American Airlines Fortune Cookie Promotion

Monday, April 18, 2011

American Airlines Stupid Fortune Cookie
American Airline's stupid and annoying Fortune Cookie

My co-worker and I went across the street to a local Chinese restaurant for the $5.99 lunch special. After my cup of hot and sour soup and chicken chow mein...the waitress brought the check and two fortune cookies. (BTW, did you know that fortune cookies were developed in California? It's disputed who invented them but they were definitely popularized in America.)

I opened it and get this message.


American Airlines Stupid Fortune Cookie
The other side of American Airline's stupid and annoying Fortune Cookie

Then I flip it over thinking my fortune would be on the other side and get this stupid message!


Where's my fortune? How am I supposed to plan my day?! ;) I need to know my winning lotto numbers (never play, but I want to know what could bring me riches) and if "you will see a long lost friend today." I felt totally ripped off.

And, yes, I went to the AA website and typed in my code. I wasn't a winner and still didn't get a fortune.

Hey, American Airlines, this promotion? It sucks.

I tweeted this cell phone picture and learned that several others got this message (I think this might be a Los Angeles thing because they are promoting flights from LAX). And, we all don't have tender feelings for you, American Airlines for stealing our fortunes (Oops, I was almost used the word hijacked but that would have been bad.)

Thanks for listening to me vent...I'm going back to baking now. ;) - mary the food librarian
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connie said... [Reply to comment]

Yes, I do believe that is a less than fantastic promotion! I did know that fortune cookies weren't an authentic sweet treat though. Traditional Chinese desserts usually include sweet rice cakes or thin puddings with tapioca, beans and seeds or rice (almost like a sweet soups). Growing up we rarely had desserts after dinner at my family's home. It was very often sliced fresh fruit, which is definitely good way to end a meal rather than consuming lots of calories from cakes, pies, cookies, etc.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I saw the title and had to read this post! My BF and I just watched a documentary on fortune cookies this weekend. It was interesting :)

The fortune really is the best part, just so we can laugh at the ridiculousness :)

Mrsblocko said... [Reply to comment]

I don't blame you for being upset. You totally got riped off! No fortune in your fortune cookie is like a chocolate chip cookie with no chocolate chips! A sundae without the cherry on top! Grilled cheese without the cheese! National Bundt day with no Bundts!!!!! Shame on you American Airlines!!!!

Nanette said... [Reply to comment]

The marketer in me thinks, "Wow! Fun promo!" The fortune cookie fan in me is like you, thinking, "WTF!?!"

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

That's crazy! Your fortune was hijacked

Panya said... [Reply to comment]

DITTO! >:-(

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Boo to AA. They should at least offer free miles... Just sayin' :)

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said... [Reply to comment]

I would have been so disappointed! I love fortunes in my cookies...stupid advertisement.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Haven't seen these yet in NYC--although we've got advertiser invading everything from our elevator rides to our paper coffee cups.

Thought it was hilarious!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

"giggles" WTH has a nicer less vulgar ring to it! But I must say, that is sooooo interesting. I had no idea that those little cookies were born U.S. side? Really?

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