JetBlue Loses Amsterdam Summer Flights, Delta Expanding Free WiFi, Theme Parks Merging

JetBlue tailfins blueberries
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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 Friday, November 3, 2023, that we think you should read.

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What to do if a boarding pass isn’t marked TSA PreCheck.

When you’ve signed up for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry, you assume that every flight will automatically qualify you for priority airport security. But that’s not always the case. If you don’t receive the coveted TSA PreCheck marking on your boarding pass, here’s what you should do next.

JetBlue’s Worst Fears For Amsterdam Flights Are Realized After it is Blocked From Dutch Capital for Summer 2024.

JetBlue has been on an aggressive expansion the past few years after its jets were approved for Transatlantic flights. With flights to the U.K., Paris and others, it has become a popular option for overseas travel. However, problems at the Amsterdam airport are derailing its plans. With capacity issues, Schiphol Airport denied JetBlue and 23 other airlines from having any take-off or landing spots for summer 2024 – an obvious high-demand time of year for travelers.

KLM Business Class ORD to AMS with Scarlett
Scarlett and me on a KLM Business Class booked with points from Chicago to Amsterdam in August 2019.

Delta is expanding its free WiFi to smaller jets.

Small jets need love, too. And it looks like Delta understands that travelers still need to conduct business, check email or surf the web even when they’re flying on a small plane. It’s good to see that the free WiFi is expanding across the entire Delta fleet. Let’s hope that other airlines follow so that we can access the internet no matter where we’re flying.

Punta Cana Airport Lounges with Swimming Pools!

Most travelers with Priority Pass benefits have heard about the awesome pool at the Punta Cana airport lounge. After spending time in the Dominican Republic, travelers can enjoy extra time in the sun at the airport lounge pool. Ross, one of our regular readers, shared that one of the Punta Cana airport lounges stopped accepting Priority Pass as of November 1st. While that is concerning, he also had good news to share. There’s an even bigger lounge available that has a larger pool and amenities that rival a Centurion Lounge!

Six Flags and Cedar Fair agree to merge.

It’s hard competing with the Mouse. In a bid to cut costs and create synergies among their businesses, these regional theme parks have agreed to merge and form a more competitive business. If you love roller coasters like me, this is excellent news. It means that these locations will stay independent and have more access to capital to stay competitive and launch even better rides over the coming decades.

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