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Going skiing? Save your Alaska Airlines boarding pass

If you’ve checked the rules and restrictions and feel safe flying to a ski resort this season, keep in mind that you may be able to ski for free once you arrive.

As it does each winter, Alaska Airlines is once again partnering with a variety of ski resorts to offer free ski passes on the day of arrival to travelers who show their boarding passes and IDs. Offers and deals will vary, of course, but there are offers for ski resorts in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Washington.

Deals with the My Emirates Pass too

Emirates is resuming many of its flights to and through its Dubai hub and just announced it will resume non-stop service to Seattle starting February 1 and to Dallas and San Francisco, starting March 2.

Flights to/from San Francisco will operate four times weekly on Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER. Flights to/from Seattle will operate four times weekly and flights to/from Dallas will operate three times weekly.

Emirates also announced a refreshed My Emirate Pass, which offers a wide variety of discounts and deals for travelers who show their boarding pass in over 450 restaurants, leisure destinations, and retail outlets across the UAE.

Will airlines bring back more free stuff?

The Alaska Airlines ski pass and My Emirate Pass programs have been offered before but, given the times, we’re especially glad to see they’re back.

Which makes us wonder: as airlines try to win back travelers, might we see more bonus items offered with our tickets?

Souvenir Sunday: Free Cookies at Fort Wayne Int’l Airport (FWA)

Since 2000, volunteer hosts at Fort Wayne International Airport in Indiana has been welcoming arriving passengers with free individually wrapped cookies.

The cookies are made fresh by the nearby Ellison Bakery. And when the volunteers are off-duty, cookies are still available from a self-serve cookie kiosk at the security exit.

Over the years, FWA Airport has given out a lot of those free cookies.

Millions, in fact.

And on Friday, June 26 the airport had a party for the 3-millionth free cookie.

The guests of honor? An unsuspecting family arriving on a flight from Tampa. In addition to the free milestone cookie, their prizes include a basket of gifts from the airport, a free roundtrip ticket for 2 on Allegiant Air, and lots more cookies from Ellison Bakery. Nice!

Despite a drop in air traffic that is no doubt taking a bite out of its budget, the free cookie program at Fort Wayne International Airport is not crumbling.

In fact, FWA and Ellison Bakery announced that arriving passengers will now get a free package of 7 small assorted cookies instead of just one.

Read more about the welcome cookie program at Fort Wayne International Airport in my story on the Runway Girl Network.

How to get free beer at Denver International Airport

Denver Airport beer

Like beer? Like free beer? Ever fly through Denver International Airport?

Denver has a robust craft brewing scene and there are plenty of places to order a local or regionally brewed beer at Denver International Airport (DEN).

The airport even has a Beer Passport that can earn you a free pint.

Here’s how it works:

Order a beer at each of the four Colorado breweries in the airport.

Get your Beer Passport stamped at each brewery

Once you have all four stamps, redeem the passport for a free pint of beer at any of these participating breweries:

Tivoli Brewery, inside Tom’s Urban. This one is located pre-security, on the plaza between the terminal and the Westin.

Breckenridge Brewery – Concourse A, Near Gate A71

New Belgium Brewing – Concourse B, Near Gate B30

Great Divide Brewing Co. – Concourse C, Near Gate C32

If you fly to, from or through Denver International Airport regularly, getting four beer stamps shouldn’t be that difficult.

If you’re spending a long time at the airport before or between flights, you can perhaps get all your beer stamps in one day.

To “play,” just pick up a Beer Passport card at any participating brewery or at any of the airport information booths, which are located pre-security and on each concourse.

After you purchase a beer at one of the participating breweries, be sure to get your Beer Passport stamp.

Once you’ve collected all four stamps, swap the passport for a free pint of beer at any of the breweries.

Jut be sure to drink those beers before April 1, 2020, when all beer passports expire.

Should we make this the Airport Amenity of the Week?

Free coffee and caffeine deals in celebration of National Coffee Day

Perk up!

Sunday, September 29 is National Coffee Day and, starting today, bistros, cafes, donut shops, hotels and a variety of other venues will be celebrating with free coffee, discounts and deals.

Here are just some of the special offers we’ve found being offered around the country.

Free coffee

On Friday, September 27, a pop-up in Chicago hosted by Kimpton Hotel Allegro and Allegro Coffee Roasters will be offering complimentary cups of locally roasted coffee to guests and visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Krispy Kreme: Caffeine seekers can score both a free small coffee and glazed donut on National Coffee Day.

On Sunday, September 29, High Brew Coffee and Whole Foods will be offering a downloadable coupon for a free can of the Austin, TX-based cold brew. Get the coupon at highbrewcoffee.com and redeem it at a Whole Foods store. (Coupon will be live on 9/29)

Participating Biggby Coffee locations around the country will be offering free hot brewed coffee (up to 24 ounces), on Sunday, September 29 as well.

Discount coffee will still get you buzzed

On Sunday, Sept 29, 7-Eleven is offering any size coffee for $1 all day through the 7Rewards app.

Also, on Sunday, September 29, Nutella Cafe locations in New York and Chicago) will be celebrating National Coffee Day by offering customers Buy One (1) Drip Coffee (Regular or Large) and get One (1) for free.

On International Coffee Day (9/29), you can receive a free 12-ounce hot or iced coffee at GODIVA Café locations with ANY purchase. At GODIVA Boutiques, coffee bags will be Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off on 9/29.

Participating Dunkin’ branches will be offering a buy one hot coffee, get on one coffee free on Sunday, September 29.

Also look for National Coffee Day deals from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Circle K, Cumberland Farms, PJ’s Coffee and Sheetz convenience stores.

Celebrate Cleveland at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

A week of fun activities is underway at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE).

It’s all part of the airport’s ‘Celebrate Cleveland’ campaign.

Today, Tuesday, September 24, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., animals from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Professor Wylde’s Traveling Show will be at Gate C4 and Concourse A (across from the checkpoint). 

On Thursday, September 26, the Cleveland Indians’ mascot – Slider – will walk the concourse handing out Malley’s Chocolates candy bars. Slider will also pose for selfies with travelers.

And on Friday, September 27, the airport is hosting an ice cream social, courtesy of Mitchell’s Ice Cream.

Mitchell’s will be handing out free scoops in front of Embers Fire & Ice Bar in the Main Terminal from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sound like fun? We’ll give CLE’s Celebrate Cleveland party our nomination for “Airport Amenity of the Week”.