Two Big AAdvantage offers found on Facebook. Get Verizon FiOS and earn 10,000 Bonus Miles. Win NBA Championship MVP and get 200,000.

The making of the FiOS “Bright” commercial. via Adweek on Youtube

First, the 10,000 AAdvantage Miles offer.

I found this offer on the AAdvantage Facebook page, and if you’re not already following them on Facebook, you should. This new offer for 10,000 AAdvantage Miles from Verizon has yet to appear on, so for now it’s a Facebook exclusive.

AAdvantageGeek World Headquarters is located within the Dallas city limits, so unfortunately, Verizon isn’t offered in my area and I’m stuck between choosing AT&T (slow and evil) or Comcast (just evil). My brother-in-law lives just up the road in one of the suburbs and he has Verizon FiOS, and his internet connection is twice as fast as anything offered by AT&T.

My brother-in-law, and all of my friends that have FiOS, aren’t just happy with Verizon’s internet and television service, they’re fans.  Not just fans really, more like fanatical (think Mac users), so if you’re lucky enough to live in an area served by Verizon, you should consider this great offer:

Get 100% Fiber Optics & the Most Advanced Network.
No Term Contract Required.

FiOS Triple Play: FiOS TV + FiOS Internet + Phone
Get TV rated #1 in HD picture quality and America’s fastest, most consistent and most reliable Internet.

Activation fee waived when you order online ($49.99 value), plus:

• 10,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles
• A wireless router at no additional cost.
• Premium installation at no additional cost.

This offer is for new customers and for current customers that choose to upgrade their service. To learn more about this promotion, go here.  To sign up or to read the fine print, go here.

Now for 200,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles.

I never understand why so many people decide to complain about their lost luggage, late flights, or other travel problems by posting them to the AAdvantage Facebook page. It’s not like American doesn’t already have a separate AA Facebook page. I guess these people must think they’re flying AAdvantage Airlines. It’s shocking to think that that many people would get on a plane and not even know the name of they airline they’re traveling on.

But aside from the usual complaints about AAvantage Airlines losing a bag, another reason to follow AAdvantage on Facebook is the occasional controversy.

Like last week when they posted this on their Facebook wall:

In honor of his MVP performance in the NBA FInals, we’re giving Dirk Nowitzki a gift which includes 200,000 AAdvantage miles and an all-expense paid trip to Barbados. Congratulations on a memorable season Dirk!

I learned a valuable lesson back in my college days (thankfully, it was the 80’s and Facebook didn’t exist) and the lesson was this: if you do something stupid, it will always get noticed.

It didn’t take long for the Facebook pile-on to begin and it didn’t take long for the post to disappear.

Dallas ad agency Rocket Red covers the whole mess over on the their blog, and (of course) they’ve got a screen capture of the post before it was taken down.

This reminds me of another lesson I learned back in my school days: someone will always have a photo, or in this case screen shot.  I’m still trying to buy up a bunch of 20 year old party pics.

I’m in the PR biz, thankfully not writing copy for press releases, and my advice would have been to post something like this on their wall:

OMG, Anthony Weiner hacked our Facebook account and posted crazy stuff about us giving Dirk Nowitzki 200,000 AAdvantage Miles.

Not sure what else they could have done short of calling in one of their LGA gate agents to put down the rebellion, but for one brief moment, there was an entertaining break from usual elevated discussion like the one that occurred last month when they made this announcement on their Facebook wall:

Today, earn 30 miles per $1 donated to American’s Miles for the Cure or Miles in Support of All Who Serve, benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure & USO programs.

• “How about some ways to redeem miles like to check bags.”

I• “it would be awesome if someone from your airline would contact me regarding the refund promised via email, that hasn’t been refunded.”

• “This deal, like most of the rest of the deals in this series, blows.”

• “Awesome idea! I wish I could afford to donate, but Obama still hasn’t created any jobs!”

• “neither has the republicans. but then again the republicans keep promising those tax cuts are going to make more jobs. well they do just not in the states.”

• “Please, political wackos, find a better place to air your opinions!”

So if you don’t follow AAdvantage on Facebook, you really should: lots of complaining, but once in a while you will come across some useful information. Sort of reminds me of one of the frequent flyer forums I follow….

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