Airlines Reducing Capacity, Win 15 Years of Tacos & Trip to Austin, Avoiding Mexico Tourism Tax

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Charlie at ruins in Cancun Mexico in June 2017
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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, August 13, 2021, that we think you should read.

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Southwest Airlines reports worrying booking trends that threaten rebound. – U.S. airlines are starting to scale back capacity in September based on recent booking and cancellation trends. Southwest’s revenue is expected to be down 15 to 17% versus 2019 levels, which is worse than previous expectations. Also, load factors have dropped to 80% in August vs. 87% in July.

You Could Win 15 Years of Tacos and a Trip to Austin — Here’s How. – Free tacos and a trip to Austin? Pretty hard to beat that combination. Simply sign up for Torchy’s loyalty program to be entered to win.

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Tacos from El Comal, a local Nashville restaurant. Don’t they look delicious?

CDC Adds France, Israel, Iceland, More to Highest ‘Level 4’ COVID-19 Travel Warning. – Just as travel was starting to open up again, we’re getting warnings about traveling to certain countries. I was just in Aruba to stay at the new Radisson Blu Aruba. It was pretty amazing. There’s obviously a risk in traveling, but we felt that most people were doing their part by wearing masks and respecting boundaries. And COVID testing was easy both coming and going.

How to Avoid Mexico’s Tourism Tax for Short Visits. – The taxes on tickets to Mexico can be close to $100 on a round-trip flight, so anything you can do to reduce those costs is awesome. This would have been an excellent trick to use when I lived in Southern California. Now that I’m in Nashville, the effort wouldn’t be worth the savings. But, I like their innovative thinking towards saving a few bucks here and there.

What My Border Crossings During the Pandemic Tell Us About Tech and Travel. – Just like how 9/11 and the Shoe Bomber changed the way we travel, the coronavirus will probably also have a lasting effect. While some of these changes were initially done to allow for social distancing and prevent the spread of the virus, they also reduced paperwork and sped up the adoption of digital technologies that simplify travel. Not all changes are positive, but, hopefully, they’ll work the kinks out over time.

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