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Santa Barbara, Ca

I'm a full-time rambler and contract designer with as many skill sets in my quiver as there are plane tickets in my passbook. I've worked in ornamental iron, jigsaw puzzle design, bookmaking, glass engraving, and a variety of other mediums. I'm currently living out of a backpack as I trek my way around the world.


On-the-Sly Airfare Booking with Flightfox

Zak Erving

Images courtesy of Flightfox

Images courtesy of Flightfox

The fox is my spirit animal. Just thought you should know. I didn't have a shaman tell me so, or have some psychological test done. I just really like foxes.

I also really like airline flights. Cheap ones. To great destinations!

So if there was one name for a website that would catch my eye, it'd probably be something like Foxy Flyer, and it would help me score great prices on plane tickets. (Alas, Foxy Flyer is the name of an unaccomplished racehorse. And some really weird anthro-art. And there's absolutely no mention of a gorgeous jet-setting redhead anywhere.)

But Flightfox! Now we're getting somewhere.

Flightfox is a staging ground for people who need to find plane tickets on the cheap, but don't have enough time or Skyscanner-stones to meet their budget. By posting a finder's fee (usually in the neighborhood of $30-$50) and trip specifics (dates, airports, miles accrued on frequent flier accounts, gold statuses, etc.), the flight contest host then receives a flood of competing flight expert bids, complete with flight numbers, layover durations, and instructions on how to book the tickets, once the contest is finished. Contest hosts routinely save hundreds of dollars—sometimes thousands! The once-intimidating finder's fee is just a drop in the bucket in the end.

Those of you who think you're clever enough to score a few finder's fees are welcome to apply to become a flight expert. A few weeks ago, I signed up and started pulling all of my airline resources together. If you sign up, we may be competing against each other…only we wouldn't know it, because our identities are shrouded by our super-secret screen names.

Care to guess what my screen name is?

Sorry, it's not Foxy Flyer.

Get more details and start your own flight contest at