Automated Security at LAX, Why Do We Care About Airline Miles?, Google Hotels Taking Over

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Welcome to The Morning Shave.  We read a ton of travel articles each day for our personal research and to share the best travel tips and tricks with you.  Here are the articles for Monday, December 4, 2017, that we think you should read.

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Why Do We Still Care About Airline Miles? – For domestic award redemptions, cash back cards vs. miles is usually the better route.  However, for international and premium cabin experiences, the value received from miles is many times more rewarding vs. the 2% from a cash back card.

LAX Is the Latest Airport to Roll Out Automated Security Lanes. – I love it when processes become more efficient.  With this upgrade, up to 5 passengers can be screened at once.  This will definitely help minimize time going through security.

Google Hotels Revamps Mobile Features as Its Ambitions Expand. – Online travel agencies should be quaking in their boots with Google’s focus on hotel reservations.  Why bother searching at an OTA when you can save time booking directly from your initial search on Google?  Yet another example of Google taking over the world.

Flying Blue Promo Awards December 2017 released. My highlights and lowlights summarised. – Some great opportunities to use Flying Blue miles at a 20-25% discount.

Pro Photographers Share Their Secrets for Taking Perfect Travel Shots. – I think we can all step up our photography game up a notch.  While traveling, I see some amazing scenery and want to capture some memorable moments, but the end result of the pictures isn’t always what I had in mind.  These tips help.

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