Instructions on how to use this site

Escape Houston is a blog about airfare flash sales and budget travel.

About “Flash Sales”:

  • Flash sales are short term sales. They rarely last for more than 3 days, but I’ve also seen a few that last for several months.
  • Generally speaking, sales with low prices to popular destinations expire within 24-hours. Some sales last less than a few hours.
  • I have no control on airfare price fluctuations or availability. If you see a destination on sale that you want, then don’t procrastinate.
  • We provide the details on where the deal can be purchased. We never feature deals from booking sites that don’t allow free cancellation within 24-hours.

We don’t sell tickets:

  • We provide information and links to where you can find discount airfare. You are free to purchase with whatever booking site or airline you want.
  • We provide up-to-date reporting on airfare deals and promotions. Our service is free to use.

Useful post categories:

The posts on this site are subdivided into several main categories. The two most important categories are “Bookable Deals” and “Budget Travel”.

  • Bookable Deals – List every known flight deal from Houston that are still valid and bookable. This category will filter out any deal that has expired or is no longer available.
  • Budget Travel – This will list every blog post that isn’t a flight deal, such as travel tips, travel news, travel warnings, changes in routes, and other cool things about travel.

You can access these categories several ways:

  1. On the toolbar on the top of every page.
  2. On the “categories” menu bar to the right (or below) each page.
  3. From the similar categories list at the end of every post.
  4. From this post, by selecting the “Active Deals” or “Budget Travel” links.

How to keep up-to-date on deals:

A few things about the deals:

  1. Once we post a deal, we will not be sending out additional e-mails, or Facebook notifications about it unless that deal is removed and then is re-added or if a deal was scheduled to end, but got extended. The point here is – once a deal is posted, you can see its status on the deals page and track it there if you want. Or you can just ignore it. You can always check the Bookable Deals category to see what’s bookable. When a deal gets pulled, it will be removed from the Bookable Deals list with a time-stamp of when it was removed. Modifications to a deal, such as changes in price are appended to the top of the deal sheet with a time-stamp.
  2. Deal-worthiness is not based purely on CPM (cents per mile) or price.
  3. I generally ignore deals that require overnight layovers unless they’re priced at an additional discount and is in an interesting city. These deals must have a long enough layover time to explore the city and get some sleep. The additional discount must be cheaper than the average cost for two meals and a hotel room in that city for it to be considered a worthwhile deal.
  4. I generally ignore deals that require layovers over 4-hours unless they’re priced at an additional discount. I value an hour of airport time at $20/$25. The price of the deal must overcome this cost-per-hour penalty for it to be considered worthwhile.
  5. Deals with more than two layovers are almost always ignored. The deal must price with a large enough discount to offset the airport time and the additional flight time to be considered worthwhile.
  6. Flights on Spirit will only receive limited coverage if the flight cost + additional fees are well below the average price of the route, due to their fee policy.
  7. Deals on discount carriers such as Frontier will receive coverage, but only if the flight cost + additional fees are well below the average price of the route.
  1. Exception to rule #1: An additional notification may be sent out if an Airline matches or beats a deal that has already been posted. In most cases, a new deal sheet with the new fare details will be created. In some cases the information will be appended to the top of the existing deal sheet with a time-stamp.
  2. Another exception to rule #1: If there is a large price drop on a current deal an additional e-mail, tweet and Facebook notification will be sent out. For example: If the deal was first posted on the blog for $300 round-trip, and it gets cut again to $150 round-trip, another round of notifications will be sent out. The deal sheet will be updated with the new price with a time-stamp of the change.
  3. Exception to rule #2: If the route is found to have at least one free (or inexpensive) stopover component in the fare rules, it will be actively tracked. For example: A notification will be sent out when a flight to Bombay is available with a low CPM if it allows a free stopover in Paris. Why? Because I see value in being able to spend a week in Paris before visiting Bombay. If the route has multiple stopovers then I may even write up a post just about the stopover components on that fare. See [Ideas: Houston to Amsterdam to Bombay to Paris for $1052?] for an example of what I mean by that.

Other info:

  1. The home page of this blog will list every post, including sticky posts like this one. I use sticky posts for important news, or featured posts, so check the front page now and then.
  2. If you use our affiliate links (example: Priceline, BookingBuddy, SkyScanner, Travelocity) when you begin your airfare or hotel booking, this site receives compensation from those companies for the referral. You’ll see these links in most of the travel deal posts. Whether you use our links to get there from here is up to you. I appreciate that you’re here enjoying the site in either case.
  3. Most posts will have a “Load Comments” button. By default, comments are not loaded until you choose to load them.
  4. If you want Dallas / Ft. Worth airfare deals, check out Cheap DFW, our sister site.
  5. If you want Austin / San Antonio airfare deals, check out Escape ATX, another sister publication.
  6. If you want New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, or Los Angeles airfare deals, we host those cities on Escape Flights.