Why I Canceled Travel, Airbus vs Boeing, Southwest Extends Travel Funds

Southwest launches service from Los Angeles to Liberia, Costa Rica
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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, March 20, 2020, that we think you should read.

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How Airbus became Boeing’s greatest rival. – These airlines continue to dominate the airplane market. It is great that they have economies of scale, but it also diminishes competition and choice, which is bad for consumers.

Don’t Be A Jerk! Why I Have Decided To Cancel Months Worth of Travel. – We all love to travel, but we have to do our part. Whether you get sick or not, you could infect someone else who is sick or elderly. I miss traveling right now and I hate to have to cancel so many reservations, but it is truly the best thing right now for all of us.

The Park at OWA Gulf Shores State Beach Lee Timothy Scarlett
I can’t wait to take the kids and Anna back to Ocean Beach, Alabama

Coronavirus Travel Policies & Advisories. – If you have flight and hotel reservations outstanding, these travel policies and advisories can help you navigate the process of canceling those plans. I’ve had to cancel several flights and hotel reservations for family trips and conferences (that were also canceled).

Seeking Coronavirus Relief: What Hotel Execs Told the President. – The travel industry is lobbying to get bailouts from the federal government. If we bail them out, I hope that the government gets stock or some other benefits in exchange for the money. I’m tired of us privatizing rewards and socializing risk. The airlines collectively spent 96% of free cash flow over the last few years buying back their shares instead of saving the money for emergencies like this. Those execs and boards should be fired.

Southwest’s extends Travel Funds due to Coronavirus, and it is quite generous. – Even though Southwest doesn’t have First Class or aspirational awards, they are my favorite airline. The airline does have its faults, but policies like this show that they care about their customers and have a consumer-friendly attitude.

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