I have no interest or intention in preaching or judging about this…I’m just curious. I know that we all have a different level of what is ethically acceptable, but I have to wonder if the hobby of points and miles collecting is pushing people’s ethical boundaries farther and farther back, a little at a time, until after awhile what once seemed objectionable is now commonplace.
It’s definitely an adrenaline rush to get in on an amazing deal, and it’s so satisfying to anticipate a luxurious trip that you got for free (or almost free) by using points and miles, but if you get the deals and take the trips by dipping into a well of questionable ethics, are they worth it?
What is the real cost? The karmic cost?
I think one reason that ethical lines are a little blurry in this hobby is that it already feels like we’re getting something for nothing when we redeem an award flight or a free hotel night. It seems too good to be true.
I think it’s also really easy to be influenced by the “blink-and-you’ll miss it” deals that happen almost daily around here. It also might feel more acceptable because “everyone is doing it.”
What do you think?
Yesterday, I saw several posts around the web about how to earn Hyatt Platinum Status instantly, or Hyatt Diamond status with 5 fewer stays than are normally required (20 stays instead of 25). The only catch is that these offers were meant for Microsoft employees. Sure, the link was just enticingly out there for anyone to find and use, but…does that mean “anyone” should?
This is just one example, and I’m not trying to single anyone out or point fingers…but I am truly curious. I’d love to know what you think. About all of it.
Have your ethical boundaries changed since you discovered points and miles? Where do you draw the line?