If you love traveling like I do then you also realize that traveling can get to be pretty expensive. Round trip tickets to many parts of the world can cost over $1,000 which can leave a pretty big hole in the wallet. Cruises cost several thousands of dollars and hotels can be up to a few hundred dollars a night. So what’s a traveler to do that just wants to find a good deal and get away? I’ve been playing around with a site called skyauction.com which I wanted to share with you. I haven’t actually booked any of my flights or travel through skyauction (yet), but I definitely will in the future.
This site is basically like an eBay for travel. When airlines, hotels, and cruises can’t sell enough of what they offer, they work with skyauction to get the best possible price on what they have available. They do this via an auction system. You can find some really awesome deals on pretty much any type of travel you are looking for (especially if you are flexible). Check out the screen shot below for a deal that I just found.
You can tell based on the screen shot how most of skyauction works. Notice that the bid price is around $164 and the auction ends in just 2 days. One of the things you need to be careful of when using skyauction though are the extra taxes and fees that are added on to your purchase. In the above example there is a fee of around $300 added per person which brings the total cost to around $500 per person. Still a killer deal for a 7 night cruise to Bermuda, but again, something you need to pay attention to. Just make sure you read all the details before you purchase anything and you should be fine.
If you are reasonably flexible with your travel time, I would recommend clicking on the “auctions closing soon” tab where you can get some really killer deals for all the auctions that are closing in a relatively short period of time. Take a look at the screen shot below to see what I mean.
The site isn’t the easiest to navigate and sometimes it can get a bit frustrating clicking around all over the place but if you end up getting a $800 round trip flight for $500 then it’s worth it right? Check out the site and let me know what you think. It’s not perfect but again, if you spend some time on there you will find some killer deals. Do you have any travel sites you would recommend for getting good deals? Let me know in the comments!