How Govt Shutdown Affects Travel, Truth About Rental Car Insurance, Marriott Launches New Brand

Be prepared for delays and cancellations if the government shuts down this weekend.
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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 Friday, September 29, 2023, that we think you should read.

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How a government shutdown would affect travel.

No matter which political party you affiliate with, I think we can all agree that the government shutting down is never a good thing. It affects so many aspects of our lives, including the ability to travel. People complain about TSA workers as it is… watch what happens when they’re forced to work without pay. Nobody should have to work without getting paid.

The Truth About Car Rental Insurance You Need to Know.

A comprehensive and well-laid-out explanation of the various types of rental car insurance. It also explains the pros and cons and the pitfalls of using coverage from out the rental car agency (e.g. credit card rental car protection). Even with primary rental car protection, you still may be on the hook for the “diminished value” of the car and administrative fees. And that’s assuming that the rental car company is cooperative and shares their justification of “loss of use” from the car.

The Park at OWA Zip Zap Race Scarlett
Scarlett having fun on the Zip Zap Race cars. She’ll be driving our rental car soon enough!

Port of Seattle Approves $400 Million Seattle-Tacoma Airport Expansion Project.

SEATAC airport is getting a major expansion that will benefit all travelers passing through the northwest (and airlines that connect through this area). The “C” Concourse will be expanded with a target completion date of 2026. It will add “three floors of new public space for customer service amenities, adding new dining and retail, premium lounge space, an interfaith prayer and meditation room, nursing room and outdoor viewing area.” I always love it when more premium lounges are added to airports!

Google’s AI Tool Can Now Help You Plan Your Next Vacation — Here’s How.

Artificial intelligence is coming hard and fast. It will be one of the next technologies that revolutionize how we do almost everything. Although I don’t use it to write my articles, I have started using it to prepare for my podcast interviews. So far, it’s pretty basic, but I can see the power of using it to travel and create amazing itineraries for trips.

Marriott Launches New Affordable, Midscale Hotel Brand.

Just what we needed, a new brand from a hotel chain with 30+ brands already. Many of which are hard to distinguish from the others. <<sigh>> The new Four Points Express by Sheraton will offer “reliable yet affordable accommodation in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa” for “value-conscious consumers.”

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