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Web Buzz: Hopper.com and it Flight Tonight app are last-minute deal finders


Could these reveal last-minute deals worth packing for?

Name: Flight Tonight app and Hopper.com

Available: iOS

Cost: Free

What they do: To use Flight Tonight, a simple iOS app from Hopper.com, you input your hometown airport code and it returns same-day flight deals ó domestic and international ó for that airport and nearby cities. Results vary throughout the day because of frequent updates. If you check later in the afternoon and evening, youíll find deals that leave the next day.

Whatís hot: The app is for those who must make last-minute trips and for travelers who can be spontaneous and can usually spend a little more. Check the app earlier in the day if possible to get the broadest selection of flight and deal options. To get details on cheap flights between two destinations, see the "When to Fly and Buy" on the Hopper.com website. Also check the "Deals" section that features upcoming destination-specific deals from your hometown.

Whatís not: If youíre serious about being spontaneous, donít rely solely on the app but also search Hopper.com. Itís more work, but I found even better prices and more destination options on Hopper.com in my tests. The app also might specify a return flight that would keep you at your destination a certain number of days, but the website offers more flexibility, allowing you to search different days or exact dates.

 

 


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