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Alec Baldwin Reimagines Eero Saarinen's TWA Flight Center as a Villain's Lair

July 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know that we have a thing for old airport stuff, and that’s definitely the case when it comes to our love for the landmarked TWA Flight Center over at New York’s JFK Airport. We’ve been inside and taken some awesome pictures—if we do say so ourselves—and now it looks like someone else has also snuck inside.

Alec Baldwin is the latest to show a little affection towards the old home of TWA, as the building makes an appearance in his latest commercial from Capital One bank. We’re not going to tell you whether or not the credit card is a good one, but we will tell you that we like the commercial.

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Video Interlude: Cute Bunnies in Hotel Beds

July 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Jaunted writers have for many years availed ourselves of Ibis hotels. The buildings are often well-placed, clustering around airports and city centers. The rooms are usually fairly affordable, with the hotels being somewhere above budget and below luxury. Last fall the chain even unveiled "Sweet Beds," and put out an accompanying video showing how the beds were built and why they were so comfortable.

Apparently publishing the technical specs of a bed on YouTube doesn't really inspire people to rave about how awesome it is. So the good people at Ibis circled back again, and approached London advertising firm BETC. The creatives over at BETC sat around a table and brainstormed for a while, before coming to what should have been the obvious conclusion: cute bunnies.

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5 Retro Travel Ads for the South Pacific

June 20, 2013 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we mention the South Pacific, what comes to mind? Palm trees swaying in the tradewinds? Yep. Crystal blue waters prime for snorkeling, paddleboarding and, overall, chillaxing? You've got it! Locals who are so freaking friendly, you might make plans to stay a little longer? For sure. The region is synonymous with island paradise and far-flung travel, but this is hardly a new development.

Here's a compilation of the finest retro travel ads we've yet to come across for the South Pacific. Be forewarned that these might prompt you to book a trip to Tahiti or Fiji!

South Pacific: Pan Am wanted to send passengers on the ultimate tropical vacation with island hopping around the region.

[Photo: Zazzle]

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The American Airlines 777-300ER Onslaught Continues

April 5, 2013 at 3:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

As you may have heard - say, when we excitedly wrote about it here and here, or when we did the definitive description of it here, or when we posted the definitive photo gallery of it hereAmerican Airlines has a line of new Boeing 777-300ER airplanes.

They're neat and, more to the point, American wants you to know they're neat. They've put out two new videos highlighting that neatness, which we're going to go ahead and steal from AAdvantage Geek. The videos are embedded below.

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Oh Snap. Amtrak Takes Subtle Digs at Air Travel in New Ad

March 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Speaking of high-speed trains, Amtrak is hoping you'll fall for their newest ad campaign, which involves making sly jabs at air travel.

The commercial, which will soon be interrupting your favorite TV program, shows off their high-speed Acela service on the East Coast. All statuses show "On Time," passengers move freely move about the train, using their electronic devices, and some even head to the bar car for socializing. All this—Amtrak subtly reminds you—is the rule on their trains, but the exception when you chose to be bound by the rules of flying.

There's just one problem. Travelers who have taken the Acela before won't be fooled. For example, we just hopped an Acela last month, traveling from New York to Boston, and our train was delayed an hour. The WiFI onboard may have been free, but it wasn't speedy enough for us to work as normal, so we did end up spending much of the time in the bar car, our hands sticky with spilled coffee as we attempted to add sugar while the train rocked ahead, not nearly traveling at "high-speed" speeds.

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Skip the Slings and Just Get Lost in Singapore

Where: Singapore
February 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

A tourism campaign that asks travelers to "get lost" may sound like the opposite of what's typically intended, but that's where the folks over at Your Singapore have gotten creative by designing a campaign that uses the play on words to lure travelers.

The TV commercial is actually designed to attract more Australians to the city-state, but is a good showcase of what the city has to offer while dispelling common myths about the mega-metropolis. Singapore, like other major cities, has it's tourist misconceptions, but here they're attempting to embrace those frowns and turn 'em upside-down.

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Mmm, New Airplane Smell.

February 5, 2013 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you haven't had quite enough of the news of American Airlines' rebranding from the internet, then get ready for the onslaught on your TV. AA just yesterday released the first commercial for their "New American" look, and it's a stunner.

"Get ready for a lot more of that 'new plane smell,'" it teases. We generally joke about enjoying "new plane smell," but it's a real thing (kinda like a toy freshly unwrapped on Christmas morning) and we're psyched to see that American is picking up on the lingo to both modernize their fleet and tone.

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Making Sense and Sentences of Airport Codes

January 17, 2013 at 7:14 AM | by | Comment (1)

We love us a good advertising campaign, and that’s especially the case when it’s clever, creative, and involves plenty of travel tidbits. The latest print pieces from Expedia and their arm over in the UK utilize baggage tags from airports all over the globe to illustrate where you need to go and when you need to leave.

The marketing gurus over at Ogilvy cooked up the new advertisements, as they pieced together three letter airport codes to create a little bit of a story. This isn’t the first time that these IATA airport codes have been used to sell stuff, but we’ve got to say that this has got to be one of the more clever applications.

Creative Review has the backstory on how things were thought up. In total there were around nine ads that finally made the cut, but the firm promises that there were many more created that will never see the light of day—including some that might be less than appropriate for print.

[Photo: Expedia.co.uk/Ogilvy]

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Born This Way: New Virgin Atlantic Ad Hints at Flight Attendant Superpowers

January 2, 2013 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

New year, new airline ad campaigns. Ya ready? Virgin Atlantic apparently is, as they spent the last sliver of 2012 releasing their newest commercial, titled "Flying in the face of ordinary."

It's a cinematic two minutes, that's for sure. Essentially the ad portrays Virgin Atlantic crew as being preternaturally gifted and destined (it's in their DNA!) to use their powers for good—or rather for the good of Virgin Atlantic's passenger comfort. According to the voiceover, they're "saving us from the bland, the beige, and the common 'can't be bothered'" when it comes to air travel and customer service.

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Five Awesome Retro Travel Ads for New Zealand

December 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM | by | Comment (1)

Yesterday we showcased the vintage travel ads of Australia and now we will jump across the 'ditch' and show you five of our favorite ads from the golden years of travel in New Zealand. Just like Australia, New Zealand is far away from many things and it takes a good amount of travel and time to get anywhere. Wanderlust may even run more rampant on the small islands of NZ, as the constant dreaming of far off lands is pretty common.

Before Air New Zealand went super creative with their marketing, most of their ads were all about showing the pristine beauty of the virtually untouched nature and its native Maori heritage. Keeping true to the South Pacific location, while offering passengers lamb for dinner and sheepskin covered first class seats.

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Five Awesome Retro Travel Ads for Australia

Where: Australia
December 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

We often find ourselves rummaging through boxes in antique shops with an eye out for vintage travel ads or memorabilia. Heck, it's even fun to browse through some replicas of vintage posters just to peek back into time and see how tourism was actually portrayed and marketed. In all honesty, this may be a little obsession of our own.

Australians have always been an adventurous bunch, probably because they are so freaking far from everywhere else and it takes getting on a plane to see anything outside of the nation. As for the continent itself, Australia has been the destination for beach-goers and surfers for many years and it's not a surprise to see the beach culture embraced in travel ads.

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Three Cheers for In-flight Ice Cream

Where: Turkey
December 13, 2012 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve known that Kobe Bryant has been doing his best to sell the services offered of by Turkish Airlines for a little bit, and we guess the airline has been happy with their investment. Well now they’re tapping their talent pool once again, and this time Kobe is teaming up with famous footballer Leo Messi for a new commercial.

You can check it out above for yourself—it’s worth a chuckle—but basically Turkish Airlines is showing off their great service. However, they’re doing it with ice cream.

A kid sees the athletes on board and immediately wants an autograph, and both Kobe and Leo are offering up tricks to outdo one another in order to gain the kid’s attention. However, balloon animals, card castles, and of course some sports skills are no match for the flight attendant. Once she walks down the aisle equipped with ice cream it’s all over, and the autograph session ends before it begins.

[Video: Turkish Airlines]