Travel Tool: Farecast

Not to brag, but I have an uncanny knack for stumbling upon good travel deals. I act as an "unofficial" travel consultant to my friend Tiffany, who has asked me on several occasions on what I think about this deal, what I think about that deal. I am happy to say I have helped her book a romantic Vegas trip for her and her husband on a steal (I found the deal for her) and helped her snatch a 4-star hotel at the Inner Harbor for a bargain (I suggested using Priceline for last-minute deals). I seriously look at airfares, hotels, and vacation packages for fun, even when I have no intentions of booking any trips in the near future.

A couple of weeks ago, the 2008 Annual Travel Guide from the Post came out. I never keep anything as far as magazines or newspapers. I don't even have a collection of newspaper clippings; however, I am keeping this guide for years to come. It has a plethora of helpful travel tips. I found their top pick of 54 online travel sites especially helpful and have been diligently going through each of them. I found one particular useful and I have used that as a resource in booking my last 2 plane tickets.

Farecast is an up-and-coming travel site. They advertise themselves as the "smart travel search site that helps you buy with confidence." The site was only launched in 2006, but it is incredibly user-friendly. Basically, it helps you decide when to purchase your tickets by providing you trend data with prediction on whether prices will rise or fall.

For my upcoming St. Louis trip, before I knew about Farecast, I had looked into airfare months ago and knew what would be considered a good price. Sure enough, when I finally decided on the trip and this time using Farecast to help me with research, the prediction it gave me was a solid "Buy Now", with the arrow pointing straight north. Even without the prediction, I already knew that it was a good deal, but with the reassurance, I bought the ticket right then and there. Even now when I check the airfare for the same flight, it has not been as low as when I bought it. :)

Since Farecast is still in the beta version, it still has lots of room for improvement. For examples, the prediction is only 6 months in advance (ie, the rise and fall of airfares can't be predicted beyond September at this point) and not all international destinations are predictable. However, I whole-heartily recommend everyone to use Farecast as a resource when booking domestic flights, with travel in less than 6 months! :)

Hopefully I will slowly get through all the 54 online travel sites mentioned in the Travel Guide and post my reviews of them in the near future.


  1. Maybe travel planning can be your new side job. But first we'll need to do some research. I suggest we quit our jobs and spend the next two years traveling around the world! Then we can open up Sugar Trekker!! ^__^


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