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Dollar Flight Club: Is it Worth it?
Anyone who does any amount of traveling knows the biggest cost barrier is often the plane ticket. Once you’ve arrived wherever you’re going, it’s easy to do things on a budget: camp or stay in hostels to save on lodging, cook more of your own meals rather than eating out all the time. But sometimes there’s no getting around expensive flights, especially if you’re planning an overseas trip.
Fortunately, there are a million different flight alert companies out there attempting to save us all money on flights. So it can be hard to sort through which companies are the real deal (pun intended) when it comes to finding cheap flights.
One of the more recognizable ones is Dollar Flight Club. You’ve likely seen the ads: “Save $500 dollars on flights by joining Dollar Flight Club!” And if you’re like me, your reaction is probably along the lines of “Wow!! $500?! You know how much more traveling I could do with an extra $500?!”
So I decided to give Dollar Flight Club a whirl and see if a membership is worth it.
What is Dollar Flight Club?
Dollar Flight Club (DFC) is a flight alert service that notifies you of flight deals via your email inbox. You pick your preferred departure airport, and the DFC team curates deals based on that. Essentially, DFC does all of the painstaking hunting for cheap flights so that you don’t have to – that way, you can spend more time planning the more fun parts of your trip!
They collect flight data from the big flight providers and use technology, historical data, and a team of expert flight finders, to find flight deals. When they find a new deal, they send you an alert via email or app alert so you never miss out on a deal.
But they don’t fill up your inbox with flights that are only slightly cheaper than they normally are (because who needs more junk mail? Not me!). Dollar Flight Club will only send you an alert if they find a flight that is at least 50% less than it typically is.
How Does it Work?
It’s super simple to get started. Their most basic membership is free (hello, who doesn’t love free?!), so once you sign up with your email address and set your preferred departure airport, they’ll start sending you deals.
The deal alert emails look like this (and yes, this is a real deal that I received in my inbox! Look at that price!!)
In the email, Dollar Flight Club also includes instructions on how to book the flight, which Is usually through Google Flights or Skyscanner.
What Kind of Deals Can you Expect?
Since I have a premium membership, I receive about 5-7 deals per week to destinations all over the world. I’ve been planning a trip to Croatia, and I know that summer flights there are typically between $800-$1000 from the USA. So I was amazed when I got a DFC alert about an August flight to Dubrovnik for just $500 from Washington Dulles, one of my preferred airports.
Since I live on the United States’ east coast, the most common deals that pop up are to the Caribbean for about $200-250, and to Europe, which are often between $250-400. But I have also seen amazing prices to Southeast Asia, parts of Africa, and South America. One that recently popped into my inbox was to the Maldives for just $598 (screenshot in the section above).
As mentioned, the Dollar Flight Club base membership is free. Free members receive:
- 1 preferred departure airport
- 3 deals per week max
- International flight deals only, no domestic
- The email alerts include ads
For the casual traveler who takes just one or two big international trips a year, the free membership might be plenty. But for someone who travels frequently, both domestic and international, the premium membership would be worth it.
For only $69 per year, premium members get:
- Up to 4 preferred departure airports
- Up to 7 deals a week per airport
- Notification of deal alerts before free members get them
- No ads, just straight flight deal alerts
- Product and service partner perks and discounts
Then for those who are in the air more than on the ground, there’s the Premium plus subscription at $99 a year. In addition to everything that comes with a Premium membership, Plus members get:
- Business and first-class deals
- 20% off an annual membership to Mobile Passport
How to Sign Up
All you have to do to become a Dollar Flight club member is join their email list here. Then if after being a free member you decide you want to upgrade, it’s easy to go into your account and upgrade your membership.
Cancelling is also simple: you simply go into your account settings and click “cancel account.” No need to talk to anyone on the phone!
Is Dollar Flight Club Worth It?
Like I said, there are a million different flight alert companies out, and I’ve tested out several including Next Vacay and Scott’s Cheap Flights). So what sets Dollar Flight Club apart from the rest?
- The member portal is very to use – there’s no having to fumble around for your account settings.
- DFC offers text alert notifications so that you don’t miss a deal even if you don’t check your email regularly.
- DFC is no-frills and they’re very transparent about what customers can expect from them.
- Customer service is top-knotch and personalized – every time I’ve communicated with them, they’ve been very responsive and efficient.
- You can choose your favorite airlines.
Are there any drawbacks?
- You can’t customize the free plan much. You’ll miss out on tons of deals with only one preferred airport and only 3 deal alerts per week.
- There’s no built-in search engine on the website or the app – you can’t search for deals to specific locations.
Honestly, those drawbacks are just minor quibbles though. So is Dollar Flight Club worth it? If you travel enough to pay for a subscription service like this, then yes, it is. Dollar Flight Club is my favorite of the services I’ve used. Since they offer both a free membership and a 14-day trial of their premium, why don’t you test them out for yourself?
*While I was compensated for this review, all opinions are my own.
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