Places to head; matters to see

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New and stepped forward Concourse B at MEM Airport

Memphis International Airport (MEM) is establishing its modernized B concourse on Tuesday, February 15.  

Delta Air Lines will supply the primary arriving flight at MEM Concourse B at 6:18 pm on Tuesday. Departing flights kick off in the concourse on Wednesday, February sixteen.

The multi-yr $245 million assignment capabilities the modernization of the backbone and east leg of MEM’s B Concourse as well as consolidation of all airline, retail, and meals/beverage operations. Included inside the redesign are wider corridors, shifting walkways, large boarding areas, higher ceilings, improved natural lighting fixtures, and seismic enhancements.

Travel Contests: You can’t win in case you don’t play

Virgin Atlantic is web hosting a Valentine’s Day “Tickets to Love” contest, presenting the possibility for unmarried Americans a chance to apply to fly across the Atlantic to discover romance in London.

Through February thirteen, 2022, involved members can pitch their stories and give an explanation for why they deserve a trip to the U.K. to discover long-time period love.

Eight winners might be decided on to fly from New York to London in Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class cabin on March eleven, 2022.

Enter Virgin Atlantic’s “Tickets to Love” contest right here.

NPS Photo Michael Cuff is hosting the second annual “Share Your Story” adventure writing contest.

Visitors to America’s federal public lands are invited to publish tales detailing their reviews exploring and spending time in the wonderful outdoors.

Experiences should have taken place between January 1, 2020, and April 30, 2022, within the facilities of collaborating corporations: National Park Service; U.S. Bureau of Land Management; U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; National Archives; and NOAA Marine Sanctuaries.

Submitted stories can be between 900 and 3,500 characters and include pics.

Categories consist of Traditions (Old and New), RV/Campbervans, Family Trips, and Activities and Adventures.

Deadline: April 30, 2022. Winners announced May 15, 2022.

Participants can enter up to 2 memories for the duration of the contest for a hazard at prevailing one among 29 different prizes along with merchandise from an outside retailer and America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands passes.

Good luck!

Travel Tidbits – Out of the Inbox version

Enter those sweepstakes

Baseball is again. (Sort of). And Alaska Airlines has a fun promo jogging with the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants.

Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants fans – or everyone – can enter to win 1,000,000 miles as part of Alaska’s Million-Mile Home Run Sweepstakes. Register along with your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan wide variety, or sign up to get one free.

As an advantage, every week of the season Alaska Airlines will even choose one winner to receive air travel and tickets to 2021 Spring Training.

We additionally determined an clean to go into sweepstakes from Bojangles. Prizes include $2,500 in cash, a $500 hotel gift card, a $500 gasoline card, a $500 apartment vehicle present card, and $500 to spend at Bojangles.

Giant Robots at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Ten-foot-tall robots, an entire circle of relatives of them, are actually ‘living’ in the Phoenix Airport Museum’s Terminal four Gallery at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

The robots are part of an installation titled “Electro-Symbio Phonics for Phoenix,” by way of Nam June Paik.

What you’ll see: a mother, father, and toddler robot in an athletic pose with hands raised nearly touching the ceiling. Their heads, appendages, and torsos consist of sixty three televisions blitzing with rapid-paced videos of sports activities highlights, famous subculture, and desert imagery.

Ready to reconsider cruising?

Do you observed you – and the arena – is probably geared up to embrace cruising once more in a 12 months or so? Then you might need to head all-in on Viking’s new 2021-2022 Viking World Cruise. The experience will remaining 136 days, with visits to 27 countries and fifty six ports.

The deliver sets sail in Fort Lauderdale on December 24, 2021. After journeying ports of name in Central America, transiting through the Panama Canal, and going up the West Coast of North America, the deliver will cross the Pacific Ocean and go to Hawaii. From there it’s off to New Zealand and Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean earlier than finishing in London.

Too long a trip for you? There’s a shorter, 119-day sailing. The 2022 Viking World Horizons which departs from Los Angeles on January 10, 2022, and visits 22 nations and forty nine ports before finishing in London.

Prices (which include masses of extras, such as business elegance airfare and transfers to and from the deliver) start at $49,995 consistent with man or woman for the 2021-2022 Viking World Cruise and $45,995 for the 2022 World Cruise Horizons (based totally on double occupancy).

Win a seat on United Airlines’ Apollo eleven birthday party flight. Eat like an astronaut on the floor.

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Celebrations are already underway to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon touchdown and the first steps taken via humans at the moon.

July 20 is the reputable anniversary day, but United Airlines and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport are most of the groups that have a planned more than a month’s worth of activities to mark the lunar milestone.

Win a seat on a special United Airlines celebration flight

Top the various events is a special flight from Newark to Houston on July 17, the anniversary of the day astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin Buzz Aldrin made their first TV transmission from Earth to area.

On that day, United Flight 355 from Newark Liberty International Airport to Houston can be a celebratory flight with area-themed leisure, inflight presents and unique visitors who've been to area.

Want to move along? United is hosting a social media contest on Twitter with a prize that consists of seats on board the Apollo eleven birthday party flight in addition to a behind the scenes tour of NASA facilities in Houston. Deadline to enter is June 22, 2019 at 10:29 a.m. CT.

Click right here for regulations on enterting United’s contest.

Beginning July 1, members of United’s Mileage Plus mileage software can bid miles on area-themed stories consisting of VIP get right of entry to to Space Center Houston’s Apollo eleven 50thAnniversary Celebration featuring the band Walk the Moon. More statistics on that here.  

Courtesy NASA

No contest access needed for those Apollo eleven activities:

There’s greater: Starting July 1, seatback and private device enjoyment on United flights will include a channel with committed area-associated software from NASA, together with action cam footage of astronaut spacewalks.

In United’s Terminal C and E at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), there are lots of activities deliberate as nicely:

In Terminal C, gate lounges will show virtual photographs from the Apollo 11 mission at the monitors.

From July 9-11 Space Center Houston will offer Apollo eleven-themed pop-up science labs within the terminals. In the United Clubs, customers will have a danger to meet and take snap shots with retired Astronaut Ken Cameron.

During July, vacationers will also have a hazard to devour like an astronaut at In United Airlines’ at two restaurants at IAH, one in Terminal C and one in Terminal E.

What did the astronauts devour?

Courtesy National Air and Space Museum

Between liftoff and landing returned on the planet, astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins were strolling experiments, taking images, gathering samples and making records.

They also took time to consume.

“More than 70 objects contain the food selection listing of freeze-dried rehydratable, moist-percent and spoon-bowl foods,” NASA explains within the 250-web page typewritten press package for the Apollo eleven Lunar Landing Mission on July 6, 1969.

The press kit lists the day-with the aid of-day, meal-through-meal menu for every crewman and explains how some of the food have been organized.

“After water has been injected into a food bag, it's miles kneaded for about three mins. The bag neck is then cut off and the food squeezed into the crewman ‘s mouth,” the discharge explains.

Freeze-dried ice-cream isn’t on the list, however powdered fruit-drinks (not Tang; NASA doesn’t use emblem names), in conjunction with bacon cubes, shrimp cocktail, red meat stew, frankfurters, fruit cocktail, tuna salad and plenty of other familiar meals are.

Familiar meals, or maybe simply fresh foods, are regularly highly fulfilling in space for the recollections they cause and warm emotions they generate,” said Jennifer Levasseur, Museum Curator, Department of Space History on the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which has 13 packets of food the Apollo 11 astronauts didn’t eat.

Like current day vacationers, food is one of the few things astronauts can manipulate all through a adventure far from home. “Food need to have had a completely vital role on Apollo 11 because they had been doing matters that had in no way been performed before,” stated Vickie Kloeris, NASA Food Scientist Emeritus.

Dine like an astronaut

Many of the meals discovered on the ones authentic Apollo 11 menus are featured during July on a special menu at OTG’s Ember Tavern and Tanglewood Grille in United Airlines’ Terminal C and E at IAH.

To make certain authenticity, OTG’s culinary crew visited NASA’s Space Food Systems Laboratory in Houston to learn about and taste meals prepared by NASA’s food scientists.

“We wanted to recognize what meals intended to astronauts having that revel in and what it means now,” stated Dan O’Donnell, OTG’s Head of Culinary, “We desired to realize the technological know-how and philosophy in the back of area food; in which they have been then and in which it is now.”

The biggest take-away, stated O’Donnell was that the astronauts should pick out quite a few the foods they desired to eat. “It wasn’t pretty much sustenance. Much of it was meals that reminded the astronauts of domestic; like pork and potatoes, tuna salad and sugar cookies. Our menu is a play on the ones gadgets.”

Travelers who order from the Apollo eleven-stimulated IAH menu received’t be served food that need to be reconstituted and squeezed into their mouths from luggage. Nor will they locate 1969 fees.

Instead they’ll discover modern-day-day variations of many menu gadgets from the Apollo eleven venture.

“For instance, our take at the Tuna Salad makes use of seared ahi as opposed to regular tuna, however we organized it within the identical way with walnuts, grapes, celery, apple and some fresh yogurt,” said O’Donnell, “The Beef & Potatoes is made with grilled ribeye, scalloped potatoes and parsley pesto.

Although there was no alcohol on Apollo eleven, there’s are cocktails at the IAH Apollo 11 anniversary menu.

“The original menus stated, ‘orange drink,’ ‘grapefruit drink’ or ‘citrus drink.’ They had been very flavor focused and on the sweeter aspect, due to the fact people taste matters differently in space,” said Allison Kafalas, OTG Beverage Director, “I took those flavors and translated them to cocktails which can be a piece extra relevant and cutting-edge for these days’s eater, consisting of a peach bellini, a martini the use of an orange vodka from Texas and a pineapple margarita.”

JetBlue freely giving ‘Hamilton’ tickets in Puerto Rico

Have you seen Lin Manuel Miranda’s hit play Hamilton yet?

Me either.

But here’s a fab contest that not only includes tickets to the play – with Lin-Manuel Miranda lower back inside the position of Hamilton – plus aircraft tickets from New York to Puerto Rico, wherein the play is being accomplished.

JetBlue’s Duel Seats: JetBlue’s Hamilton in Puerto Rico Ticket Giveaway begins January 10 at 9:00 AM and runs via January 16.

it’s a new contest each day.

Winners get roundtrip flights from New York City’s JFK International Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico; two top rate tickets to Hamilton; and a one-night resort live in San Juan.

This is a ‘ultimate-minute’ form of contest. So study the guidelines carefully.

A winner will be chosen every day at nine a.m. If you win you’ll have simply an hour to respond to a cellphone name and e mail prize notification. And you’ll need to be prepared to take the experience to San Juan the next day.

If you don’t stay in New York, you’ll want to get yourself there in time to fly out of JFK on a five:forty a.m. flight on the day of the overall performance. And in case you do stay in or near New York, you still should get yourself to and from the airport in time for that early flight.

Good success!

Cash in on that center seat at the aircraft


Whether or not you become a center seat on an airplane this vacation season, or just live in fear of locating yourself there, Stella Artois has a contest for you.

The beer-maker might be granting “upgrades” within the shape of present card vouchers and loose Lyft journey codes to frustrated travelers who put up a photograph and a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram about getting stuck in a center seat. 

To be entered inside the contest, be sure include a photo and encompass #StellaUpgrade, #Contest and @StellaArtois on your message. (More instructions here).

The contest runs via December 21. Social media posts could be judged throughout 29 posted entry durations, with prizes to include gift card vouchers worth as much as $500 for enhancements on go back flights, $500 e-card for adventures on the floor, and codes for free rides on Lyft. 

Judging standards includes creativity, originality and relevance to the contest topic of  displaying the woes of tour.

Let the grimacing start…