Emotional Support Chicken, United Wants You To Give Up Your Seat, Marriott Negative Changes Delayed

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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 Friday, December 21, 2018, that we think you should read.

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United makes it easier to give up your seat. – This is such great technology. If only they had it available when they forcibly removed a passenger, dragging him from the plane bloody and screaming. Hopefully, more airlines will adopt this technology to avoid such ugly incidents.

Popeyes is launching ‘Emotional Support Chicken’ for stressed travelers craving fried chicken. – This is one of the best marketing campaigns I’ve seen in a while. I need to bring an emotional support beer to pair with my emotional support chicken during my next flight.

 

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Do you like your emotional support spicy or mild? #EmotionalSupportChicken (You can buy one in the Philadelphia airport on 12/18.)

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Marriott’s Negative Award Chart Changes Delayed (And Possibly How To Lock In Rates Even If You Don’t Have The Points). – We talk about it time and time again, your airline miles and hotel points are not like your 401(k). The longer you wait to use your rewards, the less valuable they come. Earn, burn, and repeat.

Skyrocketing seat selection fees enrage flyers, enrich airlines. – I hate paying extra fees when I fly. I love flying Southwest Airlines because they don’t have a lot of these bogus add-on fees that the other airlines charge. I generally only fly the other airlines when I use miles in premium cabin space so that way I can select my seat ahead of time.

Best things to do in Melbourne, Australia. – If you’re headed to Australia, Melbourne should be on your itinerary. In this podcast episode, local expert Abby Lewtas shares the best things to do in Melbourne from a local’s point of view.

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