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Emirates Offered Jimmy Fallon A Free First-Class Flight & Twitter Freaked Out

Emirates Offered Jimmy Fallon A Free First-Class Flight & Twitter Freaked Out
Jennifer Billock

Talk show host Jimmy Fallon was recently invited to Australia via Twitter to appear on a television show in the country, and then Emirates offered by tweet to fly him there first-class for free – an offer that doesn’t sit well with some frequent Emirates flyers and travelers who saw the post on Twitter.

Earlier this week, talk show host Jimmy Fallon cleared up a small error on Twitter, noting the correct name of his talk show and that he doesn’t actually appear on The Today Show in Australia, as people were erroneously tagging. That lead to the Australian show offering him a slot if he could make it…

and then Emirates Airlines chimed in, tweeting “Hi Jimmy – We’ll be happy to fly you to Sydney on our flagship @Airbus A380. A great way to fly better and experience our luxurious First Class Private Suites, Shower Spa, Onboard Lounge and award-winning service,”

That didn’t really sit well with a lot of customers, though, who immediately took to Twitter to point out the unfair preferential treatment while regular frequent flyers are overlooked.

“I bet you I’ve given Emirates more money then jimmy ever will,” Twitter user Moeys posted. Twitter user khaleifa_Ahmed1 echoed the sentiment, saying “I flight with Emirates more than 32 times never ever get something free like this lucky him (Jimmy).” Others, like user ThatChihutaGuy, wanted to get the same deal: “Must be nice. Feel free to extend that offer this way as well.”

What do you think? Should Emirates have offered Fallon the trip for free? And should he accept or not? Let us know in the FlyerTalk forums.


[H/T: Simple Flying]

View Comments (11)


  1. Rbt001

    October 11, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Smart marketing on Emirates part. FF’s should only be upset if they learn they were displaced from the flight because no seats were left to buy. The big spending FF who claims to have “given Emirates more money” than the celebrity ever will gets his own talk show to brag about the flight — as Emirates surely hopes — then I’m sure they’ll send perks his way too.

  2. strickerj

    October 11, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I’m with the commenters – I don’t understand why people fall over themselves to suck up to celebrities who will never return the favor in any way. That said, I don’t actually see anywhere in Emirates’ tweet that they’re offering a free flight. ;)

  3. skyhighlander

    October 11, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Where does it say they are inviting him to fly for free?

  4. 2stepbay

    October 11, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Any noted person is a potential walking advertisement. As host of the Tonight Show, his name is recognized by millions. No brainer for Emirates. Featuring him in 1st class (yes, they will market it), t’s just another charge to their marketing account as they advertise their brand.

  5. CaptRogerMurdoch

    October 11, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Famous people get stuff for free all the time.

    Giving Jimmy a free flight is a very inexpensive offering versus the exposure Emirates will get.

    Not so for random, unknown chubby, bearded tatted-up bros like Moeys.

  6. Flying for Fun

    October 11, 2019 at 10:02 am

    While @Moeys thinks he has spent more money with Emirates than Jimmy Falon ever will, he fails to see the value of the Free Publicity it would generate. I would wager to say significantly more than @Moeys would ever spend with Emirates.

    The value of the free publicity to a national/international audience of millions of people for the true cost of a complimentary First Class seat is mere pittance. What do you think Emirates paid Jennifer Aniston each time they ran the commercial with her in it in the United States?


  7. Morgacj2004

    October 11, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Jimmy Fallon is a loud mouthed moron whose only claim to fame is making fun of the current POTUS on a nightly basis. I have stopped watching the late shows period. At least Letterman and Carson had some class. Fallon does not. Shame on Emirates for offering this idiot anything other than a middle seat in the last row of economy by the latrine. Thats where he and his show belong!

  8. mike2003242

    October 11, 2019 at 11:28 am

    It doesnt even say anything about free!

  9. Yoshi212

    October 11, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Now is the time for EY to step in and one-up EK by offering its “The Residence” experience.

  10. LukeO9

    October 12, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Morgac is right. Not clever to make fun of the president, as the the president does that himself.

  11. Yemona

    October 14, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    They would offer him a flight on first class with the expectation that his employer is paying for it.

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