Empty Middle Seats, American Wants to Pause Flying to 12 Destinations, Hotels Prove Safe From Coronavirus

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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 Monday, April 20, 2020, that we think you should read.

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easyJet to leave middle seats empty when flights resume. – I understand several airlines will start leaving middle seats empty. Does this make you feel more comfortable to fly during coronavirus? Or does this extra space fall short of what you need in order to start flying again?

American Airlines requests a dozen service exemptions. – With more passengers staying home, airlines are trying to reduce routes to keep from flying empty planes all over the world. It doesn’t make sense financially for airlines to fly to certain destinations with only a handful of people on the plane.

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How Advisors Can Combat Travelers’ COVID-19 Anxiety. – I’m pretty sure that we’ll all have a bit of anxiety when we start flying and traveling again. I think the best option will be to visit off-the-beaten-path destinations that you can drive (rather than fly) to and that are out in the open. Examples include hiking, National Parks, and road trips.

Here’s how hotels can prove to guests they’re safe after coronavirus. – Since coronavirus can live on surfaces for many days, it will be paramount that airlines and hotels to prove that their planes and rooms are free from the virus. They’ll need to clean more than ever and advertise their procedures to ensure a cautious public.

Delta Air Lines Extends Rebooking Window into 2022. – This is great news. Delta is now allowing existing booking and canceled flights through September 30, 2020, to be rescheduled through September 30, 2022, with no change fees.

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