International Travel Doubles This Year, When to Book an AirBnb, New Business Class Flight

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Business Class Seats. Photo courtesy of Starluxe Airlines.
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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, April 27, 2023, that we think you should read.

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How Far in Advance Should You Book a Vacation Home?

When booking hotels with award travel, you should book the hotel as soon as you have enough points. You can cancel the reservation if you find something better or if the price drops. With vacation homes like AirBnB or VRBO, that isn’t always the best strategy. This article highlights the best dates to book vacation homes for various holidays and peak travel periods throughout the year. Before you book, check out our 11 pros and cons of booking an AirBnB you need to know.

U.S. Outbound Travel Up Double In Most Destinations (But Sinking in Mexico).

If you’re wondering why passports are taking so long, Americans are looking to travel internationally this year in huge numbers. In fact, flight searches are up 43%, and many destinations are seeing twice as many U.S. travelers as before. However, travel to Mexico is on the decline due to recent stories about violence and people wanting to explore someplace new. Are you planning some international trips this year?

Westin Lagunamar margaritas at Taco y Tequila Lee and Anna with food
Anna and Lee enjoying tacos at Taco y Tequila in Cancun.

The AmEx Centurion Lounge at Seattle’s Airport Just Got a Huge Upgrade.

These upgrades will improve the travel experience and reduce wait times for Amex Platinum cardholders traveling through Seattle. Anna will love the new coffee bar, and we’ll all enjoy the expanded buffet. But, the biggest improvement will be the addition of 5,000 square feet of additional space. Airport lounges are awesome, but when they’re too full to allow more people to enter, that’s a big downer.

This Is the No. 1 Reason Some Americans Aren’t Taking a Summer Vacation — and What to Do If You’re One of Them.

From this survey, a whopping 58% of travelers say that they aren’t traveling due to money concerns. Inflation is taking a toll on household budgets. Some companies are laying off workers. And many households can’t even afford a $400 emergency repair. This is why I love miles & points so much. They make travel more affordable, no matter what your budget is. Take our free email course, “7 Days to Your Dream Vacation For Less,” to learn how to save money on your next trip.

A brand-new business-class suite lands in the US.

AvGeeks and luxury travelers are excited about the launch of a new Business Class product to try. Starlux Airlines is a Taiwan-based luxury airline startup that began flying in January 2020. It entered the market with a flight between Los Angeles and Taiwan with an inaugural flight on April 26th. For award flights, the airline announced a partnership with Alaska Airlines, so you can book a flight from Southern California to 16 destinations across Asia.

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