I saw Scott Mackenzie's post earlier today which sounded like an interesting proposition. If you're very good at searching for flight…I mean REALLY good, you can apply for a full time job at Flight Fox.
I'm not in any way linked to Flight Fox and had never heard of them until today. But looking at their website, it seems a good blend between a travel agent and an award booking service. Their emphasis is clearly on working out cheapest revenue tickets, and charging an upfront fee if you take their advice.
The job title is “Analytical Flight Hacker” (which sounds a little ominous if you work in aviation security) and the deadline to apply is Friday 11th April 2014.
The application comes in two parts. The first is tricky. In fact, I'll write it in its verbatim, abbreviated glory taken from the job page. I'll go by the assumption that if you don't know what it means then you shouldn't apply for the job!
SYD – CNX – TXL – YUL in Y unless you can pull out a great price in J. All travel within September and carry-on only. You must describe what you did to find a cheaper price than a typical search on ITA or Kayak.
The second part requires some questions:
- Describe your flight specialties, especially the strategies that make you more competent than other flight experts.
- Describe the single project you would consider your most significant accomplishment in life or work to date.
- Identify three products from our product page you could help with the most.
The job does have its rewards though, you get to move to Montreal, Canada and then switch offices every now and then, which sounds absolutely amazing.
The successful applicant will be booked on a one-way ticket to Montréal for an intense 3-month training period, and will then travel and work with the team from a different location every 3 – 6 months. Locations are discussed and debated within the team, with Montréal as our base HQ and Sydney, San Francisco, León and Berlin as previous ‘remote office’ locations.
Side note: That's León in Nicaragua by the way. I happened to go there just a couple of months ago and really liked it. If you're up for it, you should try their local delicacy…iguana soup. The Girl And Globe happened to go there just a week before me and did the same excursion.
This sounds like a genuinely interesting job application which would suit a typical reader of my blog. In fact I fancy tackling the first challenge regardless of applying for a job! I'd probably wait until the job application window closes before considering to put up my answer in case it screws things up for them.
Like I say, I knew nothing about FlightFox until today so though I am trying to be impartial and independent, you should do your own homework if you are seriously wanting to apply. Good luck if you do!