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The Standby Trick

Standby flying has always been a bit of a mystery to me, as I've heard stories of people flying standby to foreign countries for half the cost of a reserved ticket, but never seen a way to do it. Even after interviewing a few ticket agents, it seems impossible to do this these days, but I do have a standby trick you can use to make flying cheaper and more flexible.

Vegas is a lot of fun for a few days, and grows tiresome beyond that. When I played low limit poker I could easily play for a dozen hours a day for a solid week, but as I've crept up the ladder, I find the game more intense and draining. After six days in Vegas, Christophe and I were ready to take our winnings and stop playing. The only problem is that we had a 10pm flight, and we'd had our fill of food and poker by 1pm. For us, there's not much to do in Vegas besides eat and gamble.

Most people don't know that a guaranteed ticket for a day also allows you, at the airline's discretion, to take any other flight they have that day to the same destination. If we had paid for a 6am flight and skipped it, we could have tried to get on later flights for free, but having the last flight of the day made it easy for us to try for earlier flights. We just showed up, got on the standby list, and took the 6:10pm flight in time to eat at Gracias Madre in SF for dinner.

Virgin's T2 SFO Takeover: A Fail, For Now

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Virgin America is running a forward-thinking social media campaign at San Francisco International Airport's new Terminal 2 that just opened yesterday using Facebook and Foursquare checkins.  The idea is great -- as you check in at various Virgin locations, you get badges, from "ground crew" for a few checkins, up to "captain" for the max number of checkins.

I tried it out when I flew into T2 on Virgin yesterday, and had high hopes.  Unfortunately, it's a fail, for now, because it doesn't work.  My guess is that the GPS simply isn't good enough indoors yet.  Kudos to Virgin for trying something new -- now technology just has to catch up to the marketer's ambitions.

Here's a video of me trying the Virgin T2 Takeover social media campaign:

Virgin America is running a forward-thinking social media campaign at San Francisco International Airport's new Terminal 2 that just opened yesterday using Facebook and Foursquare checkins.  The idea is great -- as you check in at various Virgin locations, you get badges, from "ground crew" for a few checkins, up to "captain" for the max number of checkins. I tried it out when I flew into T2 on Virgin yesterday, and had high hopes.  Unfortunately, it's a fail, for now, because it doesn't work.  My guess is that the GPS simply isn't good enough indoors yet.  Kudos to Virgin for trying something new -- now technology just has to catch up to the marketer's ambitions. Here's a video of me trying the Virgin T2 Takeover social media campaign: UB4NMPGFXCRE

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