Sometimes, you just need to get out of town. It doesn't matter where, so long as it's far away.
For these kinds of trips, flexible travelers can now avail themselves of a new booking platform: GetGoing.com
The site, which celebrated its public launch yesterday, features an innovative Pick Two Get One platform, which provides airfare discounts of up to 40% if travelers can prove that they are flying for leisure by being flexible about their destination.
Here's how it works:
- Search for the type of trip you want to go on. It can be a geographic region, like Europe
, or a more general theme, like "History
and Culture" or "Beaches and Sun."
- Select two destinations from the options provided to you, then select two potential itineraries. At this point, you can see the discounted fare you will receive, but not the airline.
- Fill in your traveler details and credit information, then hit "complete this purchase" and let GetGoing decide where you'll go.
I recently test-run the platform for an upcoming trip to Europe in May. Some of the discounts were significant, like $854 to Tel Aviv ($211 discount) and $631 to Moscow ($146 discount). But most fares were about on par with what I found by searching discount engines like Skyscanner
. And since the engine is airline-blind until the deal is done, you can't factor frequent flier mileage programs into your deal search equation.