8 tips and tricks for finding a great travel deal

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If you’re hoping to travel on a budget, one of the best ways to save money is to take advantage of travel deals when they come up. We’ve seen some great deals recently as more people start planning spring and summer travels.

But for beginners, it can shravskitchen.com be hard to know how to take advantage of deals. Part of the equation is being flexible enough to jump on last-minute deals when they pop up (something I still struggle with because I like planning trips far in advance). The other part, however, is knowing where to look and how to decide which deals are worth taking.

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So today, I’m going to walk through a few tools, tips and tricks for spotting deals and figuring out which ones you should jump on.

Travel apps and services

If you’re just dipping your toes into the travel universe, the right app on your phone can help you find the best deals for budget travel.

Scott’s Cheap Flights

This service allows you to set up deal alerts catered to your home airport and a select number of destinations. The base service is free, but you can also pay for premium or elite versions that range from $49 to $199 per year and come with additional perks such as the ability to choose more airports and destinations, get alerts for premium-class tickets and more.

Hopper

With the Hopper app, you can set alerts for flights and hotels based on where you want to go or stay. The app uses predictive technology to determine when the best time to book a trip will be. You can also freeze prices for a specific window of time if you find a deal but don’t want to finalize your plans just yet.

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Skyscanner

Skyscanner is a booking website that publishes daily deals and allows users to set price alerts for flights.

It’s also a good resource if you aren’t sure where you want to go. When you type in your home airport, you can leave the destination blank for Skyscanner to pull up the best deals for top destinations so you can explore the possibilities that make the most sense for your budget.

Google Flights

You can set up email alerts for specific routes through Google. This is best for when you have specific flights in mind and want to know the best time to book.

TPG app

The TPG app can help you track your points and miles balances so you can maximize your spending and have the confidence to book award flights and hotel deals when they come up. The Award Explorer tool can help you find your next destination and see how many points it takes to get there. This also helps you have a baseline for how much a trip will typically cost in points or miles so you know when you come across a great deal for a specific route.

Follow the right accounts

There are also a number of accounts you can follow on Twitter that share deals every day. These deals won’t be catered to your specific home airport or bucket list destinations, but it’s not uncommon to find some solid cheap flights shared by these accounts. Just know that sales, mistake fares and other deals tend to go fast — especially when shared with a large audience — so you’ll have to be quick to book on some deals or you’ll miss out.