I'm Scott from Scott's Cheap Flights. Here to help your 2020 travel resolution & answer all your flight questions for the next 12 hours! AMA
Thanks to Reddit, I’ve been able to spend the past five years working my dream job: finding cheap flights.
This whole cheap flights adventure was born on Reddit back in 2015. It grew from a hobby to a side-hustle to a full-time job to a company with more than 35 people. Hell, half my coworkers came via Reddit.
(If you're curious you can check out Scott's Cheap Flights here, but honestly zero pressure.)
So once a year, I like to take off “work” and devote a full day to fielding all the flight booking-related questions that Redditors have. No half-assed Woody Harrelson AMAs here; whole-ass only. Ask me anything.
One reason I love doing this: right now, we’re living in the Golden Age of Cheap Flights, yet so few people know it. It’s never been cheaper to travel overseas as it is today, yet polls show people think flights are getting more, not less, expensive. Part of my job is convincing people that travel is no longer just for the rich; it’s for all of us.
That’s why I get so thrilled when Redditors especially have cheap flight success stories, including:
- u/junglebook03’s $500 roundtrip honeymoon flights to Paris
- u/turkeybone traveling internationally for the first time at 37 and taking a dozen trips since
- (my personal favorite) u/dickspace’s drunken purchase of a $389 roundtrip flight from LAX to Bangkok
Here’s a small sampling of my favorite cheap flights of 2019:
- LA to Rome for $239 roundtrip (normally $850+)
- CHI / DEN / DC / HOU to Tahiti for $486 roundtrip (normally $1,500+)
- BOS to Barcelona for $177 *nonstop* roundtrip (normally $850 for nonstop)
- NYC to Buenos Aires in *business class* for $728 roundtrip (normally $3,000+)
- LA / SF to Fiji for $396 *nonstop* roundtrip (norm price $1,400)
- OAK to Hawaii for $98 *nonstop* roundtrip (normally $600)
- NYC / SF / BOS / CHI / DAL / PDX / SEA to Tokyo *nonstop* for $569 roundtrip (normally $1,400+)
- 120 US airports to Germany or Austria for $294 roundtrip (normally $1,000+)
I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that we had some sadness this year ending service for folks who live outside the US, and I heard from a number of Redditors who were disappointed. It was an excruciating decision, made all the more difficult as a bootstrapped company (i.e. funded by members, not investors). Still sad, though I’m hoping it’s less a goodbye and more a see you later.
Proof I’m Scott: https://imgur.com/a/fZQTHmH
If you’ve gotten a great deal from Scott’s Cheap Flights, I would love to hear where you’re headed! I’ve got a young daughter and don’t travel as much as I used to, so living vicariously through your trips brings me a ton of joy.
P.S. Clearing your cookies doesn’t do a damn thing.
UPDATE #1: RIP inbox thanks for all the amazing questions! It's not even 8:30am here and I've got a 300+ backlog, but true to my word I am working for the next 12 hours to get through as many of your questions as I possibly can!
A number of you have asked about working at Scott's Cheap Flights, and I love that! Here's our Careers page: https://scottscheapflights.com/careers
A few perks to highlight:
- Work from home (we're 100% remote)- Medical/dental/vision and 5% 401k match- Mandatory 3-week minimum vacation (we're a travel company after all)
UPDATE #2 (1:30pm PT): Quick 15 minute lunch break and then I'm back answering questions the rest of the day I promise!!
UPDATE #3 (4:45pm PT): Coming up on 12 hours but fuck it there's still a lot of questions I wanna get to! Gonna go take a quick coffee bath and then back to answer questions for a few more hours. LOVE YOU ALL
UPDATE #4 (7pm PT): Alright folks taking a break to carboload. It's been an *amazing* 14 hours with you all, and I'll do my best to catch up on more questions over the weekend and beyond. My undying love to cheap flights and all who seek them