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» What it does: This website monitors social media, message boards, newsletters and more in the travel industry to find inexpensive routes and flight sales.

» What’s hot: ExitFares locates remarkable flight deals; it also leads you to little-known websites that hunt down cheap flights and then show proof of how they were discovered. On the day I tested the site, I found a Los Angeles-to-Chicago round trip on American for $81 (, San Francisco-to-Honolulu round trip for $338 on United ( and Boston to Hong Kong for $504 round trip on American ( What about the taxes, you say? Included. For me, knowing when and where the deals came from was the selling point. You might see "Found 3 hours ago at" or "Found 2 hours ago at"

» What’s not: I signed up after it launched earlier this year, but then its emails went into the nether regions of my inbox, and I never saw them until I stumbled on them by chance. Make sure you add its email address to the appropriate areas of your contact list so you can actually see the deals. Because if a great flight deal lands in the middle of a forest, does anybody take it?

Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times

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