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Old Jan 12, 15, 1:51 pm   #61
  
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It kind of amuses me that he went and rebooked himself on EY and not go direct even though he was accommodated on the QR A380 in J. Maybe I don't know the full story - [redacted]
Or maybe I'm just being harsh...

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Old Jan 12, 15, 1:52 pm   #62
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OMaaT's post this morning hinted at fighting for compensation for getting rebooked after (knowingly) booking a flight that didn't exist. He asked for thoughts, and I made mentioned the united incident... And an hour later it was deleted. I figured he might, so I took a screen shot.

Funny bc he claims be never censors comments



http://postimg.org/image/w6rrpane7/
Oh my.

He does seem to be working hard to get himself banned from a second airline.

Although he is now telling his readers to chill because he was only hinting that he was going to fight for compensation, not that he was going to actually fight for it.

Probably a very smart move in the scheme of things, admitting that he was manufacturing drama...kind of like a Real Housewife.

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Old Jan 12, 15, 3:03 pm   #63
  
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Old Jan 12, 15, 3:48 pm   #64
  
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Gee, do you really think this was a bit of manufactured drama for the extra eyeballs? No kidding! The guy runs a business. Some of you folks need to get out more.

As for the indirect routing thing, well, you hardly need the likes of me to tell you, but that's at the very hot, molten core of the whole frequent flyer ethos. Never go direct when you can connect. Never go Y when you can go J. Never go J if you can go F. Even if it takes days or hours longer. But since this is Flyertalk, you already know this, right?

I've never understood any of that even for a moment -- my time is valuable, at least to me -- but I actually had to do it once, for business reasons, a decade or so ago with a client who wouldn't sully himself with a non-stop flight in Y at all, let alone a TATL all the way to DFW. Drove me crazy. We missed our connection, of course, but as things turned out I did get to fly across the Atlantic with the most famous rock & roll star of all time, the guy who invented it. I think I was the only one who recognized him, too; either that, or everyone else was being discreet like me.

As for some of the other posts above, I honestly don't understand the spirit behind them, so completely and utterly antithetical to the way I think.
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Old Jan 12, 15, 4:01 pm   #65
  
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Old Jan 12, 15, 4:34 pm   #66
  
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Assuming he hasn't finally retired, I think my guy still plays his own instrument and does his own singing . . . .
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Old Jan 12, 15, 7:05 pm   #67
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Gee, do you really think this was a bit of manufactured drama for the extra eyeballs? No kidding!
Yes, a terrific example of why I stopped reading that blog regularly.
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Old Jan 13, 15, 10:19 am   #68
  
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I am simply pointing out to others that may read these comments that Ben is an extremely generous individual (whether on FlyerTalk or with other budding bloggers, he has always volunteered to help others) who was able through his own hard work and efforts turn his passion into a livelihood which delights those who do read him.
I think you have hit the nail on the head Randy. A lot of people are resentful of Ben because he is doing what so many people wish they could had done - having the courage to take the risk and convert his passion into his livelihood.

I've followed Ben on the internet since he was a really annoying and immature kid at airliners.net (well before he even participated at FT) and despite often not sharing his views on many subjects, my respect for him has grown exponentially during the last decade. He's still (relatively) a kid, but he wields disproportionate influence in the world of travel writing. We are free to accept, reject, disregard or criticise his perspective if we so choose, but we can't take his accomplishments away from him.
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Old Jan 13, 15, 1:21 pm   #69
  
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...a really annoying and immature kid, ... but we can't take his accomplishments away from him.
This is just amazing.
If there is anything more immature than flying for no reason every day,
please tell me.
"Accomplishments"? Being a pilot is an accomplishment. Creating something
is an accomplishment. But putting your butt in a seat and staying there for
15 hours is not. It's not different than watching reality tv all day.
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Old Jan 13, 15, 2:01 pm   #70
  
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This is just amazing.
If there is anything more immature than flying for no reason every day,
please tell me.
"Accomplishments"? Being a pilot is an accomplishment. Creating something
is an accomplishment. But putting your butt in a seat and staying there for
15 hours is not. It's not different than watching reality tv all day.
While clipping quotes from the previous poster, you could have used this one as well to answer your own comment/question - " convert his passion into his livelihood."
He did create something. Like him and his blog or not, he created a way to use his interest in flying in a way to bring him a very good income. He writes and reviews products he flies that encourages others to want to do the same and he has another successful business that handles the award bookings for those people. It seems to me that it would be vastly different from watching reality tv all day as he is making a very good living with the sites and followings that he has created.
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Old Jan 13, 15, 2:01 pm   #71
  
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This is just amazing.
If there is anything more immature than flying for no reason every day,
please tell me.
"Accomplishments"? Being a pilot is an accomplishment. Creating something
is an accomplishment. But putting your butt in a seat and staying there for
15 hours is not. It's not different than watching reality tv all day.
I think they were meaning accomplishments as in creating a successful travel blog with enough of following to make it his job. He could probably remove all opinion from his trip reports and still have a decent following based on the photos and information about the services and products on offer.
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Old Jan 13, 15, 2:42 pm   #72
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I think they were meaning accomplishments as in creating a successful travel blog with enough of following to make it his job. He could probably remove all opinion from his trip reports and still have a decent following based on the photos and information about the services and products on offer.
Yes, his blog is an excellent resource for researching premium transportation offerings...when it sticks to the facts.

Unfortunately, that's about 10% of what the blog does. Because that's not what pays. CC pumping and manufactured drama are what pays. IOW, thank God for Google Search!
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Old Jan 13, 15, 3:47 pm   #73
  
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Yes, his blog is an excellent resource for researching premium transportation offerings...when it sticks to the facts.
Well we don't know the numbers... Maybe he gets more hits and sign ups with this style of writing? I remember a time when the History Channel offered educational material worth watching and then decided to change the content to pull in more advertising dollars. I do have to say it is ironic that one of the biggest complaints is that we don't like bloggers to spoon feed everyone deals, but we want them to spoon feed us trip reports and tips and tricks on booking to save us the time digging. There is something to be said about a consistent trip report style. We provide a lot of opinion on what we don't like about each blog, but typically refuse to click their CC links which is how they make most of their money.
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Old Jan 13, 15, 9:56 pm   #74
  
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If there is anything more immature than flying for no reason every day, please tell me.
Yes. Snipping and misquoting people on the internet in the vain attempt to make a point is more immature than that.

I'm not going to waste more time trying to defend Ben. I've expressed my opinion, which is that I respect what he has accomplished. He's a media personality now, for better or for worse. That comes with the price of having to deal with criticism, warranted or otherwise. Just think of him as a Kardashian of aeroporn.
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Old Jan 14, 15, 12:31 am   #75
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Just think of him as a Kardashian of aeroporn.
Lol!
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