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As Ellen DeGeneres pointed out during last night's ceremony, Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Oscar so many times (18 to be exact), that it's probably cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for her to attend. Even when she loses, however,she can make most of that money back in the form a super swanky gift bag.
This year all of the nominees will receive a $85,000 swag bag filled with 50 gifts worth anywhere from $6.50 to $16,000 in the "'Everyone Wins at the Oscars' Nominee Gift Bag."
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We thought this was pretty widely known, but recent conversations have revealed that it is apparently not common knowledge that Southwest Airlines offers a free first cocktail on a handful of days throughout the year.
Here is the complete list, starting with the next to occur, just FYI:
• St Patty’s Day (3/17)
• Mother’s Day (5/11)
• Memorial Day (5/26)
• Father’s Day (6/15)
• SWA Birthday (6/18)
• Independence Day (7/4)
• Chase Customer Appreciation Day (8/11)
• Halloween (10/31)
• Thanksgiving Day (11/27)
You’ve been missing out if you haven’t tried Sriracha yet. The chili-paste-meets-hot-sauce concoction is now used on anything and everything, and even Subway has commercials advertising the stuff slathered all over their five-dollar footlongs. Now those needing even more of a fix are welcome to do so, as the Willy Wonka of the Sriracha industry has opened up the factory for public tours.
Huy Fong Foods is the company behind the magic, and now free tours are available in Irwindale, California in and around their 650,000-square-foot factory.
It may be the boring bit of January right now, between the fun holidays and the meh ones, but International No Pants Subway Ride Day was this past weekend, but there are more than a few dates of whimsical excitement to add to your calendar for 2014:
International Pillow Fight Day: Saturday, April 5
Hundreds of people lob pillows at each other, all for fun, and the cops are aware and present at this (at least in New York City), so no putting "extras" in your pillowcase. Take a look at the details from 2013 to get an idea of what cities are participating, and where exactly the action will go down in those cities.
It’s a new year and that means an entire set of new freebies when it comes to visiting national parks in and around the United States. Uncle Sam is once again throwing open the gates on certain days during 2014, so now’s the time to start planning on when to skip out of work.
The government usually just doesn’t give stuff away, so when they do it’s a good idea to take advantage of it. This year there are nine days in which you can leave the admission fee back at your house, and the very first of them is just about a week away. Things start on January 20, as Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the first free one of the year.
It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
It's tough to like an airport these days, let alone love one, but Singapore's Changi International Airport just kills it on so many levels that we have to hand the award for "best travel promo of 2013" to the marketing brains at SIN. This was the year they went above and beyond, attracting tourists book travel through their airport with the lure of free money.
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If you're taking to the skies any time in the next few days, there's a good chance that you can while away the hours with your laptop or mobile device. Thanks to the folks over at Gogo and Charmin (yeah, the toilet paper people), flyers can access Facebook for free during the busy holiday travel season.
Starting today and running through December 30th on seven airlines, Charmin will open the social media browsing session for free. "Like" friend's updates, post photos of their in-flight snack, and check out their 2013 year-in-review status update. Just be cautious because, if you start clicking on external links, you will be asked for your credit card details to fork over some cash for full access.
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You know we’re all about celebrating, and that’s especially the case when we can do so with a little bit of travel. That’s why we’re fully in favor of airBaltic and their latest maneuver. The carrier just got all excited over a certain number of followers on Facebook—100,000 of them—but it’s what they did to honor the occasion that makes it interesting.
Typically the airline specializes in using actually airplanes to go flying, but this event required something a little more modern. Unmanned drones actually delivered free tickets right to their Facebook fans and, seeing how the airline is the most popular Baltic brand on Facebook, that meant more than a few special ticket-drops.
‘Tis the season for the airlines to get in the holiday spirit, and Delta is certainly one of the first ready to pass out a little cheer and merriment.
They’re using the in-flight beverage cart as a makeshift sleigh, and they’ve even released a video showing off both their musical talent and their commitment to the season. Flight attendants, pilots, and other employees do their best to play a little song, using everything from seatbelts to spoons to make their melody, and it’s actually pretty cute.
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It’s the season to celebrate the release of the latest and greatest in video games, and there’s one carrier getting in on the fun. Unfortunately they’re not giving away the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One, but we can’t complain if an airline just hands us one of those Nintendo Wii U things. That’s the case over at Southwest Airlines, as they’re partnering up with Nintendo to bring Mario, Luigi, and all their friends to 35,000 feet.
Just the other day, Southwest passed out a brand new Wii U console to around 100 or so of their passengers, and Flight 1883 from New Orleans to Dallas-Love Field was the lucky recipient. Apparently Mario was even there to welcome the flight to the terminal, and he jumped onto the intercom to confirm that everyone would be scoring some freebies.
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Moscow is getting in shape for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, literally. Some subway stations in the Russian capital are accepting payment in the form of 30 squats.
If you're wondering how it works, try flashing back to those Nintendo Power Pads from the '80s. In front of the ticket booth, there's a blue pad on which you do the squats, while a screen keeps count of the number. At the end of squat 30, a subway ticket pops out of the doohickey. The brilliant initiative is designed as a way to get the population in better shape while also hyping the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics?
Well played, Moscow.
Tickets for the live tapings of Saturday Night Live are notoriously hard to get.
Usually, there are only three ways to get a seat in the SNL audience: Enter the August lottery and actually get picked, Spend hours waiting in the standby line, or Be lucky enough to know someone who can pull some strings for you.