Japan Airlines Award Availability, New York Marriott East Side, Great Wolf Lodge Scottsdale Review

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News Roundup

This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Read about Japan Airlines award availability, TSA PreCheck enrollment at PDX, Great Wolf Lodge Scottsdale review, New York Marriott East Side, Bed Bath & Beyond closing more stores.

Japan Airlines Business Class Awards Wide Open This Summer

There is a ton of Japan Airlines award availability this summer, both ways!  Most dates in July and August have availability in both directions, and September is pretty open too. A little over half of the available dates have two seats available.

On-Site TSA PreCheck® Enrollment Initiative Launches at Portland International Airport

IDEMIA and Portland International Airport (PDX) announced today that IDEMIA’s new TSA PreCheck® enrollment initiative for ticketed travelers is now live. Ticketed travelers flying out of PDX can enroll in TSA PreCheck with no need for an appointment. It takes five minutes or less, and most travelers receive their Known Traveler Number (KTN) within three to five days. IDEMIA also provides traditional TSA PreCheck enrollments, by appointment, at more than 550 locations nationwide.

Great Wolf Lodge Scottsdale Review

“Great Wolf Lodge Scottsdale is a wonderful place to go if you want to take your kid somewhere and just let them be wild with joy. Every kid there was having a blast. Every detail of the resort is geared well towards kids as well. That said, you definitely have to be in the right mindset for this kind of stay. Go with the flow, have a drink or two, eat burgers and ice cream, and just have fun.”

Beverly Hills-Based Hawkins Way Capital Buys 655-Room Hotel in Midtown, Manhattan

Hawkins Way Capital, in a joint venture with Värde Partners, has acquired 525 Lexington Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan, comprising a 655-room, 406,261 square foot tower across 35 stories. A designated landmark building, the 1924-built property previously operated as the New York Marriott East Side hotel focused on corporate and business travel before closing at the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Bed Bath & Beyond to close 87 more stores

Embattled home goods retail chain Bed Bath & Beyond is closing 87 stores as its financial travails continue. Bed Bath & Beyond is expected to file for bankruptcy soon as it struggles to raise capital to reorganize its business. Earlier this month, Bed Bath & Beyond defaulted on its loans and said it couldn’t afford to repay its debt. If you have any gift cards around, now it’s a good time to use them.

Guru’s Wrap-up

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