Domestic Flights Down 11%, Airlines Ditching First Class, Trouble at CLEAR

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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 Thursday, August 10, 2023, that we think you should read.

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Why Airlines Are Ditching First Class.

The difference in revenue vs. the space airlines need to set aside for First Class seats vs. Business Class isn’t adding up. Plus, many travelers are happy with Business Class service and comfort without the added cost of First Class. Airlines are following these trends and adjusting in-flight options accordingly.

Details Emerge of Other Airport Incidents that Forced Changes to CLEAR.

After reading these reports of people abusing the CLEAR system, I can see why the TSA is making these changes. These privileges are not a right. And if you put people at risk by not following the rules, that’s how your business gets shut down. It’s astonishing that 49,000 CLEAR user pictures don’t match their ID. I know people change over time, but that’s ridiculous. Here’s a quick rundown of the differences between CLEAR vs. Global Entry vs. TSA PreCheck.

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Julissa signing up for CLEAR at Miami Airport on our way to St Kitts

Monthly checklist: Credit card perks and benefits you should be using in August.

When you have a bunch of credit cards, it can be tough keeping up with all of the monthly perks. Even if you only have one, so many cards allocate benefits on a monthly basis, which makes them harder to get full value. Gather your credit cards and check out this list to ensure you’re not missing out on any benefits.

This luxury tent camp has celestial credentials.

What a cool experience! You get the comforts of luxury while camping out under the stars. And with minimal light pollution, you can stargaze like never before. It’s so dark at this camp, that it received official certification from DarkSky International. This experience is near Grand Staircase, which was featured in our podcast interview about Escalante, Utah.

Domestic Airfares Are Finally Falling. How Long Will It Last?

If you’ve been waiting to book your next vacation, now may be the right time. Domestic airfares have dropped 11% in the last year, and flights to the Caribbean are 9% cheaper. This is great news if you’re paying cash for your flight (or using flexible points to book your seat). Always do the math to see if it’s better to pay with cash or miles. This is one of the many lessons in our free email course – 7 Days to Your Dream Vacation For Less.

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