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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

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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

ANA STAR WARS BB-8

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.”

havana

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

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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.

 

Swap a PDX memory for a PDX carpet mat

2_PDX_Foot-forward selfies with the PDX carpet are very popular at Portland Int'l Airport

Want your very own piece of the world-famous PDX carpet?

Here’s one way to get: Portland International Airport is turning 75 and is asking people to share their favorite PDX memories in a written note, video, photo, audio recording or email at PDXmoments.

Each week through Nov. 29, the airport will pick one of the stories and share it on the PDXmoments website and on social media and, if your story is selected, you’ll get a PDX Carpet mat as a prize.

At the end of the celebration, the airport will pick one special story from the bunch and award a $500 PDX air travel voucher.

I’ll start…when I first moved to Portland (waaay, back in the early 1980s) I lived not too far from the airport and there was free parking out in front. Just inside the front door: the city’s first Haagen Daz outlet. So going to the airport just for ice-cream became a regular, and very sweet, outing.