Vintage Super Bowl film clips at Miami Airport

On Sunday, February 2, the Super Bowl returns to Miami for the 11th time.

And Miami International Airport (MIA) is getting ready to welcome thousands of fans who will be flying in – and out – for the big game.

In addition to special signage throughout the airport and a variety of other special treats, MIA airport is using a bank of old flight display monitors in Concourse F to show vintage film clips from the Wolfson Moving Images archives at Miami Dade College.

The film clips feature scenes from past Super Bowls that took place in Miami as well as Miami Dolphins history.

And check out those fans!

Here are some snippets:

Free flights for “Pats” on JetBlue

Is your name Pat?

JetBlue, the Official Airline of the New England Patriots, is celebrating all Pats today (Feb 3, 2019) by giving a free flight to anyone flying into or out of Boston and Atlanta whose first names starts with “P-A-T.”

Many Pats traveling today already got an email letting them know how lucky they are, but announcements are being made at the gates as well.

JetBlue has some other treats for folks flying on Super Bowl Sunday. The airline will discount all inflight beers by $2 after the big game kickoff and serve up complimentary Spicy Queso Popcorners through February 5.

SEA & DFW airports wager over NFL Wild Card game

There’s an NFL Wild Card game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday evening and there’s some good natured smack talk and wagering going on between the SEA and DFW airports, and between restaurants in each airport.

*Disclaimer: I live in Seattle, so you probably know who I hope wins…

United Airlines drops fee for surfboards. In California.

Surfer dudes and dudettes take note: United Airlines has dropped the fees it charges to check your surfboard – if you’re flying direct to or from California.

Surf Sirens, by Ray Leighton. Courtesy Flickr Commons, courtesy National Library of Australia

(Photo: Surf Sirens, by Ray Leighton. Via Flickr Commons, courtesy National Library of Australia)

Noting that surfing was recently named California’s official state sport, United Airlines is no longer charging surfers traveling to or from California (only) a $150 or $200 special fee to check surfboards, wakeboards or paddleboards.

Instead, only the regular checked bag fees will apply.

United’s new policy only applies to direct flights into or out of the Golden State.

Flying with your surfboard on another airline? Here’s what it will cost:

Alaska Airlines: surfboards/paddleboards (and may other pieces of sports equipment) flies as regular checked baggage.

American Airlines:  $150 surfboards, kiteboards, waveboards, and wave skis.

Delta Air Lines: $150 USD/CAD for travel to all regions (excluding Europe and North Africa)

Hawaiian Airlines: $35 to neighbor island; $100 to other North American destinations.

JetBlue: $100.

Southwest: $75.

Have you traveled with a surfboard? Please share your tips for getting sports equipment on and off planes safely.

Alaska Airline’s new Russell Wilson plane

Football season is starting and Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has unveiled a plane bearing a fresh image of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.


The Boeing 737-800 has Wilson‘s tagline, “Dream Big. Fly High,” above the door.

In celebration of the Seahawks season opener against the Denver Broncos this Sunday, passengers flying on the plane to Denver on Friday, Sept. 7, will be treated to a tailgate party with food, a live DJ and a photo-booth. 

Better yet, during the football season, Alaska Airlines will once again be granted early boarding privileges to passengers wearing a Russell Wilson jersey (#3) on all Seattle-departing flights.