How to Save On Rental Cars, LEGO World Map, American Canceling Hundreds of Flights

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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 Monday, June 21, 2021, that we think you should read.

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Avelo Airlines: Everything You Need to Know About America’s New Budget Carrier. – This new airline is primarily a West Coast carrier, so those of us living on the East Coast won’t have much chance to use it. Even if you don’t plan on flying budget airlines like Avelo, they put pressure on the major carriers to compete on price on the routes that they fly. Good luck, Avelo, we’re counting on you!

AutoSlash Already Saved Me $400 on 2 Rental Car Reservations. – Renting a car right now can be crazy expensive, which is one of the many reasons why I prefer traveling to places where we can walk around or use public transportation. If you do need to rent a car, make sure that you’re using all of your memberships (like Costco and AAA) and then have AutoSlash try to find a better deal. I try to use it on every car rental reservation because it has saved me tons of money on rentals before.

Betty Brinn Children's Museum auto repair
Scarlett doing some auto repairs at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee

I Bought The Largest Individual LEGO Set, The Art World Map! – My son loves building LEGOs and they’re much better entertainment than watching TV or playing games on an iPad. I love how creative they are with bricks and how thousands of random pieces can come together to build something awesome. Although the set is expensive, the price for over 11,000 pieces really isn’t that bad. Have fun building it, Michael W! And, if you want to hear Michael talk about his native Brooklyn, check out the podcast interview I did with him.

American Airlines Preparing To Drop AAdvantage Award Charts. – In today’s world of copycat “strategy” by hotel and airline management, it’s not surprising that AA would eliminate their award charts. However, I believe that they’re looking at this wrong. With AA having a static award chart, it is a competitive “AAdvantage” to attracting more travelers who know what their miles are worth. Unfortunately, they don’t see it that way. Book your award reservations quickly, while you can still take advantage of the current award chart.

American Airlines canceling hundreds of flights through mid-July in part due to labor shortages. – Just when you thought it was safe to book your flights, AA is canceling some flights because they can’t find enough pilots and other workers to operate its planes. It canceled 120 flights on Saturday and expects to cancel another 50 to 80 flights per day going forward. While these are a small fraction of the number of flights AA does per day, it certainly is going to be frustrating if it is your flight that gets canceled.

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