Just like any other business, the internet has its fair share of affiliate sites, which is generaly no problem at all, providing they provide a service and offer updated and or relevant content.
A classic example would be someone like price runner, who are a comparison site with loads of links to various products.
Since we are travel news site, lets look at the problems you may face when dealing indirectly with affiliate sites. Lets look at affiliate future for example, in our opinion the worst of the lot, for a couple of reasons –
1. If your an affiliate, affiliatefuture pay it seems on a 50 to 60 day cycle.
2. They promote some of the worst travel sites, with poor customer reviews.
Affiliate future promote among others, On the beach – 118 travel – Flight and hotel. See the poor reviews of 118 travel.
Apparently as they do not sell package holidays, they avoid the ATOL regulations, which means none of the above will offer you package holiday consumer protection with Atol.
Neither do they offer true online booking, and we know all about what happens with “on the beach…” So if you see any of these avoid them like the plague.
However in amongst this rubbish, are reputable ATOL bonded companies like Cosmos – Olympic – Jet2holidays – who are not going to be overly enamoured by the goings on at affiliate future.
There does seem however, to be light at the end of the tunnel for travel consumers.
It seems affiliate future are facing some rather serious complaints about late payments, missing payments, no customer service, plus poor or very little response to requests (not a good sign). With affiliates leaving in droves.
A request for a comment from affiliatefuture, has fallen on stony ground I fear, as the silence is deafening…
So if you run a web site not necessarily a travel site, that uses web links from affiliate future we would like to hear from you.
If you don’t know what an affiliate link is, its a link or banner advert, that directs you, in the example of a travel site, to the tour operator or flight company, you get the deal you wanted and the web site gets a commission..