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Instead of a sophisticated scam where I get you to pay me thousands of dollars for a trip that doesn't exist...
I charge as little as $8 a month for a service that saves you 10 to 20 hours of research per month. I send you straight to reputable sites like Travelocity & Expedia - where you can book the trip yourself at a fraction of what it would cost to book through a traditional travel agent (who would need to charge a commission - therefore increasing the cost of your trip.)
Within twenty years, I'll have conned you out of enough eight dollar payments to run off to a private island Caribbean and retire.
Seriously though - If you're concerned that my fare-alert service is a scam, every email I send has an "unsubscribe" link. Feel free to use it at any time. Otherwise, I welcome you to remain a free subscriber until you're 100% convinced that my service would help you travel more, spend less, and spend less time hunting down travel deals.
You are never under any obligation to upgrade your free subscription.
My free subscription alerts you of a ton of deals that are still available 3 days after I send them to premium subscribers. I also include specific instructions on how you can find them yourself online.
You can also reading my blog for free.
You can remain a free subscriber as long as you like. If you get tired of competing with tens of thousands of free subscribers over 2 to 10 bargain-priced seats, you can upgrade and I'll make things infinitely more convenient for you.
Not sure if a premium subscription is any better than a free one? Here's what other premium subscribers have to say.
Starting as early as 10 months before a flight, airlines have algorithms that tell them if they're under-sold for that period of time.
For example, if two flights to a specific destination are a few seats shy of being 15% full 10 months before a flight, they significantly drop the price of both flights to fill those seats in a hurry. If they don't fill those seats, they'll combine both flights into one - which is costly.
They repeat the same procedure 8 months, 6 months, 4 months, and even 1 month before a flight.
We focus solely on finding those opportunities, and I only publish fares if I feel they are at least 50% below normal prices.
There are often mistake fares discounted by 30% or 40%, but those aren't discounted enough to be considered a "JGOOT good deal" so we ignore those.
Good question. We don't make a dime off of any trip you book.
By definition, mistake fares are so discounted - that even if we were travel agents (we're not) - we couldn't even compete with the fares we send you if we worked for free.
WHY? Because sites like Travelocity & Expedia have done to travel agents what Wal Mart has done to "mom & pop" small-town stores.
We don't make commissions on the trips we send you (because there aren't any). Our only compensation comes from doing a good job at FINDING deeply discounted trips on a daily basis - and giving you the tools to go and book them yourself.
You can ALWAYS shorten, lengthen, or entirely change the dates I suggest - often for a similar price to what I found. (I just include suggested dates for your convenience.)
The key is to find a similar price to the price I found. Here's a video showing you how.
Double-click video below to view in full-screen.
I'm not a travel agent so I can't book trips for you, but booking any trip I send you is on major travel sites like Travelocity and Expedia, and is quite easy (as long as it's still available.)
Here is 2 minute video with more detail.
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"Reverse search" is one of my favorite premium member features...
If you've got a long-lost friend or family member in one of the areas we find a great rate to fly to, odds are, that friend could also find a similar fare and fly to you. So you've got two choices:
- Grab a cheap flight and go visit them.
- If you don't want to invite yourself to visit them, you could invite them to visit you. By clicking on the "reverse-search" link, you can quickly see if that same cheap fare exists from their city to yours (Odds are, it does. That's why I include that link with every trip you receive.)
I just find the deals, and almost every one of them only has 6 to 8 seats at that price.
The only guarantee is that they will sell out - usually within days. Once that happens, they will revert to 30% to 300% higher than the price I found.
(Of course, if you are fortunate to grab the fare before it sells out - that fare is guaranteed subject to the terms of the travel provider you purchase your trip with.)
I understand your concern. Here's the deal:
Except during common holidays, very few hotels are ever 100% sold-out.
Rather than letting the room go empty, they sell vouchers to small travel businesses like me for a fraction of the cost so I can help them fill those rooms.
Although the hotel doesn't get revenue from you for the room itself, you still buy their food, drinks, souvenirs, book excursions, and tip their staff.
It's a win-win for everyone. (Most importantly - you.)
Timeshare presentations are never required (and if they ask you to attend one, I strongly advise that you "just say no".) Sometimes there are some age/availability restrictions, and typically, and all you have to pay is taxes and resort fees.
You can always read the fine-print before booking your trip. If you decide it's not quite right for you, that's fine. What you save in free lodging - you could very well spend in airfare compared to grabbing a "JGOOT deal" that has 50% to 90% less expensive airfare in the first place.
Contrary to common belief - I am not a travel agent.
When you find yourself in a bind and flights to a specific place at a specific time are several hundred dollars more than you want to pay - there isn't much I can do for you using traditional travel methods.
If you have some flexibility on when/where you want to go, you're almost certain to find something with the mistake fares I find.
When it comes to traveling to specific places at specific times, you have three choices
- Plan on paying a lot more than you want to pay.
- Plan on spending a lot of time trying to hunt down better deals than what you're finding.
- Subscribe to my premium service 3 to 10 months before any planned trips and review the deals I find until one works for you.
To clarify - these are not "my trips", and I benefit in no way when you book any of these trips.
But yes... Unless I state otherwise, every trip I share with you assumes round-trip airfare.
Simply click any of the links provided to verify that fares are not yet sold out. (This youtube video addresses that question.)
None of the mistake fares on our site require use of frequent flyer points.
Using points is just an optional strategy we recommend for booking any flights that are more expensive than 50% of normal market prices.
We actually do the math on every mistake fare we share, we assume a minimum value of $.01 per point, and and have determined our fares to be better deals than using frequent flyer points.
All mistake fares we recommend to our subscribers can be purchased through major travel sites like Travelocity, Expedia, and sometimes the airlines themselves.
Despite my prices that assume two travelers, solo travelers rarely pay much more on a per-person basis.
If you're just booking a flight, you might even pay less.
If you're booking a flight and hotel, you'll likely pay 5% to 30% more than the price I found - mostly depending on the hotel you choose.
PP stands for "Per Person". All hotel/flight packages I mention are per person, and when I mention package prices, I assume two travelers.Of course, if you go alone, your daily package price will be higher. If you travel with 3 or 4, it will be less. (If you fly alone, airfares should be the same regardless of number of travelers.)
I don't research all inclusive hotels, but I do include links for your convenience.
By taking advantage of the 50% to 90% discounted flights I share with you, you'll drastically cut your overall travel budget so it never hurts to see what all-inclusive options are available during the travel dates I suggest.
Links for first/business class fare are always included for premium subscribers. We don't quote business class prices, but...
If the coach fare I share with you is 50% to 90% discounted, business class fares are usually heavily discounted as well. I include a convenient business class link for all premium subscribers so checking business fares are only a click away.
When your options are narrowed to going to a specific time at a specific place, I have bad news for you. Unless you're really lucky - your flight is going to cost $.06 to .12 per mile.
The JGOOT way means never paying more than $.05, but it takes planning.
When you have to go to a specific place at a specific time, I have three things to say:
- Plan a minimum of 3 months ahead (4 or 5 is better)
- Read this report and use it for ANY flights more expensive than $.05 per mile.
- If you don't follow steps 1 and 2 - I can't find anything better than what you'll find on Travelocitiy, Expedia, etc.
No. JGOOT is territory-based, meaning all prices we include are for round-trip flights that originate in your home-city.
Here are 5 things you can count on with every trip update I send.
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We get that a lot.
That's why we started collecting them via Facebook reviews - where you can click straight through to their profile and see their travels for yourself. Some of them have even included contact information and welcome your call or email.
Most people's definition of "when they're ready" is 2 or 3 months before a trip, and sure - most people can find a good deal that way.
But we don't settle for "good deals". With enough digging, you can find a "good deal" on travelocity any time you like.
At JGOOT - we only do deals so amazing that they don't even effect your travel budget, and that usually takes more advance notice than a couple months before a trip.
Besides, the trips we find are not trips you plan for.
- When you can fly across the country to visit a family member for $29 or $39...
- When you can check Hawaii off your bucket list with a flight that is $900 less than the person sitting next to you paid...
- When you can take your kids' grandparents with you because it costs less than what you had budgeted for just you & the kids... [read: "Free babysitters!"]
You let someone else spend time finding great deals well ahead of time, you slightly adjust your schedule to take advantage of a deal you can't resist, you travel more, and you spend less. WAY less.