WWII Aircraft Coming to SHD

You’ve seen them in movies and read about them in the history books, but now is your chance to experience rare WWII aircraft like never before!

SHD is excited to host the Wings of Freedom Tour with The Collings Foundationfeaturing the WWII era Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine,” B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” B-25 Mitchell “Tondelayo” bomber, and P-51 Mustang “Toulouse Nuts” fighter plane. Click here for a video sneak peek!

The Wings of Freedom Tour is celebrating its 29th year of traveling the nation as a flying tribute to the flight crews who flew the aircraft, the ground crews who maintained them, the workers who built them, the soldiers they helped protect, and the citizens that share the freedom they helped preserve.

Join us on Wednesday, October 17th at approximately 1:30 pm to watch these majestic aircraft touchdown at SHD, or plan to visit during the walk-through tour times listed below!

Wings of Freedom Tour featuring rare WWII aircraft.
This living history exhibit brings you up close and personal with these rare and extraordinary aircraft. In fact, the B-17 is one of only nine in flying condition in the United States. The B-24J is the sole remaining example of its type flying in the world. Learn more about how the B-25 was crucial in the daring Doolittle raid, and why the P-51 Mustang was affectionately known as the bombers “Little Friend” – saving countless crews from attacking axis fighters.

Walk-Through Tours
Explore these awe-inspiring aircraft inside and out during walk-through tours – $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and younger. Discounted rates are available for school groups.

Tour times are: 10/17 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 10/18 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and 10/19 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Once in a Lifetime Flights
Schedule a once in a lifetime epic adventure that you’ll never forget! Enjoy a 30-minute flight aboard one of these rare bombers or take your thrill-seeking to new heights by taking the controls of the P-51 – the world’s greatest fighter!  For flight information and reservations, call 800-568-8924 or visitwww.collingsfoundation.org/flight-experiences/.

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You’re Invited to Chicago!

Fall is the perfect time of year to travel to some of the Valley’s most popular destinations. With summer tourist crowds at bay, mild temperatures, and nonstop flights starting at $210 roundtrip from SHD – Chicago is a great place to plan a trip this fall.

Known by the nicknames Chi-Town and The Windy City, Chicago is an excellent destination for a long weekend getaway or full-fledged vacation. To make your trip memorable, we’ve put together some of our favorite must-do activities and attractions!

Get to Know the City 
The architectural influence of Chicago enchants the novice and expert alike. Home to world famous architects and buildings, architecture is key to truly appreciating Chicago. Don’t miss our top pick for exploring Chicago Architecture!

Chicago Architecture Center
Making its debut in August 2018 the new Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, combines education, interactive exhibits, and storytelling in a way that brings the city to life like never before. The CAC is fun for the entire family and affordably priced at just $12 for adults, $8 for students with ID, and free for children under 5 years old.

Current experiences and exhibits include:

  • Architecture River Cruises Get up close and personal with the city from a unique vantage point with a 90-minute guided cruise on Chicago’s First Lady. Capture Chicago Photography Cruises and Twilight River Cruises are also available. Prices vary based on cruise type.
  • Chicago Model Experience This interactive exhibit weaves the tale of the growth and rebirth of the city.
  • Chicago Gallery Learn about the architects and their creations that make Chicago “the city of architecture.”
  • From Me to We: Imagining the City of 2050 Get a glimpse into the future and explore the trajectory of change for cities to accommodate a global increase in population.

Get Lost in Arts & Culture
Chicago’s vibrant arts and culture scene sparks the imagination and offers something for everyone. Immerse yourself in these top picks for adding the arts to your next Chicago visit.

The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University  
Look no further for award-winning theater, music, opera, dance, and experimental arts. From Broadway to ballet and everything in between, you can experience it at the Auditorium Theatre. With a story all its own, this historic venue has brought culture center stage for 127 years. Click here for a full list of upcoming performances including The Joffrey Ballet’s Swan Lake, October 17th-28th.

Museum of Science and Industry
With a slogan like “Long Live Curiosity,” the Museum of Science and Industry is a must-see for all ages. Since 1933, it’s welcomed visitors to explore, imagine, and discover the wonders of science and industry. Ticket prices vary based on experience and exhibit packages. Discounts are given for ordering tickets online.

Current experiences and exhibits include, but are not limited to:Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

  • The Science Behind Pixar: This exhibit features over 40 interactive elements that showcase the filmmaking process of family favorites and brings beloved characters to life right in front of you. This exhibit runs through January 6th.
  • Flight and Ridge Simulators & Space Walk: Where else can you launch into space, ride a Red Baron from World War I, or complete a spacewalk mission outside the International Space Station? Trust us; you’ll be talking about these exhibits for years to come!
  • Coal Mine: From descending a mine shaft to riding the rails, experience a true-to-life coal mine in this unforgettable exhibit.

 For the Foodies
From deep dish pizza to the dazzling cuisine of famous chefs like Grant Achantz, you can easily eat your way through a trip to Chicago. From downtown to uptown, here are some top picks for food destinations that are sure to satisfy.

Chef Grant Achantz at Alinea in Chicago.$$$$ Alinea 
Awarded the prestigious 3-star Michelin ranking, Alinea will delight your senses and open the world of cuisine in a whole new way. Much more than a restaurant, this engaging experience is bucket list item for the ultimate foodie. Chef Grant Achantz is world renowned and when you dine at Alinea, you’ll understand why. Plan your trip carefully as bookings are often filled months in advance.

$-$$ Hit the Streets
From pizza to lobster rolls, Chicago streets are filled with delicious cuisine. Believe it or not, Chicago’s food trucks serve up some of the best meals in the city. With cult-like followings, get the latest locations and menu offerings by following them on Twitter. To get you started, click here for a list of favorite food trucks in Chicago.

Navy Pier Food & History Tour
Take a delicious deep dive into Chicago cuisine and history with this foodie favorite tour. Enjoy the iconic landmark, delicious food, and informative guided tour in this all-in-one activity. Departures take place multiple times a day and tickets range from $35-$50.

Ready for a trip you’ll never forget? Click here to book your Chicago flight now!

Travel That Passes the Stress Test. Here’s How…

What comes to mind when you think of travel? Hopefully, easy and convenient are at the top of your list. However, for most of us, stress is also associated with traveling. At SHD, we take the stress out of travel by offering free parking, free Wifi, TSA PreCheck on select flights, and of course, reliable United jet service powered by SkyWest! To help you reduce your travel stress even more, we’ve compiled a list of our best Stress-Free Travel Hacks.

1.  Everything You Could Want in a Travel App!

Ever wish you had a personal assistant to keep you informed, organized, and stress-free when you travel? Look no further than the United Airlines app!

Use the United app to reduce travel stress.This comprehensive app features:

  • Flight booking
  • Reservation changes
  • Seat maps
  • Mobile check-in and boarding passes – you can also access your boarding pass for 19 different partner airlines!
  • Passport and visa scanning
  • MileagePlus account access
  • Flight status and reminders
  • Baggage Tracking
  • Interactive airport maps
  • FlightView with real-time maps of flight paths and weather
  • Travel Wallet for keeping all your travel information in one place

Through the United Airlines app, you can also:

  • Purchase one day United Club passes
  • Buy United Travel Options
  • Watch popular movies & TV shows from your device on selected flights
    And more!

Simply click here to download the app and let United Airlines do the rest!

Reduce your stress and enjoy travel with these apps.  2. Travel Like a Local
Make the most of your tip while reducing stress with technology that solves common travel challenges and will    have you feeling like a local in no time!

  Detour app
Whether you’re on vacation or have time to spare during a business trip, the Detour app puts on-demand tours in your pocket. Better yet, the tours are narrated by locals to give you the inside scoop. Skip the stress of finding last-minute activities and let Detour do the work for you!Google Translate app
Don’t have time to brush up on your language skills before traveling the friendly skies? No problem! Google Translate helps you over the language barrier with 103 languages, connection even without data access, and text translation using your phone’s camera.

XE Currency app

Guessing at exchange rates or calculating conversions can make travel hectic. XE Currency removes the guesswork with live exchange rate information, quick conversions, and value change alerts.

3. Grab and Go Packing
If you’re like most people, packing is a chore you’d rather not tackle. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled some helpful tips, so you can pack like a pro.

The Pain of Packing Learn to pack without stress for your next trip.
Yes, there’s an app for packing (at least the list part)! PackPoint creates a custom packing list for you that accounts for your destination, the weather, and what you plan to do during your trip. You can also add custom items to the list as you go along. Let the stress of second guessing your packing list melt away with PackPoint.Don’t leave home without them! 
Pre-pack for your next trip by keeping the standard items at the ready. Toiletries are a great place to start. Having a toiletry kit stocked with TSA approved containers helps avoid the last-minute packing rush. Refill the items when you get home and never worry about having what you need for your trip!

Stay connected
Don’t risk the stress of a dead cell phone, tablet, or laptop. Fully charge all your devices before leaving home. Consider bringing along TSA approved battery packs for backup. People tend to use more battery life when they travel, so prepare ahead of time for the additional battery drain!

Embrace the adventure and fun of travel with these stress-reducing travel hacks! Remember, SHD is always here to answer any travel questions you may have. Ready for your best trip ever? Click here to book your next vacation, business trip, or adventure!

You Asked – We Answered! FAQ’s of SHD Travelers

Since our new United jet service powered by SkyWest launched in April, we’ve seen more travelers than ever coming through our terminal. Like the savvy travelers you are, you’ve asked some great questions about the service, the process, and what you should expect. So, we’ve put together a Q&A of the top questions we’ve received. Do you have a question that’s not listed in this email? Contact us anytime, and we’ll be glad to help! In the meantime, take a look at these SHD FAQ’s about enhancing your travel experience.

What’s the best way to book a flight to/from Shenandoah Valley Airport?
The easiest way to book a flight is on United.com using our airport code – SHD. Be leery of third-party travel sites promising the cheapest fares. We have found these sites have the same fares (or higher – yikes!) than booking with the airline directly, and sometimes details can be lost in translation between the website and airline causing headaches down the road. If you aren’t comfortable booking flights on your own, there are several great travel agencies in our area that can help, or you can call one of our Fare Specialists for assistance.

How early do I need to arrive at SHD? What’s the latest I can board the flight?
United’s suggested arrival and check-in time at SHD is one hour prior to departure. This ensures that you have plenty of time to deal with any unexpected issues and still board your flight on time. System-wide United’s policy is to cut off checked luggage 45 minutes prior to departure time. Passengers without checked luggage must be checked in for the flight a minimum of 30 minutes prior to departure. The self-service kiosk, United mobile app, and customer service computers will not allow you to check-in for a flight inside the 30-minute window.

Security lines at SHD are still much shorter and faster than a larger airport but with an increase of passenger traffic comes the need to plan accordingly for the screening process. Per United guidelines, travelers must be through the TSA process and on board the aircraft 15 minutes prior to departure.

More details on United’s policies can be found here.

What are United’s baggage policies and/or fees at SHD?
Baggage policies and fees vary with the type of ticket purchased, your destination (domestic or international) and your status in the United Mileage Plus program. For the most up to date information, it’s best to visit United’s Baggage Information page. You can also calculate fees for your specific trip using United’s Baggage Calculator tool.

Will United match my frequent flyer status on another airline?
YES! We know Valley travelers may be members of other airlines’ frequent flyer programs and those perks are well-earned. That’s why we are so excited about United’s MileagePlus Premier Status Match Challenge where you can receive comparable status! Submitting your request is an easy online process and you could be enjoying United perks in as little as 7 days! Click here to get started.

I haven’t flown for a while; can you remind me of TSA guidelines? TSA luggage guidelines for travelers.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) makes it really easy to find out what items can be packed in your carry-on bag and checked luggage, and what items should be left at home. A simple rule to remember for liquids in carry-on luggage is the 3-1-1 rule.

TSA.gov also has a great search feature where you can put in just about anything to see if it can be packed. Would you rather just snap a picture while you are packing and get a quick answer? You can do that too by sending a photo to @AskTSA on Facebook Messenger or Twitter.

Whether you’re a frequent SHD traveler or planning to try us for the first time, use these helpful tips to make the most of your travel experience!

SHD Connects JMU to the World

This month SHD is proud to be part of the cover story for Madison magazine’s “Aiming Higher” edition – a publication of James Madison University (JMU).

For those of us that call the Shenandoah Valley home, JMU is one of the cornerstones of our community. However, JMU’s reach extends beyond the Valley towards a vision of being both a nationally and internationally engaged university. In fact, President Jonathan Alger was recently appointed to the American Council on Education and joined leaders from the U.S., Canada, and Europe to discuss important issues facing higher education.

“As JMU now has a seat at such lofty international convenings, and as we seek to pursue our vision to be a national and international model of the engaged university that is engaged with ideas and the world, I was struck by the importance of having improved air access to our own campus now that United Airlines partnered with SkyWest is flying in and out of Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport,” explains President Alger.

To read President Alger’s letter (page 7) and the full Aiming Higher article (starting on page 18) in Madison magazine, click here.

JMU Duke Dog and SHD staff standing in front of a United jet.For students, staff, faculty, and visitors to JMU, easy and reliable travel access has been a barrier to the engaged university mission. Today, we’re proud to say this is no longer the case. United’s jet service powered by SkyWest at SHD is opening national and international gateways for JMU travelers like never before.

“In today’s world, with all the moving parts and busy agendas and wanting to maximize your time, having a local airport that’s 20 minutes away from campus is terrific. The drive here is beautiful. It’s a lot less hassle going through the gates and checking your baggage. There are a lot of advantages that you’re just not going to get at a larger airport,” says Melissa Lubin, dean of Outreach and Engagement at JMU.

Take a look at the Aiming High video featuring JMU staff explaining how SHD is helping them achieve the goal of an engaged university. 

Support from the community is vital for SHD to sustain and expand our services. A special thank you to everyone with JMU that has made SHD their go-to airport – Go Dukes!

How is Our New United Jet Service Doing?

It’s been a little over four months since we started our new United jet service powered by SkyWest, and we want to say a big thank you to everyone that has made the choice to fly local from SHD! Because of you, our new service is off to a very successful start!

We love the fact that a record number of valley travelers are now enjoying reliable, affordable, and convenient flights to hundreds of global destinations – nearly 2,900 of you in July!
Chicago skyline at night - a destination within reach with our United jet service.
Speaking of record numbers of passengers at SHD, we are so excited to announce our Chicago O’Hare (ORD) flights will become non-stop starting October 4th!

As you may recall, our flights to/from Chicago have been making a short stop in Lewisburg, WV to pick up additional passengers since service began. The two markets were paired together with the goal to build passenger traffic in both communities to the new Chicago hub and due to our impressive growth, these flights will no longer have room to pick up additional travelers!

That means your total travel time to Chicago is shortened to just 2 hours and you will have access to even more connecting opportunities!

Don’t forget all the other perks of choosing SHD such as FREE parking, TSA Precheck on select flights, and  United’s MileagePlus status match program!

This is just the beginning of the travel options you’ll find at SHD with the continued support of our community! The more passengers that use our current service, the more additional service we will be able to attract in the future.

Help us continue to spread the word within your network and encourage others to join you in making SHD the go-to choice for Shenandoah Valley travelers.

Don’t Miss Out on These SHD Travel Perks!

We love providing travel perks for SHD travelers! Along with our free parking and Wi-Fi, reliable United jet service that can get you anywhere, and local customer service that can’t be beaten – there’s more! Check out two more exciting perks that will make traveling with SHD better than ever before – United Mileage Plusand TSA Precheck.

Get travel perks with United MileagePlusUnited MileagePlus is much more than a frequent flyer program. Not only do you earn miles when you fly, but you also earn miles when you make everyday purchases at participating stores like Lowe’s or Barnes and Noble. In fact, you can earn up to 4 miles for every $1.00 you spend and keep track of the purchases in a convenient app. As a United MileagePlus member, use your miles towards flights, rental cars, hotels, and exclusive experiences offered only to United Mileage Plus members!

The more you fly the friendly skies, the more rewards you’ll earn through the United MileagePlus Premier miles and status match program. As a United MileagePlus Premier member, you’ll get bonus award miles, upgrades, priority travel services, fee waivers, and more!

Already a member of another airline’s frequent flyer program? No problem! Check out United’s MileagePlus Premier Status Match Program to find out how you can easily get comparable status. Not only will United match your miles and status from another airline, but you’ll keep the rewards you’ve already earned through your other program. What do you have to lose?
Get travel perks with TSA Precheck
In addition to the United MileagePlus program, TSA Precheck is now available at SHD on select flights! Keep your shoes on, your laptop in your bag, liquids packed away, and more. With average wait times of less than 5 minutes, TSA Precheck saves you time and stress. Click here to apply today! (Remember, even with TSA Precheck, you’ll need to arrive one hour before your flight.)

At SHD the skies are friendly than ever! Click here to book your next trip and experience the SHD difference.

Are you in a travel rut?

Have you ever gotten stuck in a travel routine just because it’s the way you’ve always done something? It’s easy to do! So, one of the exciting things about working at SHD is providing “lightbulb moments” for travelers and getting them out of their travel rut!

With our new flights to two major hubs, Washington Dulles and Chicago O’Hare, we’re changing the way you connect with the world! Take a look at the difference flying from SHD can make in your travel experience.

See which person has a better travel experience.

SHD brings you the reliability of United powered by SkyWest for your local connection to the world.

With fares starting at just $80 roundtrip to Washington Dulles and $210 roundtrip to Chicago O’Hare, plus competitive pricing to hundreds of global destinations, why not give SHD a try? Click here to book now!