Passengers Require Masks to Fly, Max Value from Amex Points at Hotels, Universal Studios Reopening Plans

Universal Studios The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle
The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle. Photo courtesy of Universal Studios.
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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 Friday, May 1, 2020, that we think you should read.

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Elon Musk ripped US infrastructure, calling many American airports an ’embarrassment’. – For those of us who travel internationally on a regular basis, we know that American airports and lounges are nowhere near what many other countries have to offer. We need to step up our game and provide better travel experiences within the U.S.

Airlines pressured to require passengers to wear masks. – JetBlue may have been one of the first to announce that passengers must wear masks to reduce the spread of coronavirus, but it seems that all U.S.-based airlines received a similar request from Congress.

JetBlue A320 Cabin Restyling photo-2019-1c
Photo courtesy of JetBlue

How to Get Max Value from Your Amex Points with Hotel Redemptions. – American Express airline transfer partners usually get the most attention, but Amex has some great hotel partners as well. And the benefits you receive from Fine Hotels & Resorts and The Hotel Collection provide elite status perks even if it’s your time staying at these hotels.

Universal Orlando CEO outlines potential reopening plans. – I miss the thrill of riding roller coasters, especially now that my kids are getting to the age where they can go on them with me. I’m excited that theme parks are making plans to reopen, but will it work when a normal part of the experience is standing in line within 2 feet of other guests for big parts of the day? Not to mention being able to clean the rides in between guests.

Dallas Private Aviation Service JetSuite’s Parent Company Files for Bankruptcy. – This is a related company to one of my favorite airlines, JSX (formerly known as JetSuiteX). It books private jet charter flights on demand and it shut down flight operations about 2 weeks ago without notice. At this time, JSX continues to fly without any effects from JetSuite’s bankruptcy filing.

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