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Since 2015, Scott’s Cheap Flights has been helping travelers see the world for less. Today we’re 2 million members strong and our deals provide an average savings of $550 on international economy flights, $200 on domestic economy flights, and $2,000+ (yes, really) on international business class flights.
Our mission is to make sure you never overpay for flights, and we think we do a pretty great job, but we know we have some competitors out there. Here’s how Scott’s Cheap Flights compares to Thrifty Traveler.
Thrifty Traveler was founded in 2015 by Jared Kamrowski and now lists 10 employees on its website. Thrifty Traveler gathers and shares domestic deals on its website daily and via its free Daily Beat email newsletter. Their subscription newsletter, Thrifty Traveler Premium, sends fare alerts (including “mistake fares,” when an airline accidentally discounts a flight more than they wanted to) on domestic and international flights. Subscribers can then book directly with airlines or through OTAs.
Premium members are notified about economy class fares, as well as the occasional premium economy, business, and first class fares. Members can choose an unlimited number of departure airports to track from more than 175 cities in the United States and Canada. Thrifty Traveler also offers free “travel rewards credit card consulting” to help members strategize ways to earn maximum travel rewards.
While the free Daily Beat newsletter sends out alerts on domestic fares, these are only for airports within the continental U.S.—not including Alaska or Hawaii. In order to see deals to either of those states, you’d need to upgrade to a Premium membership.
Thrifty Traveler Premium costs $49.99 per year (billed annually) or $7.99 per month (billed monthly). Cost-wise, it's on par with Scott's Cheap Flights. It's also cheaper than options like Dollar Flight Club or The Flight Deal for a comparable level of service.
Thrifty Traveler is a legitimate company. There are no reviews on Trustpilot, and while online reviews are scarce they are generally positive. Many appreciate that their membership fee is locked in for life, so even if the fee for new Premium members goes up, theirs does not. Some lament that while the list of airports served is long, most of the best deals are from the bigger cities.
Thrifty Traveler offers a 100-day money back guarantee when new members sign up. Memberships do renew automatically, however, so if you’d like to cancel after the first year you’ll need to do so before the auto-renewal date.
Scott’s Cheap Flights serves more airports than Thrifty Traveler, and shares deals that Thrifty Traveler doesn’t cover (like our Weekend Getaways). The annual fee for Scott’s Cheap Flights Premium membership is about the same as Thrifty Traveler’s Premium membership, while Elite is a bit more but includes deals in business and first class and premium economy.
SCF has helped me score some great deals, even though I live close to smaller airports. The best one yet by far, I just booked an incredible round trip deal to Chile for $63. Subscribing to Premium has paid for itself a million times over." - Member Alicia H.Try Scott's Cheap Flights
Thrifty Traveler has been around since 2015 and they know a lot about traveling cheaply, especially on points and miles. They have a very robust library of information about the points and miles game and as part of their Premium service they offer consulting to help you book points and miles trips.
That said, they don’t serve quite as many US airports as Scott’s Cheap Flights, they don’t offer weekend trips, and they don’t have a dedicated service to find business and first class seats, so they only send those deals occasionally.
Thrifty Traveler’s product is pretty decent, but a bit less robust than Scott’s Cheap Flights. We serve more airports, we vet every deal carefully to make sure it truly deserves a spot in your inbox, and if you’re looking to fly in the big seats up front, we’ve got you covered.
The biggest difference between SCF and Thrifty Traveler is deal frequency. In an internal analysis, we found that members subscribed to our top 10 airports received 3x as many deals from SCF as they did from Thrifty Traveler in the same time frame.
That lower send frequency means that a lot of really great deals slipped through the cracks. In fact, only 3% of the deals they sent went to Latin America/Mexico, so people looking for shorter-haul international getaways were pretty much out of luck.
I’ve traveled to 42 countries without a trust fund and usually because I got someone to buy my ticket. I thought I knew every trick in the book on crazy-cheap flights. Then I met Scott’s Cheap Flights and it has been a revelation.”- Member Trevor M.Try Scott's Cheap Flights
We’re thrilled to have nearly 3,000 Facebook reviews of Scott’s Cheap Flights with a five-star average. Check out some of our reviews here.
If you fly from a Canadian airport, or would really value points and miles consulting to help you make the most of your awards, Thrifty Traveler may be for you. But if you live near a smaller airport, want only the best deals, and want to receive frequent deals in business and first class, we hope you’ll join Scott’s Cheap Flights. You can even try us free for two weeks!
Published September 3, 2021. *All competitor details were accurate at the time of publishing.
In 2013, Scott Keyes nabbed a $130 roundtrip flight to Milan from NYC. When he got back, all his friends asked him to let them know the next time he found a great deal. The email list he started was the foundation of Scott’s Cheap Flights.
Today, we’re a company of more than 30 people serving more than two million members. We’ve been featured on Good Morning America, Travel + Leisure, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and more.