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Airports mark Mother’s Day with flowers, pods & more

MAMAVA ON SITE

Nursing moms flying to or from JFK International Airport on JetBlue get a welcome new amenity on Wednesday with the unveiling of a Mamava lactation suite in T5.

The nursing “pods” are already in use at Vermont’s Burlington International Airport and Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport and there’s a growing list of airports that are doing their part to be truly “breastfeeding friendly.”

JetBlue’s nursing station is being installed at JFK T5 just in time for Mother’s Day and right now is scheduled to stay there for just six months, but the airline is hoping to make it permanent.

Mother’s Day is being celebrated at other airports as well.

Jacksonville Airport

Continuing a tradition, volunteer ambassadors at Florida’s Jacksonville International Airport will be handing out 1,000 carnations to passengers on Sunday, May 10.

And through May 10, passengers traveling through LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B and Philadelphia International Airport can take advantage of a sparkly Free Gift with Purchase offer.

Spend $100 in one or more shops and (while supplies last…) you can redeem the receipts for a multi-strand crystal and pearl bracelet. There’s also a Twitter contest to give away five of those bracelets (valued at $45) at each airport.

Details on both offers here and here.

elvis

And if you happen to be passing through Frankfurt International Airport on Mother’s Day, look for Elvis.

In addition to performances by a champion Elvis impersonator, there will be a rockabilly band, an acoustic trio singing Elvis songs and a exhibit of photos and souvenirs related to Elvis’s stint as a soldier.

There will also be a vintage car show in front of Terminal 1, contests and – for anyone who shows ups wearing an Elvis costume or a 1950s outfit, free entry to the airports’ observation deck, known as the Visitors’ Terrace.

 

Hello Kitty jets celebrate Chinese New Year

EVA HelloKit Hand in Hand Jet runway_CourtesyEVAAIR

Eva Air’s Hello Kitty Jets not only have Hello Kitty characters painted on the outside of the plane, just about every item inside the plane – from the headrest covers to the meals – has a Hello Kitty theme as well.

Right now the Hello Kitty jets are ready for the Chinese New Year. And to welcome in the Year of the Goat, the headrest covers, placemats and a variety of inflight service items now feature Hello Kitty wearing a set of goat horns.

Hello-Kitty- CHinese New year

EVA AIR Hello-Kitty-Chinese New Year

Airports, airlines celebrate Valentine’s Day

Charles Lindbergh-themed Valentine

Here’s a round-up of some of the sweet perks you’ll find on airlines and in airports on Valentine’s Day:

JetBlue passengers will receive complimentary Dylan’s Candy Bar cookies onboard flights.

United Airlines will be serving complimentary Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails with cute names such as “Casanova,” “Bubbling with Love” and “Cupid’s Arrow” (with sides of chocolate) in its U.S. mainland clubs and at London Heathrow.

Southwest Airlines will serve passengers age 21 and older a complimentary alcoholic drink on Valentine’s Day flight. In some markets employees will hand out out Valentines that include a sweepstakes entry for a trip to the American Country Music awards.

ATL airport has an 8-foot heart ready for photo ops and selfies.

On the ground, you can take a selfie with an 8-foot heart in the atrium at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. ATL will also be handing out candy.

Dallas Love Field _photo opportunity

At Dallas Love Field you can have a photo snapped with the big red heart that sits between the giant letters B and G installed at the airport as part of the city’s “Big Things Happen Here” campaign.

Volunteer amabassadors at Jacksonville Int'l Airport will hand out 1,000 carnations_edited

On Saturday, volunteer ambassadors at Florida’s Jacksonville International Airport will hand out 10,000 carnations to travelers in the terminal.

At Miami International Airport there will fun events in the terminals on Feb. 13 and 14. In addition to a kissing booth for keepsake photos, there will be chocolate roses, a DJ spinning heartfelt tunes and coupons for store discounts distributed by Cupid.

And on Sunday, Feb. 15, between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., there will be a performance of romantic and passionate Argentine Tango in the Tom Bradley International Terminal and in Terminal 6 at Los Angeles International Airport.

Valentine’s Day: Fly with your sweetie for $1

Charles Lindbergh-themed Valentine

My household already has a holiday plan for Valentine’s Day, but if reservations weren’t already made I’d be looking closer at this offer from Turkish Airlines, which is good for the entire month of February.

Turkish airlines

Through January 17, 2015, passengers who purchase one ticket can get the second ticket for just $1 for travel between February 1-28, 2015 from any of Turkish Airlines’ six U.S. gateways: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Houston and Boston to destinations that include Paris, Venice, Vienna, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam, Berlin and London.

For booking this deal, contact a Turkish Airlines ticketing agent.
Restrictions seem straightforward and require that both passengers travel together for the entire itinerary.

Which is the point of Valentine’s Day adventures, right?

Heathrow offering Boarding Bon Bons

Heathrow Boarding Bon Bons2

On Christmas Day, more than 100, 000 travelers are expected to pass through London’s Heathrow Airport and during lunch time an estimated 16,000 of those travelers will be in the air, unable to sit down to a traditional Christmas meal.

Too bad? Not at all, says Heathrow Airport. They have an – unusual – answer:

The airport asked a candy maker to create sweets they’re calling Boarding Bon Bons that will be handed out to travelers.

According to the airport, “the Christmas pudding has hints of brandy butter, raisin and Christmas spices while the turkey and sage and onion stuffing sweets taste surprisingly like a real Christmas meal.”

Yum??

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