Hidden Airline Deals

Read for information on finding the best hidden airline deals when you are getting ready to travel.

I got this in my email and I HAD to share it with you. As many times as I buy plane tickets, information like this always proves to be invaluable.

This information comes from ShopSmart Mag in the May 2010 edition!

The secret is that little “promo code” or “offer code” box you see when you’re booking a flight online. If you know the discount code, you might unlock the cheapest seats on the plane. ShopSmart magazine put together a list of the best-kept secrets for unbeatable airfare discounts.

Where to find the codes

  • Airline Web sites: You might have to join the airline’s frequent-flyer program, and you might have to hunt—code deals could be under a different name. At United’s site, for example, you have to click “Special deals” under the “Planning & booking” tab.
  • Airfarewatchdog: It’s the single best code source.
  • FareCompare.com: (deals.farecompare.com/airline-promotion-codes). Click on “Real-time email alerts” or follow the deals on Twitter or Facebook.
  • Southwest’s Ding service: This downloadable app appears on your desktop and dings to alert you to Southwest deals.
  • American’s DealFinder service: This downloadable tool (not available for Macs) creates a profile for you and provides personalized offers based on your travel interests.
  • Travel search engines: Click on “Private Sale” at Kayak for “limited inventory” sales. (You won’t find those deals at sites like Expedia and Orbitz.)
  • TIP – Do a Web Search: If you can’t find codes on the site, try doing a Web search with the airline’s name and the term “promo codes.”
  • TIP – Use Social Media: Certain promo alerts can be sent to you via e-mail, RSS feeds, Twitter, Jaiku, and Facebook. Most of the recent growth in promo codes has come from these channels.

Is there a catch?

  • Flooded e-mail inbox: For every deal that interests you, you could receive several that don’t.
  • Short shelf life: Promotions run out quickly, so the “you snooze, you lose” rule applies.
  • Promo fares tailored to very specific routes: Some of the deals may also only apply to “qualifying flights,” so read the fine print.
  • Airlines matching promo fares: The best bargains still require comparison shopping.
  • Expiration dates: Some listings you’ll find online might be expired already.

Remember to check out ShopSmart Mag in May for more information.

I was not compensated for this post in any way


  1. thanks Brittany! With Type A Mom coming up I really need to save money on air fare. Especially since I only have one tiny sponsor so far LOL

    I am looking into these for sure!
    .-= Annie´s last blog ..Tiny Prints – Personalized Greeting Cards Made Easy! *With Giveaway* =-.

  2. Ria Clarke says:

    I am always looking for coupon codes but haven’t really found anything for airfares. i do however use airfarewatchdog and found that they have the latest on cheap flights that are available online.