Spirit-Frontier Merger Off, Hotel Charging For Pool Chairs, TSA No Longer Scanning Boarding Passes

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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 Thursday, July 28, 2022, that we think you should read.

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Everybody Into the Hotel Pool! That’ll Be $200. – Hotel hidden fees are getting more ridiculous by the minute. I understand charging for cabanas and premium amenities, but paying for a simple chair is out of control. In this case, it’s because of the holiday weekend in Vegas. But, once one hotel starts the trend, others looking for extra revenues are sure to follow.

Paris Hilton Stars in Ad for Her Family’s Hotel — and It’s Just As Over the Top As You’d Expect. – I’m surprised that it took this long for Hilton Hotels to try to capitalize on Paris Hilton’s fame. At this point, many of the people watching this ad won’t even know who she is. It will be interesting to see if they’re building an ad campaign around her, or if this was simply a test.

TSA Is No Longer Scanning Boarding Passes at These Airports. – It’s good to see the TSA working to expedite travelers going through airport security. Every second counts when millions of travelers are working their way through those lines. If this technology continues to perform well, it seems like the TSA will continue to roll out these machines to speed up security at most U.S. airports.

Spirit and Frontier cancel their merger deal. – I hope that this means that JetBlue will be able to acquire Spirit. Frontier is going to win, no matter what happened. If they bought Spirit, they’d expand considerably into new markets. If JetBlue buys them, they’ve eliminated a low-cost carrier (LCC) competitor. The only way they lose (really, it’s status quo) is if Spirit decides to remain independent, but I don’t think that’ll happen with the big bucks JetBlue is offering.

29 Over-the-Top Hotel Lobbies That Will Dazzle Design Lovers. – These lobbies are incredible. I love how varied the lobbies are on this list… and that you can stay at many of them by redeeming hotel points. Too often these lists are full of boutique hotels that are beyond the budgets of most of us. With some miles & points hotels included, it gives the rest of us a chance to experience the opulence for ourselves.

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