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 Thursday, March 26, 2020, that we think you should read.
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Why Lawmakers Are So Uneasy About Giving the Cruise Industry a Bailout. – This is a difficult decision. Cruise lines take advantage of U.S. tax loopholes, officially use other countries as their home base, and primarily use workers from other countries. Plus, they are horrible polluters in our waters. Cruises are something that Americans (and people from around the world) enjoy. It would be a shame if they went under. But, the beauty of capitalism is that someone will eventually buy them. Possibly for pennies on the dollar. Those huge cruise ships aren’t just going to disappear because someone went bankrupt.
How You Can Livestream the Northern Lights Right Now. – Witnessing the Northern Lights is on the bucket list of so many people. The dancing lights across the sky are incredible, and I can’t wait to see them one day. If there’s one thing the coronavirus has taught me, you shouldn’t wait too long to do the things you’ve dreamed of.
Dear United: I will never take a paid flight with you again. – United is once again proving how customer-unfriendly they are. They might not have the cash to offer full refunds, but, as Ian said, maybe they should have thought about that before doing so many share buybacks. Good times don’t last forever. Recessions do happen and people never see the cause coming. Ian is a young dude and has no plans of moving, so I’m not sure how feasible it is to never pay cash for a United flight. But I certainly appreciate how upset he is over the issue.
Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games Delayed Until 2021. – The Olympic Committee delayed as long as they could before making this difficult decision. It makes sense from a public safety standpoint. Travelers are going to be hurt, but at least most airlines and hotels are being pretty generous with their cancellation policies right now. I feel bad for the athletes who have been preparing for this moment for years. A lot can happen in 12 months and maybe some won’t be able to compete with this delay.
What to do if you can’t use your airline credit by its expiration date. – Speaking of cancellations, there’s a wide variety of responses from airlines about how to handle credits that are expiring during the coronavirus epidemic. The article also includes some strategies to get a response from the airline and how to try to get around expiration dates.
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