They made us laugh, roll our eyes and some even made us cringe. Wrap up your work week with some of the funniest, random travel news stories we could find.
1. Would you pay $25,000 to sleep in this hotel suite?
Two bedrooms, 11,000 square feet of space, a full kitchen, marble bathrooms and only $25,000.
It’s the hotel suite that will make you feel like the rich and famous and quite possibly leave you a little broke.
It’s also the penthouse that meets and matches the luxury and space of Etihad’s ‘The Residence’ inflight suite (although it will lack the same mobility).
2. airberlin hearts its passengers
Small gestures are often the cutest and we’re loving airberlin’s chocolate heart handout.
Since 2007, all passengers flying with the airline have received a small chocolate heart when disembarking from short and medium-haul flights.
The airline says it is a small gesture of gratitude and has seen some 13 million hearts handed out per year.
However, a delicious change is coming.
All future popular little keepsakes will be made by Lindt.
As part of a new agreement, the red heart Lindts will weigh roughly 20 grams and each chocolate heart will be made of Alpine milk chocolate and a cocoa content of at least 30 percent.
Flying airberlin sounds oh so yummy!
3. Virgin Atlantic’s economy gets a Facebook upgrade
Break the ice with other passengers by taking a #SkyhighSelfie on Virgin Atlantic’s new Dreamliner Boeing 787.
The airline has revealed details of the new aircraft, and let’s just say flying economy has never been so cool.
The biggest upgrade to the cabin is the chance to log into your favourite social media account (that is if Facebook is your favourite) to share photos from 35,000 feet.
4. Teen kicked off flight for this…
A 14-year-old girl is said to have been turned away by easyJet when trying to board a European flight for apparently having too many carry-on bags.
According to The Mirror, Deva Joseph was told by gate workers in London that her bags exceeded the allowance.
She was carrying a suitcase and a handbag, which would have been fine, if she were travelling two weeks earlier – before the budget carrier had revised its carry-on policy.
Under the new allowance, her ticket only allowed one bag on the aeroplane.
Joseph said she attempted to put her handbag in her suitcase but it wouldn’t fit.
She claims to have them offered to pay for the suitcase with cash, but was refused because of a ‘credit card-only policy’ for purchases at the airport.
The 14-year-old said she then even offered to leave one of her bags behind, but was denied.
“I just wanted to get home, bu they didn’t care. I was desperate, I was pleading.”
Joseph eventually flew home later in the day and the airline issued an apology saying an exception should have been made.
5. “We love Ryanair”… not: Spanish band’s sarcastic ballad
A Spanish rock group pulled out their instruments and warmed up their vocals for a sarcastic love ballad dedicated to low-cost carrier, Ryanair.
The airline, which is known for its humour and wit, was called out for its alleged poor customer service after members of Sidonie said they experienced ‘habitual lack of respect’.
The song entitled ‘We don’t love Ryanair’ was filmed and written while flying with the airline and uploaded to the group’s Facebook page after landing.
In the video the group are seen dancing down the plane’s aisle, playing the ukulale and singing sarcastically “Ryanair how we love you and its flight attendants”.
A spokesperson for Ryanair laughed off the video, saying to Daily Mail that the lyrics are ‘average’ and vocals ‘out of tune’.
“Sidonie? More like sit down mate.”
6. Is the ‘Bogan’ a draw card for Straya’s tourism?
We have the Big Banana, the Big Prawn, the Big Pineapple and even the Big Spud (seriously, spud?) but is there room in Straya’s tourism for the ‘Big Bogan’?
‘Bloody Oath’ there is!
Yesterday, KarryOn ran a brief story in our ‘10 travel stories you need to know‘ about plans to erect a 3.6 metre statue of a ‘bogan’ to attract tourism to a small regional town in NSW.
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