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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
It's hard to imagine, we know...but a whole 14 years ago the internet did exist. It not only existed, but it was hot enough at the time for airlines to take notice, and begin shifting focus to things like online bookings, flight status, web specials andwe laugh nowpager alerts.
Today we're rewinding to 2000, the good old days before smartphones, before the TSA, and before airlines understood that flash-heavy welcome pages made for horrible user experience. Let's take a look:
Kayak's newest 30 second spot is designed to highlight how it's much faster to search the aggregator site than to search multiple individual sites. This message in no way distinguishes the new ad from any other Kayak ad. The joke in the commercial is kind of wacky and surreal and designed to make minimal sense. These characteristics, again, are hallmark of Kayak's travel advertising.
So naturally people are outraged because, if you kind of tilt your head sideways and squint, you can take the video seriously and then it becomes a knock on old people who have trouble climbing up stairs. We'll spare you our usual "when did this happen; when did we collectively become such annoying whiny obnoxious little babies" rant, and instead go right into describing the video. We've also embedded it below if you want to take a look yourself.
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How many miles did you fly last year? What about different airlines? Total number of hours spent in the air? If you can't answer any of these questions, listen up because there's a slew of ways to easily track all these fun travel statistics with only a few clicks of the mouse.
Right now is the ideal time to begin logging your flights for this fresh year so that, come December, you'll have all sorts of fun stats to share at holiday parties and on social networks. "I flew 70,000 miles and visited 32 different airports in 9 countries this year" sure beats, "Yeah, I traveled a lot."
With this is mind, we put flight tracking websites to the test:
Coffee break! Need a distraction to send your mind wandering to distant lands? Type "airporting.me" in that browser and enjoy what is a stupidly simple, but stupidly great, little website.
The premise of Airporting.me is straightforward: you tell it your name, and it tells you what airport codes around the world can combine to form your name. It's free and the results aren't always perfect, but it's entertaining regardless.
For example, inputting "Sherlock Holmes" returns with this routing: SHE (Shenyang, China), RLO (Merlo, Argentina), CKH (Chokurdah, Russia), OLM (Olympia, WA), ESS (Essen, Germany). Good luck ever trying to fly your name-route, but one can always dream!
*Shout-out to Jaunted reader @henriquemartin for the tip
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BREAKING: the tickets will be honored! See update below
For a very brief period early this afternoon, a glitch on United's website priced airfare at a mere $5 each way, $10 roundtrip. Users of the popular frequent flyer forum FlyerTalk reported booking routes such as New York to Austin, TX and Houston to San Francisco for the unbelievably low prices.
Alas, the saying "if it's too good to be true, it probably is" sums up the situation. The fares were indeed mistakes and not some special United flash sale, but purchase activity was so high that the airline not only pulled down United.com (it now back up, as of 4pm EST), and the United reservation phone lines did not accept new bookings while the glitch was corrected.
We are notoriously torn over travel technology that purports to show off destinations (see here, here, here, and especially here). On one hand, it's awesome to get to see videosand even virtual reality renderingsof places we've never been. On the other, it allows douchebags to say things like "now you can travel the world without ever leaving the comfort of your own home." Of all the combinations of words in the world, that is among the ones which make us most stabby.
So when the press release for a new travel videos website landed in our inboxes, we were wary. The tagline for the site, creatively titled "Travel Videos," is "travel the world with videos." Danger Will Robinson, danger.
"Where should we eat tonight?"
Avoid the usual weeping and gnashing of teeth that follows that question by whipping out your phone and grabbing an answer from the new Eater app. All the mapped restaurant recommendations and food news for 22 US cities is the work of the awesome folks at Eater.com' family of sites.
Even if you're not into the drama behind the creation of the "cronut" (a combo donut and croissant) or obsessed with Top Chef gossip, you'll want to download this app. Hey, who doesn't want to be "in the know" as to where the newest 11-seat omakase spot has opened? That's what we thought. And, by the way, it's totally free and available in both the iTunes & Google Play stores.
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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.
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WHEN I’M FORCED TO PAY $9 FOR A SANDWICH IN ECONOMY
Tumblr is good for two things: porn and GIF blogs. Oh, wait. This week we can add a third thing to that list; Tumblr is also very good at being worth over $1 billion (to Yahoo, who just purchased the microblogging platform).
Since even mentioning porn twice in this post may get us blocked from your lunchtime reading, let's talk about GIF blogs. In particular we'd like to draw your attention to one, frequentflyerlife, started over a year ago by Star Alliance frequent flyer, @melissaiscool.
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"I'm thinking of flying First Class for my big vacation trip!" - Friend
"Not on [redacted airline] you shouldn't! It just won't be the First Class experience you're imagining. Try [different airline] instead; at least it's lie-flat seats." - Us
"Ooh, okay. What else would I get?" - Friend
Cue a two-hour phone conversation that only ended in exasperation on both ends, after googling and browsing airline websites 'til we were blue in the thumbs. If only Routehappy.com had existed last week.
Routehappy actually went live last Friday, which may have been too late for our first timer friend in First Class, but it's right on time for a traveling public increasingly paying attention to the availability of perks on planes. At its heart, Routehappy is a flight search and booking website built and powered by self-proclaimed #avgeeks. At its full potential, it's an educational tool to make you the most informed traveler on the entire
In October, we took a sidelong glance at Peek, a new-ish travel experience site focused on fun, unique activities that help travelers really get to know a place. San Francisco, San Diego, California Wine Country and Hawaii were the first destinations to be unveiled, but this week the menu is expanding to include New York, Miami and Orlando.
Being pretty active New Yorkers ourselves, we thought we'd size up some of the options Peek is offering for visitors to the Big Apple—among them, a Brooklyn Brewery tour, red carpet tickets to the TriBeCa Film Festival, and a package deal on New York's still-thriving interactive theater show, Sleep No More.
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Spending all those hard-earned frequent flyer miles is often just as painful as collecting them in the first place—especially if you earned them during a few transcontinental flights in a middle seat. American Airlines usually has pretty decent availability, and with their partners in the oneworld airline alliance it’s not too tricky to get to plenty of spots across the globe. Thankfully they’ve made redeeming your points a little bit easier, as they’ve just introduced a new search tool.
The computer nerds over at American Airlines just revealed their latest project, as they now have an award map for your searching and booking pleasure. Sure there are some shortcomings with the new tool, as sometimes partner awards are kind of limited. However, we’ve got to say it’s pretty darn unique and a step above what some of the other carriers are doing.