Why TSA PreCheck App is Rejected, Amtrak Offering $5 Fares, Airline Ancillary Revenue $118 Billion

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Amtrak station in Fullerton, CA. Photo courtesy of WeTravelThere.com
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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 Sunday, November 5, 2023, that we think you should read.

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Why You Should Always Mail Yourself a Postcard When Traveling.

As much as people avoid paper in today’s society, there’s something cool about receiving a postcard in the mail. Whenever I travel, I try to send postcards to my kids to memorialize what we’re doing on the trip. Then, I have them write postcards to family members as well to let them know we’re thinking of them. Do you like receiving postcards from friends and family from their trips?

Airline Ancillary Revenues To Reach Record $118 Billion In 2023.

Airlines are now making almost $10 billion per month on ancillary fees like checked bags, seat assignments, and other fees. Fees per passenger were less than $30 in 2019 but surged to more than $42 per person in 2022 – a 45% increase in three years. You can avoid many of these fees by having an airline credit card that offers the first checked bag for free or by flying airlines like Southwest, which don’t charge for checked bags.

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How and Why Your TSA PreCheck Application Could Be Rejected.

Most people assume that you’ll get approved for TSA PreCheck as long as you complete the application and pay your fees. But that isn’t always the case. There are several reasons why your application could be denied, including your criminal record, previous violations at the airport, and your mental capacity.

Frontier Airlines Plans To Transform Business, Be More Like Ryanair.

Frontier Airlines is making major changes to the way it operates, its loyalty program and its fee structure. Many of these changes will be positive for travelers, and they should translate into lower fares for all of us. And for those who prefer to fly on Frontier, the airline should be more consistent and reliable, which should help it avoid many of the delays that affect its operations today.

Amtrak Just Added More $5 Fares – Here’s How to Snag One.

Traveling by train is underappreciated by most Americans. It’s a great way to travel, and you can avoid the hassles (and cost) of the airports. And with fares starting at just $5, train travel is incredibly affordable for even the most cost-conscious travelers. There are 12 routes offering fares less than $20, so check out the Amtrak Night Owl Fares and book your next trip.

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