How Does JetBlue/Spirit Merger Affect AA’s Partnership, JetBlue BOS-LHR Route, White House To Keep Mask Rules

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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 Wednesday, April 6, 2022, that we think you should read.

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Does JetBlue’s bid for Spirit put its American Airlines partnership at risk? – While the acquisition of Spirit Airlines can open up a lot of attractive routes for JetBlue, there are consequences as well. While Spirit’s network doesn’t overlap much in the northeast corner of the U.S., there may be less of an incentive for JetBlue to partner with American Airlines going forward. Only time will tell what their strategy is, but it is worth watching.

JetBlue Confirms Boston-London Entry, Makes Move For Spirit. – With the success of its New York to U.K. flights, JetBlue is expanding its transatlantic flights with departures from Boston’s Logan Airport. This is great news with additional options for travelers to make a pitstop in either city on their way for an English vacation.

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When will it end? White House says no plans to ditch international testing requirements. – As more airlines and foreign countries relax their mask and vaccination rules, the U.S. remains steadfast. The BA.2 variant is becoming the dominant variant around the world and it’s uncertain how it will affect travelers and communities. With so many people having some immunity from previous infections or from getting vaccinated, let’s hope that hospitalizations, deaths, and long-term illnesses won’t increase.

Aer Lingus Adds Back Service To Three More US Cities. – It’s so good to see airlines expanding their route networks again. Travel is back and travelers like us will benefit from the increased competition. I flew Aer Lingus from Boston to Dublin about 8 years ago using British Airways Avios and it was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend visiting Dublin. Learn more about the city with the Dublin podcast that I released a few weeks ago.

How Credit Card Rewards Are Shifting to Meet the Demands of Today’s Lifestyle-Minded Travelers. – Credit card companies are adjusting their programs based on cardholder spending and redemption patterns and preferences. While many of us love to redeem for aspirational travel and experiences, many people just want to earn and redeem for the basics – everyday purchases of groceries, gas, dining, and others. Some credit card issuers feel that engaging cardholders more on everyday purchases will increase loyalty and keep cardholders for longer periods of time. I think it’s a good strategy. What do you think?

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