Finding great flight deals is a must when traveling, at least if you are me. I will literally spend hours looking for the best deal before deciding to book. Yes it is tedious, but honestly I would much rather spend my money during my travels than on transportation to my destination. Hotels too by the way, but that is a different topic. As I said before searching every corner of the internet for the best flight deal is tedious but also very, very, very time consuming, so I found a way to literally bring the deals to me.
This one so simple yet everyone, including me, opts out of this option. Blindly robbing ourselves of millions of ice cream cones we can eat at the beach while enjoying the beautiful sights of our travel destination. Obviously you can trade in the ice cream with your guilty pleasure of choice. To ‘’activate’’ this not so secret flight deals hack all you have to do is sign up for the newsletter of your favorite airlines. I hear you, spam is a real thing and no one has the time to be cleaning up their inbox everyday. Rest assured, I have two tips to avoid this.
1. Create a special email address especially for the newsletters.
Obviously I won’t let all those emails get to my business email, cue me losing my mind in 3.. 2.. 1… I would suggest using a gmail account for this as they filter everything quite nicely in three categories; ‘’Primary’’, ‘’Social’’ and ‘’Promotions’’. I can’t tell you exactly how the categorizing goes when you only receive newsletters as the logical answer of they all go into promotions seems a bit too logical. The reason I can’t tell you how it goes with gmail is because I use my very first, super awkward, what was I thinking, email address for it which is a hotmail account.
2. Read before you tick the boxes
Okay I assume you read before you tick any boxes asking for your consent, however do you really? The thing with newsletters is that the ones sending them out have realized that not everyone wants to receive the same information so they have started to cater to each target audience. Here’s where your reading comprehension comes into play, when ticking boxes giving your consent make sure you only say yes to the ones offering to send you ‘’deals, promotions and/or offers’’. These mails will include the deals you are looking for and none of the general updates of the company, which you can probably read on the news anyways..
Need some ideas to which airlines’ newsletter to definitely sign up? Check out the post about Budget airlines in Europe.
Once you start receiving the newsletters there’s one thing that is really smart to do which is the following:
- Fill in the questionnaires (sometimes)
Some of the emails will contain a questionnaire for which at the end you will receive a voucher as a thank you for filling them in. It is very important to note that all these questionnaires come from the company directly, I am not signed up to any questionnaire distribution center. I used to think these questionnaires were just marketing scams, until I filled one in from an airline company I know I can trust and received a €50,- discount voucher on a €100,- flight. Do you see the win? The questionnaire took two minutes to fill in an I got €50,- for it, amazing right?!
Though not all of them are worth the two minutes, you can usually tell by the description.
I can’t help but to share this one last exciting thing. When you are signed up to receiving airlines flight deals, some airlines will also send you first pick at their upcoming promotions. Sometimes even opening up their promotions a few days early for the ones signed up to their flight deals newsletters.. Win win win.
Now you too won’t miss flight deals anymore. Happy traveling!