Free iPad giveaway to everyone on board?

Old Jul 1, 13, 1:20 pm
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Free iPad giveaway to everyone on board?

Just had a friend post that a SW flight to BWI gave away an iPad to every passenger.

Is this normal? And here I was thinking my international first class ipad case was a cool gift...
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Old Jul 1, 13, 1:35 pm
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Originally Posted by GuyverII View Post
Is this normal?
Seriously?
Yes, they ran out of unicorns and had to start giving out iPads instead.
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Old Jul 1, 13, 1:42 pm
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Originally Posted by GuyverII View Post
Just had a friend post that a SW flight to BWI gave away an iPad to every passenger.

Is this normal? And here I was thinking my international first class ipad case was a cool gift...
Today is July 1st, not April 1st, unless I missed something...
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Old Jul 1, 13, 1:43 pm
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Was it a flight with 99% non-rev as passengers?
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Old Jul 1, 13, 4:06 pm
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It looks like it's true.

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingne...v-demand-shows

Douglas County-based Dish announced the deal aboard a Southwest flight from Boston to Baltimore, with the "Boston Guys" from the satellite-TV company's "Hoppa" commercials handing out iPads to more than 100 travelers.


Read more: Dish to offer free live-TV and on-demand shows on Southwest flights - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/breakingne...#ixzz2XpXNsHPw
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Old Jul 1, 13, 5:27 pm
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I think this is along the lines that if you have big chance of recouping your initial investment costs plus interest in $5-6 per-passenger increments, get a big corporate sponsor to foot the bill.

bad news for passengers means advertising. lots and lots of advertising.
"tough each Southwest customer three to four messsages before they even travel..."

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Old Jul 2, 13, 12:29 am
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Originally Posted by spencercoop View Post
Wow....
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Old Jul 2, 13, 12:35 am
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My flight today LAS-MDW (an 800) had the Free TV from Dish offer. It included the live streaming TV and the video on demand shows, and it worked somewhat well (freezing a couple times, requiring a reboot on my laptop.) They make you watch a Dish ad, but only one. There's also a link to a new subscriber offer (as mention at the link referenced above) and a separate offer for 500 RR points just for giving them your contact info (after which you'll probably receive marketing).
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Old Jul 2, 13, 4:17 am
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Originally Posted by expert7700 View Post

bad news for passengers means advertising. lots and lots of advertising.
"tough each Southwest customer three to four messsages before they even travel..."

new benefit needed for A+ members: commercial free wifi content
SW going the way of Ryanair...non-stop ads throughout the flight. As long as it doesn't have that bugle for an on-time arrival I'm cool with it.

EDIT: My friend was traveling with his seven year old and his six month old. All received iPads! Guess that baby can drool on it.
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Old Jul 2, 13, 6:53 pm
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I still think the name iPad sounds like an adult diaper...
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Old Jul 2, 13, 9:30 pm
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I still think the name iPad sounds like an adult diaper...
same here. once the idea gets stuck in your head it's not going away!
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