How COVID Changed Credit Cards, Amex Plat Adds New Benefit, Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the World

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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 18, 2022, that we think you should read.

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How credit cards changed during the pandemic and what to expect in 2023. – There have been major changes during the last 2 years… some good and some bad. Annual fees have gone up, reward categories & redemptions changed, and new cards were introduced. How do you feel about the changes? Overall, I think that rewards have become more flexible, but I don’t like the trend towards higher fees and “couponing” of benefits that require more work for cardholders.

Walmart+ to include complimentary Paramount+ subscription: Free for Amex Platinum cardholders. – With so many streaming services, it’s easy to get inundated with subscriptions that cost more than cable TV. And I love that this streaming benefit was added for no extra charge. I wasn’t using my Walmart+ benefit, but it seems like now is a good time to sign up and claim the Paramount+ subscription.


Emirates Airlines’ Flights Are About to Get Even Swankier—Including in Economy Class. – I love that these improvements aren’t limited to the premium cabin tickets of Business and First Class. Most of us are stuck in Economy, so it’s a good day when that experience gets better.

Why Using Your Credit Card Is Getting More Expensive. – Initially, credit cards were billed as a way to get consumers to spend more versus cash customers. Businesses gladly ate the 2-3% cost to increase revenues and generate profits. Recently, businesses shifted their approach and started passing those costs to customers. And, it seems like it is getting worse. I love earning rewards, but at what point are the additional fees more than the benefits?

21 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the World. – Mother Nature created waterfalls to show off her beauty and unmistakable power. Seeing a gorgeous waterfall at the end of a long hike is one of the best rewards that I can think of. These waterfalls offer some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. Have you been to any of them?

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