Don’t Park at Airport, Airlines Cutting Flights Due to Coronavirus, Don’t Do This While Traveling

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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 5, 2020, that we think you should read.

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United, JetBlue cutting US flights because of coronavirus. – With a significant reduction in demand due to coronavirus fears, airlines are starting to cut back on flights to save money and keep planes flying near capacity. This is remarkable considering that the U.S. still doesn’t have more than 100 documented cases. I say documented because tests are not yet widely available, and we could have significantly more cases than we realize. Government statistics suggest we have about 150 cases of coronavirus. With 11 people dead so far and an average death rate of 2%, the real number is probably closer to 500 to 600.

Here’s Why You Should Never Park at the Airport. – Plenty of good reasons not to park at the airport. If I’m only gone for a day or two, I usually park there. But for weeklong trips, it makes sense to use rideshare like Uber or Lyft, park at a hotel through Park Sleep Fly, or have a friend or family member drive you.

Travel Companies Adjust Policies to Allow for Changes, Cancellations. – It is good that airlines are being more lenient about allowing changes and cancellations. However, the fine print shows that this is for new reservations. If you have an existing flight, you’re out of luck unless you have elite status. The rest of us are stuck with tickets you may not need or have to pay massive change penalties that can be almost as much as the ticket itself.

6 Things Tourists Should Never Do in Major Cities. – Ugh, the escalator thing bugs me so much. When I have a suitcase, I stand to the right, but when I don’t, I walk. There’s actually a lot of strong opinions on both sides of this topic. Far more than I expected, actually. What’s your opinion?

How the coronavirus is impacting airline award availability. – It seems that one bright side of coronavirus fears is that there are more award seats available. Airlines realize that people aren’t spending as much cash for flights, so they’re opening up award space to entice travelers to spend their miles.

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