Travel hacks for flying
- Get discounted fares when booking flights by clearing your cookies, putting your internet into private mode, or pretending your computer is somewhere else. Airlines often try to optimize their sale website to anticipate how much you are willing to pay and get you to max that out. If the website knows you have been shopping on it before, for example, it might suggest a higher fare. Clear your internet information before you travel.
- When booking travel it is tempting to find the cheapest flight, but it’s important to understand the hidden costs of budget air travel. Read up on budget airlines and make sure you aren’t taken advantage of.
- Know that most flights have a 24-hour window to get a refund, even if they bill themselves as non-refundable. Purchase the ticket now and return within 24 hours if you change your mind without feeling bad.
- Check your flight status with ease by just Googling your airline name and flight number.
- Save money on water at the airport by saving an empty plastic water bottle and refilling it after passing through security.
- Get upgrades by booking an economy ticket with a Y or B booking code. These codes mean the flier is looking for an upgrade, so should there be any open seats in the next class up from what you booked, you should be the one to get a complimentary upgrade. Of course, this works best when the airline recognizes you as a frequent flyer or a loyalty customer.