National Park Free Day, DOT Airline Refund Rules, Hotel Perks That Save Money

Mammoth Cave National Park - Lee Anna Timothy Scarlett 2021-07
Just outside the Mammoth Cave National Park visitor's center.
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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, August 4, 2022, that we think you should read.

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DOT proposes major change to airline refund rules. – E.U. rules ensure European travelers are compensated when flights are canceled or delayed. However, the U.S. doesn’t have uniform rules about this and leaves it up to the “generosity” of the airlines (ahem, they’re stingy). It would be amazing to hold airlines accountable for the delays and cancellations that impact travelers in such a negative way.

5 Hotel Amenities That Can Save You Serious Cash. – Sometimes it is better to pay a couple of bucks more for a hotel that offers extra benefits that can save you money. Getting a fridge/kitchen, free breakfast, and other amenities cuts down on your travel budget. And, of course, Kimpton & Residence Inn offers free wine / happy hour every evening, which is a huge bonus.

Kimpton Journeyman Wine Hour
So many delicious choices at the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel in Milwaukee.

Museums Across the U.S. Will be Free to Enter on This Day in September. – Get ready for the Smithsonian Magazine’s annual free museum day. Tickets are available starting August 15th for visits on Saturday, September 17th. It’s a great way to save some money, get out of the house, and learn about history, local culture, and our incredible inventors, artists, and other notable personalities from our past.

Get free entry to all US National Park sites on Thursday. – The Great American Outdoors Act provides free admission to all U.S. National Parks on Thursday, August 4th. So, put down your phone and shut down your computer to go enjoy some natural beauty at one of our fantastic national parks.

FAA asking for public feedback on airplane seat size. – Make your voice heard and share your thoughts about the current state of airplane seat sizes. While the focus of the survey is on passenger safety, you could always mention that airline seat pitch is too small for “safety.” <<wink, wink>>

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  1. Thanks for the link on seat size comments. I don’t think any wink wink is necessary to require lower seating density between much larger people (me), elderly persons, small children, the infirm, people who value their carryon over everyone else’s life, etc. making up a really large portion of every flight. I’d love to see how long it really takes to empty a packed plane with half the passengers fitting into at least one of the above categories.

    • You’re right. A lot of travelers have circumstances that make it dangerous to evacuate with these smaller seats. My point was to encourage others who don’t (yet?) face any of these situations to push for more room.


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