Imagine texts that immediately alert you to the most incredible airline deals—that’s the idea behind DealRay. Founded by a couple of travel-happy bargain hunters, the DealRay team understands that the only thing worse than paying through the nose for airfare is doing so right after a great travel deal has expired.
Their solution? Signing up for DealRay’s service means you’ll get instant text alerts with the cheapest airfare deals and price glitches—straight to your phone.
Of course, DealRay isn’t the first platform to promise sky-high savings to travelers. Can this travel alert app really make picking your ticket faster, easier, and cheaper? We’ll take a look.
DealRay promises to send you alerts to great travel deals that amount to huge savings. While primarily airfare, alerts will occasionally feature deals on other aspects of travel, such as deals on hotels or vacation packages, if they’re good enough.
Also, DealRay promises they won’t spam your phone, only sending a text every day or two—but since they often send deals that may expire in a matter of hours, you won’t mind hearing from them.
How Does DealRay Work?
DealRay is a “fare alert” service—they use proprietary algorithms and manual research to scour the internet for big price drops and “mistake” fares (deals that stem from computer glitches or data-entry errors). Note that, unlike Travelocity or Kayak, DealRay isn’t offering the deals, only finding them and sharing with members.
Unlike with other fare alert services, you can specify a point of departure when you sign up. DealRay’s alerts spotlight any flights that have been deeply discounted in the vicinity of your departure region. Plus, all alerts have been verified as bookable by DealRay’s staff, so you don’t waste your time on too-good-to-be-true offers.
How Much Does It Cost To Be A DealRay Member
Here’s the catch—the first month on DealRay is free, and then the service will cost you $9.99 a month. This can certainly add up! However, according to the site, members save an average of $428 per deal.
Before you go thinking that a fee-based deal finding app is bad news, note that DealRay charges so that they aren’t forced to promote not-so-great deals, and can instead focus on sharing only opportunities that offer members real savings. This also limits how frequently DealRay sends out alerts, which is seen as a bonus for many who are tired of being inundated with too many messages and emails each day.
Some examples of DealRay’s past savings include:
- $144 for Philadelphia to Copenhagen from May through January
- $99 One-way flight from Boston to Reykjavik
- $188 From NYC to Abu Dhabi
- $399 Per person New York to Milan on Emirates(must book 2+ tickets)
Signing up for your free month does require a credit card. However, memberships can be canceled at any time.
Additionally, DealRay encourages members to spread the word by offering unlimited free months. Each time a friend accepts your invite to join DealRay, their first free month is free for you, too.
Is DealRay Really A Deal?
The folks at Travel and Leisure signed up for DealRay and found the following:
- Over three months with DealRay, they received ten deals
- Each were exclusive to the service—they couldn’t be found anywhere else
- Four were the result of airline blunders, including $300 Iberia fares from New York to Tel Aviv and Casablanca
- Two others highlighted $99 international flights on Wow Air, which regularly promotes such prices but rarely makes them available
- All of the alerts included step-by-step directions for finding and completing the bookings
After trying out the service for three months, Travel and Leisure called DealRay “The best new way to book your flights.”
However, there are a few caveats. First, it’s important to act fast. Fares can expire within a few hours and often only apply to limited departure dates.
The Trip Sherpa at Upgrd, who was also positively pleased with his DealRay experience, suggested that members have a couple hundred tucked away for great flights as they come up—as membership is pointless if you don’t jump on deals.
Another caveat: While it is totally legal to book a mistake fare—even if it’s pretty obvious that someone misplaced a decimal point—the Department of Transportation has currently moved to allowing airlines to cancel those reservations at their discretion.
Finally, DealRay is currently only focused on alerting travelers to deals on flights originating in the USA—meaning that those of us outside the border won’t have much luck.
Bottom line on DealRay
Unlike sites like Airfarewatchdog, which allows you to monitor specific destinations for deals, DealRay works best if you’re open to taking a trip anywhere in the world, as long as the price is right.
This means that DealRay can lead to some great adventures! But, the for-a-fee service appears best for impulsive travelers that don’t have specific regions or dates in mind.
1 out 1 people found this review helpful
Not worth it.
This service is not helpful. These deals can be found elsewhere, and the alerts come far too infrequently for the monthly fee. I regret paying for this.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
2 out 2 people found this review helpful
Unstoppable fees. The service itself is not worth the subscription.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
13 out 14 people found this review helpful
I canceled my DealRay subscription after the first month, when none of the deals sent to me were actually available or applicable from my home airport. Suddenly three months later, DealRay charged my bank account a subscription fee, without the website even being accessed in over 60 days. When I try and get the charges stopped, the DealRay site simply reiterates that I've canceled my account, and refuses to acknowledge the additional charges. Avoid this site.
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May 12, 2016
My exact same experience. This company is a scam.