Four awesome travel hacks for your next trip

Four awesome travel hacks for your next trip

July 14, 2018 2 By matv

Traveling the world on a tight budget is challenging. But where there is a challenge, there are plenty of opportunities for success.

In my upcoming video I will show you how I plan and book my holidays on a very small budget and even save money on flights, hotels and tourist attractions.

Travel Hack No. 1: Be smart and book smart

 

 

 

[01] Avoid Late Booking

I usually start to plan and  book my travel arrangements three to four months in advance.  I literally try to avoid last minute bookings, because prices tend to be high,  good deals appear to be sold out and what ever is left are just a few handful of options.

 

On the lookout for good travel deals

On the lookout for good travel deals

 

[02] Compare prices

Before I make a decision with whom to fly and where to stay,  I start to check and compare available prices and available routes. There are many comparing sites on the market, however just a few really stands out.

My recommendations are Skyscanner.com or JetRadar.com.

LinkJetRadar.com

I try to avoid long and stressful flights by avoiding stop overs on short flight routes and by departing / returning from the nearest main airport. It saves me a lot of time, hassle  and in many occasions money.

Traveling from the farthest airport means also to travel earlier from home and add extra transportation cost to and from the airport .

 

Travel guides

Travel guides

 

[03] Beat the price

There are at least six ways I am aware of how I could reduce the price of my travel arrangements a little bit further. I will show you six ways to do so.

(a) Promotion code

The first thing I search for is an active and valid promotion code that I could use in conjunction with the purchase of my flight or hotel. I simply google for the keywords like ‘promotion code’ / ‘voucher code’ / ‘discount code’ with the name of the airline or hotel.

 

Quick Flash Sales and Deals

Quick Flash Sales and Deals

 

(b) Cashback websites

There are a number of cashback sites available on the market. My favourite one is Quidco.com. There is always a likelihood that Quidco.com offers a cashback opportunity for a specific retailer that I had in mind to make a purchase of a flight or a hotel.

Link: Quidco.com

 

Earn Cashback with qualified purchases

Earn Cashback with qualified purchases

 

(c) Reward Program

Nearly every airline has some sort of reward program for loyal customers. I joined Iberia Plus a year ago and I am still fascinated about the flight prices that they can offer to me as a loyal customers which is not available on the open market.

On top of this some of the reward programs may facilitate to collect cashback in form of points or similar with every qualified purchase made on their site.

 

Earn your reward with Cashback

Earn your reward with Cashback

 

(d) Cashback Credit Card

Did you know that you could earn cashback by paying with the right credit card for a qualified purchase on a flight and hotel? The best credit card I have so far seen is the Cashback Credit Card from American Express.

Link: American Express

What I like the most with this credit card is that I can earn points with nearly every purchase I make and occasionally am offered an incentive to make a purchase with a recommended retailer.

Recently, I was offered GBP 100 cashback for a qualified purchase of a flight with Emirates Airlines (with a minimum purchase of GBP 800) . Can you believe this?

 

Purchase with credit card

Purchase with credit card

 

(f) Return flights

Booking a flight with return with the same airline often turns out cheaper than booking one way flights with different airlines. I prefer to keep it simple and  save money and hassle booking the flight with return using the same airline.

 

Amazing view on the sky from the aeroplane

Amazing view on the sky from the aeroplane

 

(g) Tweak travel parameters

Tweaking the travel parameters such as travel dates, travel routes or other travel relevant parameters can help you to find a really good deal on a flight and hotel. In my recent booking to Madrid I decided to stay a day longer in order to get a good return flight price.

 

Departure Timeline displayed in airport

Departure Timeline displayed in airport

 

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