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Profitable Ideas: Airlines Prefer Credits Over Refunds, Money Transfer Apps Add Fees, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web.

Help! My flight was cancelled and I still can’t get a refund (NY Times). Airlines are trying to issue credits when they may be obligated to provide a refund instead. It pays to know the rules. 

Will travel change after coronavirus? Here’s what experts have to say (Travel and Leisure). Of course it will. Deals in the short term, perhaps fewer choices in the long term.

Reasons to escape excess consumerism—and how to do it (Forbes). The compelling case for traveling lighter through life, and a series of suggestions for how to do so.

Betting on things that never change (Collaborative Fund). Interesting thought piece, especially for entrepreneurs, investors, and anyone else trying to envision what will matter in the future. 

Home improvement on a budget: 4 tips to follow (One Cent at a Time). As we all spend more time at home, it’s tempting to tackle a remodeling project or two. Here are some inexpensive options.

Beware the fees that come with some money transfers on apps (NY Times). Convenience often comes with a cost — increasingly so for users of money transfer apps.

12 inexpensive and thoughtful mother’s day gifts (The Simple Dollar). It’s not too late, but it will be soon. 

Where to take free online courses (Clark Howard). Another great use of home quarantine time: Take a class from Harvard, MIT, or another top-tier school, all from the comfort of your couch. 

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