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A few months ago, I wrote 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. Last week I got a notice that they were finally “live”
Some interesting requests
I had signed up to be a Farefetch “fetcher”, and over the past few days I’ve gotten a few requests. The very first FareFetch request I got was a reasonable request: LAX-ORD for $198. I actually found a flight for that one (on Spirit!) but I was not the first to respond so I didn’t get the deal.
But then we got this one, from Las Vegas to a smaller city in Colombia (i.e. not Bogota)
Let’s set aside that $319 is an awesome price to get from the US to Colombia, this person is only “okay” with non-stop or 1-stop service, which is (as far as I could tell) LITERALLY NOT POSSIBLE!
Well now they’re just trolling
The last few have been patently ridiculous.
Moscow to Berlin in business class for TWO DOLLARS?!? Well at least he’s flexible enough that he’s willing to fly from any of the 3 Moscow airports… 🙂
If Farefetch doesn’t put something into place to weed out ridiculous flight requests, I can see many people dumping them.
I’m not 100% sold on their business model, especially the part about using your miles to book other people’s flights. That’s 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
Have you used Farefetch yet? What has your experience been?
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