Mall of America . . . Lincoln Memorial . . . Empire State Building . . . .
Depending on their interests, 300 Northwest Airlines passengers who found out where they were going Saturday with their round-trip "Mystery Fare" tickets were either glad or disappointed.They were among 1,500 people who crowded the airline's counter Wednesday at the Indianapolis International Airport. Sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, the tickets cost $59 each or $99 per couple and were for one-day trips to various U.S. cities.
The catch: Travelers didn't know where they were headed until they arrived at the airport Saturday morning.
"I've got one ticket to the Mall of America (in suburban Minneapolis) I'll trade for anything," Fred Gregory yelled through the terminal. He had hoped for New Orleans.
After a pause, he said: "OK, the Mall of America and 20 bucks." He eventually decided to board.
Another ticketholder said he would return to bed instead of visiting Milwaukee for the day.
"It's a brewery town, and I don't even drink," he said.
Destinations included Washington, New York, Tampa, Fla., St. Louis, Kansas City and Rapid City, S.D.
Not everyone was unhappy.
Mervin Moore, whose ticket read Tampa, said he and two friends planned to rent a car, take in some sun, and visit an amusement park.