This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
A former Northwest/Delta Air Lines training facility in the suburbs of Minneapolis is slated to be demolished in the coming weeks. However, before the demolition, everything inside the facility is being auctioned off, from everyday office equipment to treasures such as full-scale flight simulators. As part of the auction, you can bid to purchase a flight simulator for a wide variety of aircraft, including McDonnell Douglas DC-9s, Boeing 757s and, perhaps the most compelling, Boeing 747s.
We’re seeing high bids for a 747 as low as $550, while one DC-9 is currently hovering at $2,600. Considering new simulators are priced well into 7-figure territory, a couple thousand dollars seems like quite the steal. Keep in mind that these simulators are quite dated, and several don’t look the best on the inside. Some of the required equipment is being sold separately, too, so make sure you’re bidding for everything you need if you plan to restore and operate one of these simulators.
Regardless, having the opportunity to buy a flight simulator and stick it in your basement doesn’t come around all that often, so this auction is definitely worth a look if you’re in the market for a piece of aviation history. The auction began September 29 and will continue until October 13 or 14, depending on the item. You can bid online or by visiting the flight training center in Eagan, Minnesota.
Featured image of an actual United 747 cockpit (not a simulator).
H/T: Travel Pulse
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards