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Ask Nicely and Alaska Airlines Will Pay It Forward...to First Class

January 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the spirit of New Years' Resolutions, we're choosing to be filled with love and light when it comes to airlines. So instead of focusing on the terrible TSA theater, the crappy meals served in-flight, the nickel-and-diming onboard, the exasperated attitudes at the gate or the rampant idiocy in the baggage claim, we're focusing on airlines and flight attendants doing it right. Below, Charyn Pfeuffer, rejoins the Jaunted crew with a seating snafu on Alaska Airlines that went terribly...right.

As a frequent traveler who has often logged 100 flights per year, I've jaunted far and wide and have seen the world’s best sights and attended once-in-a-lifetime events. No matter where I’ve stayed, how I traveled or whom I’ve met, I’ve learned the secret to travel success is to be gracious. In other words, don’t be a jerk.

A simple “please” and “thank you” goes a long way – in every culture I’ve encountered. Such deference served me well last week when I found myself in a bit of a travel snag.

A few of my girlfriends and I made plans to take a dear friend with cancer to Los Angeles for an extra special getaway. We booked flights on Alaska Airlines. Two first class tickets – one for our friend Mary, one for her mother; the rest of us booked tickets in coach.

Due to an emergency, Mary’s mother couldn’t make it. We didn’t want Mary to fly by herself in first class, but a quick call to Alaska Airlines told us it would cost $450 to transfer one of the coach tickets to the paid-for first class seat. FOUR-HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS! Nearly double the cost of the initial ticket. Stunned by sticker shock, we didn’t know what to do.

So, I decided to reach out to Alaska Airlines via Twitter.

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People are Freaking Out Over the Final Departure of Portland's Airport Carpet

January 9, 2015 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fun fact: There are over 26,000 Instagams tagged #PDXcarpet.

Not-so-fun fact: The cult-favorite carpet inspiring such photo documentation is making its final departure this month, as Portland International Airport in Oregon lays down a fresh rug with an updated design.

The APEX blog discovered that the new look, due to be installed mid-January, doesn't stray far from the original scheme of the beloved original design. That original, installed in the 1980s, was an "abstract representation of the airport’s runways and aircraft"; the newer design expands upon this, to evoke “organic and man-made shapes found within the surrounding areas of PDX, including airplane wings, runways, leaves, trails, and waterways.”

So what will happen to the 13 acres of graphic funkiness that is the famous PDX carpet? The NY Times hints that actual squares of the rug will be given away:

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The Jaunted Instagrams You Liked Most in 2014

December 26, 2014 at 11:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

2014 was a busy year for the Jaunted team.

If you've been following our exploits on Instagram then you undoubtably will recall that we've spent the last 365-ish days everywhere from Papua New Guinea to the Brazilian Amazon and from Christmas Island to an ocean liner in the middle of the Atlantic.

Follow us into 2015 @jaunted.

Thank you for being a reader, and for your "likes." Speaking of, here's what Instagrams you liked the most in 2014:

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The Most 'Liked' Airline on Facebook is...

December 22, 2014 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

8,237,691. As of 9:30am EST today, that impressive number is the total number of Facebook "likes" for just one airline, Qatar Airways. Facebook may see almost 1.4 billion active users every month, but that 8+ million number for Qatar officially makes them the world's most "liked" airline on Facebook.

Qatar's alliance buddy, American Airlines, only counts 1.8 million likes, and competitor Emirates is at least half-way there with 4.4 million likes (maybe you've seen their recent big push in sponsored Facebook ads?).

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Paris Hilton's Instagram Praise of Emirates First Class Worth Millions

December 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM | by | Comment (1)

Taking off on my favorite @Emirates Airlines ✈️Next stop Dubai! ❤️

Una foto publicada por Paris Hilton (@parishilton) el

3.5 million people looked at photos of Emirates First Class this week and it's all thanks to Paris Hilton.

Jetting through Miami, Dubai, India, and Los Angeles to play DJ gigs and make appearances in support of her eponymous fashion and fragrance lines this week, Hilton alleviated her in-flight boredom by planning her next photo op. Five times over the course of these travels she managed to post Instagram photos of herself enjoying the comfort of the premium class, and she's quickly becoming a champion for the airline, whether official or not.

Paris has made a habit of documenting her travels via Instagram, posing in her First Class seats when she flies commercial or opting for a full vogue next to the plane when flying private.

These images are immediately shared with her legion of followers, and average over 40,000 "likes" each. Her followers may not be subscribers of Robb Report, but they are young and impressionable, and images of aspirational travel are both memorable and an easy "like."

Considering a single tweet of hers praising the airline in 2009 (to only ~200,000 followers at the time) was valued at $1.5 million five years ago, we shudder to think of a possible valuation for her recent Instagrams, of which there have been five in one week (one a video tour of the First Class cabin).

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When Live-Tweeting a Flight Emergency is Not an Emergency

December 8, 2014 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

When Andy Warhol uttered that famous statement about everyone having five minutes of fame, we're pretty sure he didn't foresee those five minutes being dedicated to the live-tweeting of an emergency landing. Since the advent of social media, however, that's exactly what's happened. Every event, especially involving air travel, becomes possible fodder for headlines. This week's big story wouldn't actually be a story at all, if it weren't for a man named Nigel Richardson live-tweeting his flight.

It all began after Richardson tweeted a photo of the Burj Dubai rendered in chocolate at Dubai's Airport, and he then boarded Qantas flight 2, an Airbus A380 that would take 13 hours to travel the distance from Dubai to Sydney, Australia. Well into the flight, the aircraft's air conditioning system malfunctioned and the flight crew performed an emergency descent from 38,000 feet to 9,000 feet.

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SFO's New #Converge Room is the Most San Francisco-y Thing Ever

November 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

From yoga rooms and prayer rooms to wineries and food trucks, airports sure are thinking outside the box lately. Now, the folks over at San Fransisco International Airport have done the most San Francisco-y thing ever and created a new concept room for travelers to spend a few final minutes brainstorming and networking on the ground before boarding a flight.

A special space called Converge is now set aside for SFO passengers to come together and exchange ideas about technology, start-ups, the shared economy, "disruption," travel, politics, and ways to change the world. While the room is not limited to these ideas, the airport thinks these are good ideas to start. The #Converge brainstorming room is designed to create more of a community for those flyers who might feel lonely on a long layover, or who maybe just seek fresh input. Kitted out with free wi-fi, tables, chairs, power outlets, a white board and a magnetic chalk board, the #Converge room actually sounds like it might also be useful for "digital nomads" in transit.

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New York City Welcomes Tourists at JFK with Shiny New Hashtag

November 11, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s a warm welcome awaiting you on your next visit to New York City, as the area’s tourism board—NYC & Company—has kicked off a new campaign. The welcome wagon will be doing its thing over at JFK Airport, as the new year-long campaign features some snazzy artwork that shows off more than just Manhattan.

There are 37 displays in total, and they’re so darn big that if you lined them up one-by-one they would be as long as a football field. A bunch of them are specific to some of the city’s boroughs, so that travelers can see some of the offerings of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island too. Look for them—you probably can’t miss them—as you make your way through and around terminals one, four, and eight.

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Social Media Fail: Grounded Airline Posts Wedding Photos to Facebook

October 20, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been nearly three weeks since fledgling airline PEOPLExpress announced they'd be putting a temporary stop to both flights and new bookings, and there's still no solid news on when the budget carrier will again take to the skies. There is, however, some odd activity on Facebook.

A notice on the flypex.com website appeared on September 26, explaining the shutdown as a result of "recent aircraft and crew availability and maintenance issues." The initial promise was to resume flights "on or about Oct. 16" and celebrate inaugural service from their base at Newport News/Williamsburg, VA to Orlando and Charleston, WV on the same day. Of course, as the calendar today flips to October 20 and PEOPLExpress remains grounded, that goal won't be met.

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Free Stuff Alert! Win Airfare and More with Alaska Airlines' Friday Scavenger Hunt

October 9, 2014 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Have plans for tomorrow? If not, try to make your way out to Seattle, as Alaska Airlines is hosting a scavenger hunt in and around the city. We would probably play along just for some airline swag or a t-shirt, but what they’re handing out to the winner is even better. To celebrate their order of a whole bunch of brand new Boeing 737-900ERs they are offering up a chance to drive one—at least in the simulator.

The airline will be revealing clues on both Instagram and Twitter beginning at 6am—local time—this Friday. Your job will be to use the hints to find spots in and around Seattle, and if you’re the first to arrive at each location you might just score some time in the Boeing 737 flight simulator.

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These are the Best Travel Hyperlapses...Thus Far

September 16, 2014 at 5:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

As you can probably tell from a quick scroll of your Instagram stream, the world is currently on speed. Time-lapse video with motion stabilization has been adapted for ultimate ease of use thanks to Instagram's new Hyperlapse app, and now viewing some videos should be accompanied by a photosensitive epilepsy warning.

Already the airlines are onboard with the technology; JetBlue was Hyperlapsing for their Instagram account as soon as the day after launch. Of course the Pro-Grammers (Professional + Instagrammers) are on it, and turning their particular aesthetics into sped-up mobile film masterpieces.

Here are a few of our favorites, which demonstrate the different ways Hyperlapse can illustrate a journey:

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Hashtags Everywhere! Denmark's Tourist Sites are Ready for Your Selfie

September 10, 2014 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Denmark sees its fair share of tourists throughout the year, and enjoys its position a quick train or plane ride away from other Northern European capitals. Alas, the goal is always to attract more tourists, and now the country’s tourism board has figured a novel way to do so through social media. It’s one part marketing and one part tourism, as they aid in promoting the country while also appealing to those already there.

The campaign involves posting street signs with suggested hashtags at Denmark's "most shareable places."

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