Looking to save big on airfare in 2024? I’ve got some exciting news to share! Going.com (previously known as Scott’s Cheap Flights), which has been my go-to for flight deals since 2019, is revolutionizing its membership tiers. And I’m here to break it down for you…
The latest update introduces enhanced perks for Premium members, including access to elusive mistake fares and exclusive points deals, alongside insightful travel newsletters. But that’s not all – the free tier now focuses mainly on continent US deals, while Elite members get the premium treatment with high-class flight offers, in addition to points deals.
These changes in membership benefits are going into effect on February 1, 2024. So keep reading to discover everything you need to know about the latest membership perks using Going.
Ready to elevate your travel experience this year? Let’s explore these changes together and see how they can unlock new adventures for you!
How Going works
Wondering what Going is all about? Before diving into the latest membership updates, let’s first cover the platform and what makes it a valuable tool for travelers:
In a nutshell, Going is a membership site that helps you find cheap flights from airports of your choice. All you’ve got to do is sign up to their email alerts, and you’ll get notified when deals become available. This includes mistake fares and exclusive points and miles deals that you won’t find anywhere else. You can also use their web interface to browse additional cash and points deals by class, depending on your tier.
Over the years, I’ve subscribed to many flight deal services. However, most of the time, these sites offer mediocre deals and only cover a small number of airports. In my experience, Going offers the cheapest deals, fastest notifications, and the most user-friendly interface.
There are three versions of Going – Limited, Premium, and Elite. Over the years, I’ve used all three to score some ridiculously cheap flight deals around the world. I literally save $5-10k per year thanks to their email alerts, so I couldn’t recommend it more! Even for low-mild travelers, you’ll save the cost of your membership many times over after booking just one flight.
Now, without further ado, let’s dive into the specific changes that are going into effect on Feb 1, 2024.
Going.com – Summary of changes at a glance
Here are the major changes by category for Going in 2024:
Prior to the recent update, the free (limited) version only showed users a small selection of economy-class deals for international travel. Now, the free version will focus exclusively on Cont US deals, which was previously only offered in the premium version. Members will have access to domestic deals across the continental U.S. from your favorite airports. So, if you’re looking for a getaway to Hawaii or Alaska, read on as the Premium tier will have you covered!
As always, the main benefit of the free version is to get a feel for what Going has to offer. However, if you’re a frequent traveler, it makes sense to upgrade to the premium version – as it pays for itself almost immediately. More on that below.
As part of the recent tier update, Going’s Premium service is getting the biggest boost. In my opinion, it was always worth upgrading to premium if you fly more than once per year or are planning family vacations. But now this version will become even more valuable.
Here are some of the biggest advantages of using Going’s Premium version in 2024:
- Inclusion of mistake fares from ALL airports
- Access to exclusive points and miles deals for economy
- Custom destination alerts
- Access to travel expert newsletter
- Immediate notifications to the best deals across the US (including Alaska, Hawaii and US territories) and international destinations
For me, one of the coolest benefits of upgrading to premium is the mistake fares. Note: these are not covered under the free membership. Think a $63 flight to Chile or a $354 fare to Australia…this actually happened last year! And there was also even a $230 roundtrip flight to Paris from NYC. Who doesn’t love Paris?!
Discounted access for Going Premium: Currently, Going has given my subscribers an exclusive discount to save 20% on all premium memberships. It normally goes for $49 per year, but with my promo code JON20, you’ll pay just $39 per year. So be sure to sign up ASAP!
With all these exciting changes, now is a great time to sign up and get full access to domestic and international deals through the Premium tier for just $39 per year. Again – act fast while this offer lasts!
The Elite tier is only shifting slightly to mirror the Premium membership for features. The only major difference is that Elite offers premium economy, business, and first class flights – which can ONLY be accessed with the Elite version.
Here are some recent business and first class deals that have been spotted using the Elite version:
- $500s to Mexico and the Caribbean
- $1,200 to Latin America
- $1,700 to Europe
- $2,200 to Asia
And the best part? Going only shows good airlines with convenient routes and minimal layovers. In the past, I’ve subscribed to other flight services, which show no-frills airlines with lots of hidden fees. That has never happened to me with Going!
Advantages of Going.com in 2024 versus other sites
As mentioned above, Going doesn’t feature budget airlines with bad reviews. They also don’t just show last-minute flights. Most deals they send out are for flights between 2-9 months in the future. Here are some more advantages of using Going versus other cheap flight subscription services right now:
1. Comprehensive deal coverage
Going.com is all about those hidden gems – mistake fares and points and miles deals that can get you flying for way less. Whether it’s an accidental airline discount or a strategic points deal, Going has it covered.
2. Personalized alerts
Going takes personalization seriously. All you gotta do is put down where you’re flying from, and bam – you get deals that actually make sense for you. So no more dreaming about deals from airports you can’t even get to!
This means less time sifting through deals you can’t use and more time planning your next adventure.
3. Tiered membership benefits
Unlike the one-size-fits-all approach of some competing sites, Going offers tiered memberships to cater to different types of travelers. From casual domestic fliers to international business class travelers, there’s a tailored experience for everyone. This flexibility allows users to choose a plan that best fits their travel frequency and preferences.
4. Quality over quantity
Going has a rule – if the deal isn’t awesome, they won’t bother you with it. This commitment to quality means that you’ll only be notified of deals with real savings. And not just no-frills airlines either!
5. Educational content
Beyond just deals, Going invests in educating its users. With its travel expert newsletters, members learn about maximizing points, choosing destinations, and other travel hacks. This makes Going not just a service but a travel companion…helping you get smarter about traveling!
6. User experience
In 2024, Going.com’s site is a breeze to use. Finding and booking flights has never been easier. Plus, it’s fun to see all the places you could go on a budget.
My advice on using Going in 2024
Alright, let’s get real—if you’ve got your sights set on epic spots like Bali, Paris, or Patagonia, then Going is a no-brainer. For international flights to places in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, it pays for itself many times over.
As mentioned above, I think that most travelers should consider the premium version. Deals are typically 40-90% off normal prices, meaning that members save an average of $550 USD on international flights. At just $49 per year, it will pay for itself in just one roundtrip flight.
But even if you’re just planning one small getaway in 2024, it’s worth getting the free version. You literally have nothing to lose and it will give you a nice taste of the platform.
Have any questions on Going in 2024 and want to learn more about how I use this service to find epic flight deals? Leave a comment below or send me an email, as I’d love to create more of this helpful content in the future!
Happy Travels! -Jon