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Here's how you can watch your favorite holiday movies in the air this year

Dec. 11, 2022
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Here's how you can watch your favorite holiday movies in the air this year
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One of the best things about the holidays is the Christmas movies. From “The Holiday” to “Love Actually,” holiday-themed content will undoubtedly occupy hours upon hours of Christmas break this year.

For those of us traveling home or elsewhere for the holidays, don’t fret: Your holiday movie and TV consumption won’t need to be interrupted. Airlines are offering their usual variety of holiday films to choose from — all from the comfort of your airplane seat.

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A number of airlines — including American Airlines, United, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue — shared their 2022 holiday entertainment lineups with TPG. Here’s a taste of what titles you may find on your flight:

  • "A Bad Moms Christmas."
  • “A Christmas Carol.”
  • “A Christmas Story.”
  • “Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights.”
  • "A Holiday in Harlem."
  • "Almost Christmas."
  • "Arthur Christmas."
  • "Bad Santa."
  • "Bad Santa 2."
  • "Blades of Glory."
  • "Christmas with the Kranks."
  • "Chronicle of Narnia: The Lio, the Witch and the Wardrobe."
  • "Die Hard."
  • “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
  • "Eight Gifts of Hanukkah" (Hallmark).
  • “Elf.”
  • "Everybody's Fine."
  • “Four Christmases.”
  • "Frozen."
  • "Frozen 2"
  • "Gremlins."
  • "Holly & Ivy" (Hallmark).
  • "Hockeyland."
  • "Home Alone."
  • "Ice Age."
  • "In Search of Santa."
  • "It's a Very Merry Muppett Christmas Movie."
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
  • “Jack Frost.”
  • "Jingle All the Way."
  • “Last Christmas.”
  • "Last Holiday."
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  • “Little Fockers.”
  • "Little Women."
  • “Love Actually.”
  • “Miracle on 34th Street.”
  • “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”
  • "New Year's Eve."
  • "Reba McEntire's Christmas in Tune."
  • "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
  • "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town."
  • “Scrooged.”
  • "See You Next Christmas."
  • "Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday" (Hallmark).
  • “The Best Man Holiday.”
  • "The Christmas Contest" (Hallmark).
  • "The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls" (Hallmark).
  • "The Golden Compass."
  • “The Holiday.”
  • "The Legend of Frosty the Snowman."
  • "The Man Who Invented Christmas."
  • "The Mighty Ducks."
  • "The Muppet Christmas Carol."
  • “The Night Before.”
  • "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
  • “The Polar Express.”
  • “The Santa Clause.”
  • "The Star."
  • "This Christmas."
  • “When Harry Met Sally.”
  • “White Christmas.”
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Beyond those movies, airlines are offering holiday-themed TV episodes, including:

  • "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" (season two, episode 11).
  • "A Benihana Christmas" (season three, episode 10).
  • "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
  • "Annie Live!"
  • "Call the Midwife: Christmas Special" (season 11, episode 0).
  • "Christmas Cookie Challenge" (season 5).
  • "Christmas Eve Eve" (season six, episode 10).
  • "Christmas in London."
  • "Christmas Party" (season two, episode 10).
  • "Classy Christmas" (season seven, episode 11).
  • "Cozy Winter Hut and Christmas Fireplace."
  • "Curious George: A Very Money Christmas."
  • "Dear Santa."
  • "Deck the Halls: The Luxury Christmas Decorators."
  • "Fixer to Fabulous: Holiday Surprise) (season three, episode 10).
  • "Frozen Fever."
  • "Girl Meets Farm: Super Scandi Christmas" (season nine, episode 11).
  • "High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special."
  • "Holiday Baking Championship" (season 8).
  • "Holmes Family Rescue: Holmes for the Holidays" (season one, episode 13).
  • "House Hunters Ho Ho Home" (season 1).
  • "Just Christmas, Baby" (season three, episode 10).
  • "Martha Knows Best: Martha Claus is Coming to Town" (season two, episode 6).
  • "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz" (season six, episode 11).
  • "Paw Patrol: Pups Save Christmas" (season 1, episode 11).
  • "Olaf's Frozen Adventure."
  • "Once Upon a Snowman."
  • "Reindeer Family & Me."
  • "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
  • "The Disney Holiday Singalong."
  • "The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special."
  • "Trolls Holiday."
  • "Trolls: Holiday in Harmony."
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Whether you are heading home, visiting friends or perhaps flying solo this year, we hope these movies add a bit of joy to your holiday travels this year.

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There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
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