Newark Airport Family Day 2014

Finally, I can tell my nephew, who has been asking me about this since the beginning of summer, the great news.

Newark Airport Family Day is back for 2014!

We took my nephew the past 2 years and he absolutely loved it.

Here are the details:

October 4, 2014
8:00AM
Parking Area P4

Other than a date, time, and place, there isn’t usually much info posted about the event. I wish United and EWR would publicize this a little more but the crowds are bearable so I won’t complain much.

There are signs directing you to P4 Parking once you get into EWR and after you park, there are shuttles that will bring you to the cargo area where everything is staged.

As far as activities, there is plenty to do for both kids and adult aviation geeks. You are able to walk through United planes and FedEx cargo planes. Port Authority of NJ & NY have their maintenance vehicles on display to check out, as well as the fire department & ambulance corps.

There is also a petting zoo, face painting, free food all day (popcorn, soft pretzels, hot dogs, chips, etc.).

In 2012, United had a BusinessFirst configured 767 on display. Last year, they had a 777. Can’t wait to see what they have for us this year.

For more information on the Plane Pull for charity, please visit www.njplanepull.org.

JetBlue Family Pooling Program

JetBlue has just announced Family Pooling, which allows up to 2 adults and 5 children to share a single “family” account. This makes them the first loyalty program in the US to allow consolidating of points between members. This is a huge development because most loyalty program charge fees to transfer miles or points from one member to another.

jetblue family pooling

With Family Pooling, any member of the family that earns points can contribute up to 100% of those points to the family pool. Note: Once you set a contribution percentage, you cannot change that for 1 year so choose wisely! Also, any points that are contributed to the family pool are effectively “lost” from your individual account. They now belong to the family pool.

This program is similar to the British Airways Household Account where the household can share the Avios points of every member. The difference between JetBlue’s program and British Airways’ is that you have a choice of how much to contribute with JetBlue. With British Airways, redeeming an award meant taking a proportionate amount of points from each member so household members with larger balances would contribute more.

Also, JetBlue has a looser definition of family (stating so in their video on the Family Pooling page). Friends can sign up to be part of your family and pool points, but note that only the Head of Household will manage the points of the family pool.

Getting Started

Getting started is easy. You must first create your family with a family name and designate yourself as the Head of Household. Then you can invite others. I invited Joann and completed her signup to the family very quickly.

jetblue family

Not many points but hoping that will change quicker now!

What else do I need to know?

  • Families can consist of up to 2 adults and 5 children. At a minimum, there must be 2 individuals in a Family Pooling account.
  • The Head of Household will manage all of the points in their Family Pooling account.
  • Any adult can start a Family Pooling account and be the Head of Household. You just have to be a TrueBlue member to get started.
  • An adult is anyone over the age of 21. A child is anyone under 21.
  • Upon accepting an invitation to begin pooling, each family member will select how many points to contribute upfront (with zero transfer fees) and the percentage of points they want to contribute on an ongoing basis per transaction.
  • Changes in contributions can be made once a year starting on the date the family account was formed.
  • Members are not permitted to join multiple different Family Pooling accounts.
  • Here are the rest of the Terms & Conditions

Overall, this is a positive change and JetBlue is really doing great things this year when it comes to loyalty. This Family Pooling feature is actually making me reconsider our flying strategy and we might even look into the JetBlue American Express card for our next churn as well.

Tons of Fun at Newark Airport Family Day 2013

Last week, I posted about how excited I was for Newark Airport Family Day.

Joann and I once again attended this year, bringing our nephew, Ben. It was a fun filled day of aviation-based activities!

It was a very similar setup to last year – free parking, shuttle buses to the Continental United Cargo area, light security screening, and free entry.

Upon entry, Ben was going crazy pointing out all the cool stuff he saw – 2 planes (FedEx 767, United Airlines 777), various Port Authority rescue/maintenance vehicles, a petting zoo, music, etc.

Admittedly, I was pretty stoked as well. Seeing the beautiful wingspan of United’s Boeing 777-200, my eyes lit up. It was definitely a major step up from the 767 they had on display last year.

United 777-200 Newark Airport family day

United 777-200

Similar to last year, there was free food throughout the area – hot dogs, soft pretzels (eat your heart out, Lufthansa First Class Terminal!), chips, popcorn, and lots of other snacks.

Getting there early was a great idea because the lines were shorter and the planes less crowded. It was my first time inside a United 777 so I got a few nice shots of the empty cabins.

United 777-200 Economy Class

United 777-200 Economy Class

United 777-200 Economy Class

United 777-200 Economy Class

united 777 businessfirst newark airport family day

Ben & Joann getting comfy in United’s BusinessFirst seats

One minor downer was that the smaller private/custom planes weren’t on display this time. Those were definitely cool to see last year.

The other main event that happens during Family Day is the Plane Pull that raises money for Special Olympics New Jersey. There is always a huge turnout for it and it’s a great event.

There were a good amount of plane spotters as well. We had some great views of the closer 11/29 runway being used for smaller jets’ arrivals and departures; they were using it all day. Weather started off a little cloudy but the skies opened up to a sunny, albeit humid, day around noon.

newark airport family day

Overall, Newark Airport Family Day is a great event for families and aviation geeks alike. I know Ben had plenty of fun; I surely had lots of fun today. Definitely a well-run event that should get more coverage than it does. Can’t wait for next year!

Newark Airport Family Day 2013

One of our favorite days of the year is almost here. Newark Airport’s Family Day is back again this year!

This year’s Family Day will be on Saturday October 5, 2013. 

It’s really a great day for kids and aviation geeks alike. Last year, Joann and I brought our nephew, Ben, since he adores planes, trains, and autos… and well, it’s an excuse for me to indulge my big kid-ness as well!

I wasn’t there for myself; I was there for Ben! 😉

Being at EWR, United is very present. We toured their 767 in Star Alliance livery and it was a beauty.

United 767-400 Star Alliance Livery

United 767-400 Star Alliance Livery

Ben really seemed at home in those BusinessFirst seats. Good thing he’s racked up a good amount of miles in his 5 years!

Ben Getting Comfortable in BusinessFirst!

Ben Getting Comfortable in BusinessFirst!

The Port Authority also had their airport vehicles on display so I Ben was able to sit inside all of them.

There were rides in the de-icer, small aircrafts on display, and even music and a petting zoo! Definitely a lot of activities to entertain your kid(s) for a few hours. Also important for entertaining kids were the free snacks like chips, cookies, popcorn, and even hot dogs.

I chatted with Seth from The Wandering Aramean for a bit as he was taking the opportunity to get some great planes potting shots from the bleachers. He also wrote a nice post recapping the day also.

Overall, it’s a great day for kids who are even remotely interested in airplanes… and great for adults who are obsessed with them!

seth mike

Seth & I Plane Spotting