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The travel deal hit my inbox on a Thursday morning. By Thursday night we had booked.

This scenario isn’t exactly the norm in my house, but it is something that is certainly entertained more often than not. You see, I’m a travel deal junkie. I have an addiction to hearing about them and dreaming about which trips we should take. However, not all travel deals are the same. Although I get loads of emails every week declaring the best deals, I have five sites that I take more seriously than others. Subscribe and save, and you could be booking your next trip for a fraction of the price!

The Flight Deal logoThe Flight Deal

Email frequency: every day

What is it? The Flight Deal is a recent addition to my list. Every day I get an email with about five airfare deals. Not all are from my home airport, but there is at least once from Seattle every other day. If you aren’t into cluttering up your inbox with more email subscriptions, you can also see the latest deals on their website. The site is updated daily. There is always something new to see.

Why is this site worth your time? Well as the team states “We will only publish fares that meet a simple criterion: 6 cents per mile. This means a nonstop round trip from New York to Barcelona should never be more than $425.” Now that is a criteria my bank account and I can live with.

Airfare Watchdog logoAirfare Watchdog

Email frequency: daily, 2-3 times a week or weekly (you decide)

What is it? AirfareWatchdog isn’t necessarily a deals site, but it will alert you to flight discounts and dropping airfares to destinations you regularly visit or hope to travel to soon. You can tell the system your home airport, where you would like to go (you can add multiple destinations) and how often you want to be told about prices. It makes the search process a little easier when planning a big vacation. Instead of stalking an airline, your very own “watchdog” will do it for you.

Why is this site worth your time? I don’t like wasting time, but I do like to make sure I get the best airfare possibly. I admit that I do stalk sites like Expedia and major airlines just waiting for the moment their prices drop so I can book and save a little extra cash. Airfare Watchdog does it for me, saving me time and a little bit of sanity in the process.

TravelZoo logoTravel Zoo

Email frequency: once per week

What is it? Whether you are looking for a flight, hotel, tickets to a Broadway show or vacation package TravelZoo has you covered. The deals aren’t always the best as far as discounts go, but if your travels are flexible you can always find something. You can set up your account to only send you deals from the major city closest to you, so you aren’t tempted by flights originating across the country that you can’t use. Companies come to TravelZoo to promote their latest specials, but the site does vet all incoming opportunities to make sure they are truly worth it.

Why is this site worth your time? This team is well connected. Every once in a while an incredible deal, like our upcoming trip to Iceland that included flights, hotel and tours, pops up. You need to be ready to act fast as their 26 million other subscribers are seeing the same deal and booking it.

LivingSocial Escapes logoLivingSocial Escapes

Email frequency: about once a week

What is it? You may already know LivingSocial from all of their local deals on restaurants, massages, house cleaning and auto detailing, but did you know they also offer discounts on travel? Hotels and activities are their best deals, but you can also find travel. Honestly, I stick to the hotels whenever I look over my email. It can inspire some great weekend getaways. If I know I am traveling somewhere in the US I will look for Escapes in that city as well.

Why is this site worth your time? Money is money. If I can save a little on a trip I’m already taking than why not save. I check for Escape deals before booking my hotel through another sources. Just be warned—you must read the fine print on any deal you book. Most have restrictions on when you can use your voucher and they can expire. Read our guide to Travel Vouchers before you buy anything.

GrouponGroupon Getaways

Email frequency: about once a week

What is it? Just like LivingSocial Escapes, Groupon Getaways offer hotels and vacation packages at discounted rates. How good the discount is will depend on how much research you want to do. One thing that sets Groupon apart is that their escapes are fueled by travel mega site Expedia. Hotel deals will tell you how much you will save, but packages don’t always detail that out for you.

Why is this site worth your time? Any chance to save money on a trip you are going to take is worth the time. I stick to their hotel deals, as these are usually easy for me to snag for a long weekend trip close to home. Definitely read all of the fine print for booking details and restrictions, as well as cancellation policies.


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  • Bethaney - Flashpacker Family

    Oh great post!!! I’m always looking for deals. We used Groupon and Living Social a lot for hotels when we were in the US.

    • Keryn Means

      Bethaney- I try to find sites like Groupon wherever we travel. I need to start keeping a list so I remember when I do come across them. I know Canada has their own set.

  • Tawny of Captain and Clark

    Awesome! Just subscribed to The Flight Deal. They have some pretty incredible offers from SEA right now.

    • Keryn Means

      Tawny I seriously drool every other day over that site. Did you see that fab price to Hong Kong today?!?!?!

  • Adina | Gluten Free Travelette

    Hooray – I so needed these! I’m basing our late summer trip on wherever and whenever I can get the best deal.

    • Keryn Means

      Adina I can’t wait to see where this year’s deals take you!!!

  • Clare

    I think airfare watchdog is definitely one for me to try. I’m constantly searching for flight deals – it’s an obsession! Anything that might help me streamline the process sounds good to me!

  • Cathy Sweeney

    Thanks for the tips, Keryn. I’ve mostly ignored deal alerts in the past, because I assumed that they would’t be anything that I’d actually be able to use. But …. I think it’s time to pay attention. Good to get recommendations on the ones that can really help.

  • Will Castillo

    Hi Keryn, the name of your website sounds very familiar. I’m sure I’ve come across it before. Good tips indeed. My wife and I are Groupon junkies 🙂 and use it quite extensively but never for flights – although we’ve purchased 2 hotel deals in the past, one for Niagara Falls and the other for Ottawa. I’ve subscribed to Travel Zoo to try it out. Thanks again!


  • Aggy

    I’m a big groupon fan! Thanks for this list!

  • Lucy @ On the Luce

    Great tips, I’d not heard of all of these so will check them out. Never thought about using Groupon/Living Social when I travel either though have used them at home before.

  • Laurel- Capturing la Vita

    Saving this page! What a great collection of resources- off to look up flights now!

  • wanderingeducators

    Thanks so much, Keryn – I hadn’t heard of the first one before! GReat tips!

  • Pola (@jettingaround)

    I’m a big fan of airfarewatchdog, as I have gotten several great deals from there. And I’ve used LivingSocial/Groupon for… staycations. I’ll have to take a look at the Flight Deal – not very familiar with it. Thanks for the tip!

  • Travelogged

    Great sites — I love Airfare Watchdog, although I haven’t subscribed to it. I guess I should!

  • Allison

    A solid list of sites I’ve used before, and one new one for me. The Flight Deal looks like a winner. Thanks for the tip!

  • Monica Suma

    Awesome roundup. Just added flghtdeal to my radar, thank you for that!

  • Tonya {The Traveling Praters}

    I love to find great travel deals! I do use Groupon and Living Social but I could definitely use a great source for cheaper flights.

    • Keryn Means

      Tonya I’m always on the hunt for deal sites that can get us traveling on the cheap. It’s one way we travel so much!