Flights are one of the most expensive parts of travel. Getting a good deal on flights, especially for your entire family, can be the difference of hundreds of dollars.
Comparison shopping — looking through every possible option — is a great way to find the best deal. But if the stakes are high enough, and you spend enough money on travel, you may consider spending money to save money.
The challenging thing? Figuring out whether the fees are worth the savings. There’s some math involved. But that sort of judgment also takes experience.
In this article, we’ll rely on money expert Clark Howard for both.
Should I Pay $199 a Year for Going’s Elite Membership?
Going offers a freemium subscription model. You can try the service for free.
The site is one of Clark's favorite ways to find deals on travel. He even calls it his favorite resource to find cheap airfare.
But is it worth shelling out the money for Elite if you take just one international trip per year? That’s what a listener recently asked Clark.
Asked Sanjeev in North Carolina: "We travel overseas once a year. Will you recommend spending the $199 for Elite membership to Going?"
Going’s Elite tier membership focuses on deals for business class or first class passengers. On international flights, those seats can be expensive.
Going is Clark’s favorite resource to find deals on flights. For most people, the Premium membership for $49 a year works great.
But if you’re going to travel in the more expensive seats in the front of the plane, especially for international trips, it’s worth the $199 annually. You can break even on that fee on a single international trip — especially if you’re booking for more than one person.
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