Have Twitter, Will TravelWith airfare getting more expensive and good customer service increasingly hard to come by when flying, both frequent and occasional travelers need to leverage every tool at their disposal if they’re going to make the most out of their next vacations. One of the more effective means to score a great deal, discovering lesser-known destinations and seeking out general travel advice is Twitter. As such, MainStreet rounded up some of the best feeds for travel tips. Read on to find out what they each bring to the table.
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AirfarewatchdogGeorge Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog, tweets low-airfare alerts and other important travel news close to 20 times a day – sometimes more. Hobica will also sometimes answer questions in real-time on Twitter, so don’t be afraid to ask for extra advice
The response in this sample tweet outlined his predictions for airfare prices in the new year: “January will be one of the cheapest periods to fly (until about Feb 15). We'll see some good deals.” Guess it’s time for a winter vacation.
SmarterTravelSmarterTravel.com itself is a great resource for travel news, deals and advice, but the website also does a stellar job of aggregating news from other travel sites on its Twitter handle. The benefit of this it that it gives you access to all the travel news you’ll need without overwhelming your Followers-to-Following ratio.
Sample tweet: “Get your freeze on at these zany winter festivals, from Viking marches to human-sized foosball: http://bit.ly/v8bvdG #travel”
TravelzooAccording to its profile, Travelzoo has deal experts research and evaluate thousands of deals each week, and based upon its Twitter feed, the analysis isn’t limited to airfare. The website also tweets out deals on hotels, spas, vacation packages, dining and entertainment.
Sample tweet: “2-nt getaway w/dinner, #spa credit @InnByTheSea in #Maine. @TravlandLeisure World's Best resort. http://ow.ly/7UDRJ #travel.”
Travel + LeisureThe travel magazine’s Twitter feed offers numerous suggestions on how make a vacation unique. It also advertises deals on spas and resorts, aggregates news from other sources and hosts weekly chats on Facebook, which are advertised on Twitter. The handle is managed by the magazine’s Associate Editor Joshua Pramis, who will also answer questions that other Twitter users ask him.
Sample tweet: “Let someone else put up the Xmas lights this year (and do the dishes)! Best hotels in the U.S. to spend the holidays: http://ow.ly/7Tq5m.”
The State DepartmentCautious travelers should follow the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, which tweets out international travel alerts as general tips for not-so-frequent fliers.
Sample tweet: “Holidays taking you abroad? Check out our #travel tips to help make your holiday travels safe, smooth & stress-free. http://go.usa.gov/5kF”
FareCompareDealsThere are several Twitter handles associated with the airline ticket comparison shopping website FareCompare.com, but your best bet is to follow its deal-centric account, which mixes tweets about travel advice with fresh daily flight deals it finds on the Web. To give you an example of the kind of advice it offers, one recent RT from its main account @FareCompare outlined how to comparison shop one-way tickets versus round-trip tickets.
Another sample tweet: “American Airlines Deals to U.S. Cities from $59+ Each-Way.”
The Frugal TravelerThe New York Times' “Frugal Traveler” Seth Kugel travels around the world looking for “high style at low prices,” and is more than happy to share his findings with his more than 200,000 Twitter followers. If you’re looking for authentic travel experiences (and loathe tourist traps), we suggest following him.
Sample tweet: “Lunch today: Butelo e cascas in Bragança, Portugal. A regional pork dish so obscure, I can't even find a link in English to give you.”
Follow Your Favorite AirlineJust like you do with credit card issuers, it’s a good idea to follow your airline of choice on Twitter. This is not only one of the better ways to get their attention when a customer service problem arises, but it’s also a good way to score some last-minute deals.
Jet Blue (Stock Quote: JBLU), for instance, is pretty well-known for advertising last-minute deals on Tuesday on its @JetBlueCheaps handle, but it isn’t the only airline to do so. Southwest (Stock Quote: LUV), whose handle is @SouthwestAir, sent this sample tweet last Friday: “Book TODAY for 50% off Wanna Get Away fares. Valid for four winter travel days (exclusions apply) Use code: HALFOFFDEC!”
The Best Twitter Accounts for DealsLooking for deals on more than just plane tickets? Check out MainStreet’s roundup of the best Twitter accounts for daily deals!
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