As of today: $0.00 has been claimed by haters. (I’ll update the dollar amount the minute it changes).
To those who complain about bloggers killing your deals, I’ve got a $100 opportunity for you to prove that your deal was killed by one of those evil deal-killing bloggers.
From discovering all of United’s routing rules (after the Continental merger, and then again in 2016) to this week’s post on Extreme Maximizing of JAL Miles, I’m familiar with the process of discovering deals.
Less common for myself, but I’m also somewhat familiar with being accused of being a deal killer.
Every time this does happen, I’m extremely skeptical that the person complaining about my posting, isn’t ironically benefiting from it. That is, the only reason they know about the deal they want to keep secret, is because a blogger like myself found it.
Given that not a single place on the internet had remotely published the tricks I found, I was pretty certain any grumblings of killing the deal were nonsense.
So, in this week’s podcast with Nick of Frequent Miler – where we discussed his Turkish Miles & Smiles deal of 7,500 miles to Hawaii(!) – I had the same suspicion… but this time, I put my money where my mouth is.
On a whim, I made a $100 bet for any blog-hater. Having long been tired of the hypocrisy of complaining about sharing a deal that a person would have never discovered without the blogger they’re hating on, I decided to put my money where my mouth is.
If bloggers are doing more killing than sharing, I should go broke right?
Because my hunch based on the positive comments is that tons and tons of people benefited from this deal that wouldn’t have. And I also have a hunch that none of the negative comments are from people who were using this deal before. None, is my guess.
Yet, the irony is that people will keep reading to find the deals, and keep commenting about how bad bloggers are. If not, prove me wrong!
For people with comments, like this:
If I’m wrong, that you’re not hypocritical trolls who learned about these deals from Nick then complained about it… I got $100 for you!
Yet, somehow, I have a feeling none of these people can prove they booked this deal before Nick posted about. None.
Remember, I’m extremely cheap! But… I don’t want to be all talk.
For years, I’ve thought that the blog haters are complete hypocrites, but have had no way to prove it.
Nothing proves a point like money.
$100 Bet: Terms & Conditions
To qualify, you must:
- Have already commented on FrequentMiler’s Turkish post with a complaint about killing the deal before the publication of the podcast.
- I will contact Greg and verify the email of the commenter.
- Be able to show an email proving a ticket to Hawaii with Turkish for 7,500 miles before Nick’s original post on the deal on 7/5/19 (see: 7.5K each way to Hawaii: The sweetest spot we’ve been missing).
- Comment here with the link to your comment.
I will be able to see your comment’s email and will then ask Greg to confirm the email of the email address of the original comment.
- If they match, then I will contact you for verification of the booking and identity.
If I’m wrong, I’m $100 per person wrong.
If I’m right… Well… Likely nothing will happen. I seriously doubt any negative commenter will see the hypocrisy of their ways and apologize for attacking the very thing they benefit from. It won’t happen.
But for those tempted by their neanderthal instincts of self-preservation and tribalism (over miles and points deals of all things), my message is simple:
It’s easy to get caught up in an “us vs them” mentality, it appears to be human nature. But the blog-hating is just that – tribalism. Even if there is a seldom good point (as bloggers are indeed human), and it’s blown way out of proportion.
Chill out. Breath. The deals we find aren’t just for you (crazy I know), and even the unpublished deals aren’t just for you. As I mentioned, there are way more people who benefited from this deal than have lost it, and that’s true in general. That’s why y’all are reading blogs in the first place!
Hundreds of people have probably benefited from this deal already…
And so far, zero people have proven they’ve lost the deal.