here’s how expert travelers still get amazing flight deals

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Savvy travelers know that the rush of nabbing an amazing mistake fare or unbelievably good flight deal is almost as exciting as the trip itself. But have you ever wondered how the experts do it — or how people who don’t live in areas served by major airports like Los Angeles or New York can …

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This new tool shows you real-time COVID-19 requirements for international and domestic travel

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

The year is winding down, and the end of the coronavirus pandemic can’t come a day too soon. Unfortunately, that day likely won’t come with the new year; experts believe that COVID-19 may be here to stay for some time longer. For months, travelers have had to rely either on their own research, on travel …

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How to protect yourself against reward program data breaches

Written by Ariana Arghandewal @ The Points Guy

In recent years, it’s become clear that cybersecurity is an issue many companies continue to struggle with. Unfortunately, that extends to the world of loyalty programs. In the last two years alone, both Marriott and IHG Rewards Club have been subject to data breaches that affected millions of consumers. Capital One was compromised last year …

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The ultimate guide to earning and redeeming Asiana Club miles

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

Asiana is a South Korean carrier in the Star Alliance. Despite operating a handful of routes to the U.S., it isn’t very well-known stateside. But that shouldn’t be the case — the airline has an excellent loyalty program with industry-leading redemption rates. Think 40,000-mile one-way flights to Europe in business class and 52,500-mile tickets from …

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In and out in 2 minutes: Here’s how my Global Entry interview went

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

I might not be passing through U.S. customs and immigration any time soon. But whenever I do, I’ll be able to continue walking through the Global Entry expedited lane like I have for the past four years. Sign up for TPG’s daily newsletter That’s right: I just completed my final interview for Global Entry renewal, …

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Dubai and Abu Dhabi are open for travelers. Should you go?

Written by Katherine Fan @ 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. How did a small sovereign state in the Arabian Desert …

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Here’s how to get your points and miles back after they expire

Written by Ariana Arghandewal @ The Points Guy

It’s been eight months since I’ve redeemed points and miles for travel, and I’m not quite sure when I will again. You may find yourself in the same boat: Unable to put your hard-earned points to use and perhaps even worried about miles expiring. Most airlines require you to either earn or redeem miles within …

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Everything’s bigger in Texas: The 9 best road trips to take from Austin

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

I think we can all agree there’s never been a better year to take a classic road trip. With the threat of COVID-19 persisting across the globe, and face masks coupled with social distancing the norm for disease prevention, driving to a destination in a private vehicle is one of the most effective ways to …

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How to backpack around Ireland

Written by Nicola Brady @ 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. Ever harbored a fantasy about chucking a few things into …

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