How to Protect Against Devaluation, Alaska Airlines Stupid Change Policy, Hilton Eliminating Daily Housekeeping

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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 Thursday, July 8, 2021, that we think you should read.

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10 Mythical Places That Really Exist. – Many of the places we see on TV and in the movies are made up, but some are actually real. If you’re looking for travel inspiration or want to visit the scene of your favorite story, check out these incredible destinations. Or you can listen to my travel podcast where I interview locals from around the world to uncover the best things to do in their city.

Everything Is Always Devaluing – Here’s What You Can Do to Protect Yourself. – Unfortunately, earning miles & points is not like investing. While investments tend to increase in value over time, miles & points WILL devalue. It is not a question of if, but a question of when it will happen. These are excellent strategies to help you cope with the changes and be proactive in minimizing the impact when they occur. I use AwardWallet to keep track of my miles, points, and other loyalty programs. It helps me see all of my balances in one spot so I know how much I have, which ones will expire, and travel credits & free night awards that I have to use.

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Always keep track of your miles & points and redeem them quickly for trips.

This Airline Policy Is Just PLANE Stupid! – Alaska Airlines normally has excellent service and friendly agents. It’s so odd that they have this completely unfriendly policy. It doesn’t matter how far out a flight is, they should notify the traveler immediately of the change/cancellation. You might be requesting specific days off from work, trying to attend an event on a specific day, or traveling for a special occasion. No matter what your reason is, you need to make changes right away so that you don’t miss out on available flights or attractive fares that won’t be available if you tried rebooking closer to your departure date.

12 Things you should do when checking into/out of a hotel room. – It’s a good idea to have a little checklist like this to remind you of the things you typically forget. I know that I don’t do each of these arrival tasks when I travel, so I need to get better at it. But, I must say that I’m pretty thorough about checking everything (twice) before I leave.

Hilton does away with daily housekeeping for most U.S. hotels. – I often put the Do Not Disturb sign on my door when I travel because I don’t want people going through my things. I typically only stay at hotels 1 or 2 nights at a time, so re-using the towels is not a big deal. Although I love a freshly made bed, when I’m tired after a long day, it doesn’t matter to me that my sheets are wrinkled from the previous night’s sleep. What do you think about Hilton eliminating daily housekeeping?

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