Never Miss Another One: Get an Instant Alert on the Next Mistake Fare


Are you sick of missing out on mistake fares, mistake rates on hotels, and other limited-time offers that you didn’t hear about in time?

Here’s the brand new solution:

I’ve created a new Twitter account, @MileValueAlerts, that I’ll only use for huge deals you need to know about right now before it’s too late. The account is designed to be subscribed to by SMS, so on the rare occasions I use the account, you get a text message instantly.

You’ll never miss another mistake fare.

How rarely will I tweet from the account? Here are the four most recent tweets I think I would have made.

That’s four tweets in the last two months.

Because I will almost never tweet from the account, you can safely set up your Twitter account to send you a text message when I do post without fear of getting many text messages.

(I will continue to post multiple times per day on the normal @MileValue twitter account, including mistake fares as they arise, but @MileValueAlerts will be dedicated to mistake fares and the impending demise of similar offers.)

How to Set Up Your Twitter Account to Text You Every Time @MileValueAlerts Posts in Three Easy Steps

Step 1: Add your mobile number to your Twitter account

Click your image in the top right of any Twitter screen and select Settings.

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Select Mobile from the menu on the left.

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Add your number and confirm the code texted to you.Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 5.01.50 PMStep 2: Turn on SMS Notifications

Under the exact same Mobile Settings tab you went to in Step 1, look for the area labeled “Text Notifications.” Check the box for “Tweets from people you’ve enabled for mobile notifications.”

Step 3: Add @MileValueAlerts Alerts

Go to @MileValueAlerts Twitter page. Follow it. Next to the button that says Following, click the gear icon and select “Turn on mobile notifications.”

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Now you’re set up to receive a text message every time @MileValueAlerts tweets. You can, of course, follow the same process to add other accounts for text message alerts, but I personally don’t want to get a text every time any regular Twitter user tweets.

Bottom Line

I used to be super bummed when I’d miss a mistake fare. Now you won’t have to miss any more. You won’t need to be by Twitter or on a blog when a deal blows up. You’ll just need to be with your phone (and who isn’t chained to that?)

The second I tweet the deal from my brand new account @MileValueAlerts, you will be texted. Sign up for text message alerts from @MileValueAlerts with confidence. I will only use the account for the biggest deals you need to know about right now because their death seems imminent.


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  1. Great idea, and I have actually missed all these recent mistakes because I simply found out too late. But I’m burning points in South America until civilized weather returns to Michigan and my phone doesn’t work here. As an aid to the technologically idiotic, e.g., me, can this be notification system be set up to send messages to a wi-fi-only tablet like my trusty Kindle HD 8.9?

  2. FYI, the screenshots and instructions you provided seem to be for a PC or Mac. Trying to follow this for my Samsung phone and it’s a totally different interface. If anyone succeeds in getting a phone set up for the last step, please post a screen shot. Thanks.

  3. Same for my iPad. Evidently Twitter has developed very different apps for different devices and the setup on my iPad only assumes I have an iPhone (thanks Apple).

    Scott, what device were you using for these instructions? I’ll try to follow on the same, unless it’s a Mac.

    • Yes. It is based on Twitter sending text messages to you when I post there. Signing up for twitter takes less than a minute.

  4. How come I haven’t received a twitter msg about the American ~$450 business fare from the Us to Beijing?????
    C’mon it’s only 10pm …
    Jk … I like you…you should be on top f this


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