I had some pretty valuable knowledge I kept from Loyalty Traveler readers since March. My dilemma was whether to share some great travel deals for airline flights, hotel stays and 1,000,000 Priority Club points with readers and thereby the travel deals blogosphere or remain silent and improve my chances at landing some great deals for myself. I was planning to charge thousands of dollars today and win flights around the world for the next year and possibly buy one million Priority Club points for under $4,000.
Instant karma got me today at the Global Traveler Silent Auction 2012.
The Global Traveler auction site crashed in the ten minutes before some of the highest value items were ending two months of bids today around noon pacific time and I missed out on some spectacular prices for flights and hotels.
In retrospect I feel bad knowing that I could have probably brought thousands of additional dollars to this charity auction for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by just publishing a single post on the Global Traveler Silent Auction 2012 in the past two months.
All of you would have suffered from the same computer server overload and malfunction that beset my efforts in the final minutes. But if this auction had been publicized in the travel deals blogosphere initiated by a post on Loyalty Traveler, I am sure there would have been bids in place, cumulatively totaling thousands of dollars more for these travel items well before the server crash at the end of the auction. I got greedy and did not share the opportunities.
Here is an example of some of the auction item bids before the crash.
7 minutes before this auction closed, the leading bid for 1,000,000 Priority Club points was $3,810 and just about the time of the Global Traveler auction system crash. I was willing to go up to $4,010 in my value analysis.
Here were some of the airline bids for auctions ending within two hours of the Global Traveler server crashed preventing access to the auction.
Philippine Airlines – One round-trip economy-class ticket to Manila
Etihad Airways – Two round-trip Coral economy-class tickets from JFK or ORD to any destination on the Etihad Airways network.
EVA Airways – One round-trip economy-class ticket to Taipei
Qatar Airways – Two round-trip economy-class tickets system-wide from USA
Singapore Airlines – Two round-trip business-class tickets from JFK to FRA on the A380
South African Airways – Two round-trip Premium business-class tickets
Southwest Airlines – Two round-trip tickets
Swiss International Air Lines – Two round-trip business-class tickets to Zürich or Geneva
TAP Portugal – Two round-trip business-class tickets to Portugal
TAM Airlines – Two round-trip business-class tickets to one Brazilian destination
Turkish Airlines – Two round-trip business-class tickets from LAX to IST
As it turns out I didn’t benefit personally from holding back the deals from Global Traveler Silent Auction 2012 and some of you might have scored a fantastic vacation deal and helped the Leukemia charity earn more money from the Silent Auction 2012.
Lesson I think I learned today was share the knowledge.
Instant Karma’s gonna get you
Gonna knock you off your feet
Better recognize your brothers
Every one you meet
Why in the world are we here?
Surely not to live in pain and fear
Why on earth are you there?
When you’re everywhere
Come and get your share
But we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
And we all shine on
Come on and on and on on on
John Lennon – Instant Karma
Keep an eye out for Global Traveler Silent Auction 2013. I bet next year this auction receives much more attention. And there are still some auctions ending bids on Thursday and Friday if the Global Traveler website comes back online. Delta and El Al have auctions still going.