The Washington Times today carries a piece on travel services offered by bloggers.
The piece highlights two: my award booking service and CrankyFlier‘s Cranky Concierge.
For $30 (for a domestic itinerary), Brett Snyder will search for the best fares and offer you advice on booking the best onboard product, monitor your flight and assist during irregular operations, and provide any necessary post-trip followup. Basically he’ll act as a really good travel agent and then some, and at a reasonable price. Brett’s services aren’t aimed at me but at his price point I think they’d be great for a regular business traveler without a travel department for instance.
Now, my services are more expensive than Brett’s as the Times piece notes. But I think the article conflates what we’re offering a bit. My services are rather specialized — finding award seats in premium classes for international travel, securing the best possible onboard product, maximizing stopovers, basically getting the most yield for your miles for a luxury experience.
I’m trying to book some coach seats for my family and need to scrape points from 2 (or maybe 3) accounts to do it. (AA, Alaska, and SPG). This lands outside both of the above services.
I can almost figure it out myself using AA’s online tool but am falling short. Is there a how-to guide on flyertalk or on a blog somewhere? (Something for the proletariat? 🙂 )