FITFOO - A Visit From the Ladies of Virgin Atlantic
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Twitter is a powerful tool in your travel arsenal. But aside from the power, today’s story is an illustration of just how much fun Tweeting can bring to your life. It’s a story of cupcakes, coffee, and three lovely ladies from London, told via pictures taken with the phone that sent the tweet that set it all in motion.
This morning, I was attending yet another training session at work. This one was about some changes to US Patent Law. The changes are fairly simple and could probably have been explained in about 10 minutes. The lecture was 1 hour. You can imagine how exciting it was. Couple that with a later than recommended bedtime from last night and I was pretty sleepy. Thankfully, I had my phone to keep me awake.
I had seen several tweets yesterday from Virgin Atlantic (@VAAintheUSA) talking about how a few of their flight attendants were bringing some cheer to Washington, DC. They had visited some Twitter followers and delivered things like umbrellas, rain boots, and a poncho to help out with the rainy day. This morning, they were back at it again, and as I sat there scrolling through my Twitter feed, I decided to send them a tweet. The conversation went like this.
Needless to say, I was a lot happier for the remainder of that training session. I knew from their other tweets that the ladies were at Union Station and it would be a while until they got out to visit me so I had my lunch and got back to work. A little later in the afternoon, I received a phone call saying that there were some Virgin America flight attendants over in the lobby of the main building with cupcakes and coffee for me. I told them I would be right there and headed out the door. Our office complex has 7 buildings and I actually work two buildings down the street from the main one. As I walked down the street, I had to stop and take a picture of the Mini that the Virgin Atlantic team has been zipping around town in.
When I got to the main lobby, there were three lovely ladies waiting for me, dressed all in red. As promised, they had cupcakes and coffee, and definitely brought a splash of red to my otherwise grey day. We posed for a few pictures and they asked me to make sure I spread the word on Twitter about their visit. I told them that not only would I do that, but as a travel blogger, I would be happy to do a whole post about it. Their visit, after all, was the most exciting part of my day at work.
After a few minutes of chatting and a whole lot of thank you’s from me, they needed to get back on the road. I was their last visit of the day and their last visit in the Washington area. It was time to head out to splash another city with red. Of course, they left me with my treats, and what a fantastic box of treats it was.
I suppose now is a good time to explain what FITFOO is. You’ve seen it in my title, on the car, and now here it is on the box they delivered too. It stands for Flying in the Face of Ordinary and represents the way that Virgin Atlantic challenges the status quo. That is also the hashtag they have been using on Twitter whenever they refer to this fun campaign. All I know is that if Flying in the Face of Ordinary means that I get cupcakes delivered to my office by three beautiful women, I am all for it.
Inside the box were the cupcakes. Not just a few cupcakes from the bakery down the street, but 100 mini cupcakes from a bakery in New York City. Oddly, they were from Baked By Melissa, a cupcake shop that we stopped at for a snack last time we were in NYC. Along with the cupcakes, there was a nice little card with a message from Virgin Atlantic.
Sadly, as quickly as they arrived, the ladies had to jet off to their next location. I know they must have had fun driving around in that Mini because my wife drives the same one only in silver. As they drove off, I realized that I hadn’t even had a chance to take down their names. Hopefully one of them will see this and let me know so that I can thank them properly.
In their wake, they left enough cupcakes for all to enjoy. Well, not everyone exactly. There are thousands of people who work at the Patent Office and I only had 100 cupcakes. I did, however, take them around to several of my co-workers and managed to brighten up the day of quite a few of them. In the end, my office mate and I probably had way too many, lots of my friends had one or two, my kids are quickly going through the pack I brought home, and my wife is taking a pack of 25 with her to school tomorrow. How’s that for spreading the word (and the love)?
I’ll close by saying this. If the goal of this program was to make an impression with the culture of Virgin Atlantic and make people want to fly with them, it has certainly worked. You will never find me paying a lot more to fly with a certain airline, but if it is a matter of a couple of dollars, I will definitely choose Virgin Atlantic for my future travels. The flight attendants that I met today were friendly, fun, and clearly loved their jobs. I would be happy to be on a flight with any of them. Happy travels ladies, and thanks for flying in the face of ordinary with me today. I am still enjoying the deliciousness.
UPDATE: Once again because of Twitter, I can now say thank you to Natalie, Becci, and Marie. It was a pleasure meeting all of you!