Strategies for Finding Cheap Airfares in 2009

 

Sign Up for Deal Newsletters and Price Alerts

by Molly Feltner, SmarterTravel.com Staff – January 19, 2009
You can find great deals the same way we at Smarter Travel do: by signing up to receive airfare sale emails from the airlines and other providers. “These days, good deals are gobbled up quickly. By signing up for newsletters and alerts, consumers can make sure that they are the first to know about the latest and greatest travel deals,” says Clem Bason, vice president of merchandizing for Hotwire.

Not only will you find out about general sales, you may also gain access to exclusive subscriber-only sales. “Sign up for every airline’s newsletters and frequent flyer programs, and reap the rewards of promo code fares,” says George Hobica, founder of Smarter Travel’s sister-site Airfarewatchdog.com. “These are the real bargains now as airlines attempt to drive traffic to their websites.”

Besides sale and promo code emails, you can also register for customized emails from sites that monitor prices on specific routes and alert you to pricing trends. These sites may help you decide the best time to buy fares. In my opinion, Farecast’s alert service is the most reliable such tool out there, although it doesn’t work for some smaller airports.

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