Holidays

Share the love at U.S. airports: get chocolate, win a prize

Keep an eye out at airports this Valentine’s Day season for giant 8-foot chalkboards where you can add your message about the meaning of love – and maybe win a prize of a getaway for two valued at $1,000.

HMSHost, which operates restaurants in dozens of airports across the country, is bringing these chalkboards to about a dozen airports and will select one traveler and their story as the prizewinner.  (See contest rules and details here.)

Live music events will accompany the chalkboards in many of the airports and everyone who takes the time to add a message will receive a dark chocolate bar, a Valentine’s Day card and a coupon for a 15 perecent discount at HMSHost dining locations (while supplies last).

Chocolate? Who wouldn’t love that?

Tuesday Travel Tidbits: JetBlue Trying Again

JetBlue’s first attempt at selling 200 copies of its limited edition “Get Packing” board game – which includes a real flight certificate in each box – was a big bust.

After a big promotional push, when it came time for the games to go on sale on Amazon, it appeared a shopping bot immediately grabbed up all available copies and complaints flooded in.

Now Jetblue is trying again.

This time they’re running a sweepstatakes: enter here by the end of 12/19/17 for a chance to win one of 195 games. 5 additional copies of the game are being auctioned off on Charitybuzz to benefit Make-A-Wish.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has added extra performances to its holiday music line-up:

On December 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the airport’s Asleep on the Wheel stage (near Gate 10), Ray Benson will perform with The Barton Hills Choir backing him up.

The Choir will then go on to perform a mix of golden oldies, classic rock and modern favorites. December 22 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.,  The Austin Jazz Workshop will perform jazz infused instrumental versions of classic Christmas Carols.

See the full schedule of music offerings at AUS here.

Germany’s Dusseldorf Airport has brought back ice-skating inside the terminal for the holiday season – this time with real ice.

Ice-skating and loaner ice-skates are free each weekend through the first weekend in January.

Free airport ice-skating is also offered during the holiday season at the Munich Airport Christmas and Winter Market and at Denver International Airport.

Holiday happenings at airports near you

Airports around the country are rolling out their holiday decorations and entertainment schedules.

Here’s some of what’s on deck so far:

Pittsburgh International Airport will holds its fourth annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

During this event, non-flying members of the public are invited airside/post-security to shop and dine and take advantage of free parking, in-store specials, complimentary refreshments, sampling, giveaways, visits with Santa, live music and entertainment and access to the airport’s arts and cultural installations throughout the day.

You’ll need to show an ID to get into the airside terminal. More details on PIT’s Holiday Open House here.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will kick off its holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony in the Airport’s Domestic Terminal atrium on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Then, there’s a full schedule of live holiday music performances (and gift-wrapping tables) scheduled to run from Dec 12 through to Dec. 24.

In the international terminal, look for the 12 trees decorated by representatives of the Consular Corps office in Atlanta to represent participating nations: Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Guyana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Japan, Lithuania, Nigeria, Sweden, and Turkey.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has a full schedule of music concerts lined up throughout month of December as well.

I’ll update this list as more events come in.