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A few months ago, I had written about Farefetch, a site where people can submit fare requests and anyone (like you) can sign up to fulfill the requests if you find a fare that meets their parameters. One unique thing with Farefetch is that they not only allow but encourage you to potentially use your own miles and points to fulfill the other person’s fare request.
While I do offer an award booking service, think of this as a crowd-sourced award booking service for the masses.
I do feel like at least the part about using your miles to book other people’s flights is something that is unsustainable, rife for abuse, and likely to be either shut down by Farefetch or get people banned by their frequent flier mile program of choice
Farefetch now LIVE
I signed up to be a fare “fetcher” and was patiently waiting. Farefetch had targeted to go live in mid-June and when mid-June (and July and most of August) had gone by without hearing anything from them, I assumed that there were business model or other problems. I reached out to my contact at Farefetch and he did not respond, which was another indicator.
But last night I got an email that Farefetch was now live and early this morning I got my first booking with details as shown below
So I looked to see what was available, using Google Flights (READ MORE: 6 reasons why Google Flights is the BEST search engine) and found this
While flying Spirit may not be in the SPIRIT of the request (though maybe it is), it does fulfill the request and maybe they didn’t want to bring any bags. I submitted my request, and received a notice from Farefetch
I was not the first to respond, which is not unexpected, given that the email came out at 3:08 a.m. EDT and I did not respond till about 6 hours later. Guess one of you other farefetchers got it!
Did you sign up to be a farefetcher? What do you think of their business model?
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