Frequent Flyer Tips for the Smart Traveler
Traveling is one of the things you’ll find lots of tips about, especially online. But are they all wroth your time? Maybe not. Some are as common sense as “pack light” or “keep a bottle of water in handy” and the like.
If you’re searching for significant tips that provide significant benefits, whether you travel for work or enjoyment, read below:
1. Read about code shares and how they work.
Prior to booking a flight on a partner airline for miles, review the nature of their partnership. That travel clock is always ticking, but you have to find time to review the details. Some will give you the same mileage, others less. Yet others may count miles based on how much you paid for the ticket, instead of the distance covered.
2. Book flights separately one-way each instead of round-trip.
Sometimes, if you fly two different airlines and book two one-way tickets, your total bill will come out cheaper compared to getting a round-trip; you can even get better arrival and departure times while mixing and matching flights. Obviously, if you go with this option, you will find that your travel clock will be more flexible for you.
3. Use your airline’s app.
Most airlines have invested in their own apps that meant to provide passengers with real-time updates on things such as delays in flights or changes in boarding gates, etc. If you’re traveler, you know just how helpful a tool like this can be. You can even go paperless boarding with these apps at most airports. Not to mention your travel clock will be easier to manage.
4. Check for perks your credit cards may offer.
Unknown to you, your credit cards may come with perks you can use when traveling. But because these privileges can differ, you need to know what’s more important to you – for example, earn miles or wave forex fees? But there will be times when you’ll have to decide fast – remember, travel clock is always ticking!
5. Get those cookies out.
Lastly, if you’ve heard about that thing called “dynamic pricing,” be aware that it will not reduce a flight’s price regardless of the number of times you refresh a window; in fact, it can even push the price up as the system is led to think that demand has just increased. Many people like to work around this by using incognito windows, but clearing your search history and cookies is always a safer alternative.
There are many other tips out there that can help increase your frequent flier IQ, but the above are some of the most useful you’ll find. Your travel clock can stay up to date, and all travelers know this is important.