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YesterdayNovember 13, 2013was more than just another Wednesday. For Virgin America and a group of homeless chihuahua puppies, it was "Operation Chihuahua Airlift" and the promise of a positive future. Through a partnership with the City of San Francisco Animal Care and Control (SFACC), Virgin America flies these doggies from Los Angesles-LAX to Newark-EWR with the goal of delivering them to loving homes through the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
This is actually the 5th airlift by Virgin America for the pups, and it's probably not the last since the operation is all about achieving this heartwarming goal: "The overpopulation of Chihuahuas in California continues to force animal shelters on the West Coast to look to shelters on the East Coast for help – where there is demand for the dogs among apartment-dwelling New Yorkers."
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Breakdancing. Nuns. Popping and locking. A rapping child. Autotune. Flight attendants singing doo-wop.
Welcome to Virgin America's first new safety video in six years. Without spoiling the surprises of the video, we'll just say our first thought was that something so entertaining can't possibly comply with FAA regulations. Oh, but it does. To see is to believe.
Directed by Jon M. Chu, a Virgin America frequent flyer who also happens to be the director for Hollywood films like Step Up 2 and G.I. Joe, the video taps the talent of dancers, singers and choreographers from both American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.
According to VX, this is the "first-ever domestic safety video set entirely to music and performed in dance." Watch for it on billboards in Times Square, or catch the YouTube version below before viewing it on an actual Virgin America flight starting this November.
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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.
Did you know that airports are two of the top 10 most Instagrammed spots in the world?
Travel is one of the most visually inspiring activities a person can do in their life, not to mention that every trip is in itself a major life event. Breaking from the norm, seeing with "fresh eyes," and interpreting all this into images makes Instagram a natural outlet for sharing experiences. We want you onboard for our travels, too.
Follow us on Instagram @Jaunted
As always, all of our Instagram shots are from our very own travels, from our smartphones, on the spot. In a sense, they're teasers for our upcoming stories; you end up with the first look at what we're working on and what we're most excited about, from exclusive peeks inside new aircraft to the best sunset-spotting in South America.
[Photo: Jaunted on Instagram]
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The traditional approach of Irish LCC Ryanair - reviled customer-demeaning, customer-exploiting airline that it is - has been to avoid social media except in those precise cases where it can be used as a platform for the airline's celebrated douchebaggery. When travel bloggers label you literally the world's worst airline, getting feedback from customers probably isn't high on your list.
We actually once wrote a post musing about what a Ryanair Twitter feed might look like. One possibility we imagined at the time: "@BritishAirways is teh suck lolol!!1!"
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The growth of Twitter has had an uneven effect on the airline industry and its relationship to travelers.
On one hand, it has enabled the development of a real-time concierge service that really does help customers. We've publicly tweeted about airline-driven mistakes, then gotten transfered to direct messages, and then gotten incoming mobile phone calls...and then gotten our problems resolved. There are articles and even studies about the effectiveness of airlines' Twitter war rooms.
On the other hand, there's something about Twitterand it's the same thing with Yelp and TripAdvisorthat transforms some people into gigantic douchebags. Or at the very least, it allows them to publicly highlight their douchebaggery in breathtaking ways. Let's take this gem of a userthe guy who paid $1,000 to promote a tweet attacking British Airways for temporarily misplacing his father's luggageas a case study.
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It's officialLufthansa gets it. By it, we mean Instagram, as they've just completed a brilliant photo series named #pilotdiary which goes above and beyond (and into the cockpit) to share the Lufthansa experience, but through the eyes of an international commercial airline pilot.
To be specific, the 39 photosposted from July 29 through August 2chronicle the early mornings and long flights of Philipp, a Senior First Officer on Lufthansa's 747s. Jetting back and forth between Frankfurt and Los Angeles at the yoke of a new 747-8i, he snaps anything and everythingfrom a lunch over Greenland to a generic layover hotel room, and even a brief beach breakto essentially provide a full picture of life in the skies.
It seems like travel contests are popping up everywhere lately, but it can be expected since it is the height of summer travel. Even the folks in the thick of winter are getting into the action. More specifically, The Whitsundays, a group of islands on the southern edge of the Great Barrier Reef, are kicking off a contest.
One of the ultimate Australian vacation destinations wants you to get your creative juices flowing by helping to write a movie about the tropical islands, appropriately titled The Whitsundays, A Movie That's Waiting to Be Written.
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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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Instagram has had video functionality for all of 24 hours at this point, and already an airline has pounced on the opportunity to use it as a marketing tool. Smart. Very smart, especially since this weekend will likely see Instagram addicts toying with making videos and searching for creative ones as inspiration.
That airline is JetBlue, and they're simply asking flyers to celebrate National Paper Airplane Day (today) by making either an Instagram Video or a Vine showing off paper airplane skills in a chance to win 20,000 TrueBlue miles. That's enough for a roundtrip flight, or several depending on your destination.
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Just what we all needanother game to consume our lives and eat up even more time. Luckily this new addiction comes from the masters of airline social media, KLM, who've realized that travelers may want to do more than simply fly on their planes, but perhaps try a hand at running the entire airline.
"Aviation Empire" is quite robust for a free game, ranging from choosing your own fleet and destinations to outfitting your own airport. The game will give any frequent flyer the opportunity to toy with the inner workings of the airline industry and, using social media as a launchpad, it will host a community of 'airline CEOs' trying to fly high in the competitive industry. Players can run their virtual airline, themed after the Royal Dutch fleet, on both iOS and Android mobile devices.
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We’ve been checking on Delta and their blog for quite some time, but lately they haven’t don't much with it. Let’s just say we know a thing or two about maintaining a blog, and we’re pretty sure that posting stuff on a somewhat regular basis is usually a good idea.
Well it looks as though Delta must have realized they were missing out, as they recently just revamped and relaunched their blog. Let’s just hope they continue to give it a little love and affection each and every day.
They’re calling the revamped blog “Taking Off,” and thus far it resembles one part in-flight magazine, one part social media. In fact it’s part of the Tumblr family, so be sure to follow what Delta is doing if you’re into that kind of thing.