American 10% Rebates Eliminated, Is Puerto Vallarta Safe?, Ethical To Charge Obese Seatmates?

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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 Wednesday, March 6, 2019, that we think you should read.

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New American-Hyatt Partnership: Double Dip When You Fly or Stay and Fast Track Elite Status. – So far the news is all good with this relationship. AA members will get extra miles when booking hotel rooms with Hyatt. And Hyatt members will get extra points when booking flights on American. There’s usually a catch, but I haven’t seen any negatives yet. What do you think about this news?

10% Mileage Rebate Ending On American Airlines Credit Cards. – The 10% rebate was a great perk that encouraged cardholders to redeem miles. To me, the maximum 10,000-mile rebate justified paying the annual fee for the Barclays Aviator Red each year. Now, I’m not so sure. I’ll have to do some research and evaluate whether this card will remain in my wallet going forward. Will you renew your AA cards after this benefit is eliminated?

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A Question of Travel Safety in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. – When I first saw this headline, I thought “oh no, here comes another article freaking out about Mexico.” But as I dug deeper, I was pleasantly surprised about how positive the article was. I recently interviewed fellow BoardingArea blogger Mike LaRosa of CoWorkaholic about Puerta Vallarta for my We Travel There podcast (it will release on Monday, March 11th). Mike lives in PV a majority of the year, and after hearing his story, I’m looking forward to visiting with the family.

Passenger charges obese seatmate $150 to sit next to him. – What a crazy situation! I’m surprised that the passenger was so bold as to offer this. I feel for both of the men in this situation, and I’m not sure what the right answer is. I’m a small dude, but I value my personal space. I’ve had larger passengers invade my personal space many times while flying, but I just dealt with it since the flights weren’t that long. Airlines continue to make seats smaller to squeeze more passengers on and keep prices low. What would you have done? Have you ever been in a situation like this?

8 tips for getting work done while traveling. – In today’s world, when you go on vacation, work never stops. Employers expect you to check email, complete assignments, etc. even when you’re off the clock. Follow these great tips to maintain your balance between work, family, and personal responsibilities.

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  1. it is one thing you can do whatever to your body but when the size of a person affects other comforts or safety, then yeah it is ethical and economical for a company to charge more. the obesity of a person is not the responsibility of the public, when will these people with weight issue take responsibility for their own body that does affect others. personal experience, I was an OC to LAS flight last year. I don’t have status with SW so boarded last. SW doesn’t have seating assignment so first come first served. load and behold, the only seat remaining was an aisle seat next to a very fat guy, yes that’s what he is and no way else to say it, his body and belly literally fall over my seat by about a quarter of my seat. I said nothing or complain as it wouldn’t solve anything but for the entire flight, I had to squeeze my body to the side of the aisle so I don’t have to touch him. thank god it was only an hour flight but holding the body to the edge of the seating aisle is excruciating pain and discomfort at the end of the flight. I m sure I m not the only one to experience this as it is probably on a daily basis to some poor block sitting in this situation. so is it Unethical to a fat person? hell NO

    • You describe a tough situation. Just like in this article, it was the last seat on the plane, so what do you do? Miss the flight. Have the other person miss the flight. If he would have bought two seats, you wouldn’t have had a seat available and would have had to take a different flight.

      Personally, I think we can all get healthier. Everyone has reasons for their current situation, but we can (and should) all take steps to improve our health. For example, I quit drinking soda almost two years ago. I got rid of a lot of empty calories that I was consuming. And it saves me about $2 (plus tax and tip) every time I eat out someplace, which is a nice side benefit.

  2. On the AA/Hyatt front, the miles are a nice plus I suppose, but the real benefits are pretty one sided. Top American elites get automatic and recurring top Hyatt status. Top Hyatt elites automatically get nothing. Even Marriott, hardly known for their generosity, gives United silver status for being upper tier. The new system doesn’t seem to even meet that very low standard.

    • You make a good point, Christian. AA Elites seem to have gotten the better end of the deal. However, for both parties, getting extra miles or hotel points is nice. But, there has to be some sort of catch. Maybe with more Hyatt elites now there will be less availability? It’s possible. Not sure what else is the downside besides one set of elites getting better terms.

      • IMO, the downside is little to no benefit for Globalists but less availability for free rooms and upgrades due to a much larger pool of top tier elites. An EXP suddenly has a major incentive to transfer business to Hyatt but from the other end there’s not much incentive to move business to AA. There’s also no difference in benefits between a 10 night and 100 night Hyatt member. Even Marriott offers United silver with upper tier status.

        • I agree, the downside is the increased competition for award availability and upgrades for Hyatt members. The nice thing is getting the extra AA miles that you weren’t getting before. But I’m not sure those extra miles outweigh the increased competition for upgrades. Time will tell if this has any major impact.


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