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Twitter – Who Needs It? You Might – for Cheap Flights

March 30, 2010 | Posted in: Airfare News,Airline News,Deals,Twitter

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I’ve gotten into this whole social media thing, and I enjoy it – but I know a lot of you don’t have much time or feel you don’t have the expertise – or maybe you’re thinking, I don’t want to go on Twitter and tell everyone what I’m up to every minute of the day.

Relax – you don’t have to. But there are other good reasons to learn Twitter: it opens up a new channel of communication – that can help you get cheaper flights – and more.

For example, once you get on Twitter, you can do the following:

  • Get alerted to real-time deals from FareCompare – the ones you want, from your home airport
  • Follow important announcement from your airline about weather delays and more
  • Send direct messages to your airline – and yes, a tweet will often get their attention, and an answer (airlines love “social media”)

My editor says ┬áit only took her about an hour to “get” Twitter. As she explained it, “I’m a total idiot when it comes to anything the least bit ‘techy’, so I just hired a college kid who lived down the street to teach me the basics. Amazingly enough, it was really easy.”

Did you know that you don’t even have to have a special phone to access twitter? Your computer will work just fine (although you’re not so mobile). Give it a try – and once you do, follow me on Twitter – and see what I’ve got cooking.

6 Responses to “Twitter – Who Needs It? You Might – for Cheap Flights”

  1. Ken says:

    Rick, it’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it? The power of social media is amazing, and we’re just scratching the surface.

  2. Rick Seaney says:


    It certainly can be – and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

    Thanks for writing.

  3. Rainy says:

    Rick – I hate social web sites in general because they are too invasive, & I RESENT being forced into joining by your site or any other site (ie photo sharing sites) in order to get info or photos or whatever…..

  4. Rick Seaney says:


    No problem. You don’t have to have a Twitter account to get FareCompare real-time email alerts, but we do need you to provide your email address (otherwise, we couldn’t send you the alerts); you can sign up here: http://www.farecompare.com/when-to-fly/twitter/

    Hope this is helpful.

  5. Cathy says:

    Been getting the email updates and using FareCompare.com for awhile and love it. You always have good up to date information. Thank you! Twitter is a great source for info. if you know how to use it! Twitter and other social media is here to stay…better know how to use it to your advantage.

  6. Rick Seaney says:


    Thanks for writing; I think the most difficult thing about Twitter for many folks is just giving it a try – once they do, they’ll see how easy it is.


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