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Using Points and Miles To Get To Portugal

Portugal is rising in popularity as a “must see” European destination. The country has been overshadowed by its Iberian Peninsula counterpart, Spain, for quite some time, but as visitors continue to discover Portugal’s allure, its “little brother” perception is fading fast. As you may have noticed, Point Me To The Plane has been on a bit of…

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ANA Round-the-World Tickets: Best Use of Amex Membership Rewards?

Booking Round-the-Trip business class awards Star Alliance American Express Membership Rewards points United Polaris seats

ANA (All Nippon Airways), Japan’s largest airline and an integral member of the Star Alliance, offers arguably the most valuable Round-the-World tickets out there. When used correctly, an ANA Round-the-World ticket can shave hundreds-of-thousands of points off the cost of business, first class or even economy class award tickets. This is perhaps the best value…

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Our Favorite ‘Small Luxury Hotels’ In Europe

Point Me To The Plane Contributors David Ghorbanpoor and Sarah Johnson collaborated on this report. Last week World of Hyatt announced a partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), a group of 500 plus independent boutique properties scattered across the globe. It’s no secret that Hyatt, with just over 700 properties worldwide, lacks…

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Don’t Let Your Travel Override Your Health: 11 Tips

Tivoli City Park in Slovenia

Traveling, as wonderful as it is, can also make staying healthy challenging. Travel often involves lots of sitting on planes, eating too much, and often leaving our best healthy habits back home. In my non-Point Me to The Plane life, I’m a holistic health and fitness coach. So combining traveling with finding fun, fitness-oriented adventures…

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Which Airlines Offer Round-the-World Tickets

Round-the-world (RTW) awards are one of the most lucrative and aspirational use of points and miles. Unfortunately, in recent years, many award programs, including all the major US airlines, have dropped their formal round-the-world redemption options.  However, many global airlines continue to offer awards that are worth considering when your goal is to circumnavigate the…

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When Does a Round-The-World Ticket Make Sense?

This post looks at when it makes sense to consider booking an Around-the-World or Round-the-World ticket.

Circling the globe is the ultimate dream trip for many travelers. An around-the-world ticket, known in the airline business as a “Round-the-World” or “RTW” ticket, is a special fare offered by select airlines and all airlines alliances specifically designed to enable travelers to circumnavigate the globe. The primary advantage in booking RTW tickets is the…

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Portugal Off The Beaten Path: The Algarve and The Azores

The Algarve is a great addition to a Portugal itinerary, ideal for relaxing after the bustle of Lisbon.

Portugal, as I’ve shared over the last few weeks, is an incredible up-and-coming European destination. Lisbon and Porto are both vibrant, fun cities with plenty to recommend them. The Douro Valley beckons those in search of great food and local wine. The clock seems to be ticking on the yet unspoiled reaches of Portugal, however,…

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