Travel Hacking Smart Or Unethical? Christopher Elliott No Doubt Says Unethical!
A Crusade Against Travel Hacking
Christopher Elliott is back in his crusade against all that is travel hacking. In what is almost a word for word copy of his USA Today article on August 18 about the subject, Elliott has a new post with a poll asking whether travel hacking is smart or unethical. (Notice the scary looking photo of a “hacker” used in his post.)
I voted “Smart” in his poll, however this isn’t a black and white issue. Some “strategies” venture into areas that I am not comfortable with and I am sure that I do things that others would say crosses a line. The truth is that we each have our own boundaries and things that we feel comfortable in doing.
It can be difficult to say it is blatantly wrong to rip off travel companies, since they often have consumer unfriendly policies. (Although sometimes it is wrong.) Elliott nitpicks at “hackers” for things like throwaway ticketing and using Dr. in their name when making a hotel reservation. I have never used Dr. before my name, but I just don’t see how that is so bad for the travel companies. (Perhaps it is disrespectful to actual doctors.) Also, the premise that throwaway ticketing is wrong is beyond me as well.
Vote If You Want & Let Me Know What You Think
Since this poll just went live, I thought perhaps those in the BoardingArea community would like to chime in. If you care to, you can vote in Elliott’s poll here. I am interested to see the results. Also, let me know what you think below. Is travel hacking smart or unethical? Have a great night!