I was contacted two weeks ago by a reporter at The Economist who wanted to do a piece on fuel dumping for Gulliver, their business travel column. His email was pretty clear that he didn't want any 3Xs, but rather was looking for insight into how and why it actually works. I talked to him for about 30 minutes and gave him the best explanation I could, but I didn't expect it to ever get published … [Read more...]
Here are all the posts I've ever written on the topic of Fuel Dumping.
Last weekend was one of the worst times to be away from home. Sure, I enjoyed visiting Branson and Table Rock Lake (despite what my tweets may have suggested ;) ), but there were several excellent yet also very transient travel opportunities taking place during my absence. Singapore Airlines Caught with Its Pants Down While I was meeting Megan’s family, Singapore Airlines updated its … [Read more...]
BryanIAH just shared a new mileage "jog" on his blog, mileagerunning.com. At 4.6 cpm, it's not the greatest. We both admit that. But Mexico City sounds like a lot of fun to me, and you can go visit Carlos Slim's new museum. This is one of those cases where you should be willing to pay a little more for the opportunity to visit for more than a few hours. Although direct connections on US Airways … [Read more...]
This week I’m discussing the basics of fuel dumping. Remember, I’m not going to describe any particular dumps in detail (though I did post an example on Wednesday) so you can go out and book it yourself immediately after you finish reading this. I’m only trying to show you how to get started in the game so that, someday, you will be able to find such a deal with some effort of your own. There are … [Read more...]
I showed you earlier today how to find and book a 3X. Here is an example of what to look for when you are testing a 3X. First, a screenshot of the candidate fare from Los Angeles to Tokyo: As you can see, there is a very hefty fuel surcharge (YQ) of $576. Over 65% of this fare is fuel surcharges! Now let's take a look at what happens when I apply a 3X as part of a multi-city … [Read more...]
This week I’m discussing the basics of fuel dumping. Remember, I’m not going to describe any particular dumps in detail so you can go out and book it yourself immediately after you finish reading this. I’m only trying to show you how to get started in the game so that, someday, you will be able to find such a deal with some effort of your own. There are lots of things I’m leaving out along the … [Read more...]
You’ll remember last week I discussed my philosophy on fuel dumping and whether or how much of the technique should be shared openly. This week I’m going to tell you a little bit about how to do it yourself. A lot of it can already be found in my posts on MilePoint. However, some could use more clarification. Part 1: Introduction to fuel dumping Part 2: Finding and booking a 3X Part 3: … [Read more...]