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How I Get Cheap Flights to International Destinations

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Let me start out by saying this is not a sponsored post.  I’m not getting paid to share this information with you.  This is a service I subscribe to with my hard earned money, a service I love and share with family and friends any chance I get and now I want to share it with you.

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Flights are ridiculously expensive these days.  I’m not really sure what that’s all about but I’m not a fan.  I’ve resorted to budget airline carriers or crazy flash sales to get me where I want to go – either that or my car but since that can’t get me across the ocean, budget carriers have been where it’s at for me.  Until recently.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love WOW Air and the value it provides but there is a better way.

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Have you ever heard of Scott’s Cheap Flights?  I hadn’t until about 8 or 9 months ago and it completely changed the way my family and I travel.  There’s two options for subscribing, a free version and a paid version.  Scott’s passion is finding mistake fares and ridiculously low sale prices on cheap flights from places in the United States to destinations around the world.  Depending on your level of subscriptions, the paid version is around $39 a year and totally worth it, you’ll get a text message or an email about deals with departure cities, destinations and prices and how long he thinks the sale will last. He tells you exactly how to book the flights and even links to an example flight for a visual.  With the free version, you may get 1 deal a day and there is no customization options.  I had the free version for several months before deciding to upgrade.  With the paid subscription, again only around $39 a year, you can customize which regions you are looking for flights out of, where you want to go and if you get text alerts.  Sometimes I’ll go days without alerts sometimes there will be 5 in a day.  It all depends on what Scott is finding.

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When I say deals, I mean it.  My family and I got round trip tickets out of Atlanta to Italy in August on a full service flight for a total of $1100.  That’s total for all three of our seats, bags, taxes and fees.  Isn’t that crazy?  Most flights to Europe are around $1000 a seat and I was able to get the three tickets with seat selections and bags for that.  Just today, I’ve gotten text alerts about flights to Octoberfest in the $300’s roundtrip, flights to Paris in the $300’s from select cities and Taiwan in the $400’s.  In the past I’ve gotten deal alerts about destinations like Fiji, Japan, China, all throughout Europe and so much more.  It’s truly incredible to me where you can go for how little.

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The only down side of using a service like Scott’s Cheap Flights is you’ve got to be flexible and have the cash on hand.  One of my big rules about traveling is we don’t start to book anything until we can pay for the entire trip.  I never want to turn a vacation into something we are stressing over, so we wait until we have all the money we will need.  We knew this year we wanted to go to Italy sometime this summer.  So we were patient and waited for a deal that fit out needs. For a few months nothing was coming for travel to Italy so we almost scrapped the idea and headed somewhere else that Scott’s Cheap Flights emailed us about because the deals are plentiful and awesome.  Side note, for about 5 minutes after I get a text alert I sit there and imagine myself in that destination.  So many places have flights for like $300 and I’m like I have that right now, let’s just go. And I let myself go there for a few minutes and it’s an amazing escape.  But anyway we were patient and a deal that fit exactly what we wanted came along, however we would have been fine putting Italy off another year and going to another destination instead.  Flexibility is key when it comes to using this service.  Also, deals don’t last long so you really do need to have a plan in place and when it fits what your looking for just jump on it.  We actually missed out on an even better deal to Italy which would have been for May dates.  It fit everything we were looking for, we had the cash but we procrastinated.  We were excited and ready to book but we held off overthinking our decision and by the time we sat down to book the flights, they were gone.  That’s why I really stress having the money and a tentative plan in place and then look for the flights!

I really can’t recommend using Scott’s Cheap Flights enough for your international vacation flight needs.  The deals that have come in my inbox are truly mind blowing.  Flights are something that held us back from traveling internationally for a long time and I am so happy I have someone in my corner scoping out deals so I don’t have to.  That’s my pro-tip, but I’d love to hear from you too.  Have you ever scored a cheap flight?  I’d love to know how you did it.  Let me know in the comments below.

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