Oregon & Washington wine flies free on Alaska Airlines


How’s this for the airline/airport amenity of the week?

Oregon’s wineries and wine-growing regions have become popular destinations for wine-loving travelers, but the cost of taking a case of wine on the airplane deters many people from buying more than the bottle or two they can tuck into their checked suitcase.

But Alaska Airlines and the Oregon Wine Board have teamed up once again for the Oregon Wine Flies Free program.

Starting May 1 passengers on domestic Alaska Airlines flights departing from Eugene, Medford, Portland and Redmond in Oregon and from Walla Walla in Washington can check in one case of wine for free.

Better yet – anyone with an in-bound boarding pass and a (free) Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan membership can get a complimentary wine tasting at any of about 300 participating wine tasting rooms.

The program, which ran for two months last year, has been renewed for a full year. More details about the Oregon Wine Flies Free program here.


Not to be outdone, Washington Wine Country continues to offer the Taste and Tote program for wine-loving travelers wanting to take wine home on Alaska Airlines flights departing from the Yakima, Pasco and Walla Walla airports. In addition to being able to check in one case of wine for free, Alaska Airlines passengers get complimentary tastings at regional wineries and waived rental car drop off fees.

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Spin the wheel, win prizes at PIT Airport

Thursday, April 17, is Customer Appreciation Day at Pittsburgh International Airport and that means prizes, free cookies, live music and discounts deals in the stores.


German band Mädel Jäger will provide the live music and from 11 am to 3 pm, airport visitors will have a chance to spin a wheel for one of the prizes donated by shops and restaurants throughout the airport.

To add an extra dollop of appreciation, the airport will be asking for donations (of any amount) for each spin of the prize wheel, with the funds going to the Serve-A-Soldier Program, which gives active service personnel a $10 AIRMALL gift card for a meal at the airport before flying out.

More details here.

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Worms at LaGuardia Airport

There will be worms. And sunflowers.

Changi -Sunflower garden

Earth Day is coming up – and to spread the word about their green initiatives, the Food & Shops at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B, JetBlue Airways and The Port Authority of NY & NJ are hosting a “Choose Green” event on Thursday afternoon with a hands-on composting worm exhibit, courtesy of the Queens Botanical Garden.

Not into worms? There will be coloring and face painting for kids and, for adults who say they’ll “Choose Green,” a chance to enter into a drawing to win two JetBlue tickets and get a free sunflower growing kit.

Not traveling through New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Thursday between noon and 4 pm? You can enter the contest on Twitter. More details here:

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Pianos at airports

Piano at Heathrow Term 4

I spotted this piano – and this young boy – in Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport last week and got a kick out of the fact that his outfit matched the piano and that he wasn’t too shy to sit and play.

Pianos seem to be getting more popular at airports. Most seem to be attached to bars and few are as inviting as this one that says “Play Me.”

Spotted a piano in an airport? (Played it?) Let’s make a list….


Fresh art at Denver Int’l Airport

DEN_Magic of Glass - Davide Salvadore chitamara

Italian artist Davide Salvadore’s string instrument made from glass. Courtesy DIA.


From April 24 through August, 2014, the Art and Culture Program at Denver International Airport (DIA) will be hosting a temporary art exhibition titled The Magic of Glass in Ansbacher Hall, the main walkway connecting  Jeppesen Terminal to Concourse A.

Included in the exhibit will be more than 60 glass objects made by 31 local, national and international artists.

Want more art glass?

Denver Botanic Gardens is opening an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculpture in June.



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