A couple of reasons for posting today instead of the usual schedule. First, in case you missed the news on United award chart changes coming after January 31st, here is the LINK to MMS post. I will write more on it later. All I will say at this time, if you live in Continental USA and are thinking about using United miles to go to Alaska or Hawaii in economy, book your awards right now. Well, after you finish reading my post. The second reason for writing today is the following.
One of the careers I was always fascinated with was journalism. My life took a different path, one I don’t regret. But any time I see something, that isn’t ethical, I feel the need to speak up. Plus I’m a ranter, so that helps too. I am very much an outsider in this business and do my own thing. It suits me just fine.
To the extent that it does not contradict my moral principles, my loyalty in this blog is always to the reader first and foremost. I don’t have a lot of you, but I will do my best to protect each and every one. Which is why the following is not meant to offend or take a shot at any specific blogger.
You will never see me mention any names. It’s not appropriate for me to do so, because it would be bashing competition. Which is why I waited to publish this post. I wanted to make it harder to identify the bloggers, I am referring to.
You may remember my last post, where I wrote, how I applied for Citi Thank You Premier card instead of Southwest card. At the time of publishing it I honestly believed that the offer did not pay me commission. I simply thought it was a good bonus for my family, which is why I applied. Thats why I told you about it as well.
Then I found out that it did pay me commission after all. Do you wanna know how? I saw other affiliate bloggers start publishing shiny new posts, featuring this bonus. So I decided to double check. Lo and behold, it was listed on my site as of that day. But guess what? The offer has been out for more than a week and I know, that they knew about it.
It was originally reported by Frequent Miler(who did the right thing and published it straight away) and everyone reads his posts and tweets in this industry. I guess it just didn’t start paying commission till that day. What if it got pulled and some family could have taken advantage of it? I said before that other bloggers may not list a certain offer because they don’t consider it worthwhile. Basically a difference of opinion. Thats totally fine.
But this is something else entirely. They knew. They just din’t want this card to compete with their affiliate offers. Yet another conflict of interest. Which brings me to several points I want to make. They are:
1) I recommend you check Flyertalk forums from time to time, where all the best offers can be found.
2) Don’t support bloggers who engage in this practice. Hit them where it hurts: their wallets. Its the only way things will change.
3) Forgive me, if I don’t always have an updated info on my financial incentive as regards to specific cards. Things in this hobby change fast. Which is the reason I cut back to 3 posts per week (usually). I constantly have to keep an eye on news to make sure everything in my blog is accurate. But I’m not perfect, y’all!
Finally to the bloggers who did this, on the off chance you are reading my post. First, I’m not judging. I realize a lot of money is at stake. Plus there was a good chance the offer was going to stick around for more than week. But did you know that for a fact? Also, this is the type of behavior, that makes people angry at affiliate bloggers. To the point that they would rather apply at the issuer’s site so no one gets commission.
And frankly, I understand. People are upset and fed up and their numbers are growing by the day. How can they trust bloggers, if they pull a stunt like this? So next time you see a good offer, write about it even before it pays commission.You started blogging to help people, not to line your pockets. Its the right thing to do. So, DO tell.
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Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.