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Delta Air Lines opened The Window Seat Shop this week at New York John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK). It promises SkyMiles Members artisan gifts and goods from around the globe and a jump on 2025 Medallion Status, but it delivers an odd hodgepodge of overpriced scarves, cosmetics, and more.
The goods are priced between $17 and $715. These are clearly meant as gifts for the person who has everything as I can’t imagine too many people go in thinking, “I want to buy a lamp shaped like a loaf of bread from Japan.” Some of the items Delta highlights include:
- Skateboard decks from WAFFLESNCREAM, Nigeria’s first skateboarding company aiming to support young Africans interested in extreme sports and skate culture.
- Quirky, cult-favorite real-bread lamps from Japanese artisan Yukiko Morita.
- Hand-crafted pottery from Brazilian gallery Elysian Collective.
- Natural, organic skincare from CHILL Cape Town, inspired by the botanicals of South Africa and the African continent.
The press release mentions that members can also shop for experiences in store like “the opportunity to hit the court at Madison Square Garden for a shootaround before settling into a courtside seat for a New York Knicks game or flying a private hot air balloon over the southwestern US.” No pricing or further details are provided.
In my opinion, the best part of this shop is the item you can get for free if you visit the physical location at New York John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK). A member of one of the many Facebook Groups I’m part of posted that she received the bag tag above for having a cobranded Delta American Express card.
With each purchase, members have the opportunity to earn Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) toward 2025 Status. I don’t recommend spending enough in the shop to earn status.
Anthony’s Take: Part of the fun of traveling is bringing back local and unique souvenirs to remind you of your trip. Something is lost when you buy them without traveling to the place and these seem heavily marked up.
(Image Credits: Delta Air Lines and Barrie Fox via Facebook.)
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