Imagine earning points and stay credits in a hotel loyalty program without needing to actually sleep in the room. Pretty amazing, right?
What if you didn’t even have to pay for the room night? That would be incredible, no doubt.
And what if you could actually get someone else to pay you a small sum to “facilitate” the booking. You’d be earning points, credits and cash all at the same time.
It is also a gross violation of program rules and a pretty crappy way to teach newcomers to the points game about how the programs work. But for $10 a month there’s an “expert” out there willing to sell you his experience and expertise in precisely this way.
Gotta love(?!?!) the creativity some people will go to in order to scam the unwitting into booking "subsidized" and mostly fraudulent hotel stays. pic.twitter.com/mVhjxTVYFt
— Seth Miller (@WandrMe) February 24, 2018
This scheme is similar to how folks attempt to skirt the rules for selling airline upgrade vouchers. Search on eBay and the listings are plentiful, nearly all offering “advice” on how to get a discounted upgrade that just so happens to include the “gift” of a “free” GPU certificate. The airline is not fooled by such efforts. It can and does close accounts and cancel tickets without recourse when it so chooses. Selling upgrades in this way is a common entry point into that experience.
Getting to a hotel and finding that you’re the secondary guest on a booking and unable to check in without the other person there would really, really suck. And it probably won’t happen too often, but when it does the subscriber who paid for those services is well and truly screwed.
The part that really bothers me is the claim, “My goal is to share my knowledge of the travel industry with you so you can travel more, fly further and stay in nicer hotels, all without breaking the bank!”
Teaching fraud rather than how the system works is not that.
It disappoints me because there are many great people offering great advice. The mountain of knowledge in this space is nearly infinite; learning it all would take forever. And there are so many people helping newcomers to digest the little bits they need to “level up” just a smidgen. There are even the occasional shortcuts that help immensely. All without being fraud.
And then there’s this guy. That sucks.
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