I visit my airline forum occasionally, but less frequently as time goes by. The original purpose of the board was to cater for the interests of "Frequent Flyers" and maximise user benefits from the various airline mileage programs.
The problem, I have found, is that the sense of self-importance of the various users frequently fails to match their actual importance to the airlines.
I have met a number of people who really max the miles: Not just scraping into the top tier every other year, or topping up their points with credit cards and car-hire, but the people who really do fly a lot. Adjectives that I would apply to them include - Courteous, Knowledgeable, Sanguine, Reticent and Unassuming. These are not the same adjectives that I would apply to a majority of the users on FlyerTalk.
That said, the board clearly has its' uses and serves a purpose.
Yup. For whatever reason, flyertalk has attracted some folk who know everything about everything. I do think it is worth a visit sometimes as I admit to not knowing much about the clever stuff that the folk there know so much about.
Alternatives such as calling airlines and asking them are no longer possible, unless one has the patience of a Saint, and sub-continent language skills. (Except for Virgin who appear to be able to answer phones)
Courteous, Knowledgeable, Sanguine, Reticent and Unassuming. These are not the same adjectives that I would apply to a majority of the users on FlyerTalk.
How dare you TS! These are clearly high powered businessmen and women you are denigrating here. If I was a high flier like them I too would be on the forum telling one and all about the standards dropping in the EK 1st class lounge at Dubai or something of similar importance
Actually I kinda like flyertalk. I have been given lots of good advice over time there however it certainly is of benefigt when enquiring about best usage of frequent flyer miles, mileage runs, seating and certain promotions. It also helps if you are status card holder.