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How to Use Fare Alerts to Save on Last Minute Travel

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Any time you complete a GoLastMinute flight search, you will be able to enter your email and sign up for fare alerts. These are a series of emails that will give you a list of recently found deals for your chosen destination. The purpose of these alerts is to help you find a good price for your flight, instead of just accepting the first rate that you see. This may seem like an unnecessary extra step, but it is actually a very useful tool for last-minute travelers who are on the lookout for the best deals. If you want to know more about GoLastMinute fare alerts, read on as we breakdown how to use fare alerts to get yourself a better deal on flights!

Track Average Prices

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If you want to get an idea of what a typical price for a specific destination is, you would usually have to go into a flight search and keep reentering different dates. With fare alerts, you can see recent flight tickets to your chosen destination for multiple dates. You will also see pricing for different airports, if there are multiple airports at your chosen destination. This allows you to get an idea for what a good deal looks like for your desired route. A $150 round trip ticket might seem like a good deal, but if the tickets are usually under $100 then you are actually overpaying. By checking your fare alerts regularly, you will be better equipped to recognize when you actually come across a good deal.

Take Advantage of Price Drops

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Oftentimes, your travel plans are dictated by an event or your vacation time. But if you have the luxury of being able to plan a trip last minute, then you can better take advantage of fare alerts. Good deals come when they come, and you can save a lot of money by taking advantage of them whenever you find them. If you do have to plan a trip well in advance, set up your fare alert early and watch the prices to see if they are going up or down. 

If you're not planning a huge vacation to a dream destination where you have to take time off from work and plan everything in advance, you can instead take a weekend trip to a destination that just happens to have a good deal on flights that week. Flight prices and hotel prices are based on demand, so when the flight prices are low, chances are you will be able to find a good hotel deal too. By planning an impromptu trip instead of a huge vacation, you can make the most of good deals, and possibly even take more vacations because of it!

Set Up Multiple Fare Alerts

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Each fare alert you set up will only show you prices for a single destination, which often isn’t the best way to find the best deal. If you want to go to a beach town in Florida, set up alerts to every city that is a possible candidate, and rule out the places that have higher pricing. If you want to visit a country in western Europe, consider flying into nearby countries and making it a country-hopping tour. If you want to sunbathe under the Caribbean sun, pick a few different islands to watch pricing for. By setting up a few potential destinations, you create a larger web of fare alerts that will be more likely to find you a good deal. Saving on last-minute travel is all about flexibility, so keep your options open to get the best price!

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