|FollowFriday : On any given Friday, thousands upon thousands (maybe even millions) of Twitter users enter the hashtag #FollowFriday (or #FF), followed by one or more “mentions.” The idea is for users to share the names of other “interesting people” that they follow and think you should too. These recommendations serve as positive comment cards for the digitally inclined.
JumpstartMyPC.com has decided to bring FollowFriday to our blog. Read on and, if you are so inclined, add these “interesting people” to your own list.
FollowFriday – Round 6
Last Friday I started out on a 7 day journey to visit relatives in Canada. The trip included over 8 hours of flying time and 2 layovers, giving me ample time to read and study the world of travel around me. During all of this, I got to thinking about how I could leverage technology to make the most out of my purchases in airfare, hotel, car rental and other services. Several articles and advertisements jumped out at me and I quickly saw a theme developing among them. Twitter and Facebook have become very popular tools for the airlines and other travel companies. A little more research led me to a list that perfectly fits the FollowFriday bill.
Bing Travel (formerly known as FareCast) is a site that I have been using for the last 2 or 3 years. If you are going to travel, this site is a must. Bing Travel helps you know when to buy, when to fly and where to stay by providing predictions and comparisons of your options using a huge volume of data that they process every day. I have personally used the price predictions in the airfare section of the site to save hundreds of dollars on flights. Simply plug in your desired destination, days and times and Bing will tell you when to buy or when to wait. You can also sign up for email alerts that notify you when a deal is within your designated price range.
kayak.com is the world’s largest travel search site. When I first heard of kayak.com, I asked myself why I would possible need another travel site. The answer is simple. Kayak doesn’t actually sell plan tickets, hotel rooms or anything else. They are a research site that only makes money from the advertising they sell. Their research and information is taken from hundreds of websites to help people find the best travel choices easily.
The best part about kayak.com (in my opinion) is the ease of use. The site is simple and easy to navigate. You can start with something as simple as a city name or enter as many details as you want to narrow down dates, times, layovers, etc. Fare alerts are also available by email. In addition to the traditional hotels, flights and cars kayak.com provides information on total vacation packages, cruises and private sales. Private sales are limited time offers on hotel packages that offer savings up to 50% off retail rates.
Individual airlines, hotels and car rental companies. There are far too many companies and sites to list, so I will use United Airlines in this example. While on my flight home yesterday, I read an article in Money magazine about saving money on travel. Ironically, the article mentioned United Airlines and the deals posted through their Twitter page. I saw “50%” and that was enough for me to pay attention and read carefully.
By simply following an airline, hotel or car rental company that you use regularly, you might stumble onto deals that are not offered to the general public or other travel sites like Bing or Kayak. Every company handles this differently, but each tries to “one-up” the other and you stand to reap the benefits. Follow and watch carefully to save big money!
Try out one or all three of the sites we recommended today and check back next Friday for more great #FollowFriday recommendations. Don’t forget, if you want to share this article with friends or family, all you have to do is click on the ShareThis button below.