The great thing about saving money on travel is that you have more money for… travel! If you save enough, you can afford a trip that’s better and longer. And who doesn’t want that?
Business Insider recently asked travel expert and author Scott Keyes for his best hacks for saving money on travel. He came up with more than a dozen simple ways to cut costs and improve your trip. We’ve also added a few of our own hacks. The saving starts here…
1. Sign up for Alerts
2. Search Nearby Airports
Even with the dollar sinking, Canadians can still find bargains at border airports. If you can fly from Seattle or Detroit, you could save a bundle.
4. Remember: Not All Airlines Appear in Search
5. Use Throwaway Tickets
6. Book at the Right Time
7. Be Flexible
8. Add Long Layovers
9. Add a Free Stopover Using Points
10. Build Miles With Credit Cards
11. Use Credit Cards With Travel Perks
12. Volunteer to be Bumped
13. Complain (Nicely)
He suggests sending a polite email to the airline and waiting to see what happens. Make sure you include the flight number, date, seat location and an explanation what went wrong. It doesn't hurt to add that you usually have an awesome experience with the airline.
14. Fly on Cheap Days
15. Use Google Maps Offline
16. Take Photos of Important Info
17. Use FourSquare to Find WiFi Passwords
18. Book Two One-Way Flights
One airline might be a bargain going to your destination and the other may have something cheaper coming back. Websites like Google Flights can help you craft itineraries like this.
19. Use the 24 Hour Cancellation Window
Say you want to travel to a country that requires you to have proof of an onward flight but you're backpacking and don't have a firm itinerary. What you can do is book a one-way ticket with any major airline (check first!) to show as proof and you can cancel it without penalty within 24 hours.