Nintendo’s pop-up airport lounges

Nintendo pop-up lounge at Dallas Love Field

Calling all Nintendo fans. Or anyone wanting some entertainment while they’re stuck at the airport.

Nintendo has rolled out a cluster of pop-up game lounges at four airports just in time for the spring break travel season,

The Nintendo Switch On The Go pop-up airport lounges are at Washington Dulles (IAD), Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA), O’Hare International (ORD) and Dallas Love Field (DAL) airports.

Each lounge gives travelers hands-on time with game demos using Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite.

According to Nintendo, anyone who visits one of these Switch On The Go lounges can order Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite systems and receive a free carrying case with their order.

Another promised bonus for anyone who stops by is a free Nintendo Switch branded luggage handle wrap and a $10 coupon from Target to use on any Nintendo purchase of $75 or more – “available while supplies last.”

Nintendo pop-up lounge at SEA airport

But: We stopped by the SEA pop-up lounge on Monday, the first day Nintendo’s pop-up lounge was opened. Although the attendants were friendly and chatty and offered to take our photo, no luggage handle wraps or coupons were offered. So, if you’re interested in that, be sure to speak up.  

Look for the pop-up lounges through March 29, 2020 at these airports:

Thanksgiving events at U.S. airports


If you’re going to be spending any time in an airport this Thanksgiving holiday, hopefully it will be in one of these airports offering some holiday fun.

Terracotta Warriors at IND airport

Real Terra Cotta Warriors from the army built by the first emperor of China to protect him in the after-life will arrive in May, 2014 at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for a blockbuster exhibit.

Right now, though, there’s a six-foot tall replica warrior at Indianapolis International Airport. Beside it is a cut-out warrior, for photo opportunities.


Santa is also scheduled to make a visit to IND on November 30 between 11 and 2 pm for photos and free holiday activities (Hopefully he’ll snap a photo with the Terra Cotta Warrior).


Southwest Airlines offer free Nintendo

Denver Nintendo

Nintendo games set up at Denver International Airport.

Nintendo has partnered with Southwest and set up free Wii U Gaming Lounges where travelers can play Super Mario 3D World and other newly released games at Dallas Love Field, Chicago (Midway), Denver, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and St. Louis.

The games will be installed through December 22, but through December 25 you can enter a contest to win one of 30 prize packages containing a pair of Southwest Airlines round-trip tickets and one Wii U system. A new winner will be selected each day.

Bonus coupons at LaGuardia Airport; free shipping at DFW Airport

Passengers traveling through DFW from now through December 24 can get free domestic shipping as well as free gift-wrapping on gifts purchased at participating shops.

If you’ll be traveling through New York’s LaGuardia Airport anytime before January 2, 2014, be sure to use this coupon good for 20% off an item at the Food & Shops in Terminal B.

Surprises in Houston


Some lucky passengers heading to baggage claim to pick up their luggage at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) are in for some big surprises on Wednesday, Nov 27. Zappos has taken over one of the carousels and will be handing out gifts to travelers as they grab their bags off the belt beginning at around 8:30 am local time. Prizes will include everything from $25 Zappos gift cards to Kitchen Aid mixers.

Free meals for military at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

And from Thanksgiving Day through midnight January 1, 2014 all active-duty United States Military flying through Austin-Bergstrom International airport will be treated to complimentary meals, courtesy of concessionaire Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services.

Active military with ID can receive sandwich or slice pizza, a side of or bag of chips and a medium (non-alcoholic) fountain drink at Annie’s Café, Ray Benson’s Roadhouse Bar, Mangia’s Pizza, Austin Java, Schlotzsky’s Deli, The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que, Earl Campbell’s Sports Bar, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, Hill’s Café, Nuevo Leon Mexican Restaurant, SoCo Market, and Saxon Pub.