JetBlue New Mint Flights, American Cuts 30k Flights, Air New Zealand Lie-Flat Economy Beds

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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 Saturday, August 13, 2022, that we think you should read.

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JetBlue outlines Mint, TATL growth for 2023. – Many airlines suspended routes and put expansion plans on hold when COVID hit in 2020. Now that demand for air travel has resumed, they’re dusting off those old plans and putting them to work. JetBlue is launching Mint service to several new destinations, which is exciting because it’s an affordable luxury for many travelers compared to First Class on other airlines.

Airlines cut tens of thousands of flights in November. Here’s why travelers shouldn’t panic. – If you’re traveling this fall, your flight plans may change. Airlines are cutting flight schedules due to flight crew staffing issues. Make sure that your itinerary isn’t too tight so that you’re not stressed out about business meetings, attending events, or family functions. And be proactive in contacting the airline about potential switches as soon as you get a notice that your flight is impacted.

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Air New Zealand Is Adding Lie-Flat Beds in Economy. – Speaking of affordable luxury, lie-flat seats used to be reserved for Business Class and First Class international flights. Now, Air New Zealand is putting lie-flat beds in Economy. Granted, you won’t have the bed for the entire flight, but you can reserve it in 4-hour intervals to take a quick nap. How cool is that?

TikTok Hotelier Says Stay Away from These Common Hotel Items. – It’s probably good advice to avoid the cups in your hotel room. And to use a Lysol wipe or plastic baggy on the TV remote. However, don’t listen to her advice about using your points & miles to pay for Amazon purchases. That’s a horrible redemption that makes your rewards worth even less.

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