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I recently met Jared of Thrifty Traveler and he immediately made me smile: (1) from my hometown, Minneapolis, (2) eager to teach travelers to find deals at Frequent Traveler University, June 9-11 in Minneapolis, and (3) has great site and companion premium service.
Thrifty Traveler Premium:
Jared’s specialty is finding fare deals that cover US departures down to regional airports. Here’s a 25+ city deal to Cancun from yesterday. First deal I have seen for Fresno!
Jared is sweeping the country for deals that do not require positioning flights to major airports. His free blog posts a selection of these deals, while the premium services covers more deals and more cities with email alerts.
Through tonight, 5/12/17, the Thrifty Traveler Premium service is $20/year lifetime rate. Tomorrow it increases to $25/year. All sign-ups get a 30-day free trial.
(Disclaimer: I am trialing the service for purposes of this review. I am not compensated for sign-ups.)
The email frequency and quality of deals in my trial is impressive.
Flight deals is an exploding area with many services starting up. Some seem only to rip off deals from other sites (and many blogs have converted much of their posting to touting these deals with minimal ‘hat tipping’ to the original source).
From what I can tell, and what Jared has represented to me, he does his own research and builds his own tools to find deals.
The emails are well formatted, clearly showing the deals in a glance. Added tips, destination info and booking buttons are helpful.
$20/year is a minor charge in the grand scheme. There are various monetization approaches and I have no problem with Jared charging for his service, which is now his full-time job, leaving behind the world of bank examination. People finding ways to earn a living that fit their passion and helps others is to be applauded.
I plan to keep Thrifty Traveler Premium and I encourage you to give the 30-day free trial a try for yourself.