Delta Shanghai Flight Turned Back, Marriott Charges on Award Stays, Quirky NYE Celebrations

Delta Boeing 767-400ER
Boeing 767-400ER. Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines.
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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, December 28, 2021, that we think you should read.

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17 Delightful U.S. Beach Towns With Laid-back Vibes and Stunning Coastal Views. – It may be wintertime, but it’s never too early to start planning your Spring Break and summer vacations. This is especially true when it’s cold outside and all I can think about is hitting the beach and feeling the warm sand between my toes.

Delta says flight to Shanghai turned back due to COVID-19 rules. – It is getting hard to travel internationally as countries implement new rules to combat the Omicron variant. In this case, Chinese rules would have required the plane to sit on the ground for an extended period of time, which would have caused a domino effect for the plane and crew which would have affected numerous other flights.

Delta A350 soaring above the clouds
A350 soaring above the clouds. Photo courtesy of Delta.

A giant acorn, a big potato, bologna: Cities get creative with their New Year’s Eve ‘drops’. – While most of us are familiar with the New Year’s Eve drop in Times Square, other cities have their own quirky version of this year-end celebration. To me, NYC is too crowded and wouldn’t be as fun as these other celebrations. What do you think?

Marriott may have mistakenly charged you a ‘redemption surcharge’ on a recent stay: Here’s how to check. – I have a couple of friends who’ve been charged extra on Marriott award redemptions recently. As if we haven’t been Bonvoyed enough lately, now you have to double-check your bill to ensure that they don’t charge even more fees.

Christmas air travel disrupted by hundreds of canceled flights. – Were you affected by the canceled flights this week? Hundreds of flights in the U.S. and thousands worldwide were either delayed or canceled due to worker shortages because of COVID illness or exposure. This is a good reminder to use a credit card with trip interruption/cancellation protection when purchasing your flights, hotels, and other non-cancelable reservations.

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