Week 05–1, May 2021
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” 〜 Bill Bryson
By LuxPin Team
◆ Every day in June the airline will give away a free roundtrip flight for two. The airline announced a new sweepstake, aptly named “Your Shot to Fly,” giving away round-trip flights to winners and one year-long pass to one lucky vaccinated traveler.
◆ Etihad Airways is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates in a big way — by giving away 50,000 prizes throughout the year, with 10,000 being doled out this week. Prizes include free business class flights, travel vouchers, and up to 50,000 in award miles.
◆ Rideshare company Uber will provide free rides to Americans heading to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Starting Monday, the company is giving all Uber customers four free rides, up to $25 each, to travel to and from their vaccine appointments. The rides, good through July 4, are so each person can get to both doses of a two-shot vaccine.
◆ United will begin providing passengers with at-home COVID-19 tests for a more seamless international travel experience. United is partnering with Abbott to give customers Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 home test and access to Abbott’s NAVICA app for results. Passengers will be able to depart the U.S. with the BinaxNOW test in their carry-ons and give themselves the test when they are ready to return.
◆ Budget travel site CheapTickets is launching a Student Loan Vacation Sweepstakes to pay some recent graduates’ student loans for a full year so they can travel more. From May 21 through June 6, graduates over 20 years old can enter the sweepstakes. While not every entry will win, the chosen winners will receive $4,716, which is the equivalent of the 12-month worth of the average monthly loan payment, which is $393, according to a statement from the company.
◆ In May, the Islands of Tahiti reopened to visitors to come and vacation again. However, the people living in French Polynesia are so welcoming that they don’t want you to come and stay for just a few days. Instead, they’d love for you to come and work from Tahiti for (almost) as long as you’d like. Here is a selection of hotels offering extended work-from-anywhere programs across the islands.
◆ Beginning July 1, EU citizens will have the ability to move freely across its 27 member countries using a QR-code-based COVID-19 travel certificate, according to a new agreement among European officials. Under the agreement, European travelers won’t face additional testing or quarantine requirements unless implemented by the local government.
◆ The U.S. State Department warned Americans against traveling to Japan on Monday, classifying the country under its highest warning level just months before the Olympic Games are set to start. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also updated its guidance, classifying Japan under its “Level 4” advisory. Overseas spectators have already been banned from attending the summer games.
◆ Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection is back better than ever. The award-winning resort in Napa Valley unveiled its $30 million redesigns that included newly built suites and the renovation of all guest rooms and public spaces.
◆ Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a bit of a travel anomaly. The destination attracts down-to-earth nature lovers from around the world. The Cloudveil, an Autograph Collection hotel, will open in Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s Town Square on May 26, 2021. It’s the first and only hotel to touch Town Square.
◆ You can still enjoy the great outdoors while also getting the comfort of a hotel. Excursionist, a luxury tour operator for U.S. experiential travel, now has a new, private camp experience in Yellowstone National Park. Instead of putting down your own traditional tent and sleeping bags, this experience is the quintessential meaning of “glamping.” This custom-built “glamp camp” allows you to take in the breathtaking scenery of Yellowstone National Forest while also feeling as comfortable as you would be in a resort.
◆ You’ve never had a nightlight like this. Now you can get the perfect view of the Northern Lights from your bedroom. This stunning Airbnb stay just outside Hella, a small town in Southern Iceland, is an ideal place to enjoy a remote vacation without sacrificing comfort — and it will give you a gorgeous view.