Bye bye fuel dump.

 

Earlier today Airfarewatchdog.com posted an article about how to drop the fuel surchage from certain itineraries. 

This has been something that was commonly known by a number of folks and used.  The airlines didn't seem to care as the number of people capable of using it was minimal. 

Sadly, within hours of them posting it, the "bug" was fixed and is no longer available.

Personally, I've lost any respect for airfarewatchdog.com as a reputable travel site.  First, for posting information that is obviously limited knowledge.  Second, for not crediting the source of the information (it's pretty obvious a lot of their content is plagarised from flyertalk.com) and Lastly, for putting the average consumer at risk by giving said information without completely informing them of the risks -- a travel resource site just told customers how to work around fare rules, something most airlines frown upon. 

After seeing the post, I immideately went and unsubscribed to their subscriptions.  Truth be told, i've never found them very useful and much prefer Farecompare. 

So I encourage everyone to rethink their relationship with airfarewatchdog.  They aren't professionals, just a bunch of hacks who obviously can't tell the difference between what is right and what is wrong.

 

ETA: The original article is here.  However it appears the article has been pulled.

Comments

#1
Sean March 30, 2010 at 09:58 am

Everyone should make sure to leave a reason as to why in the their "reason for leaving" section when you unsubscribe. They should know we're unsubscribing because they killed the FD.

#2
JIm March 30, 2010 at 11:25 am

I think they are even pulling down the blog comments in response to this.

Airfarewatchkitties? Airfarewatchweasels?

#3
Ben March 30, 2010 at 06:45 pm

Here's a link to the original article as Yahoo slurped it up. Nice to see the guy's advocating throwaway ticketing, and calling ya'll unethical for calling him out on it.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/airfarewatchdog/20100329/tr_airfarewatchdog/4589245xml