Little did you know, while you were methodically searching for the perfect flight, all those extra clicks made the airline think that demand was surging and boom, before your eyes the price went through the roof. It's little things like that which make people hate travel. Fortunately, there are a few useful "hacks" to put the savings and luxurious style back in your hands...

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Searching + Booking

Automatic Discount Codes Applied At Check Out

Honey is a very cool browser extension, basically a handy app for your internet browser. Once installed, the app automatically searches for any available promotional codes that you could use to save money, applies them and yep, saves you money without lifting a finger...

Searching For Deals? Clear Your Cookies Or Go Incognito...

We all know airlines can be mean. When you repeatedly search for a flight, airlines notice a (false) change in demand and raise prices accordingly. Goodbye deals! To avoid this, regularly clear your cookies or use an incognito window to avoid unexpected (unfair) price surges...

Set Your Perfect Price, Get Alerts When It's Perfect!

Deal or no deal, you can set your perfect price. Kayak and AirFareWatchDog allow you to set price alerts for any route without being locked in. If and when the price goes where you want it, you get a friendly email and are first in line to book at the best price. Easy.

Add Extra Destinations With Stopovers, They're Often FREE!

Don't get so caught up in finding the perfect flight to one place that you miss the opportunity to visit a few, for free. Though the rules are often hidden in text longer than the bible, many airfares allow free stopovers. There's a good tutorial on finding them here, and if you're lazy, you can always just call a travel agent and ask them!

In Transit, On The Plane + In The Hotel...

Pre Purchase Wifi Or Get It For FREE

What traveler can't live without wifi? Internet on planes is crazy expensive and the only way to reduce that cost is to purchase it in advance. For domestic flights, you can even purchase unlimited monthly plans on almost any airline. For hotels, free wifi can be as simple as booking direct or joining the hotel loyalty program. Kimpton is a perfect example, offering free wifi to anyone who joins their rewards program. Easy.

Ask For Freebies, You Just Might Get Them...

Chargers, Toothbrushes, eye masks, chapstick, even sometimes wine. That is indeed a list of things which a hotel or airline is generally happy to give anyone (yes, anyone) for free, if they ask. Don't waste money that could go towards fun on these little items which should be free...

Save On Food + Booze At The Airport By Snagging Lounge Access (Even Flying Economy)...

People spend crazy amounts of money in the terminal waiting for flights. Whether it's liquid or retail therapy, prices in the terminal are... over priced. Believe it or not anyone can get into most airport lounges, where for a set price, you can have unlimited drinks, wifi, food and sometimes even showers. Try LoungeBuddy or PriorityPass to figure out your next visit..

Roaming Around Your Destination

Free Phone Calls ANYWHERE On Earth, It's True!

Rebtel have created a brilliantly clever way to offer free calls from anywhere in the world, to anywhere in the world, without using data or wifi. Believe it! The app finds a way to route the dialing through local phone centers in ways I cannot explain. Who cares, it's free.

Save On Tours + Score VIP "Skip The Line" Access At Attractions...

A major reason people travel is to see the most famous sites and attractions around the world. There are great apps like Viator which allow travelers to pre purchase access at discounted rates and even book VIP access. Skipping the lines allows you to see more of the attractions that you want and less of the never ending rope to get into them...

Claim A Tax Refund On Purchases Abroad. It Can Add Up!

There are some countries where all your favorite brand and items are cheaper. Even better, many of those countries refund the tax you pay on those purchases! How to do that varies by country, but sometimes it's as simple as visiting the refund center at the airport and showing your receipts. This can put hundreds back in your wallet at the end of a trip!