There has been a lot of buzz about a new service offered by Yapta.com. Yapta stands for “Your Amazing Personal Travel Assistant”. Most of the buzz seems to be regurgitation of their press releases.
Besides their basic (airline site only) meta-search, they offer a airfare tracker. Not a predictor, like farecast. They claim that millions of $$$ can be saved. You bought a ticket (on the airline site), the price went down and you get a refund. Sounds great, and it may even result in a refund to the very lucky traveler whose price went down, and tracked it and acted fast enough and did not lose the refund to change fees. Definitely worth a shot – BUT, this post is not about that.
This post is about the little check box they added that says:
“include award tickets”
So, if an award ticket opens up on the flight you want to book – BINGO!
But, we all know that you are more likely to win the lottery. Anyone using free tickets these days has to be very flexible with dates of travel, destination, airlines, # passengers, award type, etc. It has become an art form that few can master. It a great idea – a tool that will find you free flights. So is cold fusion. Let me know if I am wrong and Yapta really does find people free flights. Until then, I will be on my Vonage with Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago and Bangalore trying to find out how I can use my half million miles.
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