To help you save money and enable you to TRAVEL MORE, we’ve compiled this list of travel hacks that will not only save you money, but will make traveling much more enjoyable.
What are you going to do with your extra money?
Set up price alerts
Make a layover a mini vacation
See if your airline has a stopover programs where you can extend your layover (usually at no additional cost). Icelandair even pairs you up with a complimentary Stopover Buddy to show you around town.
Do you have a preference where you sit on the plane beyond window or aisle seat? SeatGuru allows you to examine every detail of an airplane seat including:
- if you’ll be close to a bathroom
- if you can count on power outlets
- what the seat pitch is
- if that seat will recline.
Don’t forget to check out other flier’s reviews to see what their experiences were like.
Check for last minute price changes
Use the 24 hour rule to check for lat minute deals even after you’ve booked your flight. Use that day to scope money saving bargains.
Travel Hacks at the Airport and In Flight
- Bring Your Own Snacks. It’s cheaper than airport food and possibly better than in-flight food.
- Ship your luggage ahead of time. Avoid longer wait times at airport security and free up storage space.
- Pre-order a meal at the airport. Use the Grab app to pre-order a meal of your choice at the airport, and have it ready for you when you arrive.
- Get a complimentary drink. Several airlines still offer complimentary alcoholic beverages for economy passengers.
- Pre-purchase WiFi. If your flight doesn’t provide free WiFi buy it before you board.
- Ask about free entertainment items for kids. Most airlines have these things.
- Canceled or Delayed flight protection. Use Freebird and pay a flat fee of $19 for one-way flights and $34 for round-trip flights. You will be alerted if your flights is delayed or canceled and not have to pay to reschedule.
Travel Hacks for Your Destination
Priceline’s free iPhone app, Road Deals, has a new feature that enables travelers to get real-time information on discounts and deals for hotels along their route. You will automatically updated as you travel and can make a booking in seconds. Simply put in your preferred budget and number of stars, and the app will take care of finding the best options for you.
Understanding Exchange Rates can definitely help you save money. Exchange your money ahead of time–don’t wait until you get to the airport, their fees are ridiculous.
Traveling Safe with Money is extremely important as well. It might not always save you money, but it will help you hang on to it.
City Passes & Free Activities
Do your research ahead of time and find out the most economical way to get around the city you are going to. Google the area’s events and find out what is free or relatively cheap. This is a great way to check out a destination’s culture and meet some locals!
Costco offers a Low Price Finder tool to see what coupons, codes, and discounts are available for your desired vehicle. If you’re a member, you’ll get an additional driver fee waived in the U.S. and Canada for Alamo or Enterprise, and in the U.S. for Avis or Budget.
Travel Hacks for Medical Care
Most likely your current medical insurance doesn’t fully cover you when you travel more than 150 miles from home. It also doesn’t provide for medical transportation back home to your doctor if you get sick or injured while traveling. It also doesn’t protect you in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster while traveling. Air Ambulance Card does. It is an economical way to provide for you and your family when you travel.