Concorde: A New Site for Finding Flight Deals
The internet is awash with websites that promise flight deals. However, when we come across one that's especially noteworthy, we want to let our readers know that it stands out from the crowd. Below, TPG Contributor JT Genter walks through a new flight deal tool we found named Concorde.
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Today, we found out about a new resource to add to the list: Concorde — described by its founder as a "worldwide flight search tool designed for millennial wanderlusts like myself."
Although it doesn't have the visual appeal of Google Flights Explore Map, there's a beauty to Concorde's simplicity. On the homepage, you simply have a listing of all of the active flight deals found by Concorde. You can sort the columns by airline, price, departure city or destination city.
Clicking on the "Deals" link will take you to a list of all active and expired deals. From there, you can narrow your options further by selecting the departure month. If you have a particular destination in mind, the expired deals can help you get an idea of what's been offered in the past.
Live in New York and looking for a getaway in October? Click the "OCT" tab and sort by departure airport to get a short list of deals to consider. When you see an interesting option, click the deal for additional information on the deal — including available dates, alliance and even cost per mile.
If you'd like to help support the website, Concorde has a flight deal submission webform. They just ask that you limit your submissions to deals costing less than 5 cents per mile.
If your dates and departure airport are set, set up an account to be able to query all deals from a particular airport for particular dates. Unlike with Google Flights' Explore Map, you can't explore a map of the results, However, the major advantage of Concorde's list is the ability to sort by cost per mile — which is an excellent feature if you're looking for a mileage run.
When signing up, you have the option of signing up for email alerts. If you opt in, Concorde will send you an email when a flight deal is posted for any of five departure airports you selected at sign-up.
Limitations and Improvements
Concorde just launched in July, so the website doesn't have much of a track record yet. Over first month, the site has posted 50 deals from nine airports in six markets (Baltimore, Boston, LA, NYC, Bay Area, D.C.). As the website gains momentum, I'd like to see the number and variety of deals increase.
One simple improvement I'd like to see: filters. Especially as Concorde adds more and more deals, it's going to get increasingly harder to scroll through the list of deals — especially if you're looking through both the active and expired deals.
We're happy to see another effective flight deal tool come online. With some minor improvements and a continuous stream of good flight deals, Concorde could become the new go-to place for flight deals.
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