AirOne From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 611 posts, RR: 2 Posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 10344 times:
I am just curious what the most peculiar things is that an airline has sent you. I have recieved clothing mainly tee shirts. Also from British AIrways I recieved a rubics cube that when you solve it it says British Air on each side, also from the I got a CD with the music they play while the plane is boarding, like the jazz music. From Crossair I got chocolate.
I think it is interesting and would like to hear what you have gotten...
Crank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1564 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 10172 times:
During my trip to Cuba, we had a computer problem on the A320 so we have to turn around and go back to YYZ. We finally arrived in Varadero 4 hours late.
Few days after I came back home I received a letter form Air canada saying that they are sorry for the U-turn and they will add 2500 points in my Aeroplan account.
AirOne From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 611 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 10150 times:
Think of it this way. I ask for magazines. At the end of the month an airline probably has about 100 magazines that have become obsoleet to the new months issue. You can think of it as doing them a favor by taking some off their hands. hahahaha
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 9027 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 10048 times:
TransBrasil sent me the book too, which was very generous of them. It is on my bookshelf in my room with my other aviation books.
I have received chocolate (Crossair, and it was good chocolate), keychains, rulers, magnets (I have my WN ones on the fridge), etc.
Jason Seiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 10027 times:
You can get things from airlines many different ways. Most are not as forthcoming with a large amount of items anymore. I did most of my writing to airlines (only write to an airline ONCE because if they are like most companies, they keep track of who sends in letters/requests and the dates... so if you send multiple requests, they'll know it) several years ago. I received lots of items from airlines many of you say no longer send out items. United Airlines, for example, sent me a box with amenity kits, a Schabak model, safety cards, inflight magazine, postcards, catalog of United items, pen/pencil set, stationary, etc. Reeve Aleutian Airlines sent me a large envelope with all of their safety cards plus a book on their history and several brochures/booklets. I even received a good sized package from Uzbekistan Airways. I think that due to the ideas people receive from sites like this, airlines are taking in a much larger volume of requests and simply can't fill them all on a cost basis. It does cost money to mail heavy packages or boxes to collectors. It does cost money to give away safety cards, models, t-shirts, books, etc. It may not be very much on just one item, but say every person on airliners.net writes to the same airline requesting free things. The cost does add up and is significant. Some airlines refer safety card collectors straight to the printing companies now.
I had some success faxing to a few airlines. Not many collectors try that method and often the fax number reaches a different department than snail mail letters. E-mail seems to be the least effective method. On many airline websites, the e-mail address simply goes to the website manager or programmer who wouldn't be able to fill any requests for memorabilia even if they knew what you were requesting.
Customer service agents at ticket counters/offices and gates sometimes will get items for collectors but that is becoming rare. The last couple of times I have asked flight attendants on board my flight for a safety card, I have told "Here is one, but you did not get this from me" and was also reminded to never just take one off of an airplane as they are required safety equipment. As my flight textbooks say, they are required under airline operations to be available for every passenger. It is a crime to remove them from an aircraft without permission. Airlines in the past have been heavily fined when an FAA inspector finds seats mid-flight without safety information cards.
N757AT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 10008 times:
In February 1981 I called the 800 number for Sunbird Airlines in Charlotte, NC and requested a timetable to be mailed to me. Not only did I get a timetable but an invitation to a party in Columbia, SC where they would announce new service to Columbia. I was 14 at the time.