It’s a fact, the industry reads the blogs. Some companies hire people to read the blogs for such content. Thus, blogging about secrets is really good for clicks and really bad for the deals.
Let me tell you one thing, no one who shares deals on a blog post is doing it because it’s charity, it’s not. More people will lose the deal forever, than people who gain in the meantime – 99% of the time, it’s true.
But secrets grow by email, twitter, in person and even on flyertalk, but they are somewhat coded. So unfortunately this means networking can be important. I say unfortunately because people don’t have the time to make it to events… but you can also make those connections on flyertalk, trust me. Just be active, and make friends.
But here it is, here is the reason on I don’t kill deals:
Because I travel.
No offense to ya’ll, but my travels are more important than my blog.
And in all honesty, my blog was born out of my love for travel.
But if you did not know, we are full time travelers. The two of us will probably get to 6 continents this year and spend 300 nights a year in hotels. To be honest, secret deals are more important to me than I would post online.
Thus, I don’t kill deals because I actually use them. People who kill deals, do not care about them. They don’t. They haven’t used them, and don’t care much if they are gone.
If a deal dies, I may end up paying because of it. So why would I ruin it? I want to protect deals because I love this hobby.
It has nothing to do with whether or not I’ve founded the deal, it has to do with whether or not I care about the hobby.
But to disprove this BS that bloggers are saviors of the niche, share deals offline. Do it. Share it with friends (who know how to keep a secret) and apparently don’t share the good ones with bloggers (except for me 😉 ).
Gary Leff (who loves the hobby) has always said that he would never post a deal that isn’t facing certain death. Gary, Ben, Seth… they live the hobby and they don’t kill deals. And even if it did payout for a little bit, they would lose two lifelong readers for every one they gained. I mean, really, those blogs haven’t really been blowing the lid and Gary and Ben have die-hard/lifelong readers.
But because these guys live it they don’t kill deals. And because I live it I don’t kill deals. I can’t help but think that the deals that get publicized, the poster has never used the deal. You can tell most of the time.
Anyways, that’s the reality, all deals die, yes – but some not for a very, very long time. I can’t believe how long some have lasted. Unbelievable. How dumb are they?
So share. Just in a responsible way. Off public spaces or coded well enough that it’s not super obvious.
Find me on twitter @travelisfree and dm me. 😉
Tell your friends.
I always share the best mistake fares with my friends. Tomorrow I meet them in Mexico because of it. We go to Milan in a few months because of it. We were planning a trip to Guam because of it…
Tell your family.
You know, a lot of people genuinely believe they can’t afford to travel. Or it’s just intimidating. But say, “here’s a $5 ticket, do you want to go?” and it takes down the wall for people. Suddenly they worry less.
But don’t let bloggers be the only way people find deals. Some are undeserving and haven’t done the work… but they are lucky to have you as a friend.
For those of you who want to know how to FD (which is a simple concept once you learn it), and how to find goodies, you need to do the work. If you’re reading this post, you have the ability. But be patient. I was in this game fulltime (and I mean fulltime) for two years before my first mistake fare. And if you saw the post with my calendar, I think I could do one a week right now if I wanted to.
The games a little be like magic, as I imagine when someone says “hey I want to be a magician too” the master doesn’t give all his secrets away. It’s like anything really. You learn over time.
And that’s another thing, the money is in the newbies. So spoon feeding and killing a deal might get the right readers to your site. And see even if it decreases the longevity of the site, it’s good for the short run.
If you share big secrets with me I don’t post them here because:
1) I wouldn’t break your trust. I believe in coming up with my own good content. Not using someone else’s. Hopefully I’ve done that. Hopefully you saw that in my last post.
2) I wouldn’t do that, because I live this hobby. I love this community and I love this crazy game.
Anyone who thinks he’s sharing it but is decreasing the lifespan may be financially motivated, or doesn’t care, or hasn’t lived through enough deals killed. But it’s not for the good of us. It will benefit a few, for sure. But not more.