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Travel Safety / Social Media / TSA / Twitter / → All Tags
This is a public service announcement: the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is hip to social media.
Perhaps you already follow their stellar Instagram account? That's @TSA, naturally, with 263,000 followers enjoying near-daily images of confiscated weapons that'd be more at home in Game of Thrones than in a carry-on bag.
But do you follow their tweets? The game is different on "the twitter" for the TSA, which utilizes the social network to relay important changes in policies, notifications and reminders of rules around heavy holiday travel periods, and other fun facts (depending on your definition of fun).
The news this week may be trivialthe administration's original "@TSABlogTeam" is shutting down to consolidate into the sleeker "@TSA" handlebut it's as good a time as any to remind that the account is worth a follow...if only to read their tweeted regulations on having fruit pies in your carry-ons during Thanksgiving season.
Social Media / Twitter / Airline News / Airline Mergers / American Airlines / US Airways / → All Tags
Let us bow our heads and take a moment to remember the life of the US Airways twitter account which, over the weekend, tweeted its final tweet.
As part of the ongoing merger with ongoing merger with American Airlines, US Airways’ planes, crew, reservations systems, frequent flyer programs, andyessocial media streams will be folded into AA. February 28 just happened to be the date they chose to be unified under one Twitter account.
So, what does this mean for travelers?
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.
Emergency Landings / Twitter / Social Media / A380 / Qantas / → All Tags
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.
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).
Celeb Travel / United / Will.i.am / Twitter / First Class Travel / China Travel / Airports / → All Tags
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.
Travel Contests / Free Stuff / Instagram / Twitter / Social Media / Alaska Airlines / Airlines / Seattle Travel / Airline News / → All Tags
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.
Celeb Travel / JetBlue / Emergency Landings / Twitter / Jackson Rathbone / Twilight Travel / → All Tags
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."
Denmark Travel / Tourism / Social Media / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / Copenhagen Travel / → All Tags
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."
Social Media / Low Cost Carriers / LCCs / Budget Travel / Spirit Airlines / Spirit / Twitter / → All Tags
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.
Travel Contests / Social Media / Twitter / Vine / Facebook / Instagram / Croatia Travel / → All Tags
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.
New Airlines / PEOPLExpress / PHF / Virginia Travel / Social Media / Facebook / Twitter / Airline News / Travel News / Budget Travel / LCCs - / → All Tags
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.