Best Midwest Ski Resorts, Plane Mask Mandate Extension?, Virgin Clubhouse with Amex Platinum

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Scarlett at Stratton Mountain Resort in January 2020
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6 of the Best Ski Resorts in the Midwest. – When I think of hitting the slopes, I mostly focus on the Rockies and Canada. It’s nice to know that there are some good mountains closer to my new home in Nashville. Especially when I’m trying to get my kids to learn how to ski and snowboard by taking lessons. Where are your favorite places to ski and snowboard?

The largest flight attendants union expects the federal mask mandate on airplanes will be extended past March 18. – I know that many people are hoping that the mask mandates on airplanes go away soon, but that seems unlikely. Omicron cases are trending down and there are fewer deaths with more people vaccinated. But, it seems that we’re not quite there yet to eliminate the mask mandates while flying.

Scarlett and Lee on AA flight from The Bahamas 2021-10
Remember to keep your mask on while flying.

You can now access these 5 Virgin Clubhouses with your Amex Platinum. – It’s good to see American Express adding more lounges to its Global Lounge Collection. While you can’t eat at Priority Pass restaurants with Amex Priority Pass, it does offer the widest array of airport lounges of any travel credit card.

IHG Returns to Profitability After Dropping Laggard Hotels. – IHG followed the old business rule of “addition by subtraction” to increase its earnings. The cuts removed 50,000 rooms from its inventory, but 70% of the cuts were focused on lower-end brands of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza. I’m sure the return to travel by some people in 2021 also helped to boost their bottom line.

Pandemic-era hotel design has checked in. – While COVID cases are shrinking, the virus’ impact on hotel design and interaction will staff may be forever changed. More guests are using apps to check in instead of the front desk and who knows if housekeeping service will ever return to previous levels. How do you feel about how things have changed when staying at a hotel?

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