In case you missed it, today is April 1st, better known as the day where all the trust we’ve built up over the year goes out the window and everyone in our life tries to trick us. Happy April Fools!
So, if you’ve spent any time on social media today, you have probably picked up on all kinds of the hilarious pranks from companies and friends that are just too good not to share.
Here are some of my favourites from the travel industry that us here at TravelBest Bets almost fell for.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line announced their latest innovation, Master of the Skies, a new aircraft which will take to the skies in 2022. The aircraft will provide amazing cruise-like vacations at 35,000 feet in the air. Passengers will get to enjoy some popular features already found on some cruise ships, such as the Ultimate Abyss slide, the Ultimate Family Suite, Binoc bar, and sky diving Ripcord by iFLY. The plane will be the perfect choice for those heading towards a Royal Caribbean cruise. We wish this one was real!
WestJet announced their very own Flyre Festival aboard their new Dreamliners. For those of you not familiar with the original Fyre, it was 2017’s biggest festival flop. Instead of private planes, luxury villas and gourmet meals promised in video and on social media for months, attendees received sandwiches, FEMA emergency tents as their accommodations, and economy seating with throngs of other festival goers. At a cost of $1,000s of dollars a ticket. You can watch 2 full documentaries on Netflix and Hulu to learn more (very entertaining).
WestJet says about it’s spoof: “while we aren’t actually offering the world’s first premium in-flight music festival, we can give you a sweet ride on our new Boeing Dreamliners. The music and cheese sandwiches will be up to you to bring.” I wonder if anyone has ever tried to bring an emotional support pig on a flight before?
Watch the original Fyre promo video for comparison here.
Contiki shared their innovative new onboard tech, the ContikiCam. Because who doesn’t want their parents watching everything you do abroad! The faux invention is a discreet onboard camera that captures the traveller’s every move, giving friends and family a live feed of their journey, every step of the way. Even better, they’re including a new wearable tracking device that you wear around your ankle, allowing your loved ones to pinpoint your exact location at all times. Doesn’t sound like much of a vacation!
Swoop, the ultra-low-cost-carrier, shared their latest paid add-on feature onboard their flights… a reclining chair. Here what they had to say: “just when you thought we couldn’t make flying any cheaper, we’ve come up with something that really makes cents…10 cents to be exact. Introducing, Recline for a Dime™ – our newest in-flight innovation that truly has your back. Just pay a dime for 10 degrees of recline. That means for only nine easy payments of 10 cents, you can introduce your caboose to our new luxury lie-flat feature.”
While we do wish that you could pay only a 90 cent upgrade for a flat-lying seat in economy class… I don’t think we need to be paying 10 cents to recline those already cramped seats a bit!
Jetstar announced that it has a new direct route to Tasmania’s newest hot spot — Laerton Island — located off the west coast of the Tasmanian mainland. “Thousands of people visit Hobart and Launceston each year both from Australia and internationally and learn just how much Tasmania has to offer,” Jetstar Chief Tourism Partner Officer, Bart Ceston said in a press release. “We are excited to add a third Tasmanian destination to our network and with activities including rock climbing, hang gliding and world-class hiking routes taking in pristine beaches, lush valleys and alpine lakes, we anticipate Laerton Island to be very popular with adventure travellers and nature lovers.”
Surprise, Laerton Island- “not real” backwards- isn’t a real place, although it sounds like it would have been a great place to visit!
Wotif claims to be launching Emu Airlines – the world’s first airline catering exclusively to tall people. Emu Airlines will assist extra-tall passengers in the following ways: budget-friendly “Emuconomy” seats and luxurious “Daddy Long Legs” double suites; a minimum 33 kilogram luggage allowance and no restriction on bag size (to accommodate bigger shoes and longer pants); and of course complimentary on-board yoga and massage for stretching out tired muscles. Again, why can’t this be real?
Below are a few favourites from previous years:
Virgin Australia announced the world’s first Canine Crew service, where specially-trained canines in uniform will join the airline’s Boeing 777, Airbus A330 and Boeing 737 crew.
Guests on board the select aircraft will be treated to:
- Puppy play time on long haul services from Australia to Hong Kong and Los Angeles
- A placeholder pupper to mind a guest’s place in lines for the lavatory
- A dog walking service to encourage guests to stretch their legs up and down the aisle
- An exclusive handshake welcome for Platinum and Gold Velocity Frequent Flyer members
We honestly wish this one was real the most!
Emirates announced its plans for the world’s largest aircraft, featuring three-decks, a pool, park, gym and games room. I don’t think you would be in the pool during take off and landing….
Ikea Australia announced the launch of it’s new low-cost carrier, Flikea. The airline will feature only economy seats and be the first airline to fly direct from Australia to Sweden. Going by this sketch, it even looks like Swedish Meatballs will be served onboard. Do you think you would have to build your own seats upon boarding?
WestJet introduced Kargo Kids, an exciting new program allowing guests to travel on select child-free flights, creating a quieter and more relaxing inflight experience, while children travel in a “special VIP” area of the aircraft. “As Canada’s low-cost airline, we are constantly looking for innovative and fun ways to enhance the guest experience,” continued Richard Bartrem. “The initial feedback on Kargo Kids has been quite positive and we’re looking forward to the peace and quiet while we get families where they need to be.”
WestJet has released a comical April Fools update each year, check them all out here. Our personal favourite is the overhead sleeper cabins.
And there you have it, a handful of some of the best April Fools pranks from the travel industry. Which one was your favourite? Have you since seen another one that you think deserves to be on this list? Let me know in the comments! I would love to hear from you.