Consumer use of airfare alerts, which have been popular for more than a year through online travel agency and airline web sites, has begun migrating to Twitter. The reason is the speed with which fast-moving guerilla fare sales with limited seat availability can be transmitted to a target audience of ready buyers in comparison to the slower subscriber emails that were the first generation of fare alerts. Reportedly airlines limit the broadcast of some quick seat sales to social media to avoid frustrating a high number of fare shoppers.
Among the most popular places to find airfare alerts is at FareCompare.com, where Twitter users can sign up for "when-to-fly" airfare tweets. Users key in their home airport to receive tweets on airfare deals as they happen. Monitoring Twitter accounts frequently is essential to catching the off-price ticket offers before the available low-price quickly disappears. Another popular place to visit on Twitter is "JetBlueCheeps" for Jet Blue fare drops, while other airlines' Twitter accounts can be located by visiting the directory lists compiled here by the service called TravelNotes.org.
There are privately-operated airfare monitoring services on Twitter for specific departure cities and their airports. Some helpful Twitter addresses for city fare alerts we have found include "Minneapolisair", "FlySeattle_sea" and "Fortmyersflight" and "DealsfromPHL." Use web searches to find Twitter fare alerts using search keywords for your specific city, airport name, and airport abbreviation.