BIG NEWS: Japan Airlines Is Officially Giving Away Thousands Of Round-Trip Flights

Plus four other travel tidbits the Journy HQ has been hyped about this month.

By Jacqueline Parisi

7 February 2020

1. If you haven’t already heard, Japan airlines is giving away thousands of round-trip flights to celebrate the 2020 Olympics

At the beginning of this year, Japan Airlines announced that they’d be giving away 50,000 free round-trip flights to international visitors. But there’s a catch—in an effort to diversify tourism, the lucky winners won’t be heading to Tokyo. They actually won’t be able to choose their destination at all. The contest, which runs from July 1 to September 30, will only be open to members of Japan Airlines’ loyalty program, which means now’s the time to sign up!

Read more here.

2. A new NYC bakery just opened its doors in the East Village

Red Gate Bakery, an intimate bakeshop nestled in the East Village on 1st and 1st, recently opened its doors. Helmed by Greg Rales (formerly of Flour Shop) and Patricia Howard (formerly of The Beatrice Inn), Red Gate pays homage to the eponymous Nantucket farm where Greg spent his summers as a child. On the menu? An array of cookies, bars, loaves, and cakes that toe the line between familiar and sophisticated—with standouts being Cannibal Cookies (made with caramelized sugar and house-made oreos), Midnight Banana Bread, Brown Butter Blondies, and White Chocolate Grapefruit Cookies. Come for the sweets, but linger for a while to enjoy the elegantly simple design of distressed wood and classic white subway tiles.

Address: 68 E 1st St.
Phone: 646-870-5553
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11-7, Sunday 12-5, closed Monday & Tuesday

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3. Emotional support animals may soon be banned from airplanes

The Department of Transportation (DoT) recently announced proposed changes to in-flight service animal protocol that would restrict the benefit to specially trained dogs registered via a federal form that attests to their behavior, health, and, ahem, bladder control. Such a change would prohibit dogs deemed as purely “emotional support” animals from accompanying passengers in the cabin. The DoT is also proposing new regulations to prohibit airlines from refusing an animal solely on the basis of its breed, in reference to Delta’s controversial ban of “put bull-type dogs” on its flights.

Read more here.

4. Serena Williams is officially entering the luggage game

As of Monday, February 3, it was official: Serena Williams has officially launched her own line of bold red luggage in partnership with Away. The sets, which feature Away’s classic polycarbonate material as well as the nylon soft side from their new line, will also come with shoe and packing cube accessories co-designed by the tennis superstar herself. They’re available for purchase online and in stores.

“Serena defines today’s modern traveler, and her dynamic, multi-faceted lifestyle perfectly mirrors the essence of our brand and what Away stands for,” said Jen Rubio, Away co-founder and chief brand officer.

Read more here.

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5. Get ready for a new, $400 million London hotel connected to Harrods by an underground tunnel

London officials have approved the construction of a 120-room hotel to replace the multi-story parking lot near Harrods. The highly anticipated boutique Knightsbridge property will have eight stories (three below and five above), 23,000 square feet of spa and retail space, a bar on the top floor, and a historic tunnel connecting it to Harrods—although officials state that it has been blocked for 20 years and will remain blocked. Some are pointing to this hotel as a sign that Harrods will be taking a cue from other luxury brands (e.g., LVMH, Equinox) by entering the hospitality space. The hotel is expected to take 30 months to build.

Read more here.

Don't want to wait until the hotel opens? We don't blame you. Plan a trip to London today—Journy will tackle the heavy lifting when it comes to planning.

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