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Holiday flight delay? Perhaps free Shake Shack fries and Vizzy hard seltzer will help

Dec. 20, 2021
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We’re heading into one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, with concerns about the COVID-19 omicron variant, new lockdowns, and fears of operational meltdowns and weather-induced flight delays weighing heavy on airline passengers’ minds.

Totally stress-free journeys are unlikely this week. And there are important steps to take if your flight is delayed or canceled. But if you do find yourself in this situation this week, there are at least two companies that will be standing by with free food and drink offers.

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Free fries from Shake Shack

As part of its Can’t Fly? Have A Fry offer, Shake Shack, which has 14 locations in U.S. airports, will be giving away free orders of crinkle-cut fries at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to travelers whose flights are delayed or canceled from December 22 to December 24, 2021.

To claim this offer, make your way to one of Shake Shack’s two locations in JFK Terminal 4 (near Gates B23 and B37) and show proof of your delayed or canceled flight on your mobile device to one of Shake Shack’s “Fry Attendants.” No purchase is necessary.

Not at JFK? Shake Shack will be offering passengers a chance to get free fry vouchers if they take a selfie in front of their departure gate board to prove their flight is canceled or delayed and then post the selfie on Instagram tagging @ShakeShack.

“We know the holidays can be stressful, so we created this campaign to bring some fan excitement, especially in some of the busiest and crowded places around the holiday - the airport,” said Jay Livingston, Shake Shack CMO.

To help travelers get in the holiday spirit, Shake Shack also had NYC-based acapella group GroundStone "Shackify" the holiday staple, Jingle Bells.

https://youtu.be/haN3VRRx44o

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Free Hard Seltzer from Vizzy

While many of the recent reports of unruly passenger behavior have been linked to too much alcohol, responsible imbibing might help make your time in an airport less stressful.

Vizzy hard seltzer (Photo courtesy of Izzy)

To that end, Vizzy, which produces a variety of fruit-flavored hard seltzers with Vitamin C, will be hosting drink sample pop-ups December 21 to December 23 at Denver International Airport (DEN) on Concourse C, near Gate 29, and at Chicago Midway Airport (MDW), on Concourse A, near Gate A7.

During those three days, as part of a "Holi-Delay Drinks Giveaway" promotion, Vizzy will also be awarding 5000 $8 prepaid cards for Vizzy products to travelers aged 21 and older. No purchase is necessary, but to enter you’ll need to follow Vizzy on Instagram (@vizzyhardseltzer) and/or Twitter (@vizzyseltzer) and click on the link to the sweepstakes site when each day’s promotional period or ‘Fire Drill’ is announced. The promotion will start sometime after noon Central Time each day with the 5000 prizes distributed equally over three days.

"When you're traveling for the holidays, there's nothing worse than seeing your flight has been delayed,” said Carol Krienik, associate marketing manager for Vizzy Hard Seltzer. “So, we wanted Vizzy to step in and make an annoying situation, a little bit more positive.”

More ways to get free food and drinks at airports

Of course, there’s no need to take a selfie or enter a contest to get free and drinks at airports if you have access to an airline lounge courtesy of your status with a carrier. Or if airline lounge access is a perk granted to you via a variety of credit cards or credit card promotions. Through December 31, for example, American Express cardholders can earn a one-time $10 statement credit after spending $40 or more in a sit-down restaurant at airports across the country.

Featured image by Shake Shack fries (Photo courtesy of Shake Shack)
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Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
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  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
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4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
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  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023