Travel Deal Sites to subscribe and save
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.