Worst In-Flight Annoyances, When Rental Car Overcharges For Tolls, Free Water At Hotels

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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, April 2, 2019, that we think you should read.

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Why Don’t Airlines Make Award Seats Available on Empty Flights? – There are two schools of thought on this. Airlines profit greatly when a business flyer purchases a last minute ticket with a big price tag. On the other hand, an empty seat is a lost opportunity for revenue or to reduce the balance of miles someone owns (airlines have to carry miles as a liability on their balance sheet). There has to be a happy medium where airlines can maximize revenue, reduce liabilities, and make their loyalty members happier with more award space availability.

The Worst Inflight Annoyances: Seat Kickers, Bare Feet & More, Study Says. – As a parent that travels with kids on a regular basis, I admit that kids can be a pain-in-the-rear. But, it is also a teaching moment to help them understand have to behave in society and respect other people. My kids have kicked the seat in front of them, but I always correct the behavior as soon as I realize what is happening. If this is happening to you, remember that you were young once and give the kids a break. Give the parent an opportunity to address it before going postal on someone. And, even then, be the bigger person and remain calm. It does nobody any good to get so upset that you cause a scene.

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What If Your Rental Car Company Overcharges You For Tolls? – If you’re driving on a toll road, pay attention and write down or take a picture of the toll road information. You don’t want to pay a ticket or extra fees because you didn’t pay the toll. Rental car companies will pay tolls on your behalf, then charge you an administrative fee for the “convenience” of it all.

How to Score Free Bottled Water at Hotels. – The number one answer is status. Hotels generally like to take care of their loyalty members. So, don’t be afraid to ask for some water at the front desk. If you’re more eco-friendly, travel with an empty refillable water bottle so you can fill up inside the airport, at the hotel gym, in the hotel lobby, or when you find a public water fountain. For those who are a bit forward, you can also refill at fast food restaurants that you may frequent while traveling.

Pay More to Stay or Leave After Hotel Changes Brands. – I haven’t had this exact situation happen to me before, but I did stay at the Hotel La Jolla as they were leaving the Kimpton brand. It was a bit odd because some benefits were recognized, but I didn’t receive the normal stay credits and other goodies that I was used to. Plus, the Kimpton soaps, branding, and signs were still littered throughout. What would you do in this situation?

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