What do travelers want this holiday season? Safety, cheap flights and flexibility

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

More than half a year has gone by since the coronavirus pandemic nearly shut down the travel industry. Yet with the holiday season fast approaching, we’re still far from anything close to normal. In the past, travelers booking holiday trips worried about lengthy lines at the airport, inflated ticket prices and those winter squalls that …

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First adults-only casino in Vegas is now open with the world’s largest sports book

Written by Richard Kerr @ The Points Guy

Today marks the grand opening of Circa Resort and Casino — the first opening of a resort built from the ground up in downtown Las Vegas since 1980. The property features a sports-lovers paradise called Stadium Swim; the world’s largest sportsbook, Circa Sports, which was built for 1,000 people; and, perhaps most notably, the resort …

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Here’s Delta’s new (unofficial) award chart for partner redemptions – and you’re not going to like it

Written by Andrew Kunesh Benji Stawski @ The Points Guy

Although Delta doesn’t publish an award chart, and the amount of SkyMiles you need to book a Delta flight can fluctuate wildly, partner redemptions have relatively fixed prices. That being said, without award charts, Delta can choose to raise these rates at any time. And unfortunately, that’s exactly what it just did. Delta has quietly …

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6 etiquette rules to master if you plan to work remotely from a resort

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

Working from home has proved to be a challenge for even the most technologically savvy people.  If you turned your kitchen table or living room sofa into an office during the pandemic, you’ve probably heard someone say, “Hey, can you mute your line, please?” or “Can you all see my screen?” at least once. And …

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Out of office: What it’s like to ‘Work From Hyatt’ at the Andaz Mayakoba

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

After seven months without leaving New York City, I was ready for a change of pace. Throughout the pandemic, I’ve been mainly confined to my small apartment. I’ve taken Zoom calls from my bed and the kitchen table and, instead of midday Starbucks runs, I bought a coffee machine. It’s been a challenging transition for …

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Marriott Bonvoy extends expiration of free-night certificates and points through Aug. 1, 2021

Written by Benji Stawski @ The Points Guy

With the coronavirus pandemic lasting longer than expected, airlines and hotels have begun announcing second rounds of extensions to loyalty benefits. Earlier this month, Hyatt became the first major hotel chain to extend loyalty perks again. And now, Marriott’s following suit with a second round of extensions. Here’s everything you need to know. For more …

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The top 5 economy-class cabins in the sky today

Written by Daniel Ross @ The Points Guy

During the COVID-19 crisis, our team has temporarily ceased taking review trips. However, we are still publishing new flight, hotel and lounge reviews, from trips taken just before the lockdown, and articles — like this one — based on flights taken before the pandemic. Please note that if you fly during the coronavirus pandemic, you will …

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You can now cancel British Airways bookings for free even if made before pandemic

Written by Daniel Ross @ The Points Guy

British Airways has extended its “book with confidence” policy to keep up with the huge travel disruption caused by the coronavirus and the ever-changing global restrictions and quarantine regulations that come with it. In a post on Instagram, the airline stated: “All existing bookings due to travel by 10 January 2021 now benefit from flexible …

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How I plan to socially distance when flying

Written by Benji Stawski @ The Points Guy

Between airlines ramping up safety protocols and the Department of Defense suggesting that the risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard airplanes is virtually non-existent, I feel much more comfortable getting on a plane today than I did a few months ago. Nevertheless, to give myself some more peace of mind, I’m taking extra precautions as I return …

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Check your email: Delta offering targeted status challenges up to Diamond Medallion

Written by Benji Stawski @ The Points Guy

Airlines are doing their best to lure travelers back on to their planes and encourage them to build loyalty. Last week, American Airlines announced that it would be making it easier to earn elite status in 2021. Now, Delta is making it easier to earn status through an elevated status match challenge. For a limited …

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TPG Tuesday Q&A with Benet features Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, AKA Jet Set Sarah

Written by Benet Wilson @ The Points Guy

I am thrilled to announce that my new monthly TPG Women Facebook Live show launches on Tuesday, Oct. 20 with my first guest: Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, AKA @JetSetSarah. I have admired Sarah for years, and she is THE go-to person when you’re looking for places to visit in the Caribbean. She’s a Miami-based Caribbean travel expert, an …

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6 reasons to visit Florence, Italy

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

The Italian city of Florence is a picturesque spot that’s hailed as being the birthplace of the Renaissance. With an entire historic city center deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site — not to mention a metropolis filled with quaint and romantic hidden spots just waiting to be discovered — this Tuscan paradise is a prime …

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Deal alert: Flights to Peru from $190 round-trip through spring 2021

Written by Benji Stawski @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: 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. If South America is on your post-pandemic travel bucket …

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