Daily News

It’s been a busy week for me, and you may have noticed a decline in number of updates I’ve been able to post.   If there’s been an increase in the general quality of  the internet these last few days, I hope it’s merely coincidental.

Speaking of busy…the folks over at @AmericanAir have been busy too: in the last few days they’ve released a new “Behind the Scenes” video, created the official American Airlines Pinterest page, and launched a new Facebook blogger contest.

Pinterest

I was at a Bar-B-Q last year and the hostess was telling me about about how much fun she was having pinning stuff on Pinterest.   At the time, I had never even heard of it, and while I thought it was a cool idea, I would never have guessed that it  would experience such crazy growth.

You’re probably familiar with it by now, but if you haven’t paid much attention to it, Pinterest is a “content sharing service that allows members to “pin” images, videos and other objects to their pinboard. Also includes standard social networking features”.

They’ve grown from about 600,000 monthly visitors in June 2011, to more than 17 million last month, and it’s a big enough audience that American is hoping to inspire travelers and aviation enthusiast with their new pinboard.

It’s only been up for a few days, but they’ve already pinned some interesting images (take a a look at their Retro board).

Anyway, I’ve thought about creating my own AAdvantage Geek Pinterest page, but I’m not sure that I need another distraction.   Go here to take a look at American’s Pinterest page.  

Facebook

Earlier this month, American launched a new Facebook promotion: share your favorite AAdvantage tip for a chance to win 5,000 miles. If you haven’t entered yet, hurry – the deadline to submit your entry is approaching:

Want the scoop on the best ways to maximize your AAdvantage membership? Read these top tips submitted by AAdvantage members like you! Got a tip to share? Submit your tip now through 5/1 and you’ll be entered for a chance to win 5,000 AAdvantage miles. On or around 5/23, we’ll select our 10 favorite tips to win.

There’s even a blogger component to the promotion: five bloggers (including me) were asked to offer their favorite AAdvantage tip.

Here are the details: the blogger with the tip that gets the most votes will win 5,000 AAdvantage Miles for themselves and 5,000 AAdvantage miles to give away in a reader contest of some kind (for the record, if I win I’ll donate my 5,000 miles to AA’s Miles for Kids program).

I’m flattered that I was asked to take part in a promotion with The Frugal Travel Guy, The Weekly Flyer from Points, Miles & Martinis, Mommy Points, and Matt Long at Landlopers, so this is pretty exciting to me.

There are lots of good suggestions on the AAdvantage Facebook pages, so go read them, submit your own AAdvantage tip, and vote for your favorite expert advice (look for the “Expert Tips” tab)!

YouTube

American has just released their second video from their YouTube series: How does de-icing work? Behind the Scenes @AmericanAir

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Two thoughts:

1. I like this video series, watching them feels sort of like taking a field trip without having to leave your desk.

2. I want a de-icing truck!

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  • Darren said,

    I love how American puts out those videos. So cool for aerophiles like us.

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Darren – Me too. I’d like to see behind the scenes at the reservation center and the kitchen.

  • Heather Buen - Dallas Single Mom Examiner said,

    They should put up a video showing how they repair the planes after hail damage since the April 3rd tornadoes in Dallas.

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