Whether you’re a frequent flyer or someone who doesn’t get around all that much, travelling can be a big pain all the same. There are many challenges unique to those who travel, such as coordinating pick-up and drop-off times and navigating a new city. Between expensive flights and hotels, layovers, and cancelled flights, travelling can cost you a lot of both your time and money. Knote wants to make your next vacation or business trip all the more convenient, so here are eight travel hacks to save you money and time.
1. Get picked up at the departure terminal- The arrivals section is usually crowded and full of cars that are stopped and waiting for those who have arrived while the departure section is usually pretty clear, since people are getting dropped off and nobody has to wait around. So the next time you’re getting picked up from the airport have your driver get you at the departure section so you can both save some time and avoid the lines.
2. Sign up for credit cards that offer miles or other promotions- Many cards offer either miles or money back but how many of us really take advantage of them? Be on the lookout for cards that give you large, upfront bonuses just for signing up and you may be able to celebrate by visiting a city you’ve never been to before. Take advantage of enough of these deals and you might find yourself in the company of Bryce Conway, who was able to fly all seven of his groomsmen to Las Vegas for a bachelor weekend for just $7 a flight!
3. Buy Airline Tickets at the Right Time- Although conventional wisdom suggests that Tuesday is the best day to purchase airline tickets, new information indicates that perhaps Sunday might take the throne. Regardless of which day offers the lower fare it is important that you do your research and buy your ticket far enough in advance to take advantage of lower costs. It’s also a good idea to clear your cache, cookies, history and anything else your browser might store since it seems like airline websites track you and will offer you higher rates when you return to check prices again. Also check out Google Flights, which lets you set your budget and dates you can travel so you only have to pay what you are able to.
4. Call the hotel instead of booking through an app- While it’s useful to check sites like Expedia and Travelocity to get a sense of the going rate, you will probably be able to save a few more bucks by just calling the hotel you would like to stay at. When you call, ask if they have any discounts available or any rooms cheaper than those advertised online. If you’re travelling for a special occasion let them know and ask if you can get a discount or maybe even a free upgrade. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want or stay in another hotel if you can find a better value.
5. When you’re delayed, make a phone call- If you’re flight gets delayed or cancelled for any reason don’t wait around, instead call your airline to change your flight. Many times in these situations airlines will bend many of the rules they have and allow you to change things like date of departure and even your destination. Whatever you do, don’t go to the ticket counter-you’ll have little luck since they’re probably already dealing with an angry mob of delayed flyers.
6. Stay Organized- When travelling it’s important to stay organized, since one overlooked detail or misplaced belonging could mean a missed flight or worse. A good app for managing your travels is Tripcase, which takes information from your email like flight times, restaurant reservations, and hotel bookings and puts them all in one place. Tripcase also creates an itinerary for you which can be modified and shared with whomever you choose.
7. Take Public transportation- Renting a car might be more convenient but it can also be a lot costlier. Learning a new city’s public transportation system may seem like a daunting task but in reality it isn’t that difficult, it just takes a few minutes to figure out. Not only will you save money on a car or on taxis, you’ll get a much better sense of the city you are in and the people that inhabit it.
8. Talk to people- You may not find it easy to communicate with people you don’t know (especially if you’re in a foreign country) but if you have questions the locals are the best people to ask. If you’re looking for a particular place or just the best beer in town, a good place to start would be to ask the people that actually live there. Not only will you save time and money searching for a place that’s easily found, you might also make a friend for your trip!
While travelling can be fun and fulfilling, oftentimes it is equal parts stressful and taxing. Although you can’t account for everything that may happen, a little planning and knowledge can go a long way in smoothing out your next journey, wherever that may be. The next time you have to take a trip out of town make sure to peruse these tips so you don’t spend any more time or money on travelling than you have to.
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