Sales in a flash
When it comes to finding travel deals, you can forget the proverb, “good things come to those who wait.” In reality, good things come to those who don’t wait. That’s the concept of the increasingly popular “flash sales.” They’re deals that must be purchased within a limited time window. They don’t necessarily have to be used right away, though. Popular flash sale sites include Groupon Getaways with Expedia, which uses a transferable voucher system, so you can purchase travel at a bargain and give it as a gift. The Living Social Escapes site also operates with the voucher system and offers free travel with its Me Plus Three feature.
Whether you book with your favorite airline or venture into the new world of flash sales, remember that online travel prices are extremely dynamic. Check frequently with your favorite sites, and sign up for their travel alerts and fare sales. If you’re on Facebook, consider “liking” an airline or hotel chain that you frequently use. Facebook-only promotions will give you an inside track to savings. Smartphone or iPad users should download the free mobile apps found on most travel sites. They’re great on-the-go resources — and exclusive “mobile offers” bring big savings conveniently to your fingertips.
Ana Figueroa is a features writer and editor based in Los Angeles. She previously served as senior editor for the leading travel trade publication, TravelAge West. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, the Boston Globe, Travel Weekly, AARP VIVA, Home & Away, Porthole Cruise Magazine, Orange Coast magazine, cruisecritic.com and various AOL and Yahoo-branded travel websites. She is a coauthor of the travel guide Moon Metro Las Vegas.
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