There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of my mom or that I don’t pray for her so when American Airlines promoted their partnership with StandUpToCancer, where the public could donate as little as $25 for a chance to get your loved one’s name listed on their specially wrapped A321 plane, I jumped on it. It was also a no-brainer because donors get 10 AAdvantage miles for every dollar they donate when going through the American Airlines website. BTW: You can still donate and earn miles but the plane promotion is over.
Although the plane’s wrap features more than 22,000 names of those whose lives have been affected by cancer, I wasn’t expecting my mom’s to make the cut. I was half asleep when I logged on to the dedicated website (thanks Ben, for the reminder to check) where users can see if their loved one’s name made it and if it did, where exactly it’s located.
All users need to do is input their first and last name and their email address. My eyes almost popped out of my head and I quickly woke up when I saw my mother’s beautiful name appear with an arrow indicating where her name is listed.
According to the American Airlines website, “It is anticipated that an honoree’s name will be on the plane for approximately 18 months, which is the lifespan of the decal. However, American Airlines reserves the right to remove the plane wrap or take the airplane out of commission at any time, in its sole discretion.”
Obviously, I would love to book a flight on this plane (tail number: N162AA) but it won’t be easy given the ever-changing schedules of aircrafts. American even says that they are unable to provide information on how to book a flight on the official Stand Up To Cancer plane.
However, donors can buy a model plane for $53.50 that’s got a 11.5″L x 9.5″ wingspan. According to the website, if you would like to purchase a plane with a customized plaque, you have to wait to purchase when that option is available (estimated to be in early October). So I’m waiting, but you can bet when the planes ship in early November, there will be one sitting on my desk with my mom’s name on it.
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