Hyatt Status Fast Track, How Crypto Will Change Travel, Amex to Scale to 40 Centurion Lounges

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Hyatt Andaz Papagayo family pool
Hyatt Andaz Papagayo. Courtesy of Hyatt website
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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, July 26, 2021, that we think you should read.

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House passes bill to require TSA plan on improving airport security screenings during pandemic. – As much as we try to use masks and vaccines to reduce the spread of coronavirus, the lack of social distancing at airport security lines poses a big risk to the unvaccinated – children, those who can’t take the vaccine due to medical reasons, and others who haven’t taken it (or aren’t fully vaccinated yet). Figuring out how to spread people out will help reduce the risk.

Hyatt status fast-track open for all. – If you want to earn Hyatt elite status quickly, without meeting the normal level of stays, then register for a fast-track status match. By meeting the requirements, you can keep the status through February 2023. That’s 18 months of elite status perks on your upcoming Hyatt stays!

Hyatt Place Knoxville rooftop bar Five Thirty daytime
The Five Thirty rooftop bar at the Hyatt Place Knoxville

How Cryptocurrency Could Change the Way We Travel. – Crypto and NFTs are largely seen as an investment (or fad, depending on who you ask), but their true value is in how they can change the way we conduct business. It could lead to the elimination of forgeries  and identity theft. The technology could also create a new line of keepsakes and a way for you to profit off your vacation photos. The possibilities are endless.

The Best Hotel Rewards Programs in the World—And Shortcuts for Building Loyalty With Each. – I’m always skeptical when I see articles like this in major magazines and online publications. Unfortunately, this article proved my suspicions correct. It’s basically just a list of the major U.S. hotel loyalty programs and links to their credit cards. Any article that includes Wyndham as one of the “best hotel rewards programs in the world” immediately loses credibility with me. And, to make matters worse, this “best of the world” article doesn’t include any international hotel loyalty programs, like Le Club AccorHotels or Discovery.

Amex to scale to over 40 Centurion-branded lounges worldwide, reduces upcoming guest fee for children. – The expansion of Centurion Lounges is amazing, but the $50 fee for guests ($30 for children) is a no-go for just about anyone who travels. Especially with Amex limiting visits to 3 hours before departure (which really makes it 2 hours since you need to get to your gate in time to board 30 minutes before takeoff). Not a good value proposition for most travelers.

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