Although lots of fare alert sites claim to offer exclusive flight deals, err on the side of caution. I can’t count how many times I’ve gotten excited about a flight deal only to find out that it doesn’t exist. Way to play with my emotions! Avid cheap flight seekers like myself aren’t easily impressed by fare alert sites. That’s because not every “good” deal is a “great” deal. In fact, I don’t usually take a deal at face value unless it’s from a site that I trust. After lots of trial and error, I now rely on a handful of airfare alert sites that I know offer solid leads. Thrifty Traveler is one of my favorites. After months of successfully finding flight deals through their free daily newsletter, I’ve upgraded to Thrifty Traveler Premium (TTP). For those who think that paying for a flight deal email subscription is counter-productive, here’s why you’re wrong. For the month of April, as a premium subscriber, I had access to over 40+ flight deals!
Here are a few that caught my eye:
- 10 cities to Lisbon & Porto, Portugal from $317
- 12 cities to Barcelona, Spain from $291
- 30+ cities to Havana, Cuba from $190
- 20+ cities to Calgary, Alberta from $189
- 20+ cities to Mexico City, Mexico from $137
About Thrifty Traveler
Founded by Jared Kamrowski, Thrifty Traveler (TT) teaches travelers simple ways to fund their travels. The site primarily focuses on how to use points and miles earned through credit card sign-up bonuses. They also share domestic and international flight deals daily. For the ultra-exclusive flight deals that aren’t shared on their site, you have to sign up for Thrifty Traveler Premium (more on that later).
TT has been my go-to resource for important travel news for the past few years.
Through the daily free email newsletter, I’ve booked many international flights to destinations around the world including a trip to Lisbon, Portugal last summer. I also owe a recent trip to Chicago and upcoming trips to Toronto and Montreal to TT. Recently I saved 5,000 Delta SkyMiles on round-trip tickets to Rome. I would have never known about Delta SkyMiles flash sales without the heads up!
Listen to this episode of The Thought Card Podcast where I interview the founder, Jared Kamrowski about how to find cheap flights.
How Thrifty Traveler Premium Works
In 2017, Jared and his team announced the launch of Premium. This is a paid flight deal email subscription service. It has all the things that I love about the free newsletter but it has more valuable bells and whistles.
Why upgrade to Thrifty Traveler Premium?
Instead of sifting through flight deals on their website, premium sends exclusive domestic and international flight deals departing from over 150 U.S. and Canadian cities right to your inbox.
How do they do it?
Thrifty Traveler’s travel hacking team searches for the best flight deals 24 hours a day and they send you an email immediately when they spot a deal. Don’t worry, these aren’t last-minute deals either. I’ve found many deals up to 12 months out. Expect 1-3 emails a day and on average you can save anywhere from $250 to $500 per flight.
You also get instant access to error fares that do not appear on the website. This means that you can book time-sensitive deals faster. You can also conveniently search and book flights, award flash sales, and business class deals – no login required. The best part of the service is you can book every flight deal directly through Google Flights (one of my favorite flight booking search engines).
Not what you expected? No sweat, the subscription comes with a 100-day money back guarantee.
While most fare alert websites cover major airports across the country, TTP offers subscribers more departure options. You can customize your alerts by choosing a specific departure region and fly out of over 150 cities.
Are smaller regional airports covered? Yes, absolutely! Since premium includes smaller regional airports, you’ll save more money by catching flights closer to home.
Need to update your account? You can easily change your email address and email preferences at the bottom of each email.
Premium costs $50 USD per year. Once you’re locked into this price, it will never change. Existing members’ prices are locked in for life.
Here’s what you get:
- At least 40+ flight deals per month.
- Instant mistake fare email and text message notification.
- Ability to select your departure city to tailor deals to your home airport (150+ U.S. and Canadian departure cities).
- Book via direct links with the airline.
- Free travel credit card consulting.
- Access the Premium members’ Facebook group.
- 100-day money-back guarantee.
With the annual plan, you’re investing $4.16 per month. Since most subscribers save on average $500 off normally priced fares, the ROI (return on investment) is incredible! Even if you only book one flight a year, the savings are worth it! In 2020, I did not book any flights but keeping tabs on price fluctuations was still worth it.
Also, don’t worry about rate increases. Your premium subscription rate will always stay the same once you’ve signed up (as long as you do not cancel). They even have an exclusive Facebook Group for premium subscribers. This group features the hottest travel hacking tips an
Lastly, don’t forget to update your preferences so you get text message alerts of mistake fares and error fares. I detail how to do that in this quick video.
Is Thrifty Traveler Premium worth it?
Thrifty Traveler Premium is great for travelers who are open to booking flight deals without having a destination in mind. Their emails feature all the important things you need to start your flight search. This includes departure and arrival cities, price, airlines, booking instructions, and exclusive tips. Here’s the only downside – flight deals are not always exclusive. If you follow other flight deal websites regularly, you may find the same deal listed on other sites for free. Nevertheless, Premium has the competitive advantage of delivering these deals to your inbox. These emails are prompt and include all the information you need to book with only a few clicks. I now spend less time aimlessly browsing for deals since I know that one is coming my way soon. Ready to stop overpaying for airfare? Sign up for Thrifty Traveler Premium here.
Did you enjoy this Thrifty Traveler review? Let me know in the comments if you’re considering signing up!
Danielle Desir is a financially savvy traveler, 4x author, and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27, and has traveled to 27 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her terms. Listen to The Thought Card Podcast here which has over 80,000 podcast downloads.