Saturday, March 24, 2007

A Quick Way to Save Money on Flights

Don't you hate it when you buy an airline ticket only to find out a few days later that the price is now a few hundred dollars lower? I recently discovered FareCast, an interesting site that offers yet another way to save money on flights. Before you roll your eyes and move on, this site offers something special. It not only tells you what the airfare is right now, it also predicts if the fare is likely to rise, fall or remain constant in the coming days. To use it you enter a pair of cities and the date on which you wish to travel and FareCast generates a customized prediction. I used the site a few times, and it seems to be working well.

If you find a flight that you like, FareCast refers you to the airline's own website, so you can still claim any frequent flyer mileage bonus the airline may offer for booking on their own site.

The site features an excellent GUI, that is both extremely intuitive and let's you make changes quickly and easily. The only downside is that currently not all city pairs will generate a fare prediction, and you can only get a fare prediction for simple two city itineraries. That will probably change in the future, and the current offering is a great start. Be sure to check FareCast out before your next trip.

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