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Airlines Which Text People?  
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

My girlfriend received a text from EUJet the other day essentially saying: 'To get the best deals to the sun, reply to this message with XYZ...' Do any other airlines text potential customers? It actually seems a quick, cost-effective and modern way of reaching a large audience. It could be effective: 'SALE now on - anywhere we serve for 1p, including Venice, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam. See our website for full details. Don't delay, book today!' Blah, blah. Simple, quick, to-the-point.

[Edited 2005-03-04 12:25:37]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4692 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

LH - text message on the day of your travel in case there are changes to your travel plan (ranging from gate changes to reroutings and cancellations)

AB - e-ticket as a text message



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1857 times:

Ah, I now remember that Aer Arran were, at one time, considering texting customers with their confirmation numbers or some such stuff.

Seems to me like a good, new means of advertising.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

Would you mind receiving the occasion text concerning new promotions from an airline?


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16908 posts, RR: 67
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

AA sends me texts with flight info, but never advertising.


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User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1774 times:

NWA will next you regarding Flight Information but NEVER advertising.


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User currently offlineReady4Pushback From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 364 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

BA sent me a text in January the day before I was leaving from LHR to warn me that the underground at T4 was closed (or something like that)! I thought it was a really good idea.

BTW: Shouldn't it be "Airlines *that* text people"?

[Edited 2005-03-04 18:14:01]

[Edited 2005-03-04 18:14:51]

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1736 times:

I think text-advertising has good potential: it is a modern, forward-thinking, cost-effective means of reaching a lot of people quickly. I am not too sure how many people would act upon the text, however. Also, it may not be possible to identify the age of the phone user, which might put paid to that person taking advantage of the advertisement. But it has good potential which should be looked into.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1736 times:

Quoting TriStar500 (reply 1):
LH - text message on the day of your travel in case there are changes to your travel plan (ranging from gate changes to reroutings and cancellations)


I got a text message from LH two times, they just wrote me that my gate number is the same number which was already printed on my boarding pass, great service .

Patrick


User currently offlineTOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3276 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1716 times:

I'd NEVER want a text advertisement. In fact, if I got one, I'd probably complain to the company sending it.

I use the NWA service quite frequently, but it needs an upgrade. If I schedule a message for two hours before the flight, whatever the status is at that time will be reflected in the message. If a change occurs after I receive the page, NWA doesn't send an update. Both DL and AA send follow up pages if the flight status changes. DL's system is very good, in fact. My wife was flying CVG-TOL, and weather kept a rolling delay on the flight. Anytime the estimated arrival changed, I got a update page. On NWA, I would've been sitting at the airport waiting.


User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

Quoting Ready4Pushback (reply 6):
BTW: Shouldn't it be "Airlines *that* text people"?


Nah, "Airlines Which Text People" is the correct way of saying it.


User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4692 posts, RR: 43
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1694 times:

The day I start receiving unwanted text message based advertising is the day the airline in question will receive a seriously pi__ed off letter by myself. There is already enough spam in emails, the last thing I need is spam on my personal cell phone.  box 


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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1664 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (reply 7):
I think text-advertising has good potential: it is a modern, forward-thinking, cost-effective means of reaching a lot of people quickly. I am not too sure how many people would act upon the text, however. Also, it may not be possible to identify the age of the phone user, which might put paid to that person taking advantage of the advertisement. But it has good potential which should be looked into.


In 5 years time when your walking down the street and your phone is beeping every 5 mins with a new company telling you of their latest special offers, will you still feel the same way?

SPAM is bad enough in your inbox, but to recieve it by SMS is just a step too far...



That'll teach you
User currently offlineVgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1502 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1646 times:

Has anyone experienced DL's new operational information system? Apparently you tell it your preferred method of notification: email, voicemail, txt message, etc, and if your flight is delayed or cancelled it will notify you of your new itn. I have personally not seen it in action, has anyone interfaced with it at all?


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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5599 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1638 times:

Swiss sends you deptartue/arrival info about flights. You have to type-in the flight number on their web yourself, though.


Quoting Pe@rson (reply 7):
I think text-advertising has good potential: it is a modern, forward-thinking, cost-effective means of reaching a lot of people quickly. I am not too sure how many people would act upon the text, however.


I see a lot of useful potential not in advertising but in emergency situations. During the tsunami aftermath the Czech foreign ministry and the three mobile operators send text messages with contact numbers to all mobile phones with active roaming for affected countries and the operators donated credit for the numbers billed pay-as-you-go so the people could call or text back.
Also the evacuation info for specific Prague districts during the floods in 2002 was done by sending a text message to all numbers within a defined geographic area. In a city where the network of antennas is very dense it is possible to be very accurate.
Sorry to for the slightly off-topic post.


User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3238 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1601 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (reply 7):
I think text-advertising has good potential: it is a modern, forward-thinking, cost-effective


....and F**KING annoying too. banghead I get enough SPAM and enough junk mail as it is. The last thing I need is to get irritating text messages. No, thank you. Airlines, do you hear this? NO THANK YOU! crazy

Now, getting back to our topic... Once I booked a flight for my girlfriend on Finnair. She was already in Finland and wanted to fly HEL to JOE (the next day or two days later... something like that). So I went to their web site and made the booking. The site gave me an option to put in a cell number and it'd text the booking info to it. This way my girlfriend got the flight details, and the confirmation number, within seconds without me having to give them over the phone. This was really cool and useful. Well done Finnair! Big grin But, of course, Finland is the country where you can buy bus tickets using SMS!!!!!!!! So it's really not surprising...

Tony

[Edited 2005-03-05 04:10:50]


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User currently offlineAirgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1538 times:

I know of alot of airlines that do like the web flight time updates and stuff like that, but none that do text messages. That would really such because you would be charged for their ads.. which is kind of like the whole fax ad conspiricy thingy goin on.

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11848 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1510 times:
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NZ do a txt service, but only if your flight is delayed. In order to receive the info you have to txt a certain number with your flight number and a reply will be sent

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