Major Delta Changes, New Centurion Lounge, France Wants to Ban Ultra-Cheap Flights

Delta A350 soaring above the clouds
A350 soaring above the clouds. Photo courtesy of Delta.
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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, September 14, 2023, that we think you should read.

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Demand for hotel concierges is higher than ever.

A hotel concierge’s entire reason for being is to help hotel guests. Yet, for many years, travelers ignored this valuable resource by taking a DIY approach to their travel plans. Those attitudes are changing as hotel guests realize how much power concierges have in securing reservations at restaurants, attractions, tours and more.

Delta makes drastic updates to Sky Club access, severely limits access via credit cards.

Terrible news about airport lounge access and elite status qualification for Delta travelers. With premium Delta Reserve credit cards, you previously had unlimited access to Delta Sky Clubs when traveling on Delta or one of its partners. Now, Delta Reserve cardholders can get no more than 10 visits, Amex Platinum gets six visits and Delta Platinum cardholders can no longer pay for entry.

Delta Sky Club Atlanta Terminal E
Timothy enjoying a meal at the Delta Sky Club in Atlanta Terminal E.

American Express Centurion Lounge is coming to Newark Airport.

I love it when new airport lounges open. American Express has taken steps to reduce who can enter by limiting the benefits of its Platinum Card and its relationship with Delta passengers. Centurion Lounges remain the gold standard of luxury at U.S. airports. And the card issuer realizes that it needs to step up its game as Chase and Capital One open their own network of exclusive lounges.

The largest and most unique resort in Arizona will have a theme park, concert venue and more.

Families and travelers will love this new resort in Arizona. With a theme park, concert venue, and five pools, this resort will have something for everyone. It even features a Hot Wheels-themed roller coaster plus a Barbie Beach House and rooftop bar. The resort opens in 2024, so start booking your reservations today.

Could Ultra-Cheap Flights in Europe Be a Thing of the Past?

France is leading the charge to eliminate cheap flights throughout Europe. Essentially, airlines must adopt a minimum price for all flights to encourage travelers to take trains and other forms of transportation. While I appreciate their desire to curb emissions from planes, I’m not sure that this is the right way to meet their goals.

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