Wearing Facemasks at Airport Security, Complimentary Global Entry Extension, When an Airline Goes Bankrupt

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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, April 24, 2020, that we think you should read.

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Air Canada to stop flying to the US. – The airline has reduced its flight schedule by 90% and the U.S. routes have been cut altogether. Even though this is true, there is still some value in earning these miles for other redemptions.

Changes at TSA: Travelers can wear face masks while waiting in line for security screening. – After 9/11, passengers were no longer allowed to cover their face when transiting through security. To reduce the spread of coronavirus, you are allowed to wear the mask while in line, but must briefly lower it to ensure that the TSA Agent can verify your identity.

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Complimentary One Year Global Entry Extension. – Speaking of getting through airport security, if your Global Entry is set to expire, you’ll receive an extension of up to 1 year. As long as you apply for renewal before it expires, you’ll enjoy all of the benefits until the government can work through the backlog and re-open up interview locations.

U.S. Hotel Industry Reports 43.3 Percent Occupancy Drop for March. – This is a huge drop in hotel occupancy. However, I imagine April will be worse because some people were still traveling in early March. Other than essential workers, I don’t think anyone else is traveling at this time.

What should you do with your miles if an airline is going bankrupt? – In today’s uncertain environment, this is a distinct possibility. Virgin Australia has stopped flying and South African Airways may be grounded for good. Many loyalty programs are separate companies from the airlines and hotels that they are aligned with, but what good are the rewards if there’s no airline to redeem them with?

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