Some of you may remember a few years back when Oprah took her entire audience on a trip to Australia, and not surprisingly, everyone went nuts (in fairness, Oprah could have taken them to Compton, and they would have probably been equally excited). Here’s the video of that:
Now, I’m not actually sure how interactive the trip was, but the audience’s reaction to hearing about the trip was priceless.
While not quite to the same level, Ellen gave away tickets on Emirates to Dubai to her entire studio audience yesterday. It started when two audience members competed for a trip to Dubai and Cape Town, and then eventually the entire audience won tickets to Dubai. I’m guessing the timing of this giveaway isn’t a coincidence, as Emirates is about to add a second daily A380 flight to Los Angeles, so with that much capacity I suspect they’ll have a lot of empty seats.
It’s a pretty awesome video, if you haven’t yet seen it:
While I’m a fan of Dubai in general, my only concern is that the premise of the trip is a “summer getaway,” and if there’s one place I don’t want to get away to in summer, it’s the Middle East…
For those of you not familiar, the pilot on stage with Ellen is Ashley, who has been featured in several Emirates ads:
As you can see, she was recently promoted to captain, as she had three stripes in an ad last year, while she had four stripes on the Ellen show (per her Instagram, she seems to have recently gotten the promotion).
Well done, Ellen and Emirates! Now we just have to wait for the US airlines and their unions to shame Ellen for daring to do business with Emirates. 😉