Amex Limits Charge Cards, COVID Impact on Elite Status, Oldest Hotels in the World

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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, April 22, 2020, that we think you should read.

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A Third of Americans Want to Travel Again Shortly After Pandemic Is Contained: Skift Research’s Latest Travel Tracker. – I think that many of us want to travel right away, but how many will actually book when given the all-clear. This may be one of those polls that reflect people’s wishes more than their actions. Will you book travel right away once the lockdown is lifted? Personally, I’ll be waiting a few months to ensure that coronavirus infections don’t spike with a second surge once everyone is out and about.

American Express has limited charge cards to 10 per person. – Many people know that American Express limits the number of credit cards that you can have with them. Until recently, you could have had as many charge cards as you wanted. Charge cards generally carry less risk to the bank because they have to be paid in full each month. There is no option to carry a balance. This rule change is highlighting how banks are starting to taper back risk in case of a recession.

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COVID-19 Could Impact Your Points and Frequent-Flyer Terms—for the Better. – If you were in danger of losing your elite status this year, you might be able to keep your status with the airline and hotel status extensions that are happening. And, if you are traveling, achieving status is easier for many loyalty programs. It doesn’t most of us when we aren’t traveling right now, but it could make for an easier transition when we do.

Hard Rock Plans on Reopening ‘Some’ Properties Soon with Social Distancing. – It is going to be interesting to see how hotels and guests operate with social distancing and keeping things clean. Although we have reduced the number of new infections, if we aren’t careful, we could increase the spread of the disease if we let our guard down too quickly.

Where Are the Oldest Hotels in the World? – So many historic and stately buildings. They don’t make them like they used to. It’s hard to imagine many of the hotels being built today to last hundreds of years like these. Especially with our attitudes towards tearing down and rebuilding things so easily. Which of these hotels do you want to visit the most? I think the hotel in the middle of a lake in India is pretty incredible.

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