Anyone who knows me knows that I follow deals, especially air fare deals. The primary love of my life (after Won’t Run and my family) is theFlightDeal. I owe a lot to them. There are many places in this world that I’ve traveled to because of their alerts and their hard work. And what they do IS work, even though they love what they do.
Sharing is caring?
There are many other websites that also share airfare deal info. In recent years, I discovered SecretFlying and loved to watch the often zany deals and destinations they posted. There are others too.
However, it was recently pointed out to me that nearly every single deal SF posts is a rehash of some other website’s posted deal. I started watching other websites such as Fly4Free and AirfareSpot. And, BANG! like clockwork, as soon as FlightDeal or Flyertalk or one of these other websites post a new airfare deal, SF copies it and posts it as their own. Not just sometimes – but EVERY SINGLE EFFING TIME.
And here’s the part that bothers me most: SF NEVER GIVES A HT OR OTHER ATTRIBUTION OR THANKS OR LINKS TO THE ORIGINAL POSTER OF THE DEAL. Frankly, I think that stinks.
SF is a copycat.
Most bloggers that I respect are fair (my fingers keep typing fare!). If they learn of a deal from Flyertalk or from some other source, they let that be known. They give credit. Information is rarely unique, but reputable bloggers share info and state where they got that info from.
SF is a copycat. Why? Affiliate links. CLICKS equal money. SF copies the content, but ask you to use their hotel or flight booking links, all without crediting the original author.
I will look for the originator.
Now, I’m not saying that SF is committing a crime. Many websites exist to make money, and I have no issue with that. But I do find their antics misleading. I’m not saying I won’t follow SF – getting an alert to a deal from them is a good “heads up” to a deal. The SF-type websites out there serve a purpose, but I’ve made a personal decision generally not to use their links but to instead use the links of the source of their deal post.
So too, if I am going to post about an airfare deal I’ve learned about from SF, I will do a little research and, when possible give credit to the originator of that information.
So, here’s what I say.
From now on I’m going to show a little more love to the FlightDeals, the Fly4Frees and the AirfareSpots of this world, and less to the SFs of this world.