Why doesn't Airfarewatchdog have a fare to [fill in city here?]

George Hobica, April 15, 2009
Fares from Washington DC:

    We often get this question. Why are there no fares to....? Part of the reason is that we've trained our airfarewatchdoggies (some of whom are former travel agents) to only post fares when they're a good deal. $1000 RT from Boston to Rome in summer? Well, um, it was $500 RT earlier this spring... so should we put up the higher fare, or wait until maybe it comes down again? We think we'll wait! I mean, anyone can just string a bunch of computers together and buy a lot of airfare data and slap up fares... we don't work that way. We ask ourselves questions, such as, Would we buy this fare at that price? Is the fare on a nonstop flight, making it perhaps a better value than a lower fare that requires two changes of planes? Should we hold out for a better bargain before sending you, our wonderful subscribers a fare? We're not perfect, but we'd rather show you no fare at all than a fare just for the sake of showing you a fare (sure, doing it the latter way might drive more traffic to our site and even earn us more revenue, but that's just not us).

    Basically, we want to hear more stories like this one: One of our colleagues who works for our sister site Smarter Travel was standing in line at check in at the Rome airport overhearing two ladies discuss how cheaply they bought their fare from Boston to Rome. He couldn't help asking, "So how did you find your fare?" "Oh," one of them chirped, "On Airfarewatchdog! We paid under $400 round trip with taxes and everything! In fact, I have some of their business cards if you'd like one!"

    "Oh," he replied, (beaming no doubt), "I actually do some back end work for Airfarewatchdog.com!"

    "Can I touch you?" asked the woman in line. Aw, that felt good!

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