32 Responses

  1. Joelfreak
    Joelfreak at |

    I love that last line.

  2. ptahcha
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  3. Alan
    Alan at |


  4. Food Wine and Miles
    Food Wine and Miles at |

    Wow. That’s some serious hubris.

  5. AAExPlat
    AAExPlat at |

    Pathetic. As are all the credit card peddlers.

  6. Mike
    Mike at |

    The bloggers on this site and other sites trying to get card referrals pathetic too. Especially the bloggers that posts about lower bonuses that earns them money or the bloggers that says chase BA card is so great. Yea. Rriiighhtt

  7. Stuart Falk
    Stuart Falk at |

    Perhaps you’re being a little too tough here (tough love?). Public Broadcasting has been doing this for years by implying that other broadcast media don’t provide quality broadcasting. Not comparing Chris with NPR but he has a point (same as Consumer Reports).

  8. Eager Traveler
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  9. Tim2
    Tim2 at |

    No difference btw CC peddling and begging for money in my opinion.

  10. Oliver
    Oliver at |

    I am not a big fan of Elliot’s work. Not because I don’t think consumer advocacy isn’t needed, but I just don’t like his approach. It’s not balanced enough, and his articles are repetitive to the extreme.

    That said, I don’t think there is much wrong with him asking for financial contributions. I won’t contribute, but if ya don’t ask, ya don’t get.

    And it’s certainly better than those Boarding Area bloggers who literally use every possible topic and article to find an angle to push credit cards. I’d rather give cash to Elliot than sign up for a credit through one of their links and encourage this game any further.

  11. Minos
    Minos at |

    He is not the smartet tool out there too. Remember how he shelled the Palau 300 during the Korean Air fiasco?

  12. LarryInNYC
    LarryInNYC at |

    If he’s providing a service (including entertaining or enlightening reading on his blog), it’s not clear why he shouldn’t try the reader-supported model, similar to public radio or television.

    I don’t know anything about the guy or his site (other than the fact that he rubs some travel bloggers — notably Gary Leff — the wrong way) and I imagine that with a public appeal for funds one might also expect a degree of transparency he may or may not have.

    But if people are willing to support him, why not?

  13. Nic
    Nic at |

    The problem is not being a consumer advocate……..the problem is not being a GOOD consumer advocate.

  14. harvson3
    harvson3 at |

    His previous appeal contained the line
    ” I could go the way of those ethically-challenged mileage blogs and sites, and I could start slipping scammy affiliate links into my stories and talking up a product I don’t believe in, pocketing the generous commission check every month.”

    Those “ethically-challenged mileage sites” are helping us go to Israel next month for cheap, while Chris Elliott just provides me a daily crain-your-neck-at-the-wreck view of other peoples’ foibles. I have no evidence that he’s made my life or travel experience better, or even different. He’s opined that our cheap fare to Israel is unethical and cheating.

    Best of luck to him.

  15. Kris
    Kris at |


    Out of ALL the places one could possibly travel to, did you REALLY have to name THAT one…?

  16. The Miles Professor
    The Miles Professor at |

    I personally do not put any credit card links on my site that I don’t personally endorse and I always point out exactly which cards I have and which my team has. And also, the point is to maximize the value of points so people need *fewer* cards. And I always give the best offer I can find, regardless of any referral.

    You shouldn’t need 5 cards for a 3 night vacation to Paris…

  17. Oliver
    Oliver at |

    @Seth — sure, asking for contributions may not be particularly dignified, but I am not sure this post is particularly dignified either 😉 (is it intentional that the post has no link to the actual article you’re discussing?)

    I guess the ‘strange’ category is about right 🙂

  18. HansGolden
    HansGolden at |

    I much prefer credit card ads and links to this begging. With credit card affiliate links, I can at least reward the helpful, accurate bloggers without money coming out of my pocket. Not so with straight up donations.

    Chris Elliott serves up so much baloney that I would certainly never contribute to him in either fashion. The world would be a better place if he got out of the “consumer advocacy” business altogether. It’s that fact that makes his begging so pathetic.

    At least the bloggers are adding value with their analysis, presenting us with a terrific deal, and making money in the process. It’s a win-win-win.

  19. HansGolden
    HansGolden at |

    Exactly, harvson3. Well put.

    What’s your problem, Kris?

  20. Michael Hodson
    Michael Hodson at |

    No idea why anyone would find this offensive. If you don’t like his site… don’t read it. No one is making you. Similarly, no one is making you donate. He has followers that want him to continue his work (ergo the $5k he has raised this way). He’s being up front and direct about it. Really don’t see what remotely could be offensive.

    But then again, maybe getting page views off trashing the guy and trying to throw up some link bait article is more justified than what he is doing. Or then again.

  21. Aptraveler
    Aptraveler at |

    Two things that I truly dislike: 1) self-grandeur and as you mentioned Seth, 2) the believe that one is indispensable, that’s simply wrong in my book. I think @HansGolden said it well.

  22. Gene
    Gene at |

    He just needs some credit card affiliate links. He could pull in $10,000 per week.

  23. stephan
    stephan at |

    Pretty sad! The guy is just another self-important blogger with questionable morals who thinks he’s owed something by those silly enough to embrace his nonsense. Let them send their money to him – dumb and dumber I say!

  24. DaveS
    DaveS at |

    He is very good when he writes about the TSA. His consumer assistance pieces do sometimes have things one can learn from, though he often takes up cases that have little merit. On frequent flyer programs he is willfully ignorant and to be ignored.

  25. Marshall Jackson
    Marshall Jackson at |

    He’s just a tiny bit too “stick it to the man” oriented for my taste.

  26. The G
    The G at |

    George, let’s raise money to pay Chris to stop writing!

  27. Sice
    Sice at |

    Elliot had a good thing going but then his content suffered. Poor content led me, and I’m sure others, to quit following his blog. Less traffic means fewer ad impressions, so less revenue. He has caused his own problems and now he’s fighting to stay afloat…sounds like it’s time for him to improve content and to find another supplemental income. But then that’d be what 99% of the blogging world would do; he’s definitely in the minority.

  28. Drz
    Drz at |

    Chris Elliot comes across as a narcissist, hardly a character feature desirable in a true consumer advocate.

    I found the remark made by Kris quite offensive, besides being completely off topic.