Going...Going...Gone: Airlines Tweet Low Prices

JetBlue, United get in on speedy, hip marketing move
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 3, 2009 7:00 AM CDT
Passengers check in at the United Airlines ticket counter, Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Logan International Airport in Boston.    (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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(Newser) – JetBlue and United Airlines are giving loyal readers of their Twitter feeds chances to grab low fares, USA Today reports. But customers have to act quickly: JetBlue makes the fares available for about 8 hours or while seats last, while United often gives customers just an hour or two to score a deal. For the airlines, it’s a hip and quick way to advertise.

“By promoting the Cheeps”—JetBlue’s name for the deals—“through Twitter, we give the already spontaneous audience of Twitter users a chance to grab great last-minute fares,” says a JetBlue rep. “Those first-time customers trying Cheeps … we know they're going to come back." United has another name for the ads. “Twares are all about surprising our customers with low fares for a very, very limited time.”