Basball or Michael Bublé? Win one or both.

An unlimited travel budget would be nice. But few of us have that luxury.

Instead we scrimp and save and enter sweepstakes that award travel as prizes.

Here are two contests to keep those fantasies alive.

Source: The A.G. Spalding Baseball Collection, New York Public Library


Delta Air Lines, which sponsors 10 MLB teams, has launched the “Delta Travelist” contest, which invites fans to submit videos describing their ultimate baseball dream.

The airline will select “the most interesting, creative video” and award a prize that includes airfare, hotel, game day tickets and other perks for the winner and a guest.

Enter at The deadline is May 11.

If baseball is not your thing, but jazz singer Michael Bublé is, then put your name in the hat for an American Airlines’ Five Star Smoothness contest offering a prize of a VIP trip to Los Angeles complete with a VIP meet-and-greet with Bublé and a $2,000 American Express® gift card that can be used for hotel accommodations, dining and shopping.

Deadline: June 11, 2012. Register at:

Prize: First Class tickets to Los Angeles (LAX); Five Star Service for two; an exclusive, VIP gathering with Michael Bublé; and a $2,000 American Express® gift card to be applied toward hotel, dining, shopping and more.

Cactus League at PHX airport

PHX Ernie Banks

Chicago Cubs’ player Ernie Banks checking out the spring training exhibition game schedule at Rendezvous Park, Mesa, 1950s Courtesy of Tim Sheriden, Mesa Historical Museum

A new exhibition at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport celebrates the fifteen major league baseball teams that head to Arizona each year for spring training as part of the Cactus League.

Play Ball: The Cactus League Experience includes original Mickey Mantle and Ernie Banks baseball cards, photographs, signed baseballs, paintings and other cool baseball memorabilia. Look for the display in the Terminal 4, Level 3 gallery through September 11, 2011.

Here’s a preview:

PHX Cactus Legue Exhibit

Young baseball fans getting their gloves autographed by a Baltimore Orioles’ player, 1950s.
The Orioles trained in Arizona at Panther Field in Yuma in1954 and Scottsdale Stadium I from1956 through 1958.
Courtesy of Mesa Historical Museum

PHX Cactus League Exhibit

The Boston Red Sox were welcomed in Arizona at Scottsdale Stadium I by the Sheriff’s Posse.  Ted Williams is on the far right. Courtesy of Mesa Historical Museum

PHX Yankees at Spring Training

The New York Yankees team wearing cowboy hats at the “old” Phoenix Municipal Stadium, 1951. Courtesy of Mesa Historical Museum.

Batter up!

Souvenir Sunday at Newark Liberty Int’l Airport

It’s Souvenir Sunday: the day we look at some of the fun, inexpensive souvenirs you can buy when you’re stuck at the airport.

This week, we have souvenirs spotted at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

This ashtray is quite fetching, as are the Garden State mints and the Sopranos license plate;

Ashtray - New Jersey

Garden State mints

The Sopranos license plate

But who could resist these cute, baseball-team-themed holiday ornaments:

NY baseball-themed ornaments

Have you found a great souvenir while you were stuck at the airport?  If it’s inexpensive (about $10), “of” the city or region and, ideally, a bit offbeat, please take a photo and send it along to  If you souvenir is featured on Souvenir Sunday we’ll send you a special souvenir.

baseball ornament

PHL Airport: Win a $500 gift card; see great art.

Whether or not you spend a lot of time stuck at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) you should spend a few moments on the new and improved website for the Philadelphia Marketplace Food & Shops.

In addition to useful information about the airport shops and dining options, the site has listings of sales, promotions and special events. And if you sign up for their newletter (Runway Style) before April 10th, your name will be entered in a drawing for a $500 gift card.

And while you’re over at the PHL website, take a look at the list of current art exhibitions at the airport.  At any one time, there are close to two dozen exhibitions to choose from. Right now, the offerings range from Doug Herren’s brightly-colored, industrial-inspired ceramics to an homage to the city’s baseball heritage.

(Photos courtesy Philadelphia International Airport)