What Is Airfare Hacking?
Some of you know that I just got back from a short trip to see the sites in Warsaw, Poland. Whether it is a good idea to lose and gain 7 hours in the span of 5 days is debatable, the trip was a great success. The best part is that the whole trip cost about $1,000, including airfare. It all starts with something called “flight hacking.”
This is not a complicated as it sounds. There are a few tools that are easy to use, which can have you traveling the world for dirt cheap.
Scott’s Cheap Flights
The best flight hacking tool I have encountered is Scott’s Cheap Flights. Click on the link and sign up to be on his email list. It’s free to use, and 3-4 times per week, you will receive emails with relatively inexpensive airfares he has found, with instructions on how to book. There is a premium option, but I use the free one. I have used SCF to book a flight to London for $505, Warsaw for $351 and Vietnam/Thailand for $430 this year alone. I would say that Scott should start paying me for the number of times I have endorsed him, but he is responsible for me taking 3 vacations abroad this year. I should still be thanking him. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter as well, because he typically releases the deals on social media several hours before emails go out.
Fly Almost Free
Another tool that is similar to Scott’s Cheap Flights is Fly Almost Free. The concept is the same, except this site claims to have automated the cheap flight finding process. I have not yet used FAF, but it appears to be legit. I will have to expand on this once I have used it to book travel.
If you don’t want to wait around for an email, you can always head over to Google Flights and use its calendar tool to quickly find the lowest fares for any trip you want to take. You can also set up alerts where Google shoots you an email when a particular airfare changes. With a little patience and creativity, you might find the vacation of your dreams is much cheaper than expected.
There is more out there, but I think you get the gist. Now is a fantastic time to travel! Airfares are low, and the dollar is strong. If you manage to book a trip using these tools please leave a comment below! I would love to see where everyone is going!
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