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What's the best way to track deals for flights to a specific destination when you're flexible on dates, but do need to be able to plan several weeks in advance?

EtherGnat 538 146 August 11, 2015 at 10:02 PM in Travel (2)
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The last minute deal search sites are out. Most of the price comparison sites require you to put in specific dates that I've seen. What I really need are sites that will continuously monitor a route and tell me when there is a deal. I've got a friend that wants to come visit and she needs long enough to be able to arrange for childcare and time off work. If you can limit the search to days of the week you want to travel all the better, as it will likely be a trip during the week, and I believe trips that don't span a weekend are frequently more.

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The last minute deal search sites are out. Most of the price comparison sites require you to put in specific dates that I've seen. What I really need are sites that will continuously monitor a route and tell me when there is a deal. I've got a friend that wants to come visit and she needs long enough to be able to arrange for childcare and time off work. If you can limit the search to days of the week you want to travel all the better, as it will likely be a trip during the week, and I believe trips that don't span a weekend are frequently more.
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Quote from EtherGnat View Post :
The last minute deal search sites are out. Most of the price comparison sites require you to put in specific dates that I've seen. What I really need are sites that will continuously monitor a route and tell me when there is a deal. I've got a friend that wants to come visit and she needs long enough to be able to arrange for childcare and time off work. If you can limit the search to days of the week you want to travel all the better, as it will likely be a trip during the week, and I believe trips that don't span a weekend are frequently more.

Besides aforementioned airfarewatchdog, SkyScanner and Kayak are good choices. All 3 let you set up daily price alerts when prices change, up or down.
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Besides aforementioned airfarewatchdog, SkyScanner and Kayak are good choices. All 3 let you set up daily price alerts when prices change, up or down.
Airfarewatchdog seems to do what I want. With Kayak and Skyscanner I'm not seeing how to NOT enter in a specific travel date for alerts.
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How about putting more than one alert? Same route but different dates? I don't know if there are are alerts for flexible travel dates. My dates are always fixed based on school vacations, but you can look to see the calendar of lower prices at http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ -- but it's not an alert and you cannot book directly from them.
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Hi, you may try www.skyscanner.com website as it offers an option to view which particular months are the fare at its lowest. Hope this helps!
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Kayak Buzz is the best if you want to find specific dates. Fare compare works great for me to.
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Airfarewatchdog seems to do what I want. With Kayak and Skyscanner I'm not seeing how to NOT enter in a specific travel date for alerts.
For Kayak.com you need to be signed in to use the flexible dates feature. You can view a 1 month period from the date you put in. You can keep resetting the date and it will give you the lowest airfares each day for the following month from that date. This feature will not show if you are not signed in. There are a few airlines that dont come up on kayak but most major ones do.

I agree airfare watch dog is good to get the alert for fares that drop below a certain dollar amount and then use kayak flexible dates to more easily pinpoint what dates are eligible for the low fare you were notified of by airfare watchdog.
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