A Retired Travel Agent’s Secrets for Getting the Best Travel Deals

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As a retired travel agent and member of Team Clark, I’ve decided to finally spill my secrets for how and where I find the best airline and travel deals.

The Sites and Subscriptions Our Travel Expert Can’t Live Without

Here are my tried and true go-to websites and free subscriptions that can help you book the trip of your dreams on a budget.

Scott’s Cheap Flights

Scott's Cheap Flights
Scott’s Cheap Flights

I am one of nearly two million people who subscribe to this must-have e-newsletter for international airline deals. Handpicked and vetted airfare alerts can save you up to 90%.

If you opt for the free subscription, you’ll learn about the best deals about a half-hour after premium subscribers and receive only a select number of deals. Premium subscribers pay $49 annually. Free or paid, all subscribers can personalize their preferred departure airports.

Airfarewatchdog

Airfarewatchdog
Airfarewatchdog

Besides searching more than 20,000 airline routes for deals, this company also searches for deals on airlines like Allegiant and Southwest (something many of the others do not) and shares promo codes for airline website deals.

Airfarewatchdog’s specialty is sending price alerts for particular routes. You can choose to receive city-to-city alerts, departure city alerts (to see all deals from that airport) or arrival city alerts (useful when friends or family are coming from several different airports to one destination).

You can’t book at Airfarewatchdog, but the site includes details on how to find the fares yourself.

The Flight Deal & The Fare Deal Alert

The Flight Deal
The Flight Deal
The Fare Deal Alert
The Fare Deal Alert

I’ve bookmarked these pages to view frequently updated published deals on both domestic and international routes.

Travelzoo

Travelzoo
Travelzoo

This company partners with more than 2,000 top travel suppliers, and each deal is vetted for accuracy and availability before it’s published to more than 28 million subscribers. Members receive a weekly Top 20 email of globe-spanning offers on vacations, cruises, hotels/resorts/all-inclusives and activities.

ShermansTravel

ShermansTravel
ShermansTravel

I subscribe to this free curated Top 25 newsletter for good travel deals on flights, hotels, vacation packages and cruises.

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TourRadar

TourRadar
TourRadar

If you prefer to book bundled travel packages with lodging and guided (or independent) sightseeing, this is a site you’ll want to check out. You can explore offers in more than 160 countries and experience the destinations at a pace that fits your unique travel style. The Deals tab selects the best last-minute offers, early-bird deals and two-for-one tours.

And now for my very favorite place to shop airfare deals:

All The Flight Deals

All The Flight Deals
All The Flight Deals

I love this free and super easy-to-use site! You can enter multiple departure airports to view deals, and each shows you how long ago it appeared (26 minutes ago; 2 hours ago, etc). The results also show the airline offering the deal and the source of the offer (Airfarespot.com, Travelpirates.com, Momondo.com, etc). Click on the price to view pop-up calendars with airfare rates shown for each day of the week.

You’re welcome!

Final Thoughts

I still love the ease of use at Google Flights. It’s a great basic website to search domestic and international airfares when you must fly a specific airline, must have a nonstop flight, or have a multi-city trip (flying into one city and out of another).

In other words, Google Flights has a wide range of filters to display custom results.

My tip: Frequently hit the RESET button to the left of the date entry boxes. Even when you do see a great fare, hit RESET again. The calendar may adjust with an even lower fare.

Here another good thing to know: Whenever you purchase a non-refundable airline ticket, as long as you’ve booked it a week before departure, you always have 24 hours to cancel or change an itinerary with no penalty.

So if you see a deal you can’t refuse, complete the purchase. If you have to cancel, do so at the same site where you booked the flight, and don’t forget you have only 24 hours.

Don’t forget you can find great travel deals 365 days a year on ClarkDeals.com!

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