Delta wants New Yorkers to take Fridays off

07_The check-in desk at the Delta ONE lounge is made from the tail  of a DC9 (by MotoArt)

Even if your desk is made from recycled parts of a DC-9 (as is the reception desk at the Delta One check-in lounge LAX), it is a good to take a break from it.

And, if you live or work in New York City, Delta Air Lines is offering some sweet incentives this summer to get you to at least take Fridays off.

The carrier has kicked off a program it calls “Go Fridays” and each week throughout the summer, Delta plans to somehow find deserving overworked New Yorkers and give them plane tickets, tickets to ball games and other incentives to get them out of the office.

Here’s the short promo kicking off the program.

Giveaway Tuesday: Outer Space scene

How about a trip to outer space?

You many not have enough money – or guts – to reserve a spot on one of the Virgin Galactic flights, but you can play around with the idea if you had this cute Outer Space travel kit that comes complete with aliens, rocket ships and 28 other cute, reusable vinyl stickers.

Outer space kit 1

outer space 2

Want it? Leave a note in the comment section about what city – or planet – you’re headed to next and we’ll pick a winner and send it along.

(Stuck at the Airport headquarters is moving – so stay tuned for more giveaway items.)

ANA’s BB-8 Star Wars plane #3 +contest


Japan’s All Nippon Airways – ANA – has been thrilling Star Wars fans with its series of Star War’s liveried planes and on March 27 the third and final aircraft in the specially-decorated series of planes will start flying international routes.

The aircraft will be unveiled in a ceremony on March 27 at Osaka’s Itami Airport, where the special livery was applied, and will then make a one-off domestic flight as ANA22 from Itami to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

At just past midnight on March 29, the plane will take off as ANA Flight 106 to Los Angeles and it will then fly various international routes between Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita and Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Houston.

The Star Wars theme isn’t just on the outside of the BB-8 plane. Inside passengers will find special BB-8 paper cups and headrest covers and find cabin attendants wearing BB-8 aprons.

Want to get on board?

ANA is having a contest to give away a pair of round-trip economy class tickets from Los Angeles to Tokyo for the first outbound flight. If you don’t win the first prize, you may win one of the 50 second prizes: a special BB-8™ ANA JET model plane.

Enter the BB-8 ANA Jet Sweepstakes here.

Travel Tidbits: e-cigs, Cuba & mascots

Lucky Stirke smoking

The U.S. Department of Transportation has finalized a rule related to smoking on airplanes and now the use of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights is officially forbidden.

According to DOT: “The final rule applies to all scheduled flights of U.S. and foreign carriers involving transportation in, to, and from the U.S.”


Many U.S. airlines – including Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest and United – filed applications this week for regularly scheduled flights to Havana and other airports in Cuba. 110 daily flights will be approved, so stay tuned and start planning your trip now.

Frontier mascot

And, Frontier Airlines is running a contest to pick a school mascot to be featured on one of its new Airbus 320 airplanes.

The winning mascot’s organization will win 20 roundtrip tickets and every time you vote you get entered in a contest to win a free flight.

JetBlue bringing Boyz II Men to JFK T5


If you’re a fan of the singing group Boyz II Men, or of the concerts JetBlue occasionally offers in Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy airport, then plan to be flying to or through T5 on September 24 at 5 p.m. when the GRAMMY award-winning group will be performing for free.

The concert stage is located post-security, so only those with tickets will be able to attend the concert, but there’s one more way to get access:

The band is performing at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas after New York, and winners of a JetBlue contest for fans in New York and Boston will get travel accommodations to see Boyz II Men at T5 and then get to meet the trio and fly with them to Las Vegas to see them perform there.

Here’s the link to enter the contest if you’re in New York.

And here’s the link to enter the contest if you’re in Boston.