Like most people these days, you probably assume the best travel deals are on the most popular travel sites. But what you find on Twitter just may surprise you!
Increasingly, travelers are scouring social networking sites to find hot deals. If you have a favorite site, it's probably also on Twitter, so it's a good idea to start by following it. Next, you can branch out and follow airlines, hotels and even destinations.
This is pretty much a win-win scenario. Social media sites like Twitter offer a much more immediate way of snagging sales for the travel industry. And it benefits you because Twitter is free, and you'll likely find offers that aren't available elsewhere once you get the lingo down.
Locate deals near you by following your closest hub. Just add the "@" symbol to your hub airport's three-letter abbreviation. For example, if you live in Los Angeles and fly out of LAX airport, search for "@LAX" on Twitter. Once you find it, simply click "Follow." Remember, as you add more to your follow list, it's good to organize your Twitter feed into separate groups. Otherwise, you could have a hard time sifting through a sea tweets and links.
While many people just use Twitter to follow, there's no reason you can't go out and search for travel deals. Locate coupons or special discount codes by (entering terms) into Twitter's search box. It’s also a good idea to refine your search by adding a hashtag (#) before their query. For example, if you're looking for deals in Atlanta, you might search "#Atlantadiscounts." Or, if you're looking for hotels in Berlin, you could enter "#Berlinhoteldiscounts.