Rich for a Day

Eastern AirlinesLast night, I needed a deck of cards.  I came across a relic … “Eastern Airlines.”  It made me smile.  I got those cards on a whim – probably 30 years ago.  Eastern Airlines was going on strike.  I don’t remember the details, but I just remember that they were offering tickets from DC to NY for $12.  Yes, $12.  First come, first served.

Since we were impulsive college students, we headed to the airport.  The lines were long – but who cared? We were going to New York, on a plane, for $12.  The airline employees were trying to keep the customers happy, so as we waited in line, they handed out cards.

And it got better.  Once on the plane, they gave us free drinks.  Keep the customers happy!  So at this point, we had a $12 ticket, a deck of cards, and a beer in hand.  This was good.

We had about 6 hours to spend in New York before we needed to be back at the airport for our return flight.  We made our way to SoHo and said hello to a friend’s sister.  Then we went to Little Italy for dinner.  Then it was back to the airport.

Eastern Airlines ended up going out of business.  But we were thankful to them for making three college girls feel rich for a day … giggling about flying to New York for dinner.  The planes have long since been grounded or sold to another company, but I still have those cards and those memories.  Thanks Eastern Airlines!




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8 Responses to Rich for a Day

  1. Julie says:

    What a fun memory! All that adventure, plus a beer, for $12!!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Isn’t it wonderful to come across an object that brings memories flooding back? It’s almost like magic!

  3. Quite the bargain! I wonder if you are still in touch with the other two? Did you go on other adventures? My spontaneous college adventures sometimes included anyone who was available and that was an adventure in itself. Amazing those cards have traveled with you, too.

  4. JMFaith says:

    That is such a great story! I love it.

  5. Loralee says:

    What an adventure! Wow!
    Sweet memories!

  6. arjeha says:

    What a great memory. $12.00 for a day in New York. That is a bargain.

  7. This a great story. I especially liked how you lead into the memory with the deck of cards and then closed the piece with the deck of cards.

  8. Tara Smith says:

    loved this story of a bygone age…$12 will not even get you from where I live in New Jersey to Manhattan (a 40 minute car ride away)! Hang on to that card and those memories.

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