'Travel junkie' blogger has the deals

Chris Myden wants Canadians to travel on a bargain

Photo; Brad Weber (Sudureyri, Iceland) Travel from Halifax to Iceland return for $546.00 (taxes included)

University students looking for travel discounts in Halifax are likely to come across yhzdeals.com, a popular site run by 33-year-old Calgary blogger, Chris Myden.

Myden alerts his readers to drastically discounted seat sales by airlines such as Air Canada, West Jet, and Porter.  

For Myden, being a "travel junkie" has fueled his desire to find extraordinary travel discounts. He says he "always had a passion for travel" and has traveled extensively in North America, Europe and parts of Central and South America.

Myden's "love for technology," and his "interest in geekier, data aspect of travel," (studying the price movements and fluctuations) helped develop his talent for discovering the best deals possible.

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In the next few years Myden says this experience has "led to an opportunity for me to develop my own travel search engine from the ground up, which I think will be more innovative than anything else out there."

Myden's popularity has been growing quickly. His current twitter feed for Halifax has 735 followers, and his Halifax deals faceboook page has 4,421 members. He says that in early 2011 he noticed a significant increase in followers reading his posts across Canada.

"I can thank the viral nature of social media for that. It really was amazing to watch it snowball," Myden recalls.

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Myden says that his experience with travel discounts began in 2009, when he discovered that on occasion, travel sites make price errors.

"I discovered a 'mistake fare' to an island off the coast of Spain for about $100 roundtrip after taxes," he says.

In between his contract work in database development, Myden started taking discount trips he found online. "It's always been great for me, because it gives me the flexibility."

"Some friends and I took advantage of these trips and had a great time", Myden says, and "I just had to share with fellow travelers, so I started blogging and facebooking about them."

Myden explains that it is from "experience and knowing where to look at the right times," and "actively monitoring certain data feeds that are out there," that he finds the deals. He usually spends two to three hours per day including updates on a series of blogs, which focus on national and international travel deals in 26 other Canadian cities. 

Along with his travel writing for the Sympatico travel blog, he has recently started to write for the National Post travel section. "I would say for the major Canadian cities, about an average of one a week or so," he says of the frequency of this posts.  "The smaller the city, the less chance for a great deal, simply because there's less competition and fewer airlines."

Myden recalls one of his favourite deals - a trip to Las Vegas in 2010 from airports across Canada.

"Expedia dropped flight and hotel packages down to as low as $15/person after all taxes and fees," Myden says.

Nova Scotians can subscribe to Myden's blog where he posts travel deals for flights leaving from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport at YHZdeals.  Some recent and current deals include:

 

  • Halifax to Frankfurt, Germany round trip with taxes included for $570.00.
  • Halifax to Iceland, round trip with taxes included for $546.00
  • Halifax to Ottawa round trip with taxes included for $233.00
  • Halifax to Toronto round trip with taxes included for $237.00

 

The discounted prices Myden posts on his blog can be nearly 50 per cent less than the price quotes given on travel sites such as Expedia and Travelocity

But Myden's blogs may not be useful to anyone who is looking for very specific travel dates. The blogs are helpful mostly for desired leisure travel.

"Being flexible... certainly is the one factor that has the most influence on your chances of taking advantage of a truly great travel deal," he says. 

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