Monday, January 20

Want To Help the Bahamas? Go There. Here’s What’s Open

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Here’s a good story from The Points Guy by Liz Hunt called Three Reasons Now Is the Best Time To Visit the Bahamas. It tells what’s open after Hurricane Dorian, which is a lot.

Earlier this month, the Bahamas were hit very hard by Hurricane Dorian with winds up to 185 miles per hour at landfall — the destruction was deadly. Weeks later, at least 50 people have been confirmed dead and 1,300 remain missing.

The northern part of the archipelago, including the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, endured the brunt of the hit while destinations such as Nassau, the capital, were fairly unscathed. However, many residents who were displaced have been forced to seek refuge in the less-affected parts of the Bahamas, so all areas of the island nation are in need of resources, whether it’s food, water, money or help with the cleanup efforts.

When it comes to getting there, you’ve got your pick of airports — Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) in Nassau, Exuma International (GGT) on Great Exuma, South Bimini Airport (BIM), North Eleuthera Airport (ELH), Stella Maris Airport (SML) and Deadman’s Cay Airport (LGI) in Long Island are all up and running on their regular schedule. The only airports that remain closed until further notice are Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) and Leonard Thompson International Airport (MHH) in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

The same goes for hotels. You can expect all of the hotels outside of the affected Grand Bahama and the Abacos to be open for business.

The Bahamas are also a popular cruise stop and that hasn’t changed. The only port that isn’t open is Freeport in Grand Bahama, but cruise lines are still stopping in Nassau and the Out Islands.

And while a natural disaster may deter tourists from visiting, here are three reasons you should visit now, more than ever before.

You can help rebuild the Bahamas

If you’re reading TPG, you clearly love to travel and are all about learning how to maximize your points and miles. What better way to do that than putting them toward a trip for good? Now that’s what we call a good redemption.

There are two ways your points and miles can help the country. First, you can donate them through airline programs, like Delta’s SkyWish charity arm, that uses those miles to send volunteers for relief efforts. Or, you can actually use your points and miles to fly there yourself and lend a hand or bring supplies. Read more:




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