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KLM’s new game: JETS

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Like playing games on your smartphone when you travel?

Seems like everyone does.

Which is why KLM has a game – called Jets – that puts the two activities together.

Available free in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store the game is filled with familiar Amsterdam sights (canals, bicycles, drawbridges) and awards in-game currency – Wings – for accomplishing various tasks.

I’ve downloaded the app and am working on the first level – collecting 100 stamps in the city with my paper airplane – but I’ll certainly fall behind any player who’s also a KLM passenger taking a flight out of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

Thanks to beacon technology installed at the airport, KLM passengers can earn extra Wings when they show up on time for their flight.

KLM has another game you can download and play: Aviation Empire lets you own and manage your own airline.

Freebies on Nat’l Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Today, Friday  May 15, is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

(Why? Who cares? It’s a cookie holiday!)

To celebrate the day, DoubleTree by Hilton, a brand known for serving arriving guests a warm chocolate chip cookie, will be handing out cookie galore in their hotels and beyond.

If you’re checking in to any of the 415 Doubletree by Hilton properties around the world today you will, of course, receive a free cookie.

But today anyone who stops by – reservation or not – can get a free cookie too.

Virgin Atlantic passengers will find free chocolate-chip cookies today at check-in counters at San Francisco International Airport, Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and London’s Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.

There will also be free chocolate-chip cookies at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental counters in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Denver International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Virgin Australia lounges in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin Airports will be serving free cookies as well.

Not enough cookies? DoubleTree is also kicking off a “Cookie Bag Vote,” for a packaging design for its cookies. Vote on which new look you like (here) and be entered for a chance to win prizes ranging from cookie tins to hotel stays.


Souvenir Sunday: bullish photo op at CLT

Sunday is Souvenir Sunday here at Stuck at The Airport – a day for taking a look at some of the fun, inexpensive items you can pick up when spending time at an airport.

CLTL Belt BUckle wall

This week’s pick comes from the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), which now has a branch of Whisky River, the popular uptown Charlotte restaurant and sports bar owned by NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

The airport location, Whisky River CLT, is located on Concourse E and, in addition to a belt buckle wall and a menu that includes Whisky Wings, fried pickles, burgers and BBQ brisket, sports a stage that will feature live music and a (stationary) mechanical bull for “you-did-that-in-an-airport?” photo ops.

Denver Airport has its own lottery ticket


You may end up scratching on your next layover at Denver International Airport.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Denver International Airport the Colorado Lottery has created a $2 “Destination Dollars” Scratch game with tickets featuring four iconic images of the airport.

Top prize is $20,000 and you can pick up tickets at the airport’s Colorado Lottery kiosk on the northwest side of level 5 inside the Jeppesen Terminal (near the north TSA checkpoint) and at Colorado Lottery ticket sale locations throughout the state.

If you don’t win a prize when you scratch the ticket, don’t throw it away.

A Second-Chance Drawing has as its prize two round-trip airline tickets on United Airlines or United Express to anywhere in the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean. Details on the tickets.

Albany International Airport & the selfies


That’s not really the New York State Capitol – it’s the Albany International Airport.

But go ahead – take a selfie.

For travelers who haven’t had time to hit all the hot spots in and around Albany, officials at Albany International Airport set up a Selfie Spot on Concourse C with an over-sized photograph of the State Capitol.

“Sightseers touring Albany have always found the State Capitol to be one of the most breathtaking landmarks in upstate New York,” said John A. O’Donnell, CEO of the Albany County Airport Authority. “The Airport Capitol Selfie Site gives travelers an opportunity to recapture that moment and to digitally place themselves in the shadow of the seat of New York State government before they leave on their flights.”

The family above are the Gilberts of Queensbury, NY. They were on their way to Disney World but took advantage of the new photo op at ALB airport before they flew off.

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