No More Airfare Secrets

airfare mileageAs this linked article in SmarterTravel notes, you probably shouldn’t believe anything published with the promise to let you in on airfare secrets. The truth is, the days of “secrets” are long behind us, probably forever. The article rags on an expensive e-book that promises to give inside information, but doesn’t really deliver.

There are books out there, however, that will speak from the voice of experience, written by trusted sources who have regular columns in the media that address this subject week and and week out. They’re pictured here with an Amazon link should you want to become an expert on the subject.

The truth is though, there are just very few travel industry secrets out there anymore and with the airline industry getting as much press as it travel detective bookdoes, there’s no secret handshake or magic code that’s going to get you into an inner sanctum. Despite the airlines’ pricing machinations, things are too transparent. As I say in my last book, Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune, “Finding a good deal on a flight now mostly comes down to three actions: keeping tabs on prices, timing your trip correctly, and accumulating frequent flyer miles correctly. ”

You need to leverage your e-mail inbox to get the best deals and then still shop around. Loyalty pays, but hedge your bets. You need to learn the quirks of your favored airline(s). Mostly, you need to watch what the masses are doing and then adjust to avoid the crowds.

Yes, there are still ways to get a better deal than your seatmate and to travel secrets bookfly more often for free (or get upgraded) instead of letting a bunch of random miles sit unused in five different accounts. But secrets? Not really. Read one or two of these and you’ll be set—or just see these null to keep tabs on prices and stay up on what’s happening. (Widzer’s book, the last one here, is the third edition, out at the end of March. Available now to preorder.)

Comments
  1. Toby Streett

    Hi Tim,

    In your “No More Airfare Secrets” blog, I believe the link that you have to “let you in on airfare secrets” goes to an error page and that you most likely meant it to link to: http://www.smartertravel.com/travel-advice/should-buy-an-online-guide-offering-airfare-secrets.html?id=2502671

    Could you please correct this when you have a moment?

    Thanks!

  2. tim

    Toby, Thanks for the heads up. It’s changed now. Weird though–the other one worked fine the day I posted it, but doesn’t now.

  3. dowrict

    Thank you for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this.
    We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more clear from this post.
    I’m very glad to see such wonderful information being shared freely out there.

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