Greatest Travel April Fools' Day Pranks

“You got Punk'd!” Coming straight from Ashton Kutcher's mouth, this is what we would commonly hear every April 1st. Many people dread this day because they fear that they will become a victim of a bad joke. Who wants to get fooled, right?

On the other hand, there are pranksters who are excited about April Fools' Day. This gives them a reason to do all sorts of crazy stuff to their family, friends, and even to total strangers. It brings out their creativity because they have to think of new ways to fool someone. If you have done the “powder in the hairdryer” trick, then it won't work the second time because your target victim knows that you may do that again.

We decided to use our new Upgrade Feature to test out a new April Fools' Day prank. Normally the upgrade feature will search for deals to upgrade to the next class of car, and slide out from the left of screen showing you the offer. Here's what it looks like.

Vroom's upgrade feature frank

But we decided to randomly throw a few other "upgrades" into the mix...

Presenting the all new Horse & Cart, Model T Ford and Penny Farthing!

Vroom's upgrade horse cart feature frank

Vroom's upgrade frank

The April Fools' Day fever has also bitten some of the world's biggest companies. They are the ultimate pranksters because they have hoaxed not only a few, but millions of people! Here's our list of the craziest pranks done by big auto and travel companies over the last few years.

Who would have thought that a prestigious automobile company will be doing something as outrageous as creating fake ads? BMW has been spreading spoof adverts since the early 1980s. According to the marketing department of BMW, “The April Fools' Day ads are designed to teeter on the verge of credibility.” Probably their biggest hoax was the P.R.A.M. (Postnatal Royal Auto Mobile), which was said to be created for Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child. The fake ad even reads: “Available in Princess Pink or Royal Blue, this soft-top convertible has been designed using our EfficientDynamics technology.”

The airline company surprised everyone when they announced their “Furry Family” program. This new regulation allows all types of animals on board their planes. That advert went viral on YouTube because it was totally insane. WestJet's VP of Communications even said, “We will no longer be requiring animals to be kept in the kennels while they're travelling with us. After all, they're part of the family." Customers were relieved when they found out that it was just a joke. I'm sure you wouldn't want something crawling beside you, right?

It's not a ghost driving a car! It's Google Racing! The company created a self-driving car and they announced last April Fools' Day that they were joining NASCAR. Their autonomous vehicle had fooled many car racing enthusiasts. How can their favorite racers compete with technology? They even created a whole website for it where you can watch videos of NASCAR superstars talking about Google Racing.

Car and Driver
Even the U.S. President Barack Obama wasn't spared from the April Fools' Day joke. He was used by Car and Driver in their fake report. Every April 1st, the car-centric website creates false news on major online publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Huffingtonpost. A few years ago, they reported that Obama has ordered all Dodges and Chevrolets to be removed from NASCAR. Were you one of those that reacted to that news?

The travel company is really living up to its name because people had a chance to experience an out-of-this-world adventure with Orbitz's April Fools' Day offering. Their two-day promotion included trips to the past and the future, including Egypt in 2540 BCE and the Moon in 3013. Written below their ad was: “Fictional hotels in the past or future are subject to the creation of an actual time machine.”  Maybe you should contact Marty McFly and Doc to really take you in any year you want.