Top 10 Travel Hacks

  1. Use Price Alerts

If you have the time to watch flight rates you can catch ticket prices at their lowest if you use price alerts. How? Search using Google Flights and if you don’t like the price listed, set an alert. You will get an email alert every time the prices changes allowing you to book the moment the price suits your needs.

  1. Outsmart Baggage Fees

Baggage fees can cost you up to $125 if you choose to check your bag. If possible consolidate your items into necessities and clothing items that can be warn several diverse ways with many different mix and match options. This can allow you to fit everything into a carry-on sized bag costing you nothing.

  1. Free Water

Airports charge triple the amount you would pay for a bottle of water anywhere else. To prevent these charges bring an empty water bottle with you through security and fill it up at one of the water fountains on your way to the gate. This will help save time and money that could be spent elsewhere.

  1. Be Snack Savvy

Airport snacks are expensive! Take advantage of TSA’s approved snacks that you can pack at home and take through security. All food must go though the X-ray machine with your bag, so be sure not to unwrap or open the snacks prior to the security checkpoint. Some approved snacks include, sandwiches (wrapped), fruit, granola bars, pretzels, cookies, pastries, instant oatmeal, and chips.

  1. TSA Pre-Check

TSA Pre-check saves you time, and the stress of long airport security lines. Airport security can take hours to get through, but for $85 you can become TSA Pre-check certified for five years. No longer will you have to remove your shoes, laptop, liquids, belt, or jacket. You will wait five minutes or less to get through security no matter how crowded.

  1. Contact Cases

If you are only traveling for a couple days, contact cases can save you a tremendous amount of room by downsizing your full size lotions, moisturizers, face wash, etc. This will save you the anxiety of spills or leaks during travel, and will allow you to continue your daily beauty regime without switching to travel size products.

  1. Take Advantage of Upgrades

Airlines sometimes offer upgrades at the gate for minimal pricing compared to when you book. Hotels do the same, you can either asks at check in or prior to arriving you can sometimes check your reservation online and see custom upgrade options. Hilton offers premium room upgrades if available for as little as $15 extra per night.

  1. Frequent Flyer? Take Advantage

If you use the same airlines, stay in the same hotel, or always rent a car from the same company sign up for their loyalty rewards program. Sometimes just signing up gets you benefits that you otherwise would not have. These loyalty programs can score you free miles, free hotel stays, free rentals, or just better customer service which is still a plus.

  1. Paperless boarding

Most airlines offer paperless boarding allowing you to skip the check in line and head straight to security if you are not checking any baggage. Having the app allows you to get immediate notifications if your gate is changes or your flight is delayed, saving you a lot of stress and hassle of trying to find your flight on the enormous board of flight and gate numbers. One downfall of technology is that sometimes our phones glitch and apps freeze. When you first check into your flight on the app be sure to screen shot the boarding pass in case something prohibits you from pulling it up at the gate or security.

  1. Middle Seat Doom

Do you hate sitting in a middle seat? Start looking at the type of plane you will be flying in while booking. Boeing 767 have fewer middle seats than other plans, increasing your chances of an isle or window seat if you don’t want to pay extra to choose your seat.

 

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