TRAVEL IN BRIEF
October 5, 2012 1:04PM
Updated: November 8, 2012 11:45AM
Promotion lets you ‘leave country’ if ‘wrong’ man wins
In a marketing gimmick that piggybacks on next month’s presidential election, JetBlue is offering a way for Americans to make good on threats to leave the country if “the other guy” wins. The New York airline said Wednesday that it will give away 2012 seats, or 1,006 round-trip flights, for customers that come out on the losing end of the battle between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Travelers who visit www.jetblue.com/electionprotection and pick their choice for President will be entered into the contest to win a (temporary) escape outside the United States. JetBlue’s international routes include Mexico and the Caribbean. The free flight would not include taxes, fees or a hotel.
Last chance to see Garth Brooks in Vegas
Garth Brooks may be leaving Las Vegas, but you can still snag tickets to his last four shows Oct. 26-27 or Nov. 16-17 at the Wynn Las Vegas via the resort’s special “Garth Weekend Package” promotion. The package features three nights in a Wynn or Encore Tower Suite King, two premium Garth Brooks tickets, Garth merchandise valued at $100, dinner at Botero, choice of spa treatments for two and Sunday Jazz Brunch for two at The Country Club. For reservations, call (866) 770-7929 and mention package code UNFGB. Packages are priced from $839 per night and are subject to availability. Visit www.wynnlas vegas.com.
Starbucks set to open first shop in India
Starbucks will open its first outlet in India by the end of October in an upscale neighborhood of Mumbai. The store will be in Mumbai’s Horniman Circle neighborhood, which boasts an Hermes store and a stately neighborhood park. It will feature coffee sourced locally, through an arrangement with Tata Coffee Ltd. (Starbucks is operating in India through a 50-50 joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, called Tata Starbucks Ltd.) The joint venture said in January that it aimed to open 50 Starbucks outlets in India by year’s end. New Delhi has been fighting to open its retailing market to foreign players, over loud populist protests, in a bid to boost growth and boost its reputation among skeptical foreign investors. Wal-Mart and IKEA have also said they intend to open retail outlets in India soon.