FlightFox Uses Crowdsourcing to Find the Best Airfares

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The travel websiteFlightFox.com is bringing "crowd sourcing" concept to travel in a fresh way.

Enter your travel dates, preferred type of flight, and other details at FlightFox, and the website will pass along your request to several "travel hackers—who, in turn, compete to find you the best price.

The service costs a finder's fee that's typically $29, refundable if you're not satisfied.

A week ago, for instance, a traveler asked for help in booking round-trip tickets between Houston and Paris for two adults and a 1.5 year-old baby. FlightFox's experts found several deals, and the traveler picked one that cost $1.075 per adult, for a savings of $389.

FlightFox handles all kinds of flights, but is only reliably worthwhile for complicated or long-distance international flights, because the site excels at often finding discounted tickets on those routes that are large enough to justify the service fee. (By "complicated" flights, I mean itineraries that involve buying tickets for an infant or that require redeem frequent flier miles.)

There's no guarantee the site will turn up a better deal than you can find on your own, but it's nice to have another arrow in your quiver for hunting down the best plane ticket.


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