Fourth of July Travel Times, Airport Security Virtual Queues, Amtrak Points Expiration Trick

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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 Wednesday, June 30, 2021, that we think you should read.

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The Best and Worst Times to Travel for July Fourth Weekend. – People have been cooped up at home for too long and they’re looking to travel. I’ll be staying at home, but if you’re planning to go somewhere, take a look at this article to try to avoid the busiest travel times.

Airports test virtual queuing for security checkpoints. – This sounds like a great idea in theory, but many travelers can’t manage their 3-1-1 liquids and taking their shoes off. I can only imagine that this will get messed up somehow as well. Fingers crossed that this will alleviate some of the long lines travelers face during peak travel periods. Or, you can always get TSA PreCheck. Here are the credit cards that will reimburse you the Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fees.

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This Airbnb Is Suspended on the Side of a Cliff in Kentucky – and the Views Are Epic. – Although I have yet to stay at an Airbnb, one thing I love about them is being able to book unique accommodations. I’m all about using miles and points when I travel (and upgrades due to status), but finding something fun and interesting will eventually convince me to book one of these units. What’s your favorite Airbnb location? In the meantime, check out our 11 pros and cons of Airbnb that you need to know.

Your Amtrak points might expire on July 1: Here’s how I used 80 points to keep mine. – First of all, I hate that some loyalty programs expire your points after a period of time. It’s bad enough that they are constantly devaluing their points and miles, but making them disappear is even worse. Luckily, there are some simple tricks like this that can extend the life of your points, even if it costs a few points to make it happen. Here are some other ways to extend the life of your miles and points that don’t require losing any of them.

My new ‘trick’ for avoiding pesky resort and destination fees on last-minute stays. – When you have elite status, hotels are more likely to waive fees for you. This is one of the reasons why it pays to pick one hotel brand and focus your travels with it. You’ll earn & receive more benefits and they’ll take better care of you… even if it means that you have to spend a few more bucks a night picking your new “fave hotel brand” over others that are a little bit cheaper.

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