FareCompare Review: Find Trips around the World within Your Budget
I have been waiting a long time for a site like farecompare.com/maps/. As a disclaimer, I just found out about this site last week and have yet to pay money for a ticket. However, the features were so enticing that I wanted to share immediately. Additionally, farecompare.com is currently only available for departures from US airports.
What Is Awesome About the Maps Feature of FareCompare.com
The maps feature of farecompare.com allows you to quickly see literally how far your money can take you. Enter your departure city and fares around the world are immediately displayed. Adjust for month of the year to view what is available at the time you can travel. Best of all, you can narrow results down by price range! Save up $200 to travel in May? See where you can go! Is it on your bucket list to explore New Zealand? Determine what a realistic flight will cost and when, on average, is the cheapest time to go. Additionally, you book directly through the airline, not farecompare.com.
Alerts Feature of FareCompare.com
Setting up a free account on farecompare.com qualifies you for the alerts feature. Alerts are powered by a proprietary airfare database that deliver messages on the cheapest flights as prices drop. The database is based on current and historical data. After specifying your desired destination, farecompare.com will email you alerts or message you on facebook regarding lowered airfare prices. Also, a FareCompare iPhone app is available that will send push messages for your saved alerts.
Downsides to FareCompare.com
- Price drops are fleeting. When you receive an alert, you need to act fast to take advantage of the low-rate window. This reflects the fact that the airlines are constantly changing prices, not farecompare.com. Prices are displayed in real-time.
- Flights are searchable by months on the map, but not specific dates. While I can look for flights under $200 in May, I cannot look for less than $200 on May 8-10. I first have to search for the month of May, and then click on the price for further calendar dates.
Have you used farecompare.com to find flights? What do you feel are the advantages and drawbacks? Comment below!