Southwest Companion Pass Promo, IHG Data Breach, Credit Karma False Preapprovals

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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 Wednesday, September 7, 2022, that we think you should read.

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Data breach disrupts IHG’s booking system.

The IHG apps and website are having major problems with the latest data breach. Who knows how long IHG will be affected by this issue, but it’s a good idea to keep a close watch on your account for any suspicious activity.

Register by Thursday: Get a 2-month Southwest Companion Pass with 1 round-trip flight.

The Southwest Companion Pass is my favorite airline benefit because it allows one person to fly with me for free (just pay taxes) anywhere I fly on Southwest. Usually, earning the companion pass requires earning 125,000 points or flying a lot. But, for a limited time, you can earn it for a trial period with just one round-trip flight by November 17th.

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Credit Karma will pay $3 million to users targeted with false preapproved offers.

Pre-approved offers are supposed to make life easier by narrowing down the credit cards that you have a strong chance of getting approved for. However, Credit Karma was not being truthful and was telling people that they were preapproved, when they actually weren’t. This led to many people applying for cards that they were ultimately declined for and impacting their credit score with an unnecessary inquiry.

Passenger Applauded for Refusing to Swap Seats So Family Could Sit Together.

I can understand it both ways. The passenger paid for their seat, and they shouldn’t have to give it up if they don’t want to. But airlines should make it easier for families to sit together without charging them extra fees. It’s a safety issue for the child, and nobody wants to sit next to a child having a meltdown… especially if it’s not your own kid. If your kid is a teenager (14+), most will be fine on their own. But, if your kid is 7 years old, like my daughter, there’s no way she shouldn’t be sitting next to her parent on a flight. And in the situation described in the article, the Mom didn’t need to sit with her husband and kids… she just wanted to. So, they did the right thing by saying no.

How to Get Scuba Certified for Your Next Vacation.

Snorkeling and scuba diving are amazing ways to see what’s beneath the surface at your favorite water destinations. I tried getting scuba certified about 10 years ago, but I couldn’t get my ears to pressurize to get below a depth of 20 feet. If you’re able to, I highly recommend getting scuba certified. And if not, grab a snorkel and have some fun along the surface.

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