Summer air travel picks up as revenge travelers ignore high prices


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  • Airlines have been taking advantage of strong consumer demand to pass on some of the additional costs of oil and inflation with higher airfares.
  • Consumers have turned away from discretionary goods, but they’re not willing to give up travel even as airfares surge.
  • But if you’re a budget-conscious traveler, there are steps you can take to get you better prices.

Summer’s heating up and so is inflation. But even with airfares soaring, people are determined to take what they see as a much-needed vacation after two years of pandemic stress. 

Air travel bookings turned sharply higher in March after the omicron wave faded and many destinations eased entry requirements, especially if you were fully vaccinated. Consumers were so eager to travel again, they did so even after oil prices rose to their highest level in about 14 years and faced the highest overall inflation in 40 years.

Fuel is the second-largest expense for airlines at around 30% of operating costs and has doubled in price from a year ago, according to the Energy Information Administration. And airlines have been taking advantage of strong consumer demand to pass on some of those additional costs with higher airfares.

“My coach ticket from Chicago to Phoenix was $1,300, which is over three times the usual fare,” said Tom Blew, who took his trip last month to visit family and friends. “I guess pent-up demand isn’t price-sensitive, and there are very few options unless you want to fly in the middle of the night.”

Travel: No longer optional but a necessity 

Consumers have recently turned away from discretionary goods amid surging inflation to afford everyday necessities like groceries and rent, but there are no signs they’re willing to give up travel even as airfares surge. In April, airline tickets jumped by 8.6 %, the largest one-month increase since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking this in 1963.

In the first three months of this year, travel spending exceeded spending on general merchandise (think stuff you can buy on Amazon), which is tapering off. In March, consumers spent $1,290 on average for travel compared with $819 on general merchandise, data from wealth management firm Personal Capital showed. 

“In March, we saw what’s possible, with surging demand brought on by reduced infection rates, relaxed restrictions and tremendous pent-up demand for people to travel,” said Robert Isom, chief executive officer at American Airlines in its earnings conference call. “Demand is as strong as we’ve ever seen it.”  

Delta’s President Glen Hauenstein agreed, saying in an April earnings call profit margins are looking good “as fuel prices have continued to run up and demand continues to remain strong.”

That’s because people want to spend time with family and friends, a Deloitte survey of 4,233 Americans fielded March 23-30 showed. That desire is likely to boost travel above both 2021 and pre-pandemic levels, with six in 10 Americans planning trips, up from 50% last year, Deloitte said. Of those, half said they planned to fly and 28% expected to pay “significantly more” for their trips than they did in 2019 due partly to inflation and more savings.  

“After two years of the pandemic, we were long overdue to make up for lost time with family,” said Andres Olarte who recently returned with his family from a five-week trip to Costa Rica. It was his first trip back to his hometown since 2019 and the first time many of his family and friends got to meet his youngest son, born in 2021.

“We booked our flights months in advance but did splurge getting direct flights,” he said.

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Price insensitivity 

Airfares are also likely to continue rising, boosted by ongoing strong demand and elevated oil prices. World benchmark Brent crude was last above $117 per barrel, and JPMorgan analysts see prices above $120 this year. 

But none of that has deterred consumers. 

“They’re planning and anticipating for it and paying the higher price,” said Matthew Howe, senior manager of travel intelligence at research firm Morning Consult. “Revenge travel is definitely a real thing. People have been waiting and are ready to get back out and experience the world.” 

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Although Ed Bastian, Delta chief executive officer, is optimistic air travel will stay strong into the fall, he warned on the earnings call he’s always on the lookout for consumer price resistance.

“When we start to see pricing, particularly with high input costs like fuel, starting to challenge our demand and supply assumptions, then we’ll take the next step up,” Bastian said.

To ensure operations go smoothly this summer, airlines have trimmed their flight schedules to give themselves some wiggle room if something goes awry. On Thursday, Delta joined American, Spirit Airlines, Alaska Air and JetBlue in cutting some flights to its summer schedule so it could “minimize disruptions and bounce back faster when challenges occur,” it said in a statement on its website.

While consumers may benefit from better service, fewer seats will likely mean more competition for existing seats and even higher prices.

Don’t want to pay up? Tips for finding lower airfares 

For those who want to fly but avoid chasing ever-increasing prices this summer, Expedia travel expert Christie Hudson offers some tips: 

► Timing travel

Of all the summer months, August is the cheapest. The “sweetest spot” is the last two weeks of the month as some schools go back in the south and it’s right at the end of summer before Labor Day, she said. 

Mid- to early-week travel days are the least expensive with Fridays the most expensive. 

Avoid traveling on summer holidays like the 4th of July, which tends to be the most expensive. 

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► When to book

Usually, booking airfare is the cheapest two weeks to a month in advance of your travel days. If you’re a planner and that seems too close for your comfort, Hudson suggests booking further out while using a price match guarantee service. 

► Package booking 

If you’ll also need a place to stay, Hudson recommends booking all your travel in one place to get a package rate. These are deals on airfare and lodging that are only available through packages, she said.

The bonus is that you can still get your airline miles and rewards. “So, you’re saving money and collecting rewards,” she said. 



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PGA Championship DFS picks 2022: PGA DFS lineup advice, sleepers & tips for DraftKings, FanDuel


We head to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the 104th PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club this week. This is the second major championship of the 2021-22 season and features 156 PGA Tour players and club professionals from across the country competing for the Wanamaker Trophy. As always, it’s an elite field of golfers offering up plenty of potential stud and sleeper picks for PGA DFS lineups on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo.

Southern Hills was built in 1936 and has played host to seven major championships: Three U.S. Opens and four PGA Championships. It was the site of Tiger Woods’ 13th major victory, his 2007 PGA Championship at the prime age of 32. I don’t think anyone thought he’d only win two more majors over the next 15 years. Southern Hills also hosted the 2001 U.S. Open in which Tiger finished tied for 12th. In those two major championships, only a combined nine players finished with scores under par. These players will be tested, and just as important as making birdies, will be knowing when par is good enough.  

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The course went through a major overhaul in 2019 to prepare for this tournament. It will play as a Par 70 and stretch out as far as 7,556 yards from the championship tees. Augusta National is a very fair comparison course in that they both feature relatively wide fairways, small fast contoured greens (with sloped edges), right to left doglegs, big elevation changes, and strategically placed bunkers. I will key in on players that excel off-the-tee, approach, around the green/scrambling, bogey avoidance, putting and history in major championships.    

We will see temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s to begin the week, but remember that it will be more of a dry heat. There looks to be rain in the forecast for Friday afternoon/evening, which will cool things down for the players competing on the weekend. While rain doesn’t look like it will have a big impact this weekend, the wind will. Those midwestern winds will be in the mid-to-upper teens throughout the weekend. 

PGA Championship DFS picks 2022: Studs, sleepers, & values

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Scottie Scheffler (Yahoo: $49 | DraftKings: $11,400 | FanDuel: $12,000)

I really should not have to give you a lot of reasons to put Scheffler in your DFS lineup this weekend. He’s won four tournaments in four months, including the Masters. He is No. 1 in FedEx Cup points, ranks third in “Greens in Regulation,” 17th in “Strokes Gained: Approach,” 22nd in “Strokes Gained: Tee to Green,” 25th in “Strokes Gained: Putting,” and 33rd in “Bogey Avoidance.” No one deserves to be the top-priced player more than him, and I think he’ll reach his value this weekend.

Justin Thomas (Y: $44 | DK: $10,700 | FD: $11,700)

He is very quietly putting together a terrific season, albeit with no victories. Thomas has made 10 starts since the start of 2022, and he has six top-10 finishes, including the Masters and just last week at the Byron Nelson. JT fits this course perfectly, ranking top five in “Scrambling,” “Strokes Gained: Approach,” “Bogey Avoidance,” and “Strokes Gained: Tee to Green.” Also top 30 in both “Greens in Regulation” and “Strokes Gained: Off the Tee.” The putting will be key to his success; if he gets hot with the flat stick, watch out.  

Shane Lowry (Y: $33 | DK: $8,700 | FD: $10,700)

The Irishman has had a fantastic start to the season.  He has three top-five finishes (including the Masters) and another two top-15 finishes over his past seven starts. Besides not being a huge hitter off the tee, he fits the mold for success on this course perfectly. He currently ranks top 10 in “Scrambling,” “Strokes Gained: Approach,” “Bogey Avoidance” (first on Tour), and top 25 in both “Strokes Gained: Putting” and “Strokes Gained: Tee to Green.” We need smart course managers, and he’s one of the best playing on the PGA Tour.  

Marc Leishman (Y: $27 | DK: $7,700 | FD: $9,200)

Since Leishman missed the cut at the Open Championship in mid-July, he missed just two over his past 18 starts on the PGA Tour. He also has seven finishes of 21st or better. The big Aussie knows how to play at Augusta, making the cut in five straight trips with three top 15 finishes. Leishman is pretty consistent throughout the bag ranking top 50 in “Scrambling,” “Strokes Gained: Approach,” “Bogey Avoidance,” “Strokes Gained: Putting,” and “Greens in Regulation.” Leishman is especially attractive when the conditions are going to be windy.  

Alex Noren (Y: $23 | DK: $7,000 | FD: $8,500)

Noren has made the cut in nine of his past 10 starts and has five top-20 finishes in that span. Alex played his college golf at Oklahoma State and knows the terrain better than most in this field. He’s also one of the best course managers in the world, ranking top 12 in both “Bogey Avoidance” and “Scrambling.” He will never wow you off the tee, but he makes up for it in other ways, from his ball striking to his touch around the greens. He will likely be overlooked by most playing daily fantasy golf this weekend.

Tiger Woods (Y: $20 | DK: $8,200 | FD: $10,000)

I’m going to keep this short and sweet because there isn’t much left to say about Woods. We know how much he loves Augusta, and this course plays right into his strengths. You should put him in your lineups.

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Emirates cuts loss to $1.1bn as recovery ‘picks up pace’


Emirates has cut its annual loss by 80 per cent to $1.1 billion as the Dubai-based airline added capacity and reinstated more flights.

The airline is now serving more than 140 destinations as Emirates rebuilds its network following the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes flying its flagship A380 superjumbo aircraft to 29 destinations.

Emirates’ revenue rose by 91 per cent to $16.1 billion during the financial year up to 31 March 2022 compared with the previous year. Operating costs also increased by 30 per cent to $3.8 billion year-on-year as its fuel bill doubled due to the expansion in capacity and a 75 per cent rise in the average fuel price.

During this financial year, Emirates also received its final five A380 aircraft, featuring its first premium economy cabin, with these seats due to go on sale next month.

Emirates’ parent company Emirates Group, which also includes ground handler and tour operator dnata, has cut its losses by 83 per cent from $6 billion to $1 billion during the year, with revenue going up by 86 per cent to $18.1 billion thanks to higher travel demand.

Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, said: “This year, we focused on restoring our operations quickly and safely wherever pandemic-related restrictions eased across our markets. 

“Business recovery picked up pace particularly in the second half of the year. Robust customer demand drove a huge improvement in our financial performance compared to our unprecedented losses of last year and we built up our strong cash balance.

“2021-22 was also a significant year as the UAE (United Arab Emirates) marked its 50th anniversary and hosted the world at Expo 2020 Dubai which generated increased global engagement and visitation to the UAE.”

He added that the plan was to “build back better and stronger” in the coming year when the group expects to return to profitability.

“We are working hard to hit our targets, while keeping a close watch on headwinds such as high fuel prices, inflation, new Covid-19 variants, and political and economic uncertainty,” he said.



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How I Travel: Sheryl Lee Ralph Picks Up Beauty Tips in Every Country


Jamaica. When they say “Make it Jamaica again,” I could make it Jamaica again and again and again and again, from the Blue Mountains to the beach, to the hills of Mandeville, oh my god, to the whole experience of Negril. To the food on the street, the food in some of the pop-up restaurants, the clothing that is made, the baskets that are weaved, the braiders that have the intricate style, the women and how they approach their natural beauty as African descendants. My mother was Jamaican and she lived in Kingston, so I’m very often in the city, but I love to take off and make it to the beaches. I just hope they don’t continue to privatize beaches and give the best to tourists, because I think everybody should have access to the beauty of Jamaica. There is one place in Jamaica that I think is highly underrated, and that is Port Antonio. It takes you a while to get to Port Antonio, but once you get there…it’s amazing.

What kind of packer she is:

I’m the worst. The day before my trip, I’m never packed and I’m a nervous wreck believing that I have forgotten something. The day I arrive home, I am the worst because I don’t how to unpack. And I’m the packer that always carries an extra fold-up duffel bag, because I know I’m going to buy treasures.

The things she packs in her carryon bag:

Every kind of plug you can imagine, because sometimes when you get on some planes, you have to have the other kind of plug, and I like to stay connected. If it’s a long haul, I’ll carry one of those facial masks to keep hydrated and moisturized. I cannot say enough how important it is to try and drink some water along with your cocktail when you’re flying.

How she spends in-flight time:

I love foreign films. I don’t care if they’re Japanese, Korean, French, or French Canadian, I love to discover a foreign film to see how other people see the world through their lens.

Her favorite places around the world to shop:

I can shop anywhere. I’m that one person that can go into the $1.25 store and spend $125. It can be in London, when they would have those rows and row of stalls, and you could find just about anything you were looking for. Back in the day when people used to wear fur, I found the most amazing fur coat that every time I put it on people were like, “Oh my god, you look amazing.” I know it was the coat that they were looking at. I remember that. I remember I was somewhere and there were stacks of the real pashmina, and when I compared what I thought was pashmina, it was just amazing, breathtaking. I tell people, don’t forget to shop in your own backyard. I came up to Vancouver—I’m here often because I shoot a series here called Motherland: Fort Salem—and I discovered a luxury resale store and you get these hardly or gently used Chanel, Vuitton, anything. They’re just done with such care. It’s called Turnabout Luxury Resale. Love it! That’s some of the best recycling we can do is to recycle your fashion, clear out your wardrobe, sell it off, give it away.

Her travel pet peeve:

I can’t stand it when backpackers forget how big their backpacks are, then they walk down the airplane aisle and knock you over with their backpack. And don’t even realize they hit somebody!

The hotel amenity she always looks for:

Makeup removers. Stop acting like only men need shoe polishers! We need makeup removers. Thank you.

The next trips on her roster:

There are three places. My niece is getting married, a destination wedding in Italy, so we’re all headed to Sorrento. A friend of mine said for my big birthday, he was taking me to Paris. Well, that was four years ago! So we’re going to head to Paris. And then another friend, he passed away and his partner said, “You have to go with me to London to spread his ashes, because that’s what he wanted.” Those are the three things I’m doing. And of course, I’ll be back and forth to Jamaica.



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Masters DFS picks 2022: PGA DFS lineup advice, sleepers & tips for DraftKings, FanDuel


It’s finally here! I feel as giddy as a schoolgirl just thinking about it. Yes, it’s Masters week — by far the best week of the year for golf enthusiasts. As will be said hundreds of times this weekend, it’s a “tradition unlike any other” (and it couldn’t be truer). The Super Bowl of the PGA world has arrived, and we have a lot of money on the line on Yahoo, DraftKings, and FanDuel (among other DFS sites). We have much to discuss before doling out tips and advice, so let’s get to it.  

First, there are around 90 players in the field, but you can basically ignore all of the amateurs and old timers. Only about 50 players have a legitimate chance to win. My job will be to narrow down that 50 to around 15-18 players that have the best combination of DFS price, ownership projection, course history, and current form. It’s extremely difficult to narrow down these players to a select few, especially in the top tier because almost anyone $9,000 and above could win.

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PGA DFS strategy for Masters 2022

Now, let’s get into the DFS Strategy when it comes to The Masters and playing in large GPP tournaments.  There is a limited field, which means differentiating yourself will be at a premium. You cannot be afraid to leave money on the table when setting your lineups. One of the biggest problems that many have is feeling that you must spend all your salary. There is a much better chance that you’ll have a duplicate lineup if you zero out your cap than if you leave money on the table. You’ll notice in my example lineups article that I will not use the full salary cap.

Let’s take a closer look at Augusta National. There’s no need to go into great detail because it’s one of the most well-known courses in the world. It’s a par 72 that measures out to 7,435 yards. This course is a very difficult and true test of a golfer’s game. There are very long par 4s and reachable par 5s. The greens are always the fastest on tour and hard for these players to stick because of the shaved edges, but after the course was lengthened in 2010, only 300-yard bombers have won or even finished in the top 10. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, like when Danny Willett won in 2016 champ.  

Augusta National is a second-shot course. We want players with great “Strokes Gained: Approach” and “Greens in Regulation” (GIR). That means targeting great long-iron players (great ball strikers). Most outstanding long-iron players happen to also be at the top when it comes to GIR. These players put themselves into birdie-making opportunities rather than missing greens and scrambling their way to a par.  

Course history is vitally important when it comes to The Masters, even if it is just one previous trip, as it was for 2015 winner Jordan Spieth and ’16 winner Danny Willett. Since Horton Smith and Gene Sarazen won in their debuts in what were the first two editions of the tournament back in 1934 and ’35, only Fuzzy Zoeller in ’79 took home the green jacket in a debut appearance at Augusta.

Finally, the weather looks to be wet leading into the event starting on Thursday, but the rest of the weekend looks to be fine with, with temps ranging from low 60s to the low 70s. The early wet conditions does give me more of a reason to target the bombers this weekend. Winds are expected to be in the mid-teens Thursday thru Saturday, which makes an already difficult course even tougher. You’ll see a few players in my Playbook who have experience in tough winds.  

Masters DFS picks 2022: Studs, sleepers, & values

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Collin Morikawa (Yahoo: $47 | DraftKings: $10,800 | FanDuel: $12,100)

I really wish Morikawa had played more in the States leading up to the Masters, but we all know how good this kid is. He has two major championships already under his belt at the age of 25.  This will be his third time to Augusta, with two previous made cuts and a career-best 18th-place finish last year. He is the best ball striker in the world, and that makes him a threat at the Masters. He ranks top 25 in “Scoring Average,” “Birdie Average”, “Greens in Regulation,” “Strokes Gained: Tee to Green,” “Approach, Off the Tee,” and “Driving Accuracy.” I will personally pay down for him more than paying up for Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler.  

Brooks Koepka (Y: $34 | DK: $9,400 | FD: $10,900)

Koepka missed his first cut in six trips to the Masters last year, but he finished runner-up and seventh in his two previous. In his past six starts, he has finishes of third, 16th, 12th, and fifth, but he also has two missed cuts.  His stats this season don’t wow you, but if you know anything about this dude, he shows up on the biggest stages. He’ll be ready to go this weekend. 

Sungjae Im (Y: $32 | DK: $8,400 | FD: $9,900)

After a hot start to the 2022 calendar year, Im has cooled off recently. He had three finishes of 11th or better in his first four starts, but he has only one finish inside the top 20 in his past five. Im finished runner-up in his debut at Augusta in 2020, but he missed the cut last April. I love him this weekend because he ranks top 20 in “Strokes Gained: Tee to Green,” “Around the Green, Off the Tee,” and “Greens in Regulation.”  He’s also third in “Scrambling,” 21st in “Scoring Average,” and 33rd in “Birdie Average.”

Russell Henley (Y: $25 | DK: $7,800 | FD: $9,000)

Henley has been stellar throughout the stroke-play portion of the PGA Tour season. In his last six stroke-play starts, he has four top-15 finishes, including a runner-up at the Sony Open in which he was the 54-hole leader. Henley played in the Masters five times and has made the cut in his past four. He deserves respect for being ranked first on the tour in “Strokes Gained: Approach” and seventh in “Tee to Green.” You can’t forget he’s also third in “Scoring Average,” ninth in “Birdie Average,” and 13th in “Greens in Regulation.” While he hasn’t been to Augusta since 2018, he has three finishes of 21st or better. 

Marc Leishman (Y: $25 | DK: $7,300 | FD: $9,200)

Since Leishman failed to make the cut at the Open Championship in mid-July, he missed just one over his past 14 starts on the PGA Tour. That stretch includes six top-20 finishes. The big Aussie has also figured out how to play at Augusta, making the cut in five straight trips with three top-15 finishes. The putting has been on point and gives me confidence that he can repeat his top-5 from last year. The wind is also going to be a factor this weekend, and there are few guys in the world better playing in those conditions than Leishman.

Cameron Champ (Y:$20 | DK: $6,600 | FD: $7,900)

I believe in experience when it comes to Augusta National, and this will be Cameron’s third trip. He has finished 19th and 26th, respectively, in his first two trips, and that’s rare to see such early success at the Masters. He has been terrible to start this season with four missed cuts in his past six starts, but I like his game on this course.  He’s one of the biggest hitters on the PGA Tour, and that will play to his advantage over the course of the four days. Consider him a live GPP play.

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Masters DFS picks 2022: PGA DFS lineup advice, sleepers & tips for DraftKings, FanDuel


It’s finally here! I feel as giddy as a schoolgirl just thinking about it. Yes, it’s Masters week — by far the best week of the year for golf enthusiasts. As will be said hundreds of times this weekend, it’s a “tradition unlike any other” (and it couldn’t be truer). The Super Bowl of the PGA world has arrived, and we have a lot of money on the line on Yahoo, DraftKings, and FanDuel (among other DFS sites). We have much to discuss before doling out tips and advice, so let’s get to it.  

First, there are around 90 players in the field, but you can basically ignore all of the amateurs and old timers. Only about 50 players have a legitimate chance to win. My job will be to narrow down that 50 to around 15-18 players that have the best combination of DFS price, ownership projection, course history, and current form. It’s extremely difficult to narrow down these players to a select few, especially in the top tier because almost anyone $9,000 and above could win.

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PGA DFS strategy for Masters 2022

Now, let’s get into the DFS Strategy when it comes to The Masters and playing in large GPP tournaments.  There is a limited field, which means differentiating yourself will be at a premium. You cannot be afraid to leave money on the table when setting your lineups. One of the biggest problems that many have is feeling that you must spend all your salary. There is a much better chance that you’ll have a duplicate lineup if you zero out your cap than if you leave money on the table. You’ll notice in my example lineups article that I will not use the full salary cap.

Let’s take a closer look at Augusta National. There’s no need to go into great detail because it’s one of the most well-known courses in the world. It’s a par 72 that measures out to 7,435 yards. This course is a very difficult and true test of a golfer’s game. There are very long par 4s and reachable par 5s. The greens are always the fastest on tour and hard for these players to stick because of the shaved edges, but after the course was lengthened in 2010, only 300-yard bombers have won or even finished in the top 10. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, like when Danny Willett won in 2016 champ.  

Augusta National is a second-shot course. We want players with great “Strokes Gained: Approach” and “Greens in Regulation” (GIR). That means targeting great long-iron players (great ball strikers). Most outstanding long-iron players happen to also be at the top when it comes to GIR. These players put themselves into birdie-making opportunities rather than missing greens and scrambling their way to a par.  

Course history is vitally important when it comes to The Masters, even if it is just one previous trip, as it was for 2015 winner Jordan Spieth and ’16 winner Danny Willett. Since Horton Smith and Gene Sarazen won in their debuts in what were the first two editions of the tournament back in 1934 and ’35, only Fuzzy Zoeller in ’79 took home the green jacket in a debut appearance at Augusta.

Finally, the weather looks to be wet leading into the event starting on Thursday, but the rest of the weekend looks to be fine with, with temps ranging from low 60s to the low 70s. The early wet conditions does give me more of a reason to target the bombers this weekend. Winds are expected to be in the mid-teens Thursday thru Saturday, which makes an already difficult course even tougher. You’ll see a few players in my Playbook who have experience in tough winds.  

Masters DFS picks 2022: Studs, sleepers, & values

The following is a preview of DFS Alarm’s PGA DFS Playbook. To have access to all of DFS Alarm’s PGA DFS tools, including full analysis, sample lineups, and more, get Playbook PRO

Collin Morikawa (Yahoo: $47 | DraftKings: $10,800 | FanDuel: $12,100)

I really wish Morikawa had played more in the States leading up to the Masters, but we all know how good this kid is. He has two major championships already under his belt at the age of 25.  This will be his third time to Augusta, with two previous made cuts and a career-best 18th-place finish last year. He is the best ball striker in the world, and that makes him a threat at the Masters. He ranks top 25 in “Scoring Average,” “Birdie Average”, “Greens in Regulation,” “Strokes Gained: Tee to Green,” “Approach, Off the Tee,” and “Driving Accuracy.” I will personally pay down for him more than paying up for Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler.  

Brooks Koepka (Y: $34 | DK: $9,400 | FD: $10,900)

Koepka missed his first cut in six trips to the Masters last year, but he finished runner-up and seventh in his two previous. In his past six starts, he has finishes of third, 16th, 12th, and fifth, but he also has two missed cuts.  His stats this season don’t wow you, but if you know anything about this dude, he shows up on the biggest stages. He’ll be ready to go this weekend. 

Sungjae Im (Y: $32 | DK: $8,400 | FD: $9,900)

After a hot start to the 2022 calendar year, Im has cooled off recently. He had three finishes of 11th or better in his first four starts, but he has only one finish inside the top 20 in his past five. Im finished runner-up in his debut at Augusta in 2020, but he missed the cut last April. I love him this weekend because he ranks top 20 in “Strokes Gained: Tee to Green,” “Around the Green, Off the Tee,” and “Greens in Regulation.”  He’s also third in “Scrambling,” 21st in “Scoring Average,” and 33rd in “Birdie Average.”

Russell Henley (Y: $25 | DK: $7,800 | FD: $9,000)

Henley has been stellar throughout the stroke-play portion of the PGA Tour season. In his last six stroke-play starts, he has four top-15 finishes, including a runner-up at the Sony Open in which he was the 54-hole leader. Henley played in the Masters five times and has made the cut in his past four. He deserves respect for being ranked first on the tour in “Strokes Gained: Approach” and seventh in “Tee to Green.” You can’t forget he’s also third in “Scoring Average,” ninth in “Birdie Average,” and 13th in “Greens in Regulation.” While he hasn’t been to Augusta since 2018, he has three finishes of 21st or better. 

Marc Leishman (Y: $25 | DK: $7,300 | FD: $9,200)

Since Leishman failed to make the cut at the Open Championship in mid-July, he missed just one over his past 14 starts on the PGA Tour. That stretch includes six top-20 finishes. The big Aussie has also figured out how to play at Augusta, making the cut in five straight trips with three top-15 finishes. The putting has been on point and gives me confidence that he can repeat his top-5 from last year. The wind is also going to be a factor this weekend, and there are few guys in the world better playing in those conditions than Leishman.

Cameron Champ (Y:$20 | DK: $6,600 | FD: $7,900)

I believe in experience when it comes to Augusta National, and this will be Cameron’s third trip. He has finished 19th and 26th, respectively, in his first two trips, and that’s rare to see such early success at the Masters. He has been terrible to start this season with four missed cuts in his past six starts, but I like his game on this course.  He’s one of the biggest hitters on the PGA Tour, and that will play to his advantage over the course of the four days. Consider him a live GPP play.

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Subscriber Picks: What it’s like driving across the Causeway | Travel tips and half-price deals​


Subscriber picks is a weekly curation of the best from The Straits Times – where we bring you exclusive reports, in-depth analyses, and the latest happenings in Singapore and beyond.


At the stroke of midnight, cars tooted their horns, while people on foot clapped and cheered.

The Causeway sprang back to life as the Singapore-Malaysia land borders reopened fully after two years. ST correspondent Hairianto Diman was among the early birds who travelled to Johor Baru by car. He captured his journey in this video. If you are planning a trip, we have a checklist of the documents you need for a smooth ride.

If you are looking farther, check out our guide on travel deals and tips, including how to book that Bali villa at half the price.

And a nice read as you wind down for the week. Can’t visit Japan yet but you can take in the sights of Tokyo with the cherry blossoms in full bloom, as Japan correspondent Walter Sim ponders on the complex emotions the sukura season evokes.

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Air travel picks up during spring break – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — According to the Transportation Security Administration 2,290,587 people flew nationwide Friday.

That’s compared to about 2,538,384 on this same day 3 years ago.

Jennifer Bauer and her family were flying from Indianapolis to Orlando for a week.

Bauer and her son flew to Florida a year ago for spring break and the skies were a lot less busy.

“Definitely less travelers, nobody was out traveling, masks everywhere, and just more low key than it is right now,” Bauer said.

Traditional spring break hot spots, like Florida and ski destinations out west, continue to be popular for travelers.

“This week we are expecting one of our busiest weeks of the year. So far, we’re expecting 18 million people to fly on United during the total spring break travel period,” Nicole Carriere, a spokesperson for United Airlines said.

As March comes to a close, the TSA is expecting daily passenger travel will surpass 90 percent of pre-pandemic levels. Travelers are taking notice.

“I actually haven’t flown since COVID, so I would say about the same,” Taylor Hurst, who flew to Indianapolis from Phoenix Saturday said.

One thing that is not staying the same is airfares, according to Bauer who booked her trip three months in advance.

“Flight prices have definitely gone up. It was a lot more expensive to fly this spring break than last spring break,” Bauer said.

Travelers still must wear a mask in the airport, and on board all commercial aircraft.





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Sanya Promotes Water Sports for Coming Summer as Travel Picks Up Pace


– Ski in Winter, Surf in Summer: As the winter season winds down, sports enthusiasts may continue finessing their athletic prowess in Sanya this summer.

SANYA, China, March 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As travel picks up pace around the world, more people are seeking new experiences both at home and abroad. Sanya, the popular resort city on China’s Hainan Island’s southern tip, saw a dramatic recovery in tourism over the Chinese New Year period, which was primarily driven by a younger customer base and local tourists enticed by the region’s diverse activities, according to a comprehensive analysis conducted by the Sanya Tourism Promotion Board (“STPB”).

In line with changing tourist expectations, Sanya is constantly enriching its offering to attract new travelers to discover its shores and encourage previous ones to return. As the winter season winds down, Sanya is helping sports enthusiasts, especially ski lovers, to continue finessing their athletic prowess with more options of water sports in the coming summer.

“In terms of technical and physical skills, surfing and skiing have a lot in common. Wake surfing, for example, can assist sports enthusiasts to improve their balance and coordination, making it ideal for cross-training throughout the summer. With its unique natural resources and abundant facilities, Sanya is the perfect destination for sports fans to hone their skills,” said Albert Yip, director general of the Sanya Tourism Promotion Board (STPB).

Wake surfing
Wake surfing

With more than 20 wake surfing clubs in Sanya, wake surfing is one of Sanya’s trendiest water sports and is fast becoming popular amongst tourists who want to experience the flow of snowboarding in summer. A more accessible activity than surfing, wake surfing allows a rider to trail behind a motorboat on a short surfboard and ride its wake. There’s no need to wait for the perfect break: the motorboat generates waves roughly one meter high on either side of the stern, and riders simply need to surf the waves to enjoy the feeling of gliding on water.

Beyond wake surfing, Sanya offers a plethora of water sports for all to discover. For those who prefer their watersports at a more leisurely pace, sailing is the perfect solution. Perched on a boat in the ocean, tourists can enjoy the comfort of a cool sea breeze and the excitement of the waves against the beautiful backdrop of Hainan Island. Those after an adrenalin rush can hop on a jet-ski, hit the accelerator, and experience the South China Sea at full speed.

In Sanya, water sports aren’t simply enjoyed on the ocean. Visitors are invited to take to the skies and experience the feeling of free skiing with parasailing activities. Soaring above Hainan Island, travelers of all ages can soak up the vibrant hues of the sea and sky and see the island from a new perspective, while enjoying the rush of adventure and excitement of being suspended above the ocean. Flyboarding is another must-try experience in Sanya: thanks to a pressurized jet of water, riders can hover up to 22 meters above the sea — and the brave can even perform fancy tricks.

From winter to summer, from water sports and cultural tourism activities to themed events and festivals, Sanya will continue to design, develop, promote exciting travel products and transform the city into a global premium travel destination where everyone can enjoy.





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Sanya Promotes Water Sports for Coming Summer as Travel Picks Up Pace


In line with changing tourist expectations, Sanya is constantly enriching its offering to attract new travelers to discover its shores and encourage previous ones to return. As the winter season winds down, Sanya is helping sports enthusiasts, especially ski lovers, to continue finessing their athletic prowess with more options of water sports in the coming summer.

“In terms of technical and physical skills, surfing and skiing have a lot in common. Wake surfing, for example, can assist sports enthusiasts to improve their balance and coordination, making it ideal for cross-training throughout the summer. With its unique natural resources and abundant facilities, Sanya is the perfect destination for sports fans to hone their skills,” said Albert Yip, director general of the Sanya Tourism Promotion Board (STPB).

With more than 20 wake surfing clubs in Sanya, wake surfing is one of Sanya’s trendiest water sports and is fast becoming popular amongst tourists who want to experience the flow of snowboarding in summer. A more accessible activity than surfing, wake surfing allows a rider to trail behind a motorboat on a short surfboard and ride its wake. There’s no need to wait for the perfect break: the motorboat generates waves roughly one meter high on either side of the stern, and riders simply need to surf the waves to enjoy the feeling of gliding on water.

Beyond wake surfing, Sanya offers a plethora of water sports for all to discover. For those who prefer their watersports at a more leisurely pace, sailing is the perfect solution. Perched on a boat in the ocean, tourists can enjoy the comfort of a cool sea breeze and the excitement of the waves against the beautiful backdrop of Hainan Island. Those after an adrenalin rush can hop on a jet-ski, hit the accelerator, and experience the South China Sea at full speed.

In Sanya, water sports aren’t simply enjoyed on the ocean. Visitors are invited to take to the skies and experience the feeling of free skiing with parasailing activities. Soaring above Hainan Island, travelers of all ages can soak up the vibrant hues of the sea and sky and see the island from a new perspective, while enjoying the rush of adventure and excitement of being suspended above the ocean. Flyboarding is another must-try experience in Sanya: thanks to a pressurized jet of water, riders can hover up to 22 meters above the sea — and the brave can even perform fancy tricks.

From winter to summer, from water sports and cultural tourism activities to themed events and festivals, Sanya will continue to design, develop, promote exciting travel products and transform the city into a global premium travel destination where everyone can enjoy.

SOURCE Sanya Tourism Promotion Board



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