If Your Passport Says Valentine, WOW Air Wants to Give You a Free Flight

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WOW Air, the budget airline known for its cheap flights to Iceland and other destinations in Europe, is offering a deal for Valentine's Day that's hard to beat. As Thrillist reports, customers named Valentine are eligible for free a flight for their traveling partner if they're taking a trip around the holiday this year.

If the name of the patron saint of love is listed on your passport, WOW Air will refund airfare for a flight booked between January 24 and February 14 for trips taken between February 10 and February 19. The special offer is limited to flights to Reykjavik, Iceland leaving from either Boston, Detroit, New York, or Washington, D.C., and only the return flight will be paid back. Your trip doesn't need to be a romantic getaway, but WOW will only refund your ticket if the booking is for two or more passengers. (As they say, you're giving "the gift of a memorable trip to your loved one this Valentine’s Day!") Airport taxes and checked baggage fees for one bag are also covered in the free flight promotion.

The offer is open to anyone with the name Valentine, first or last (sadly, middle names don't count). Valentin (French), Valentina (Danish and German), and Valentijn (Dutch) are also acceptable forms of the name.

Valentines can make their namesake holiday memorable this year by booking a vacation and emailing a refund request to valentines@wow.is. Emails must include the booking confirmation and a picture of the passenger's passport to be approved. For travelers with any other name who don't qualify for a free flight to Reykjavik, a cheap flight is your next best option. Just make sure you book at the right time.

[h/t Thrillist]

Attention Aspiring Astronauts: Arlo Skye Now Has Space-Themed Luggage

Arlo Skye
Arlo Skye

While some travelers are preoccupied with getting their luggage through airport security, the designers at Arlo Skye are thinking bigger. As Condé Nast Traveler reports, the brand's new line of suitcases is inspired by space travel, with high tech features and a sleek, futuristic look.

Arlo Skye was founded in 2016 by alumni from Louis Vuitton and Tumi Inc. They set out to create luggage that emphasized design, with luxury polycarbonate suitcases available in trendy colors like rose gold and custom monogramming.

The company's Space Collection may be its most stylized line yet. It comes with a removable, 10,050-milliamp-hour charger with USB C and A ports for charging phones and other devices. The chrome-colored case is 22 inches tall, 9 inches deep, and 14 inches wide and weighs 8.5 pounds empty.

Space Collection suitcase from Arlo Skye
Arlo Skye

Depending on what type of space traveler you are, you can get one of three designs laser-etched on the bottom of your luggage. There's Moon Shot, Team Human, and Occupy Mars; each engraving comes with a short ode to space and a small picture of its respective celestial body. Like other suitcases made by Arlo Skye, these bags are zipper-free and made from polycarbonate with an aluminum frame.

Whether you're a globetrotter or an aspiring astronaut, the Space Collection from Arlo Skye makes a great travel companion.

Buy it from Arlo Skye for $450.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

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Here's How You Can Help Rebuild Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral

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Kitwood, Getty Images

A fire at Paris’s famed Notre-Dame Cathedral raged for nine hours on Monday, drawing the world’s attention to the partial destruction of one of the best-known cultural monuments on the planet. The efforts of more than 400 firefighters managed to preserve much of the 859-year-old structure, but the roof and spire were destroyed.

Financial support for the building has already come pouring in, with billionaire François-Henri Pinault pledging $113 million toward reconstruction and another billionaire, Bernard Arnault, promising $226 million. A total of roughly $1 billion has come in from donations, but a revitalized Notre-Dame is a considerable expense that could cost even more.

For people who would like to assist, donations are being accepted by the nonprofit French Heritage Society for virtually any amount.

Why will expenses run so high? Prior to the fire, Notre-Dame was in dire need of extensive restoration. Buttresses caused instability to major walls, gargoyles were damaged, and cracks had formed in the now-destroyed spire. The cathedral is owned by the French government, which allots roughly 2 million euros (or about $2.26 million) annually to upkeep. Between the existing wear and the fire, it could take years or possibly decades for the work to be completed.

The publicity surrounding Notre-Dame has also motivated people to assist in rebuilding efforts on a smaller scale, and closer to home. Three churches in Louisiana that were recently targeted in allegedly racist arson attacks saw donations climb from $150,000 to over $1 million following the Notre-Dame fire. You can donate to that GoFundMe campaign here.

[h/t CNN]

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