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'The Lego Pilot' is the Greatest Thing on Social Media Right Now

April 11, 2014 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lindbergh. Earhart. Yeager.

Let's face it—aviators are the epitome of cool. Heck, even fictitious pilots like Top Gun's Maverick get all the girls, so frankly we're shocked it's taken so long for the internet generation to devise a character as brilliant as The Lego Pilot.

Jetting around the world in his perfectly pressed uniform, The Lego Pilot spends days sharing his "office views" and favorite layover locations with fans on social media. Though his body may be made of plastic building blocks, his personality is very much alive on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. He's essentially a fully conceptualized and storified version of Lufthansa's "Pilot Diary" Instagram series from August 2013, which we heralded as "a revelation for airline social media."

Recent travels have transported The Lego Pilot to London, Hong Kong, Spain's Costa del Sol, Dubai, and Marrakech...and that's only since the beginning of March when the accounts initiated.

We won't spoil all the fun for you (follow him!), but below are a few of our favorite The Lego Pilot moments. Enjoy!

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Five Travel Contests To Enter Before the End of March

March 26, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize the travel budget is limited, but it’s free to dream. That’s where contests come into the picture, as there’s always that one in a million chance that you’ll score the grand prize. Imagine yourself elsewhere today, and take a few minutes to enter these contests ending sooner than later:

Hawaiian Airlines – Explorer Video Contest

Enter between now and April 1st for a chance to score 240,000 HawaiianMiles, as that’s about $2,000 worth of points sufficient to get two of you to plenty of international destinations—and of course Hawaii. Check the rules for the full scoop, but the bottom line is you need to upload a one-minute video revealing your love for the Aloha State.

Queen Mary 2 – 10th Anniversary Celebration Sweepstakes

Get ready to climb aboard one of the world’s most fancy pants ocean liners, as the Queen Mary is giving away free balcony stateroom accommodations. The lucky winner will get a transatlantic crossing between New York and Southampton. Name, address, email, and the other usual stuff is all that’s required, so be sure to enter before March 31.

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WhatsApp and Travel: Why the Simple App is Already a World Favorite

February 19, 2014 at 5:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sixteen billion dollars.

That's how much Facebook just handed over to WhatsApp, the free SMS messaging app. When all is said and done, the deal is closer to $19 billion, and it's a shocking sum to pay for a company that offers its services for free to users.

Regardless, we've heard "are you on WhatsApp?" the world over, and it's especially popular in regions of where Facebook is not. For example, in India WhatsApp boasts 35 million users, which sounds incredible until you hear the total for globally active users of WhatsApp tops 430 million. This is approaching the entire global telecom SMS volume, and today's news will surely help the app reach and quickly surpass the 500 million milestone. Microsoft paid $8.5 billion for Skype's 300 million users in 2011, so WhatsApp's price does seem right.

Still, $16 billion is a heck of a lot for an app which has famously shirked advertising income, but the result is a simple-to-use, simply designed, free service that fulfills a basic modern need.

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KLM's 130 Social Media Agents Will Now Happily Book That Flight for You

February 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've said it before and we'll say it again now: KLM consistently kills it on Facebook. Even beyond Facebook, the airline does stupendously across the board with social media, and it's no wonder considering they employ 130 social media "agents" to answer the approximately 35,000 interactions on Facebook and Twitter every week.

With so much online action, KLM is now set to up their game by accepting payments via Facebook and Twitter, for everything from flight bookings and seat reservations to flight changes and extra baggage.

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Fly the Friendly Skies of Facebook with Jaunted

January 27, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Whether you’re interested in flight deals, the latest in travel tech, or just tropical beach daydream fodder, you should totally check us on on Facebpok.

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Is a Facebook Profile a TSA-Accepted Form of ID?

December 27, 2013 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Think your Facebook page is all fun and games (and friend of friend's baby pictures?). Well, you're right to an extent, but recently Vimeo co-founder Zach Klein discovered that it also does double-duty as a form of acceptable identification for passing US airport security.

Klein forgot his drivers license, but was able to show TSA staff his Facebook page to establish his identity while passing through security on December 22. Our sister site, CN Traveler, picked up the story from there:

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Your Holiday Gift from Seven Airlines: Free In-Flight Facebook Access!

December 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're taking to the skies any time in the next few days, there's a good chance that you can while away the hours with your laptop or mobile device. Thanks to the folks over at Gogo and Charmin (yeah, the toilet paper people), flyers can access Facebook for free during the busy holiday travel season.

Starting today and running through December 30th on seven airlines, Charmin will open the social media browsing session for free. "Like" friend's updates, post photos of their in-flight snack, and check out their 2013 year-in-review status update. Just be cautious because, if you start clicking on external links, you will be asked for your credit card details to fork over some cash for full access.

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Airline Rewards Facebook Fans with Free Tickets, Delivered by Drone

Where: Latvia
December 10, 2013 at 8:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know we’re all about celebrating, and that’s especially the case when we can do so with a little bit of travel. That’s why we’re fully in favor of airBaltic and their latest maneuver. The carrier just got all excited over a certain number of followers on Facebook—100,000 of them—but it’s what they did to honor the occasion that makes it interesting.

Typically the airline specializes in using actually airplanes to go flying, but this event required something a little more modern. Unmanned drones actually delivered free tickets right to their Facebook fans and, seeing how the airline is the most popular Baltic brand on Facebook, that meant more than a few special ticket-drops.

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Enter These Three Travel Contests Right Now

October 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

If getting back into the workweek is a little hard this morning—no problem—as we’ve got some daydream destinations to get you through the day. Sure the odds aren’t exactly in your favor when it comes to winning a contest, but you can’t win if you don’t play. So here’s a couple contests going on this week, so take a few minutes and throw your name into the hat for a chance to win.

Amtrak Eats Sweepstakes

Take things easy and travel by train, as Amtrak is offering the chance to score some tickets and spending cash. The contest ends tomorrow, so just head over to the site. The big prize is round-trip sleeping car accommodations for four on Amtrak, $2,500 cash, and even a seven-piece cookware set from Cooking Channel.

Southwest Visit Florida Sweepstakes

A free ride in one of those blue-bellied planes always sounds like a good idea to us, and now through the end of the month Southwest Airlines is giving away some free flights. Head here to enter a few things like your name and email address, and you’ll be ready to go. Big winners will score two round-trip tickets to Florida and three nights at TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach.

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Travel Contest Alert: Share Your Street Food Smarts for Hawaiian Airlines Flights

July 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re always up for a little distraction during the workday, and we’re sure that’s the case for you as well. Airline contests are perfect for a little cubicle daydreaming, and today we’re helping you imagine being in Hawaii thanks to a little contest through Hawaiian Airlines.

It’s a Facebook thing, so you’ll need to be down with that whole scene before moving forward. Up for grabs is a grand total of 140,000 HawaiianMiles, and that’s enough for a round-trip flight for two people between Hawaii and pretty much anywhere else in North America.

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Score a Free American Airlines Admirals Club Day Pass...If You Have the Klout

May 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Free WiFI, snacks, drinks, nice restrooms (and maybe showers!), a comfy place to sit, power outlets—airline lounges are as near to haven as a traveler can get in an airport. Too bad entry to them is reserved for an airline's most loyal or highest spending flyers...unless you're in possession of a coveted day pass.

Right now, however, American Airlines is welcoming anyone into their Admirals Club lounges with a free day pass, provided you have enough Klout.

You see, AA wants to hear what even those in Economy have to say about the Admirals Clubs, and naturally they also want to hear it on social media. A one-day pass is typically $50, but they'll hand it over for free if you've got a Klout score of 55 or higher. That pass will then grant you access to one of the 37 worldwide Admirals Clubs (we suggest the one at London-Heathrow).

One winner of all will also be chosen for a one year membership to the Admirals Club. Nice!

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Three Quick Contests to Score a Free Vacation

May 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

If getting back into the workweek is a little hard this morning—no problem—as we’ve got some daydream destinations to get you through the day. Sure the odds aren’t exactly in your favor when it comes to winning a contest, but you can’t win if you don’t play. So here’s a couple contests going on this week, so take a few minutes and throw your name into the hat for a chance to win.

Hawaiian Airlines – Lei Day

Over in Hawaii, Lei Day—May 1—is already over, but Hawaiian Airlines is celebrating for a few more weeks. On Facebook they’re inviting you to take a little Lei Day quiz to find out which lei fits you best. It only takes a few clicks, and then your answer is revealed. However, the potential payoff is that you could enjoy 140,000 HawaiianMiles as well. The fun runs through May 22, so waste a few minutes and discover your lei—today!

Alaska Airlines - Explore Denali National Park

Thanks to Alaska Airlines there’s new nonstop flights between Fairbanks and Portland, and now they’re running a little bit of a contest to help celebrate. Along with Denali Park Resorts and the Alaska Rail Road they’re giving away a Denali National Park trip for two. You’ll get a couple nights at McKinley Chalet Resort, a pair of Tundra Wilderness Tour tickets, and roundtrip tickets to Denali from Fairbanks on the Alaska Railroad. Of course to round things out you’ll also score two roundtrip tickets on Alaska Airlines to Fairbanks, but you need to remember to enter first. Just be sure to head over to Facebook to enter your details, as the sweepstakes ends on May 24.

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