Business Class Downgrades, Biden Wants to Abolish Junk Fees, Summer Flight Prices Going Down

KLM Business Class ORD to AMS with Scarlett
Scarlett and me on a KLM Business Class booked with points from Chicago to Amsterdam in August 2019.
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Welcome to The Morning Shave. We read a ton of travel articles each day for our research to share the best travel tips, tricks, and news with you. Here are the articles for Friday, February 3, 2023, that we think you should read.

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The World’s Best Places to See the Northern Lights.

Seeing the Northern Lights is definitely on my travel bucket list. While many people assume that you have to travel to distant lands to see them, they’re actually closer than you think. And some of these locations don’t even require a passport to travel there.

Why Some Business-Class Passengers Are Finding Themselves Suddenly Downgraded to Coach.

Imagine booking a Business Class flight for your trip, then arriving at the airport and realizing that you’ve been downgraded to Economy. No lie-flat seat. No premium food or drinks. And no flight attendants catering to your every need. What would you do if this happened to you – would you accept the downgrade and a refund of your ticket, or would you take a different flight to remain in the same type of seat?

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Timothy flying SAS Business Class from Stockholm to Chicago

President Biden Steps Up Campaign to Abolish Airline and Hotel ‘Junk Fees.’

Regardless of how you feel about Biden as President, I’m glad this issue is being taken seriously. So many hotels, rental cars, and airlines advertise low rates. Then they pile on junk fees that jack up the price when you go to check out. Classic bait-and-switch scenario. Let’s see what happens… if they truly act to eliminate these fees, or if it’s just lip-service without any real action.

Hopper forecasts that summer airfares won’t be as expensive as last year.

If you’re planning on traveling this summer, flights are projected to be cheaper this year versus last summer. However, prices are currently up 17% over last winter and may keep rising through May. While there is talk about a recession and over 200,000 tech workers have been laid off, there were more than 500,000 new hires in January. So, it’s hard to tell which way the economy is truly heading, and how that will affect consumer and business spending.

Visitors to the U.K. Will Soon Need to Pay an Application Fee Prior to Travel.

Interested in visiting the U.K.? Your trip may be getting a bit more expensive soon. Soon, you’ll need to apply for permission to enter the country and pay a small fee if you’re traveling from outside Britain or Ireland. While the cost is likely very small, it’s just one more hassle getting in the way of people trying to enjoy their trip.

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  1. Being downgraded from business is always the worst experience. It has happened to me several times on United and American. Always a big disappointment.


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