Why I Did Not Report on the Big Airfare Mistake of This Weekend
“Can not understand why (most) my fellow bloggers are not YELLING about this one”, René posted at Delta Points yesterday about the airfare mistake from certain cities in the United States to places in Africa and the Middle East — such as Nairobi and Muscat, for example — which have priced as low as less than $200.00 per round-trip ticket for a seat in the economy class cabin on aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
Here are three of the reasons why I chose not to report on it:
- I do not want to be responsible for “killing” the deal
- I am not interested at this time in participating in a heated debate pertaining to the ethics of partaking in what can be obviously considered a “mistake” airfare — although you are certainly more than welcome to do so in the Comments section below
- There is always the possibility that the airfare may not be honored, which usually leads to significant disappointment
Also, keep in mind that if you are earning SkyMiles for these trips in 2015, you will only earn them on what you spent — excluding taxes and fees — due to the new system of earning SkyMiles based on revenue instead of miles flown as a passenger. If you have earned Diamond Medallion elite level status on a ticket which is $200.00 excluding taxes and fees at 11 SkyMiles per dollar spent, you will only earn 2,200 SkyMiles despite traveling greater than 16,000 miles; but if you are looking to acquire Medallion Qualification Miles towards future elite level status, you will earn greater than 16,000 of them.
An argument could be raised that perhaps I should report on airfare “mistakes” so that you can be alerted about it and take advantage of it — an argument with which I certainly do not disagree; but it can cause a dilemma for “bloggers” in terms of serving their readership. I do occasionally post on what could be considered great deals; and sure, I can get a lot of traffic and further increase readership significantly by plastering a headline bellowing that you take advantage of this unbelievable mistake airfare before it disappears…
…and there are even some people who would say “hey, this is your ‘blog’ and you should write about whatever you want”, which is true…
…but I value your opinions, thoughts and comments; so what do you think? Was I wrong for not posting — excuse me….YELLING — about this airfare “mistake”?