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Old Nov 21, 16, 3:01 am
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Looks like that site didn't even survive 2 months :-)
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Old Nov 21, 16, 6:50 am
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Originally Posted by 84fiero View Post
Indeed...I asked up thread as well. OP comes in wanting others to share good sources for his benefit, says he's aware of useful tricks on some German language blogs but then refuses to share them himself.
Ok, here are the ones I know :
https://travel-dealz.de
https://www.upgradeguru.de
https://www.urlaubspiraten.de
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Old Nov 21, 16, 11:00 am
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Old Dec 4, 16, 7:21 pm
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I also found that some Chinese forums (aka "bbs") have some juicy content (tricks, promo codes, etc...) that people here are less willing to post. Among these Chinese forums is the one called flyertea.com

Just use Google Translator and Google search in chinese
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Old Dec 4, 16, 11:31 pm
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Originally Posted by MasterGeek View Post
I also found that some Chinese forums (aka "bbs") have some juicy content (tricks, promo codes, etc...) that people here are less willing to post. Among these Chinese forums is the one called flyertea.com

Just use Google Translator and Google search in chinese
oh boy, this is going to be fun.

"Citi enjoy gift card promotions and calculus are very kind. First of all, in 5 times the food class points blessing, the exchange of air mileage ratio can reach 7.2: 1, cost-effective high, and Citi points can also be donated to relatives and friends, no air travel just for the people, the addition of a integral not waste A good place."
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Old Dec 5, 16, 2:32 am
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I get quite a bit of traffic from flyertea, the problem being that I can't understand the articles that are generating it :-)
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Old Dec 5, 16, 7:42 am
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Originally Posted by MasterGeek View Post
I also found that some Chinese forums (aka "bbs") have some juicy content (tricks, promo codes, etc...) that people here are less willing to post. Among these Chinese forums is the one called flyertea.com

Just use Google Translator and Google search in chinese
You haven't seen games until you've seen the Olympic level games played in China when it comes to this travel stuff.
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Old Dec 20, 16, 6:01 am
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Pay for info sites exist/existed; and at least one on the dark web had some kind of payment collection effort for tips.

Aren't there still some people paying even for YQ-dump info?

But a scalable business model that is as potentially lucrative as a good, public blog? Not so easy to pull off.
They exist. My impression, is the price you would need charge to make giving away anything (extremely) useful is way too high.

This was also common conversation in casino AP circles. (though, haven't seen too much general talk lately, or perhaps I pay less attention...) Why would I let you know about a $200/$300/$500+ per hour play, that if too many people "jump on" is going to be shut down. What's in it for me?

The amazing thing is, that often everything you need to know is right in front of you.

IMHO, the lack of being able to monetise many of the travel/airline tips/tricks bores me. My desire to spend the entire year continuously flying is nonexistent.
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Old Dec 20, 16, 6:17 am
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The FTU and other events garner quite a bit of cash selling such 'secrets' though... Alexander König sells a newsletter which has a weekly/monthly digest of the buzz with step by step instructions for 100€/yr. It includes an email that highlights any breaking news. Selling such info does have its problems though: when he told folks about a fuel dump you could book without taking the first leg (booked on an obscure airline) he had 20-30 people stranded in Paris trying to board an AF flight... ��
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Old Dec 20, 16, 7:09 am
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I want to mention youhavebeenupgraded blog

80-90% he copies from FT and VFT forums but from time to time he shares very openly some good tricks. For my personal choice too openly e.g. recent Lifemiles topics.
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The FTU and other events garner quite a bit of cash selling such 'secrets' though... Alexander König sells a newsletter which has a weekly/monthly digest of the buzz with step by step instructions for 100€/yr. It includes an email that highlights any breaking news. Selling such info does have its problems though: when he told folks about a fuel dump you could book without taking the first leg (booked on an obscure airline) he had 20-30 people stranded in Paris trying to board an AF flight... ��
Ooopsie!!

A similar sounding concept to this "Travel Hacking Cartel" that I remember came up a few times here on FT - I think the owner was on here promoting it: travelhacking.org (I'm dumb when it comes to the web but how does a for-profit venture get a ".org" domain name??)

Currently it appears they have a 14 day trial membership for $1. Regular membership has three levels and is anywhere from $150 to $468 depending on the level and whether one pays month-by-month or annually.

(Note - mentioning this in the context of the discussion about monetization of tips/tricks - I have no idea if "travelhacking.org" has any "real tricks" or indeed whether it has any value at all!)
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Old Dec 20, 16, 7:23 am
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Originally Posted by 84fiero View Post
how does a for-profit venture get a ".org" domain name??)
Same way it gets a .com or a .net or any of most other TLDs: pay cash. Most TLDs are not restricted to specific groups or industries; it is just recommended. Some (.edu, .travel, etc) have rules but even within those the level of enforcement can vary.
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I have no idea if "travelhacking.org" has any "real tricks" or indeed whether it has any value at all!
No and no. It is mostly about CC sign-ups. So you pay to receive emails with CC links in them.
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Same way it gets a .com or a .net or any of most other TLDs: pay cash. Most TLDs are not restricted to specific groups or industries; it is just recommended. Some (.edu, .travel, etc) have rules but even within those the level of enforcement can vary.

No and no. It is mostly about CC sign-ups. So you pay to receive emails with CC links in them.
Thanks, I didn't realize that about the TLDs!

Paying to get CC links sent to you - well, I guess there is a sucker born every minute! Only wish I'd thought of it
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A similar sounding concept to this "Travel Hacking Cartel" that I remember came up a few times here on FT
Well, there is a Vegas-Internet-Mafia, which is far more interesting than most of the "Travel Hacking" that is see. But, I love Vegas scoop.

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Selling such info does have its problems though: when he told folks about a fuel dump you could book without taking the first leg (booked on an obscure airline) he had 20-30 people stranded in Paris trying to board an AF flight... ��
Problem? Only for "silly" people. Buyer beware. Hence, the overall problem when "hacking" goes mainstream. You get some people who have no idea about the potential risks.

If a deal is too good to be true, and you don't understand the risks; you set yourself up for "good times."
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Old Dec 21, 16, 2:23 pm
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Well, there is a Vegas-Internet-Mafia, which is far more interesting than most of the "Travel Hacking" that is see. But, I love Vegas scoop.
Do you mean the VIMF Vegas Tripping website? I am always keen to know of people's recommendations for Vegas sites and tell it like it is and are not trying to sell me something too overtly.
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