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Where you can catch your favorite Christmas movies in the air

Dec. 20, 2021
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Where you can catch your favorite Christmas movies in the air
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One of the absolute best things about the holidays for me is the Christmas movies. From "The Holiday" (my personal favorite) to "Love Actually" (overrated — not a hot take, I know), holiday-themed content will undoubtedly occupy hours upon hours of my time leading up to Christmas 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, as airlines are offering a variety of holiday films to choose from — all from the comfort of your airplane seat.

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Holiday movies on American Airlines. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

A number of airlines — including American, Alaska, JetBlue, United and Southwest — shared their 2021 holiday entertainment lineups with TPG. Here's a taste of what titles you may find on your flight:

  • "A Christmas Carol"
  • "A Christmas Story"
  • "A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado" (Hallmark)
  • "Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights"
  • "A Dennis the Menace Christmas"
  • "An American Tail"
  • "A Nashville Christmas Carol" (Hallmark)
  • "Black Nativity"
  • "Christmas in Belfast"
  • "Christmas in Connecticut"
  • "Christmas in Vienna" (Hallmark)
  • "Christmas Town" (Hallmark)
  • "Christmas Waltz" (Hallmark)
  • "Dear Santa" (new this year)
  • "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
  • "Elf"
  • "Four Christmases" ( I just watched this for the first time and would highly recommend it)
  • "Frozen" and "Frozen 2" (controversial take: I've never seen these)
  • "Fred Claus"
  • "Frosty's Winter Wonderland" (classic TV movie)
  • "Home Alone" and "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"
  • "It's a Wonderful Life"
  • "Jack Frost"
  • "Last Christmas"
Holiday movies on American Airlines. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
  • "Little Fockers"
  • "Love Actually" (as I said — meh)
  • "Love, Lights, Hanukkah!" (Hallmark)
  • "Meet Me in St. Louis"
  • "Miracle on 34th Street"
  • "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
  • "Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July" (a classic TV movie)
  • "Scrooged"
  • "The Best Man Holiday"
  • "The Christmas House" (Hallmark)
  • "The Family Stone" (does anyone else think Dermot Mulroney is so dreamy?)
  • "The Grinch"
  • "The Holiday" (chef's kiss)
  • "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
  • "The Night Before"
  • "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms"
  • "The Polar Express"
  • "The Preacher's Wife"
  • "The Santa Clause"
  • "The Shop Around the Corner"
  • "The Year Without a Santa Claus" (another classic TV movie)
  • "Too Close for Christmas"
  • "When Harry Met Sally" (appropriate year-round, IMHO)
  • "White Christmas"
Holiday movies on American Airlines. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

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Beyond those movies, airlines are offering holiday-themed TV episodes, including:

  • "Chopped" Season 44, Episode 4: "Holiday Sweethearts"
  • "Christmas Cookie Challenge" Season 4, Episode 1: "Christmas Games and Music"
  • "Christmas in New York: Inside the Plaza"
  • "Gavin and Stacey: Christmas Special"
  • "Giada's Holiday Handbook" Season 5, Episode 6: "Italian Christmas Brunch"
  • "Girl Meets Farm" Season 6, Episode 11: "Chinese Food Christmas"
  • "Holiday Baking Championship" Season 7, Episode 3: "Holiday Goodie Games"
  • "Holiday Wars" Season 2, Episode 1: "Surprise Holiday Parade"
  • Episodes from "The Office," "Friends," "King of the Hill," "Bob's Burgers," "Modern Family," "Biggest Little Christmas Showdown," "Buddy vs. Christmas," "The Pioneer Woman," "Outrageous Holiday Houses" and more.

Delta flyers can expect a special treat thanks to the airline's partnership with Spotify. The airline's new "Holiday Mixtape" playlist features a variety of Christmas classics, including:

  • "Christmas Is" (featuring Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus​, a dynamic duo)
  • "Hallelujah" (Carrie Underwood)​
  • "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" (by everyone's favorite, Michael Bublé)
  • "Jingle Bell Rock" (Bobby Helms)
  • "Last Christmas" (Taylor Swift​)
  • "Santa Tell Me" (Ariana Grande​)
  • "Sleigh Ride" (The Carpenters)​
  • "The Chanukah Song" (Adam Sandler​)
  • "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" (Weezer)
  • "Where Are You Christmas" (Faith Hill​)
Holiday movies on American Airlines. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Southwest fliers can expect to see Abominable,' 'Elf,' 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' and 'The Best Man Holiday,' some of which were selected by SWA crews to be added to the Inflight Entertainment Portal.

And who knows, maybe next year we'll see a joint project from United and Hallmark.

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  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
  • Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, which requires a minimum two-night stay, through American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
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  • American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. There are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
  • Get up to $300 back per calendar year on the Equinox+ digital fitness app, or eligible Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card. Enrollment required. Learn more.
  • Breeze through security with CLEAR® lanes available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your membership when you use your Card. Learn more.
  • $695 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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