Sick and tired of scavenging through countless online flight listings in a desperate attempt to snag a good deal? Well, a brand new website may just become your go-to resource when you plan your next vacation.
Farefetch is an online service that allows anyone to outsource the tedious and often challenging chore of finding cheap flights to ticket-savvy travellers who will do the dirty work for them.
The coolest part? It’s a total win-win situation. While on the one hand, travellers can sit back and relax as someone else finds them a bargain, travel-booking pros who have a keen eye for nabbing good deals can end up making a bit of extra cash.
And it’s pretty easy to use, too. Travellers simply input their departure date, return date, number of passengers, airport of choice and amount they’re willing to spend into the form online. Their request is then sent off to “farefetchers,” people who scour the internet to find a flight that matches the given parameters.
Once the traveller agrees to a proposed flight, farefetchers can then either book the flight themselves and get paid in 48 hours, or send the traveller booking instructions and receive payment within one week.
But the real fun begins when the farefetchers race one another to score the lowest price. The whole thing is kind of like a game, where the first farefetcher to claim a ticket request and find an inexpensive flight wins. And the cheaper the flight found, the more money the flight hunter gets to keep. For example, if the traveller said they would pay $400 for a flight from Toronto to Calgary, and a farefetcher ends up finding a deal for $350, they’d get to pocket the extra $50.
It may not seem like a whole lot, but for someone who knows the ins and outs of online listings like the back of their hand, it can certainly add up.
Now if you’re like most people who can’t stand spending hours by the computer searching for flights and would yell “take my money” to the first farefetcher you find, you may want to take a second to stop and think. Because you can bet that when the possibility of making a profit comes into the equation, some farefetchers may go slightly too far to get a good deal…
For example, some ultra-cheap flights have been known to not include meal service, or even worse, checked bags. The bottom line? When you’re inputting your parameters on the website, be sure you’re very specific about what you want — because once your flight is booked, it’s booked for good. There are no cancellations allowed.
So if you find yourself dreading the ticket-finding portion of your next vacation, and don’t mind sacrificing the quality of the flight, these farefetchers may just turn out to be your knights in shining armour. And if you think finding a cheap flight is the side gig that’s right for you, what are you waiting for? Farefetch is recruiting ticket hunters to join the team now!