Getting Down To Basics with Traveling

Frequent Flyer Tips for the Smart Traveler

Travel is one of the countless topics you’ll find so many tips about, especially if you look online. But are they all wroth your time? Perhaps not. Some are as common sense as “pack light” or “keep a bottle of water in handy” and the like.

If you want real tips that can give you real benefits when you’re always on the go, whether for work, business or pleasure, check out the following:

1. Read about code shares and how they work.

Before you book a flight on a partner airline for miles, know how their partnership works. That travel clock is always ticking, but you have to find time to review the details. There are some that will provide equal or less mileage. Yet others may count miles based on how much you paid for the ticket, instead of the distance covered.

2. Book two one-way flights instead of a round-trip ticket.

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. Evidently, with this option, the your travel clock will provide more flexibility for you.

3. Use your airline’s app.

Most airlines have apps that you can use to check real-time updates on things like gate changes or delays. If you’re traveler, you know just how helpful a tool like this can be. At most airports, you can even use these apps for paperless boarding. And it can also make your travel clock easier to manage.

4. See what perks you can enjoy with your credit cards.

Unknown to you, your credit cards may come with perks you can use when traveling. Remember though that these privileges can vary widely, so you will have to know what your priorities are – for instance, would you rather waive your foreign transaction fees or get more miles? Sometimes, you have to decide quickly – travel clock is always ticking, remember?

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. A lot of people like to use incognito windows to get around this, but a safer option is simply to clear your search history and cookies.

There are more tips that can help increase your frequent flier IQ, but these are five that can really make a huge difference in your experience. You can keep your travel clock up-to-date, which is important for every traveler.