Cruise Industry Bailout Questions, Livestream Northern Lights, Airline Credits Expiring

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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 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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  1. There is a chapter 7 and there is a chapter 11 bankruptcy. All the dumb Americans need to understand the difference.

    When/ if the cruise industry goes under, people won’t lose jobs the ships will still operate, only the rich, fat owners of the stock will be wiped out. The same owners that didn’t want to pay US taxes by using loopholes. If you bailout the cruise industry you are bailing out these rich fast owners. The only reason this is even being talked about is because these rich fat owners live in Florida and give campaign contributions to the orange man. He is not taking about bailing out foreign airlines even though they employ people in the US. Why?

    Don’t fall for republican talking points. They are looking to preserve their own wealth on the back of taxpayers. And using all these job losses and downturn as a strawman argument.

    Americans stop being so bloody dumb. You look pathetic. If you support capitalism at least effing know how it works.

    • I agree with you that we shouldn’t bail out the cruise lines. They don’t pay taxes in the US (or pay very little), so maybe they need to go to the countries where they dock to get financial assistance.

      Also, I agree that the cruise liners won’t disappear. Someone with lots of cash will buy them and continue operating them. The only thing that will change is the name of the owner of the ship. If there is an opportunity to make money, there are investors willing to take on the risk. If there’s no money to be made, maybe they shouldn’t be in business anyway.

      The only thing I don’t agree with is your harsh words towards my readers. Especially in tough times, we have to be respectful as we argue our opinions. Otherwise, the discussion is lost before it even begins.

      • You make good points. But they are wrong.

        I called Americans dumb not your readers. But considering trump has gotten away so much crap that would have been called out in normal people much less a president this english phrase comes to mind “you hath portray protest too much”.

        The ship named decency already sailed and most Americans were not on it.

        • Thanks for clarifying that you weren’t talking about my readers. It’s going to be an interesting 7 months leading up to the election. The rhetoric is going to be off the charts.


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