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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.
You’ll need to act quickly if you still want to escape on a spring break of your very own, and All Nippon Airways (ANA) is trying their very best to help you out by pointing you in the direction of Tokyo. A slick new website and interactive elements are part of the whole promotion called “Let’s Do Japan.”
Sure you can check out what’s available both on board and on the ground, but the way in which ANA is involved is pretty creative. They’re using what they’re calling the "Manganizer" to help you create your own manga—like a Japanese comic. Upload your photo or take a new one, and then you’re free to modify your image accordingly. Add glasses, snazzy eyebrows, and maybe even a little facial hair. After a brief load time you’ll be starring in your own comic, and the next thing you know you’ll be booking a trip to Japan—well, maybe.
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.
Do you need another online user-generated travel guide, asks travel site Skift. Because if so the Wikimedia Foundation has some good news for you. The group, which is indeed the one that runs Wikipedia, is taking its travel wiki Wikivoyage out of beta next week. So now if you can't find something on TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, Virtual Tourist, Concierge.com, Yelp, Schmap, 43 Places, etc etc... Yeah, we're not totally sure why this is necessary. And yet here we are.
As Skift points out, the launch has been a long time in the making. 26,500 destination guides written by contributors, with the same style and licensing as Wikipedia entries, don't just write themselves. Though if the project sounds like a direct challenge not only to existing guidebooks but to a certain Wiki-based online travel guide, that's because it is. There were even several lawsuits about the fight between Wikitravel and the Wikimedia Foundation, if you're interested.