Hotels That Provide Free Breakfast, Changes to Airline Miles Expiration Policies, How to Get Ritz-Carlton Card

Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman bedroom
Can I just live here? Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
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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 Friday, June 11, 2021, that we think you should read.

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How I Booked a Trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton on Points. – When many of us think of redeeming miles and points, international destinations are usually top of mind. But, the U.S. National Parks are simply incredible and travel rewards can make those vacations very affordable as well. If you’re going to Yellowstone, consider staying in West Yellowstone, where I experienced so many fun outdoor adventures and food that wow’d my taste buds.

Free Breakfast for the Masses – Hotels that Provide Everyone Complimentary Breakfast. – When traveling as a family, one of our biggest expenses is food and activities since most of our flight and stay costs are covered with miles and points. One of the ways we address this is by staying at hotels that include complimentary breakfast. Check out some of my other tips on how to save money on food while traveling.

Crockett's Breakfast Camp Gatlinburg TN cinnamon rolls
Monstrous cinnamon rolls at Crockett’s Breakfast Camp in Gatlinburg, TN

Changes to Airline Point Expiration Policies Now That People Are Traveling Again. – Airlines and hotels were customer-friendly when it came to extending the life of your miles and points during the pandemic. Now that people are starting to travel again (or at least booking future travel), the airlines and hotels are starting to change their policies. Take a look to see how your rewards may be affected.

The secret to getting the discontinued Ritz-Carlton credit card — and 4 reasons you need it. – I still regret closing the Ritz-Carlton credit card that I got back in 2014. When I heard that it was going away, I was unable to apply because I was over 5/24. I was bummed to miss out on re-opening the card because I knew how much value that it offers. With this workaround, I can trade in one of my existing cards and get the Ritz-Carlton card and unlock its benefits (albeit with a larger annual fee). Would you trade in one of your cards to get this one?

The Most Annoying Thing You Can Order on a Plane, According to a Flight Attendant. – Of all of the food and drinks that you can order on a plane, I would have never guessed it was this one. It’s a good thing that I don’t drink soda anymore.

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  1. I have found that Choice Hotels in Norway and Sweden have substantially better breakfast offerings than those in the states. It almost seems a matter of pride by the hotelier to have such a tremendous offering–almost banquet proportions. In addition, at least as of a few years ago, there are some Choice hotels in Norway that offer free dinner along with the free breakfast (limited selection of entrees, but delicious).

    • That’s good to know. So awesome that some even include dinner! I’ve found that many international airlines and hotel locations offer much better service and amenities than their American counterparts.


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