It wouldn’t be April 1 without some April Fools’ jokes. Here are some fun travel-related ones for 2018:
GOOGLE MAPS has added a Where’s Waldo? feature.
VIRGIN EXPERIENCE DAYS is offering a brand-new Travel Back In Time experience.
Coming to a hotel room near you? PINDROP, a biometric company, announced their breakthrough tongueprinting technology.
KAYAK has announced technology that will allow you to vacation from the comfort of your own home.
Cruise company VIRGIN VOYAGES is excited to be bringing underwater WiFi service to all Virgin Voyages ship. They’re calling it “Wai-Fi.”
The next time you rent a car, perhaps you can get a CHEVROLET with a brand new “selfie steering wheel.”
SWOOP AIR is introducing the “Duty Not Free” program to help you save even more when nature calls (or when it doesn’t) on their low-cost carrier.
WALT DISNEY WORLD has invented a new kind of churro, for when you want salad and dessert at the same time.
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA is introducing Spin Class, the world’s first in-flight cycling studio.
It’s great when two Virgin companies work together to come up with a really great idea. Well done to everyone at @VirginAustralia and @VirginActiveOz for introducing the world’s first in flight spin class. Will be touring Australia later this year and can’t wait to join one pic.twitter.com/cTIAxUuVZS
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) March 31, 2018
EMIRATES AIRLINE revealed SkyLounge, a completely transparent lounge, will be on its Boeing 777X fleet.
If you’re traveling to Canada, be aware that ENVIRONMENT CANADA has a weather advisory out.
Weather Advisory: A rare #weather phenomenon is causing local moose to become airborne by #tornados 🌪️ across 🇨🇦. Scientists say this moosenado can be avoided by singing the national anthem and wearing plaid. #AprilFoolsDay pic.twitter.com/oQVusAy3vV
— Environment Canada (@environmentca) April 1, 2018
WESTJET announced that WestJet Reward Gold members will have access to a personal digital assistant to help them with their travel plans. They also announced a new tier for their rewards programs, the Titanium Diamond tier.
We switched to T-Mobile because it gives us the ability to use our phones internationally. So we’re thrilled to hear about T-MOBILE‘s newest phone technology.
CAREEM UAE is a program similar to UBER, currently used in Pakistan, Turkey and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Today they announced they’re launching their new Space app, so members can pre-book for the new CAREEM SPACE program.
Pre-book your place, cause we’re taking you to space.
Check out the all-new SPACE beta app by #Careem, the most gigantic leap for the #spacehailing industry since 1969. Pre-book your seat now at https://t.co/gz730BuCvT#toinfinityandbeyond #shootforthemoon #Space 🚀 🚀 pic.twitter.com/iTeoGaIsdz
— Careem UAE (@CareemUAE) April 1, 2018
OYO HOTELS, based out of India, said it plans to launch a digital currency of its own, Oyo Smart Coin, which will all consumers to transact on its website with reduced prices.
#OSC: #OYOSMARTCoin will benefit hotel partners, consumers & the entire ecosystem at large. Using OSC, consumers will be able to transact on the OYO platform with reduced prices and travel partners will be able to directly market & offer benefits to them.https://t.co/R86c4080aB pic.twitter.com/twEOxN2c8T
— OYO (@oyorooms) March 29, 2018
ALDI SUPERMARKETS is known as HOFER in Germany. Hofer announced the launch of their own airline service, called Hofair.
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES introduced SWAlexa, the smart heart created for life’s little uh-ohs.
FLYBE AIRLINE, based on the UK, announced Flybe International Bee Breeding Scheme (F.I.B.B.S.), a new partnership between Flybe and the British Beekeepers Association.
This one’s my favorite (or in this case, favourite). British passports changed from blue to burgundy – the EU passport color – in 1988. In a symbolic post-Brexit move, the British government announced they were going to switch back to blue. This is what the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT posted April 1, 2018:
— Europarl UK (@EPinUK) April 1, 2018
And finally, some April 1 deals that are NOT an April Fools Joke:
TREACYS HOTEL ENNISCORTHY, based in County Wexford, Ireland, has announced that people born on April 1 can get a free night in their hotel on selected dates throughout April.
SILVERADO RESORT AND SPA, a Dolce Resort in Napa, CA, is offering a 24-hour April Fools’ rate that starts at $129.
Did we miss any? Let us know if we missed any travel-related April Fools’ jokes for 2018 and we’ll add it to the list (and give you credit for it, too!).
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