New Airline and Airport Perks: Tacos, Beer and More

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New Airline Perks

Here’s the biggest perk of all – a cheap flight

Alaska: The airline will offer free “premium inflight entertainment” directly to passengers’ electronic devices through March 31 so you can see some pretty good movies, TV shows, whatever you want. Don’t have a device? Alaska will rent you a Microsoft tablet for $8 to $10 on long-haul flights.

American: New retro amenity kits for first and business class flyers feature logos of byegone airlines like TWA and PSA. They include the usual: Eye masks, ear plugs, lip balm, etc. And they believe in recycling, too, since the cloth case has been specifically designed to fit a mini tablet.

Delta I: This week the airline began serving Starbucks coffee on all flights (in case you missed one of the 10,000 or so Starbucks shops in the airport). Best of all, Delta’s new brew is free.

Delta II: Through February only, the airline has a new cocktail called the Jack & Joe (dreamed up by a flight attendant), which Delta describes as “a smooth blend of Bailey’s Irish Cream, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey and coffee – served warm or on the rocks.” Cost is $10.

Southwest: The airline recently began offering Dos Equis beer (keep an eye out for the Most Interesting Man in the World) plus beer from Leinenkugel’s of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Cost $5.

Virgin America: Look for a new drink called the Cucumber Vodka Mojito from the Austin Cocktails. Alcoholic drinks on Virgin range from $6-$8 in economy.

New Airport Perks

Los Angeles International: It’s taco time at LAX thanks to the Kogi BBQ truck. This Southern California favorite has been serving up Korean/Mexican mashups in Terminal 4 (tacos and burritos) since December. Tacos from under $3.

  • Have you seen a really good perk during your recent travels? Please share.

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Updated: February 5, 2015