We’ve teamed up with Vermont Teddy Bear to connect four beary-worthy travelers with loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Starting today, the lucky contest winners will travel on JetBlue’s love birds from New York’s John F. Kennedy, Boston’s Logan and Long Beach, Calif. airports to surprise their Valentines in Seattle, Raleigh/Durham, Denver, and Washington D.C. each with one large and cuddly wingman in tow: a four-and one half-foot-tall Big Hunka Love Bear from Vermont Teddy Bear!
Meet the winners
Jennifer has only had one true Valentine since the day she was born – her father. “My father has always been my biggest fan and has supported me through everything and anything,” she relays. Jennifer lives in Albany, New York, nearly 3,000 miles from her father in Seattle. The distance means that they miss out on important milestones, including the birth of Jennifer’s daughter, Audrey, last year. Her favorite memory with her dad is from the day her daughter was born. They connected on video chat, and her father tried to act like he wasn’t crying when he saw his granddaughter for the first time (Jennifer knew better).
Juliane’s Valentine isn’t her significant other, but a three-year-old boy named Lucas, who has an immune disorder called Hyper IgM syndrome. He and his family just moved to North Carolina for a minimum of six months so he can receive a bone marrow transplant. “Lucas’ mother is the sister I never had,” Juliane relayed. “I’ve known her literally my entire life, and it’s been very difficult for me to watch her go through this from Connecticut, her home state, and not be able to offer any help except from afar.” Juliane looks forward to giving her best friend a bear hug and to delivering a little boy the biggest stuffed animal he’s ever seen!
Brandy is in a long-distance relationship with her avid-skiing, fly-fishing boyfriend. Brandy, who lives in Vermont, travels back and forth to Breckenridge, Colorado to visit her main squeeze. Her two daughters have never met him but have referred to him as “Cupid,” ever since he left coins for them as a gift on a recent visit. Brandy looks forward to uniting her three loves with a big Hunka Love Bear on the mountaintop in Colorado.
Claudia met her Valentine on her first day of high school, only the feeling wasn’t mutual. Evan was a senior and teased her. Even though they went on to marry others, Claudia always thought about Evan. Years later, she reconnected with him and they clicked. “It was everything a high school girl could have dreamt of,” Claudia said. “It was total, wonderful, romantic true love.” The only problem was that Claudia now lived in Los Angeles and Evan lived in Washington D.C. They’ve had to bear a bi-coastal relationship for 11 years!
A history of love at JetBlue
While it’s the first time the airline has teamed up to fly giant teddy bears, it’s not the first time JetBlue has acted in the name of love. From proposing pilots and flight attendants, to customers who met on JetBlue and those who took their engagement photos to new heights, the airline with the big heart always goes the extra mile to celebrate love.
The human fliers and their large, furry wingmen will enjoy JetBlue’s comfy leather seats with plenty of room to stretch out, free snacks, and individual TVs with 36 channels to choose from. The contest was sponsored by Vermont Teddy Bear and posted on the company’s Facebook page and website. All entries were reviewed by a panel at Vermont and JetBlue and winners were selected based on creativity and romantic appeal.