Hyatt Award Category Changes, Qantas New Premium Suites, Dry Tortugas National Park

Hyatt Zilara Cancun Dec 2022 Lee and Anna
Anna and me at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun in December 2022.
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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, March 2, 2023, that we think you should read.

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Hyatt Award Category Changes March 28, 2023.

Bad news for World of Hyatt members. And when I say bad, I mean it’s a slaughter of the award redemption chart with so many hotels changing categories. Anna and I were in Cancun at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun. Rooms were 25,000 points per night, but now the rates are going up 60% to 40,000 points per night. If you want to visit any of these hotels, book by March 27, 2023, to secure the old rates.

Qantas reveals premium seats on planes that will fly the world’s longest routes.

Airlines continue to up their game with in-flight experiences for premium-class passengers. Not only are these Qantas Luxe and business class suites simply amazing, but they’re also on the world’s longest flights. So, you get extra time to enjoy all of the perks and amenities that come with them. There will be just 238 seats on this flight, including 12 Luxe First suites and 46 business suites. The new seats are expected to launch in late 2025. However, schedules are likely to change since the deadline is so far off.

Qantas Airbus A350-1000 Luxe First suite
Qantas Airbus A350-1000 Luxe First suite. Photo courtesy of Qantas.

This National Park in Florida Is 99% Underwater — and It’s One of the Country’s Most Beautiful.

There’s quite a bit of irony in this National Park’s name. The Dry Tortugas is one of the most fascinating national parks we have in the U.S. It is located 70 miles off the Florida coast, and it is almost completely underwater. I can’t wait to take the family there to explore it.

Kansas City’s New Airport Terminal Is a Glimpse at the Future of Air Travel.

Sleek and modern may not be the first words that come to mind when thinking about Kansas City, but its new airport terminal could certainly change your mind. The airport just opened a shiny new $1.5 BILLION terminal offering that includes TSA PreCheck and CLEAR lanes, a Delta SkyClub, and many local restaurant flavors to sample in between flights.

I Flew With Play Airlines to Iceland, and the Low-Cost Ticket Allowed Me to Splurge on Geothermal Pools and Northern Lights Tours.

Low-cost international airlines are an excellent way to travel if you pack light and are flexible. The Iceland government actually subsidizes the cost of these flights to encourage local tourism. Whether Iceland is your final destination or a stopover on the way to Europe, it has many incredible natural attractions that are enough to make your Instagram or TikTok posts the envy of all your friends. And with flights starting at just $99, it’s bargain that fits almost everyone’s travel budget.

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