Last night's post was quick as it happened as I was on my way to bed. Now, that said it is interesting that Airfarewatchdog has not only censored all the comments on their blog but also on their Facebook fan page. I'm a firm believer when an organization or individual censors things said about them, they have something to hide. No matter how good you are, you will always have negative press. By hiding negative press you're admitting your fault and guilt instead of defending yourself.
Am I bummed that the fuel dump is gone? Absolutely. Am I surprised? No, it was only a matter of time.
The fuel dump has been there for years and it will be missed. As others have said, it is surprising how quickly it was fixed, perhaps this means a fix was in the works?
Many have asked why it wasn't fixed sooner, an answer we likely will never have. One can guess that the small number of people using it wasn't impacting the bottom line and in many cases generating extra revenue. I can think of a few people who took trips they wouldn't otherwise take because of the fuel dump. So, as an airline, is it better to have a seat fly empty or one that didn't have a fuel surcharge?
On twitter, the einsteins at AFWD asked us: "Do you really think it's ethical to cheat airlines out of revenue considering how many billions they're losing?" To them I point out a few things.
- Is it better for an airline to have an empty seat then a seat that has the fuel surchage removed?
- In your post, you encouraged throw-away ticketing, something the airlines frown upon. By encouraging this behavior, how are you being ethical in promoting to consumers they engage in this practice
- Many people used this legitimately without engaging in throw-away ticketing. In these cases, what is unethical? An individual purchases a ticket, pays a price and flies all the segments. Some folks didn't even know that the fuel surcharge has been dropped.
Personally, as a consumer, I would seriously question the validity of the information AFWD provides. If they encouraged a frowned-upon (some airlines would call it illegal) practice, how much can you trust their information?
Between the questionable information they provided and their excessive censoring, i find them to be a useless entity. Between them and their main competitor, Farecompare, i've always found the latter to be far more useful.