A look at Alaska Airline’s new lounge at SFO

We stopped by the new Alaska Airlines lounge in Terminal 2 at San Fransico International Airport (SFO) to see for ourselves what the space was like.

Sadly, the sourdough toast cart wasn’t open for business during our visit. Instead, we indulged in a made-for-us Americano and treats from the serve-yourself candy bar. There are jars filled with Ghirardelli chocolate, Jelly Belly beans, and fortune cookies from the Oakland Fortune Cookie Factory. We tried them all.   

Besides the great airfield views, the best part of this lounge may be the San Francisco Giants-themed children’s play area. This space has adorable, kid-sized baseball-inspired furniture. There’s a wall of baseball bobbleheads. And an interactive display of different types of pitches.

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.

Stuck at LAX Airport


Earlier this week I took a quick tour of some of the new amenities, shops and restaurants at Los Angeles International Airport. Here are few tasty tidbits from my tour.

In the shiny new Tom Bradley International Terminal, I was pleased to see that many of the seats are powered and that some have a place to rest weary legs:

LAX SEATS for resting

In Terminal 4, the Homeboy Cafe and Bakery was doing great business and raising both funds and awareness for a local gang intervention program.

Cafe front

In Terminal 5, I found travelers positively giddy at finding reasonably-priced healthy food and such a wide variety of lemonade flavors at the airport branch of Lemonade restaurant.



LAX lemonade drinks

And, over in Terminal 2, in the Air New Zealand Koru Lounge, they were serving these colorful candies.

More photos next week after my swing back through LAX.


ANZ Koru Candy

Snack Saturday: iCandy at the Las Vegas Airport

Photo courtesy: Clark County Department of Aviation

There are lots of changes going on, concession-wise, at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

Many of the hotel-themed and other shops in the pre-security concession area they call the Esplanade are gone and shops with new concepts are moving in.

One of them is iCandy, a locally-developed shop with its own mascot and a wide variety of sweets, including chocolates by local favorite Ethel M and Tipsy Truffles, alcohol-infused treats ranging from cupcakes to chocolate alcohol drops. Yum!