To start, whoever you are and whatever you are doing sign up right now for Scott’s Cheap Flights!
And don’t be a cheapskate—pay for the $40 premium subscription— if you have any intention on going anywhere internationally, or just have the inkling you might want to take a trip, it will pay for itself, I PROMISE YOU!
OK, so I did buy 2 tickets from DC to Santiago, Chile back in November for $191 each (with insurance), but I will admit that might be one of the best finds to date. BUT—you can get abroad for a lot cheaper than you think, and a lot of times cheaper than it costs to fly domestically!
It is not secret to anybody who knows me that I like to travel (& I tend to word vomit about my time living in Mallorca and traveling Europe, sorry not sorry). I made a resolution at the beginning on 2017 that I would stop buying unnecessary clothing and start buying more plane tickets. Jury is out on how this is affecting my bank account…
A coworker of mine told me about this website a few months back, and warned me what I was getting myself into. As someone who tends to spend all of her money on travel, the $40 a year subscription for the premium membership seemed to be worth it, so I excitedly prepared myself for deals & steals.
How Scott’s website works is that there is a guy, named Scott, who has made it is his job to help people find airfares that are affordable (or downright cheap AF) to destinations and international locations you might not have ever considered before. I personally picture him sitting in a basement somewhere gleefully trolling the internet, finding broken algorithms and giving the middle finger to the airline conglomerates who try and screw us wander lusters who just want to see the world!
Every day, I receive (with the premium membership, mind you) 2-3 emails with flight prices to locations all over the world. Want to go to Budapest? Well today from DC, it will cost you $437. What about Bali? From San Francisco you can get there for under $375!
If you don’t pay for the premium membership, you will still receive some of the offers everyday, the difference being I receive ALL of his emails. There is something to be said for customizing your local airports, ideal destinations, and regions of the world, but I personally find it to be better to keep your options open, you never know what might spark your interests. The morning I woke up to an email that said “Dulles to Santiago for $171” I called my friend Brooklyn, asked if she wanted to go to Chile, she said “umm, duh” and within 30 minutes we had tickets booked for a 8 day trip to South America. Did I mention this was under $200 (jk, I know I did because I am still in shock about it), which is less than what it costs me to fly to Denver, Texas, Chicago, or Miami?
In my wildest dreams, I never imagined travel could be this accessible. I have been wanting to venture into South America for some time and this was the perfect opportunity. The caveat to Scott’s site is that you cannot be super picky about dates/times if you want to grab the really cheap deals, and have to have some flexibility when it comes to logistics.
From the 2 trips I have booked thru the site, one being a mega mistake fare ($171 to Chile) and one being just abnormally cheap ($420 to Palma de Mallorca, Spain) there was still some flexibility in when I would be there and what days of the week I wanted to fly out. When I booked my trip to Spain last week, I was able to book it as far out as September, pick the exact days I wanted to fly out (Friday and come home Saturday, giving us a solid 8 days there) and the week I wanted was available. We are flying out of JFK, so logistically there are some challenges to get there, but having flown to Palma twice before, I bought 2 tickets for the price of what one normally is. It will be worth the 4 hours bus ride to New York and round trip from Raleigh to JFK for my boyfriend and I to be abroad in Spain for over a week for the same price it cost us to go to Cancun, Mexico for a wedding.