Drunk Couple Buys Hotel on Honeymoon, “Free Checked Bag” Isn’t Always Free, United Threatens Skiplagged Clients

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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 Tuesday, October 16, 2018, that we think you should read.

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Why the Free Checked Bag Benefit Doesn’t Always Mean “Free”. – Free checked bags sounds awesome, but there are many times when you can’t actually use this benefit. Read all about it and learn some additional ways to avoid paying for checked bags when you fly.

This Couple Got Drunk on Their Honeymoon and Accidentally Bought a Hotel. – And you thought your honeymoon was expensive! Glad to see that things are turning out well for this couple. In some ways, this experience is a dream of many. What would you do in their situation?

Big Change! Changing a Southwest Flight Will Keep Your Fare Refundable! – This is a very positive move by Southwest. The old rule was completely opposite to the friendly and no-fee reputation that Southwest has cultivated over the years. I’m glad that they have finally corrected this black mark on their record.

United Airlines threatens Skiplagged clients with Collections. – Anything that threatens my good credit, I take very seriously. Yes, Skiplagged is gaming the system, but you paid for a ticket and decided not to use all of it. The same way if you paid for a hotel reservation and didn’t stay the last night. United shouldn’t be able to collect on this in court, but stranger things have happened.

Southwest Companion Pass loses luster, value. – Southwest is not as much of a deal as it used to be when compared to the bigger airlines like American, Delta, and United. But comparing them to Spirit is apples-to-oranges. If the author compared Southwest to Alaska or JetBlue, then I could better understand the argument. Ultra low-cost carriers like Spirit are not in the same ballpark as airlines like SW, AA, DL, or UA.

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