Instructions on how to use this site

Escape Flights is a blog about airfare flash sales and budget travel. This site is FREE to use and we don’t charge any subscription fees. We cover flights departing from New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and Denver.

We create notifications about airfare deals. When a worthwhile fare is found, we create a post on this blog that details where the fare can be purchased, which airlines are involved in the sale, and what dates of travel the fare is available on.

We don’t sell tickets:

  • We provide information and links to where you can find discount airfare. You are free to purchase with whatever booking site or airline you want.
  • We provide up-to-date reporting on airfare deals and promotions. Our service is free to use.

We aren’t your travel agent:

  • All we do is post details on where you can find deals. We don’t provide travel planning or agent services.

About “Flash Sales”:

  • Many of the fares featured here are short term sales, known as “Flash Sales”.
  • Flash Sales generally last between 1-to-3 days after they are posted on the blog, but some fares will last longer and some fares won’t.
  • We have no control on airfare price fluctuations or availability. We will try to update the details in each post as availability changes. If you see a destination on sale that you want, then don’t procrastinate.
  • We provide the details on where the deal can be purchased and a list of example dates that will pull up the discounted fare.
  • Each post will have a list of “example dates” which link to the websites that are selling the fare.

We also cover First, Business, and Premium Economy fares:

  • First, Business, and Premium Economy fares are rare, but we post them when we see them.

How to keep up-to-date on deals:

A few things about the deals:

  1. Once we post a deal, we will not be sending out additional notifications about it unless that deal is removed and then is re-added or if it was scheduled to end, but got extended. The point here is – once a deal is posted, you can see its status on the deals page and track it there if you want. Or you can just ignore it. If there are modifications to a deal after the initial notification, such as changes in price, we will append those details to the top of the top of the post with a time-stamp.
  2. Deal-worthiness is not based purely on CPM (cents per mile) or price.
  3. We generally ignore deals that require long overnight layovers unless they’re priced at an additional discount and is in an interesting city. These deals must have a long enough layover time to explore the city and get some sleep. The additional discount must be cheaper than the average cost for two meals and a hotel room in that city for it to be considered a worthwhile deal.
  4. We generally ignore deals that require layovers over 4-hours unless they’re priced at an additional discount. We value an hour of airport time at $20/$25. The price of the deal must overcome this cost-per-hour penalty for it to be considered worthwhile.
  5. Deals with more than two layovers are almost always ignored. The deal must price with a large enough discount to offset the airport time and the additional flight time to be considered worthwhile.
  6. Flights on Spirit will receive limited coverage due to their fee policy. We will only post deals from Spirit if the flight cost + additional fees are well below the average price of the route.
  7. Deals on discount carriers such as Frontier will also receive coverage, but only if the flight cost + additional fees are well below the average price of the route.
  1. Exception to rule #1: An additional notification may be sent out if an Airline matches or beats a deal that has already been posted. In most cases, a new deal sheet with the new fare details will be created. In some cases the information will be appended to the top of the existing deal sheet with a time-stamp.
  2. Another exception to rule #1: If there is a large price drop on a current deal an additional notification will be sent out. For example: If the deal was first posted on the blog for $300 round-trip, and it gets cut again to $150 round-trip, another round of notifications will be sent out. The deal sheet will be updated with the new price with a time-stamp of the change.
  3. Exception to rule #2: If the route is found to have at least one free (or inexpensive) stopover component in the fare rules, it will be actively tracked. For example: A notification would be sent out when a flight to Bombay is available with a low CPM if it allows a free stopover in Paris. Why? Because we see value in being able to spend a week in Paris before visiting Bombay.

Other info:

  1. The home page of this blog will list every post, including sticky posts like this one. I use sticky posts for important news, or featured posts, so check the front page now and then.
  2. If you use our affiliate links (example: Orbitz, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Virgin Atlantic) when you begin your airfare or hotel booking, this site receives compensation from those companies for the referral. You’ll see these links in most of the travel deal posts. Whether you use our links to get there from here is up to you. I appreciate that you’re here enjoying the site in either case.
  3. Most posts will have a “Load Comments” button. By default, comments are not loaded until you choose to load them.

Our other publications:

  1. If you want Houston airfare deals, check out Escape Houston.
  2. If you want Dallas / Ft. Worth airfare deals, check out Cheap DFW.
  3. If you want Austin / San Antonio airfare deals, check out Escape ATX.