TPG Talks episode six: A new era of flight deals with Scott’s Cheap Flights

May 23, 2020

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In episode six of the TPG Talks, Scott Keyes — founder and Chief Flight Expert of the airfare deal subscription company Scott’s Cheap Flights — described what he sees happening to prices in 2020 and beyond. COVID-19 continues to have substantial effects on the airline industry. When carriers cut their route networks, park hundreds of aircraft or suspend operations entirely, what does that mean for the future of flight deals?

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If you’ve been wondering about that very question, make sure to watch the replay of this week’s episode with Scott. Then, head over to the TPG Lounge on Facebook and join the conversation on today’s episode at this thread.

Scott started out by giving us the current deals landscape, where his team of flight deal researches have seen an increase in the number of deals since the current pandemic began. We then talked the latest developments on whether mistake fares are being honored, best practices for booking great fares and looked to the future of the deal’s landscape as well as the airplane experience in a COVID-19 world.

Show Notes

  • 3:45 – Introduction to Scott Keyes and Scott’s Cheap Flights
  • 6:00 – Secret Sauce of How Scott’s Team Finds Cheap Flights
  • 7:24 – Overview of the Current Deals Landscape
  • 9:35 – How the Deals Have Changed
  • 11:30 – Scott’s Personal Experience with the Pandemic
  • 15:06 – Premium Fare Deals
  • 18:44 – How Scott is Sharing Flight Deals During the Coronavirus Outbreak (“The Mom Test”)
  • 21:58 – Mistake Fares vs. Great Deals
  • 27:55 – Tips for Booking a Mistake Fare
  • 32:33 – The New Era of Deals
  • 39:50 – How Scott Classifies Flight Prices
  • 43:22 – Future of the Aviation Industry from Booking to In-Flight Experience
  • 49:30 – Q&A

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