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Your Boarding Pass Could Be Your Golden Ticket to Free Wine Tastings, Ski Sessions, and More

Think twice about tossing out that airline ticket.
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After landing from a flight and queueing one’s way past the immigration desks, it’s typical for many passengers to just toss out their boarding passes. Few flyers know that that airline ticket can do more than just grant plane access. For some airlines, the boarding pass is a golden ticket to a whole menu of perks and privileges granted well past exiting the airport doors.

Let’s take a look at just what exactly various boarding passes can provide:

Complimentary wine tastings

Alaska Airlines is well-known in the United States for its Wine Flies Free campaign, which allows passengers to check-in a case of wine for free during domestic flights. The airline seems to be an even greater advocate of Pacific wines as it has partnered with over 500 wineries around the country so that when passengers present an Alaska Airlines boarding pass, they get a wine tasting session free of charge. 

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For more information, visit AlaskaAir.com

Ski sessions at Lake Tahoe

Many ski resorts around the U.S. are making it more convenient for tourists to hit the slopes. At Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe, guests flying in through a commercial airline can use the lift and ski all they want on the day of their arrival. All they need to do is present their same-day boarding pass and ID.

For more information, visit squawalpine.com

A shopping spree in Dubai

For those traveling from Manila to Dubai between January 1 and March 31, 2020, Emirates is offering a seasonal My Emirates Pass that lets ticketholders enjoy markdowns at over 500 establishments in Dubai. Aside from that, the pass also offers up to 50 percent discounts on luxurious experiences—think spa treatments, outdoor activities, and dinners at acclaimed restaurants. 

For more information, visit Emirates.com/ph

Access to golf courses in Abu Dhabi

Many opportunities flank the holder of Etihad’s Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass, and one such experience is getting to swing a golf club at one of three premier courses—the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, and the Yas Links. Etihad boarding pass holders get at most a 15 percent discount on the rack rate of the 18-hole championship courses.

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For more information, visit Etihad.com

Afternoon tea in the U.K.

We all know how essential the afternoon pot of tea is to the British, and local airline British Airways wants to share that experience with its passengers by offering a slew of exclusive rates and complimentary flutes of champagne at either the St. James’s Hotel and Club, the Hotel Café Royal, or the Ham Yard Hotel. The airline has also partnered with British brands such as Hackett, Bentley & Skinner Jewelers, and Floris British Perfumers for discounts. 

For more information, visit Britishairways.com

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