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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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The Twitter Account That Beats Black Friday for Year-round Airfare Deals

November 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Forget Black Friday. The best airfare deals won't be coming from the airline themselves, but via a little website named The Flight Deal.

An algorithm regularly unearths airfares you'd be tempted to consider "too good to be true," but then the TFD staff steps in to vet them and, once confirmed, posts these deals for you to jump on. Today, for example, they've highlighted $273 Seattle-Orlando, $592 Newark-Paris/Oslo, and $765 Denver-Taipei.

The Flight Deal's raison d'être is clear and squarely for the benefit of you, the cost-conscious traveler: "we will only publish fares that meet a simple criterion: 6 cents per mile." Under this rule, a nonstop roundtrip from New York to Barcelona "should never be more than $425." We've scored many, many unbelievable deals via TFD, such as New York-Vienna for ~$300, Detroit-Aruba for ~$230, and Los Angeles-Hong Kong for ~$550.

They're kind of our secret weapon; this Thanksgiving, we know for what/whom we're most thankful (hint: it's TheFlightDeal).

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Will.i.am's Fans Call Him Out on Twitter Rant Against United

October 9, 2014 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, Will.i.am took to Twitter to complain about United Airlines but he didn't receive much sympathy from his fans.

The rapper arrived at the airport 45 minutes before an international flight from New York to China, only to find his seat had been given away.

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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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'Twilight' Actor Jackson Rathbone Describes Horrifying Emergency Landing

September 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Twilight star Jackson Rathbone's JetBlue flight to Austin made an emergency landing this afternoon and he's been recounting the entire experience on Twitter.

Rathbone's first tweet, posted around 12:50 PM EST, simply read, "Thank you Jesus and the pilot of this plane."

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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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Spirit Airlines Sets Twitter to Auto-Pilot

July 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

You’re probably pretty familiar with Spirit Airlines at this point. The ultra low cost carrier charges for this, that, and the other thing, and they’re not exactly known for their customer service or putting flyers first. Now things are about to get even worse—or better—as the airline is kind of setting their Twitter presence on autopilot.

Spirit recognizes that keeping up with social media takes some time, and that time is money. That’s why they just announced that they are planning to just rely on automatic responses to feed into their Twitter account. That means that if you’re complaining to them through Twitter or just looking for a little bit of help all you can expect is an automatic reply.

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Travel Contest Alert: Selfies are Good for Something, Like Winning a Trip to Croatia

Where: Croatia
June 18, 2014 at 8:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Love them or hate them selfies are here to stay, so go ahead and use them to your advantage—like to score a free trip over to Croatia.

The country’s tourism board is taking advantage of our social media narcissism, and they’re rewarding one lucky person with a trip to the country. The rules seem pretty simple; basically you need to take and share a selfie using the hashtags #lovecroatia or #sharecroatia. After that a free trip might just be yours, as they’re giving away round-trip airfare and a 7-night stay along the country’s picturesque coast.

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PEOPLExpress' First Flight Deals Go Out on Facebook

June 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you missed the news, know that PEOPLExpress is heading into the skies above the nifty fifty once again, and tickets for the new low-cost carrier are definitely budget-friendly. If you don't completely trust a brand new airline enough to give them your vacation money, we understand, which is why following them and their deals on social media is a solid idea.

PEOPLExpress is already busy doing their thing over on Facebook, and you can head over there to see what they’re up to. Unfortunately, we don’t see any current promotions, contests, or other deals right now—but there is a good-looking picture of their plane in its white and green livery. The other day, however, their Facebook page teased a $40 discount, so long as those who wanted to book called into the 844-4FLYPEX number and mentioned it. No idea if they’ll do this again, but it might be worth it to keep an eye out.

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Come On, No One Actually Took That Dutch Girl's Twitter Threat Seriously

April 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM | by | Comments (3)

Apparently there's a debate happening on the Internet - so says the LA Times - over whether the 14 year old Dutch girl who tweeted a terrorist threat to American Airlines was "a victim of security excess" or an "idiot." To which we answer, why can't it be both?

You'll recall that Sarah - of the now-deleted @QueenDemetriax_ Twitter account - tweeted to @AmericanAir over the weekend that "hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big bye." The social media mavens at American responded exactly 6 minutes later (faster than they've ever done when, say, we've had a flight canceled) by publicly informing her that her "IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI."

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US Airways Tweets NSFW Photo: What Actually Happened

April 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Which of these words doesn't belong? TWITTER BOEING 777 US AIRWAYS PORN MH370

Actually, if you'd been on Twitter earlier today and spotted a very NSFW mis-tweet reply from US Airways' @usairways account, then you'd know that, unfortunately, all of the above terms are now entwined in one of the most egregious social media slip-ups of all time.

Here's what happened:

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'The Lego Pilot' is the Greatest Thing on Social Media Right Now

April 11, 2014 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lindbergh. Earhart. Yeager.

Let's face it—aviators are the epitome of cool. Heck, even fictitious pilots like Top Gun's Maverick get all the girls, so frankly we're shocked it's taken so long for the internet generation to devise a character as brilliant as The Lego Pilot.

Jetting around the world in his perfectly pressed uniform, The Lego Pilot spends days sharing his "office views" and favorite layover locations with fans on social media. Though his body may be made of plastic building blocks, his personality is very much alive on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. He's essentially a fully conceptualized and storified version of Lufthansa's "Pilot Diary" Instagram series from August 2013, which we heralded as "a revelation for airline social media."

Recent travels have transported The Lego Pilot to London, Hong Kong, Spain's Costa del Sol, Dubai, and Marrakech...and that's only since the beginning of March when the accounts initiated.

We won't spoil all the fun for you (follow him!), but below are a few of our favorite The Lego Pilot moments. Enjoy!

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