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Yesterday, the Sheraton Madison was offering 3,000 SPG points for “liking” them on Facebook and sharing it with your friends on your Facebook wall. This was posted on FlyerTalk and MilePoint and One Mile At At a Time and The Points Guy blogged about it too.
In case you don’t use Facebook and are wondering, “liking” something on Facebook is officially defined as to “give positive feedback and connect with things you care about.” You do this by clicking on the “like” button (the thumbs-up image) in Facebook.
The terms and conditions for this promotion indicated that the offer was valid only in June and only open to Wisconsin residents. It turns out that a few people were successful in liking the Sheraton Madison, but the deal was pulled very quickly.
On Wednesday, the Four Points in Chicago was offering 1,000 SPG points for liking them on Facebook and
spamming sharing with your friends. This offer died in a few hours
And about a week before that, the Westin Charlotte was offering 1,000 SPG points for anyone who posted a travel picture on Facebook and got 50 likes. Folks on FlyerTalk uploaded pictures and included “ft” in the caption so that others could vote for their picture and everyone would get the miles!
As expected, the Westin Charlotte pulled the promotion early and Lucky complained (rightly so, in my opinion) that the Westin Charlotte was taking the low road by changing the terms of the deal.
I knew about these promotions either through FlyerTalk, MilePoint or other bloggers, but I didn’t post them on Million Mile Secrets. Nor did I *gasp* participate in them myself!
I didn’t think that these promotions would last long enough to provide value to readers, because the sponsors would pull the promotion once they realized that their promotions were unknowingly lucrative to others.
If you had signed-up for the promotion, you would have had to follow-up to get your promised points (if you got them at all). Or you would have been frustrated and angry when the promotion was pulled sooner than expected.
It turns out that you would have got some points if you had got into the promo early.
What should I do?
But perhaps I should have posted about these promotions, and let you the reader, decide whether to take part or not.
Should I be verifying that each deal works before posting on the blog, or should I just be sharing information about mile and point earning opportunities – even if some of those turn out to be false? Or potentially harmful to you? And let you decide if you want to take part or not?
For example, I know of an offer to earn 100 free AAdvantage miles by signing up for daily emails from a shopping website.
But I haven’t posted about it because:
- I didn’t receive any confirmation that I would earn 100 AA miles when I signed-up
- The company is not listed as an official American Airlines partner and
- Perhaps most worryingly, the domain name for the company was registered just a few months ago.
All these little discrepancies make me suspicious of the legitimacy of the offer.
It is okay if I submitted my email address to a spammers list, but I don’t want to take a chance with your email address!
On the other hand, I could be completely wrong (I often am!) about this, and could be preventing you from earning an extra 100 American Airline miles.
So what should I do? Share every bit of information that I find? Or verify it and perform a reasonable amount of diligence before posting so that you read about only the surefire ways to have Big Travel with Small Money?