We’re just plane lucky!
If you’ve been reading my blog since the early days, you’ll know that I do not like voting competitions. My experience of them is that they simply don’t work – they encourage trolling, are stressful and the best entry never wins. So you might be surprised to read this story!
Back in February Jet2 announced their Party Plane competition, to celebrate their 100th aeroplane in the fleet. They wanted to send a hundred friends on a weekend to Majorca – with Rylan! – for the party of a lifetime. Their favourite entry for each of their 9 airport bases across the UK would go head to head with a dreaded public vote to decide the winner.
The competition was widely advertised on the radio, online and at roadshows all over the UK. Kirsty, one of the members of my Lucky Learners Facebook group, asked if we could set up a compers plane with members from our group. My first instinct was to say no, but I realised that with so many group members the prize would benefit an awful lot of people – and it was likely we would be able to get a good amount of votes from the supportive comping community. So I nervously agreed, as long as Kirsty took charge of organising the entry (and – of course – I was guaranteed a seat on the plane if it won!)
Kirsty chose a central airport location – Manchester – and took applications from about 200 interested members of Lucky Learners. I then used random.org to choose the lucky people who would be on the plane if we won. Creative juices flowed and before long, we had the plane name – Just Plane Lucky – a Spotify playlist, and a fantastic lucky-themed video entry which most of the passengers feature in! We focused on luck, positivity and friendship for our entry – it would be an opportunity for many of the group to meet each other for the first time, despite chatting daily for years!
Nails were bitten awaiting news of the shortlist, and we were delighted to see Just Plane Lucky on it. Thankfully, Jet2 did use some of the techniques I’ve always recommended for making voting comps fairer – they kept the voting period short, offered a holiday prize for voters, kept the vote count hidden throughout, and asked voters to verify their email addresses. This made the public vote much less stressful than it could have been – although as was to be expected, a few trolls got angry with us promoting our entry on Twitter (oddly enough, not everyone is a fan of our fabulous hobby!)
Everyone on the plane took time to message family and friends to ask for votes – flyers were printed off, lucky pants were worn in public places (!) and our #JustPlaneLucky hashtag was all over Twitter! Voting closed last Wednesday and the winner was due to be announced at noon on Thursday. Noon came and went, and then the announcement time on the Jet2 website suddenly changed to 4pm! But Jet 2 had already called Kirsty with the good news, which she shared with me. We’d actually won the vote and were going to Majorca! I think we both had a little cry on the phone! It was pretty tricky keeping that secret for an hour or two…
Rylan revealed us as the winners in Jet2’s Facebook video at precisely 4pm – and excitement levels were sky high! In the days since, hotels have been booked, car shares organised, and fancy dress costumes ordered. We’ll be meeting the rest of the Lucky Learner crew at Manchester Airport on Friday 26th April to fly to Majorca for the ultimate weekend – lucky t-shirts, lucky pants and lucky vibes all round!
Please donate to the Mental Health Foundation
Comping is a hobby that brings people together from all walks of life – the fun and the friendship can help us get through the tough times, and of course it fills us with optimism, and a belief that something amazing could happen at any moment! The members of Lucky Learners support each other when times are tough, and as a group we are keen to show our support for a charity that helps people to thrive through understanding, protecting and sustaining their mental health – the Mental Health Foundation.
We’ll be raising money for the Mental Health Foundation by wearing their Mental Health Awareness green pin badges and collecting donations during our trip to Majorca. If you’d like to support them too, please donate to our Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JustPlaneLucky – thank you!
Thank you for your support!
Thank you so much to those of you who saw my social posts and newsletter and did take time out to cast a vote for Just Plane Lucky. You’ll be pleased to hear normal business is now resumed and there will be NO MORE voting comps or requests shared on my blog or on my social media!
I can’t wait to tell you all about the trip – the prospect of meeting so many fellow compers and Facebook friends makes me excited and emotional at the same time! It will be fantastic, a once in a lifetime experience and yet another extraordinary reminder of the joy that comping can bring to your life!