Common Mistakes Returning to US, Unfriendly Hyatt Policy, Southwest Mails Travelers COVID Tests

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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, January 18, 2022, that we think you should read.

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Hyatt Award Policy That Needs To Change: Cash Penalties When You Miss A Stay. – As a recent convert to World of Hyatt, this is a troubling scenario. While I rarely miss a trip, the thought of losing my points AND having to pay the cash rate (which can be MUCH higher than standard rates) if I’m unable to show up is scary. I have several friends who got caught up in this situation due to COVID travel restrictions and it was a big financial hit. As much as Hyatt is customer-friendly, this policy is horrible.

5 Common Mistakes Travelers Make Returning to the U.S. – International travel is both fun and enriching, but it can also be maddening if you aren’t prepared. Be sure to follow these tips to avoid unnecessary surprises on your way home. And, of course, be sure to sign up for Global Entry to expedite your screening at customs. Here are 12+ credit cards that reimburse you for Global Entry application fees.

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These Tricks Could Help You Get Your Luggage First at Baggage Claim. – I try to avoid checking bags as much as possible, but if I’m flying a redeye, checked bags make life easier. Here’s how to get your bags off the flight quickly and be one of the first to receive them at baggage claim.

The One Food You Should Never Order on a Flight, According to Experts. – Most airline food is pretty meh. But, if you’re traveling in First or Business Class, you might be pleasantly surprised with some pretty incredible meal options. I love this type of food, but apparently, I should avoid it when flying at 30,000 feet. Who knew?

Southwest Airlines flyers can now get a COVID-19 test in the mail before travel. – I LUV Southwest and this is even more reason why they’re my favorite airline. Not only will they send you the kit, but you’ll also save 33% off the standard price. What a great deal!

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