Pe@rson
Topic Author
Posts: 16001
Joined: Sat Jan 13, 2001 6:29 pm

Airlines Which Text People?

Fri Mar 04, 2005 8:22 pm

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."
 
TriStar500
Posts: 4411
Joined: Thu Nov 04, 1999 9:50 pm

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Fri Mar 04, 2005 8:32 pm

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
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
 
Pe@rson
Topic Author
Posts: 16001
Joined: Sat Jan 13, 2001 6:29 pm

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Fri Mar 04, 2005 8:34 pm

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."
 
Pe@rson
Topic Author
Posts: 16001
Joined: Sat Jan 13, 2001 6:29 pm

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 1:17 am

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 avatar
Starlionblue
Posts: 17049
Joined: Fri Feb 27, 2004 9:54 pm

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 1:28 am

AA sends me texts with flight info, but never advertising.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
 
NWAFA
Posts: 1843
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2003 10:30 pm

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 1:30 am

NWA will next you regarding Flight Information but NEVER advertising.
THANK YOU FOR FLYING NORTHWEST AIRLINES, WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR BUSINESS!
 
Ready4Pushback
Posts: 355
Joined: Fri Dec 31, 2004 8:27 pm

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 2:11 am

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]
 
Pe@rson
Topic Author
Posts: 16001
Joined: Sat Jan 13, 2001 6:29 pm

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 2:25 am

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."
 
Sabena332
Posts: 14938
Joined: Wed May 09, 2001 3:57 am

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 2:32 am

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
NZ1's mother is a disgusting crack-whore and his father is a worthless alcoholic!
 
toltommy
Posts: 2462
Joined: Tue Dec 09, 2003 9:04 am

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:34 am

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.
 
British767
Posts: 1523
Joined: Sun Nov 20, 2005 1:17 am

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:45 am

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.
 
TriStar500
Posts: 4411
Joined: Thu Nov 04, 1999 9:50 pm

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 3:53 am

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 
Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
 
User avatar
nighthawk
Posts: 4763
Joined: Sun Sep 16, 2001 2:33 am

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:35 am

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...
 
VgnAtl747
Posts: 1333
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2001 3:59 am

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 4:56 am

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?
Work Hard. Fly Right. Continental Airlines
 
L410Turbolet
Posts: 5420
Joined: Wed May 05, 2004 9:12 am

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 5:10 am

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.
 
SNATH
Posts: 3049
Joined: Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:23 am

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 9:25 am

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]
Nikon: we don't want more pixels, we want better pixels.
 
airgeek12
Posts: 725
Joined: Tue Oct 26, 2004 8:02 am

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 10:27 am

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.
 
777ER
Crew
Posts: 9853
Joined: Fri Dec 19, 2003 5:04 pm

RE: Airlines Which Text People?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 11:50 am

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

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: ACDC8, ASFlyer, atypical, Baidu [Spider], Bing [Bot], ERJ135, flyDTW1992, Google [Bot], gregn21, hoons90, karungguni, Prinair, tjh8402 and 225 guests