The cool thing about uncharted territory is that there's not yet one right way to do things. That's certainly the case when it comes to deal-finding on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Some providers are using social media sites as a platform for offering exclusive deals. Others see it as a way to let their followers know about widely available sales. And there are plenty of ways to easily keep tabs on sales across the industry.
- JetBlue: JetBlueCheeps is the airline's last-minute deal account on Twitter. Deals for the following weekend are posted on Mondays.
- Joie de Vivre: The California boutique hotel chain has Twitter Tuesday and Facebook Fridays deals each week, available for one hour after the post.
- Pleasant Holidays: The vacation package provider posts deals to Hawaii, Mexico, and other warm-weather destinations on both Facebook and Twitter.
- United: United's twares are Twitter-only, limited-time discounted airfares.
- Airfarewatchdog: Our sister site keeps you up to date on the day's lowest airfares on both Facebook and Twitter.
- Beat of Hawaii: Beat of Hawaii posts Hawaii-related deals, and helps people find good offers for specific travel dates on Facebook.
- FareCompare: FareCompare lets you track cheap fares from your home airport using Twitter.
- SmarterTravel: You know we post links to current airfare deals (and useful articles) on both Facebook and Twitter, right? Okay, just checking.
More Ways to Use Social Media Sites to Plan Travel
It seems like most travel companies have some kind of Facebook or Twitter presence by now, so if you're loyal to particular brands, it's worth adding them to your social media radar.
You can also find city-specific information, as more and more convention and visitors' bureaus harness social media sites to broadcast tips and information about their cities. Twitter and Facebook can also be a great way to get answers to your destination questions directly from the source, since both offer paths for direct contact.
Do you have a tried-and-true source for finding deals on Facebook or Twitter? Share your tips with other readers below.