Qantas Longest Flight In The World, You Are Entitled To A Refund, Should You Accept An Airline Voucher?

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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 Monday, March 30, 2020, that we think you should read.

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You are entitled to a refund for your canceled flight — even if the airline says you aren’t. – Airlines are trying to conserve cash right now, so they’re assuming that they can pull a fast one over customers. The DOT rules state that if a flight is canceled, you are entitled to a full refund of the amount paid to your original form of payment. In other words, don’t take the airline’s word for it. Push back and escalate the issue if you need to.

Qantas A380 makes historic direct flight from Australia to London. – It’s pretty cool that the airline made this flight, but I’m sure they would have loved to not have to make it. Sadly, with the evolution of air travel, this might be one of the final flights for this veteran airplane.

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A380 flying over the Sydney Harbour. Photo courtesy of Qantas.

How Many Airlines Have Stopped Flying Completely in the Coronavirus Crisis? – Some airplanes are flying with only a few passengers on them. Either people don’t want to fly, are afraid to, or can’t due to government restrictions. It makes sense for airlines to conserve cash and stop flying these routes.

Is this the end of the Amex RAT Team, or will it only make them stronger? – I can see both sides of this question. American Express and other banks need quality customers now more than ever. Even if we’re playing games with MS or other gray-area activities, we’re still generating income for the bank through interchange revenue on purchases. However, banks may also look at this as an opportunity to clean the slate and remove all borderline customers so they can focus on turning the corner towards future growth. What do you think?

Why you should think twice before accepting an airline voucher — even with a bonus. – As mentioned above, airlines are trying to conserve cash and a voucher is better for them, even if it means offering you a bonus. First off, many vouchers get lost or are never redeemed. That’s a 100% win for them. Second, they’ll gladly “pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” (That’s a Popeye reference for my Millennial readers.) Meaning that a future obligation is better than having to pay someone right now while they’re fighting for survival. But, it isn’t in your best interest to hold one of these vouchers when they could be worth nothing if an airline goes bankrupt.

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