Phone As Hotel Key, Avis Charged $6k for 3-Day Rental, Fall Travel Forecast

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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 Monday, August 29, 2022, that we think you should read.

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Using Your Phone as a Hotel Key Is Great Until It Isn’t.

I always sign up to get the digital key, but I prefer to use the physical key card instead. Having the digital version is a nice backup in case you lose your key or if it gets demagnetized. Plus, it’s a fun (and free) keepsake for the kids to document our travels.

Disney+ is becoming essential for trips to the Disney parks — here’s why.

Disney is great at marketing, and they really know how to tie visitors into their eco-system. We have Disney+ because the kids love to watch their shows. While the current list of perks expires in September, I’m sure that Disney will keep offering new benefits periodically to encourage people to sign up or keep paying.

Orlando Florida Epcot Center Timothy and Scarlett entrance
Timothy and Scarlett at Epcot Center in Orlando

Avis charged a customer $6,000 after claiming she drove a rental car 23,000 miles in 3 days, reports say.

Thanks to reader Mike B. for sharing this article. It’s crazy that Avis only relented on these charges once the media started writing about it. Simple math and common sense would realize that “she would have had to have driven at 310 miles an hour for 72 hours straight to hit that distance.”

What to Know About Hotel Butler Service, Including What You Can—and Can’t—Ask For.

Throughout all of our travels, I still haven’t had the pleasure of hotel butler service. Honestly, I’m not sure that I’d even know what to ask for. But, I imagine that having someone on hand to cater to your needs would be pretty amazing. While butler service varies based on where you’re staying, here are some ideas to get your brain started as you plan a trip to one of these hotels.

Fall Travel Forecast: Will Fall Travel Be as Bad as Summer?

While there will be some slowdown as families return to school, fall is also a busy time for conferences and shoulder-season travel. Personally, I have two conferences to attend in September, and my kids have Fall Break in October. So, there’s still plenty of travel to be done before the holidays and ski season arrive. The big roadblock is that airlines are not training enough pilots to meet the demand. Because of that, I think that airlines are in for a rough time for the next few years.

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