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3 email newsletters to sign up for to save money on travel

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Americans spend more than $1,100 per year on vacations, according to CreditDonkey.com. If you want to bring that cost down, you can get help from the deals in travel newsletters.

Whether you're planning a last-minute summer getaway or setting up that Thanksgiving trip home, newsletters can increase the chances of finding a good price on your next flight. But with so many to pick from, and so many emails already crowding your inbox, you have to choose carefully.

Here are three travel newsletters that experts recommend:

1. The Flight Deal

Zachary Honig of The Points Guy, which focuses on how to maximize credit card travel rewards, recommends The Flight Deal for low-price flight roundups. The Flight Deal's philosophy, according to the site, is they won't publish a fare unless it is 6 cents a mile or less, meaning that a nonstop, round-trip flight between Barcelona and New York City cannot exceed $425.

This newsletter compiles a couple dozen flight deals into one bulleted list that gets sent to your inbox daily. The July 31 newsletter highlighted a $591 round-trip ticket from Chicago to Singapore, a route which costs, on average, $1,198, according to Faredetective.com.

2. Scott's Cheap Flights

"I'm a fan of Scott's Cheap Flights," says Honig. "You can customize deals based on your location, so I don't get an alert every time there's a cheap flight from Dallas to Oklahoma City." Just enter your nearest airport, and Scott's Cheap Flights will send you deals specifically for that departure location. You can also get alerts for specific routes.

For $49, you can sign up for Scott's Cheap Flights premium service to receive flight deals first, and you'll get alerts about "error" pricing, or when airlines accidentally sell flights for cheap. In late 2018, for example, Cathay Pacific accidentally listed round-trip business-class tickets from Hanoi, Vietnam, to Vancouver, Canada, for $768. Right now, a round-trip business-class ticket from Hanoi to Vancouver during Thanksgiving is between $4,000 and $5,000.

Those who used Scott's Cheap Flights premium service were alerted to the deal and had about 12 hours in which to purchase a ticket before Cathay Pacific fixed its error.

3. TripWatch and others from Airfarewatchdog

"Sign up for emails from Airfarewatchdog, which rounds up deals," suggests Elaine Glusac, travel reporter for The New York Times. The travel resource offers a wide selection of money-saving newsletters.

You can set notifications for specific routes and receive the site's TripWatch newsletters, which will send you relevant, low-priced flights. You can also sign up for their Hotel Deal Alert newsletter, which rounds up hotel deals, or their The Weekender newsletter, which aggregates flight deals for weekends or shorter trips.

Newsletters are an easy, low-effort way to get sharp deals on flights sent right to your inbox. Subscribe to one of these and you'll have a better chance of saving money on your next vacation.

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