I understand that this is my own blog and I’m allowed to write whatever I please – but I strive to maintain the best practices in the miles and points world with my content. Whether it’s about proper disclosure, hat tipping properly, or even open discussion, I’ve tried my very hardest to adhere to the practices that everyone here feels is reasonable.
I got two comments this morning (and I’ve also gotten a few similar ones with the other posts) telling me that I am “killing the deal” and that “I’m not doing anyone a favour.”
For those who want to know why I posted these mistake fares, here’s what I think.
A mistake fare is clearly mispriced, so that any employee for the airline who is fairly intelligent enough
so not the US Dividend Miles Call Center will notice and notify a superior or get it fixed. That’s why whenever I have a post of this type, I ask you not to call the airlines/hotels/company. Does it mean that calling the airline will get the fare fixed? No. But it means that it raises the likelihood that the fare will be discovered and noticed.
When I post these, I realize the exposure my blog gives to the fare. So while that may ruin it for those that are angry that how instead of tens of bookings there are hundreds of bookings, that doesn’t affect whether it’s going to be honoured or not. In my opinion the number of bookings and the mistake fare itself is generally mutually exclusive. If you look at the Rangoon mistake fare, the round 1 fares were honoured. The round 3 weren’t. It wasn’t a matter of the number of people booking, but rather the airline that decided not to honour it.
Obviously, I don’t understand how I am killing it, other than the fact that I may bring its death a few hours ahead. Again, I can’t predict by how many hours I will do that and I try my hardest to ensure people don’t make dumb mistakes by calling the airlines. But even if they do, why should the people who booked it before I posted about the deal have a right to be angry that others are booking it? What is the need to be selfish?
Yes, I didn’t find the mistake fare, but does that mean I shouldn’t be able to write about it? I feel that posting the mistake will benefit more than it will harm. Especially with the Seychelles fare, I think it was the case. I’ve never seen so many posts on twitter thanking me for bringing the fare to the public, which is exactly what I wanted. I want to help people in miles and points, and if a mistake fare does that, so be it. I also think that the people that benefit from this fare greatly outnumber the people who feel I ruined the deal. That is worth any haters posting comments that I don’t like but I will
censor keep on my post.
Do you think I should be posting the username of the poster who discovered the fare on the FT thread for proper disclosure? Or do you think I should not even be posting these? Please comment below and
cast a vote (I can’t seem to figure out how to do a poll – I don’t think I have the widget).
I really wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your support – all of you, from the awesome conversations on Twitter, to the nice people on flyertalk that I had PM conversations with, and even all the bloggers who helped me to become a better blogger. Thank you, very much. So whether you hate my posts or love my posts I still appreciate your feedback. 🙂