Why Passports Are Taking So Long, Southwest New Boarding Process & Accor Hotels Subscription

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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 Tuesday, April 25, 2023, that we think you should read.

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The Best Food Cities in the U.S.

If you’re looking for travel inspiration and want to enjoy local delicacies on your travel, check out these American cities. We live in a diverse country with amazing food in every state. So, even if you don’t have a passport (or are waiting for it to arrive), you can travel across the U.S. to enjoy something new.

Why Are Passports Taking So Long Right Now?

Speaking of passports, this article helps you understand why there’s such a huge backlog on getting a new passport or having yours renewed. Overall, I think a lot of people let their passports expire during that pandemic since they weren’t traveling. And, with a strong U.S. dollar, international travel is cheaper than it has been in a long time.

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The last time I renewed my passport, the old one arrived a couple of days after I received the new one.

How I Made $4,000 by Paying Taxes with a Credit Card.

While nobody likes paying taxes, you can turn tax time into a free vacation by following some simple steps. If you’re a small business owner or owe taxes on your personal tax returns, you can use online services to pay your taxes with a credit card. While there are some fees, this is an easy way to meet minimum spend requirements on a new credit card or earn benefits on an existing one. Check out our referral page for the best credit card offers.

Southwest Airlines Experiments With New Boarding Processes.

I think some of these moves will improve the boarding process. Although I’m not sure how much they’ll speed things up. The author did get one thing wrong… families don’t get to board first. Families board after the “A Group” (first 60 passengers) is done. Even with that small error, having a designated area for families to wait out of the way of the normal boarding lines is a big benefit. Too often, I see novice travel families clogging up the process because they’re unsure of where to stand.

Accor just launched a travel subscription program — should you sign up?

The hotel loyalty program from Accor isn’t that popular in the U.S. since most of its properties are in other countries. Many of its hotels are beautiful and located in popular international destinations, like Paris. But there are some hotels located in the U.S. within the 21c, Sofitel, and Mondrian brands. Unfortunately, only half of Accor’s brands are participating in this promotion. Overall, you’ll need to stay at Accor properties on a regular basis to justify the 99 to 199 Euro annual cost, so this promotion may have limited appeal to many of us.

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