Ready for a vacation, but money is tight? You might be surprised to learn the deals airlines are offering these days. Consumer Reports ShopSmart can clue you in to how to find today's really cheap seats!
Think you can't afford to get away? Listen to how much George Hobica spent on his last trip, thanks to airline discount promo codes.
Hobica says, "It was about $140, round trip non-stop from New York to Los Angeles."
Hobica finds out about airline discount codes and posts them on his website-AirfareWatchDog. Consumer Reports ShopSmart has more on how to find hidden airline deals.
Lisa Lee Freeman of Consumer Reports ShopSmart says, "One of the best-kept secrets is discount codes or promo codes, which you can use to book your tickets online. You simply enter a string of letters and/or numbers and you can save 10 to 15% on your seats."
Recent promo code offers include up to $175 off a Delta vacation package to Hawaii.
For a U.S. to New Zealand and Australia flight-20% off.
And from United Airlines, a free flight if you bought a ticket on certain flights departing from Denver.
Freeman says, "Airlines come up with promo codes to drive people to their websites and bypass sites like Travelocity and Orbitz, where they have to pay a commission."
Along with AirfareWatchDog-FareCompare.com is another good source of codes. With both sites, you sign up to get alerts for deals.
Freeman says, "Another way to find promo codes is to do a Web search and put in the name of the airline and the words "promo code."
While finding the codes isn't always easy, George says it's worth it.
Hobica says, "It is a log of work to find a low airfare, but it doesn't take that much time and it often pays big dividends."
Consumer Reports ShopSmart says airline promotions come and go quickly, so you have to act fast.
Also be aware when you sign up for airline promo-code fares, your inbox could get flooded with deals that don't interest you, so it's a good idea to have a separate e-mail account.