The Best Airline Bargains
The Wall Street Journal recently published a piece on airfare bargains, which exist in as many different forms as there are airlines. There are many ways to find deals—my deals newsletter, The Flight Deal, price-fare alerts—but especially if you’re open to letting the deal choose your destination (see Germanwings), it’s a good idea to know what the airlines are offering as best practices. The best fares, of course, are not always what you find with a standard search on an airline’s website. For example:
- Alaska Airlines — Runs “Fast Dash’’ sales at 11 am PT every Wednesday and tips customers off to destinations offered from its Twitter handle
- American Airlines — Has a configurable email newsletter with, among other things, last-minute deals on flights that weekend and other deals/sales
- Azul — Brazilian airline (founded by jetBlue founder) now offering 10-day ($299) and 21-day ($399) all-you-can-fly passes
- Germanwings — Offers a “Blind Booking” feature that lets you book flights for incredible rates with one catch: You can choose only where you fly into and out of (in Germany) and not where you fly (you can narrow down destinations by category like “Culture”)
- jetBlue — Tweets expiring and limited-time deals from a deal Twitter handle (@JetBlueCheeps)
- Southwest Airlines — Has a “Click ‘N Save” email newsletter that alerts subscribers to deals first, and sometimes with exclusive promo codes
Have another airline newsletters/tricks/resource you use for deals? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll add it to the list!
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