The #1 question I get asked is how I can afford to travel as much as I do. I think I’ve got the art of finding the best flight deals and scoring free flights down so I wanted to share my tips hoping to help some of you.
The short answer is I don’t just travel and have fun all the time but what I don’t publish on my social media is when I’m at work, hustling, so I can fund all the adventures I want to have. The long answer is, I live for good deals and so it’s natural for me to dig to find the best deals on flights. I decided to write them down here, hoping to help some of you out there. Here it is:
- Be flexible with your travel dates – I really think being flexible with your travel plan is the #1 key to ensuring you score a good deal on flights. Obviously working a full-time Monday-Friday job limits that flexibility, I get it. I would work 6-7 days straight so I could get a Monday or Tuesday off which means cheaper flights rather than coming back on a Sunday. Being flexible also means going to places in off-season. I did a trip to the Greek Islands in April/May and as a result I saved a ton in comparison of doing that same trip in July/Aug.
- Use google flights to see flight prices in one snapshot– Google flights is my holy grail when it comes to flight bookings. I truly don’t think any other website lists as many options for a flight. In addition, google flights makes it so easy to make sure you score a good deal, because you see the starting flight prices for the full month in a snapshot. This way if you are f l e x i b l e, you can alter your travel dates to save on flights. I find it very user friendly and efficient in searching up flights. Oh, and a little tip, I usually book flights on the actual airline carrier website. It just makes things a little easier and cleaner in case you had to change/cancel the flight.
- Hidden city fares– Alright, so hidden city flights are not allowed by airline carriers so use this at your own risk. That being said, It has been proven to me that you can save a lot by taking hidden city flights. In case you don’t know what hidden city fares are: it’s when you book a flight that has a layover at your desired destination. This way, once you get to your lay over you just take off and you don’t take the next segment of the flight you booked. If you like to read more about it and how to search for hidden city fares then click here. How to search hidden city fares
- Buy airline voucher from someone else for a discount– This one can be tricky and I get not everyone can be comfortable with it but I have been able to save a lot by doing this. I once bought a $1000 Air Canada gift card from someone for $650. I booked my flight right there when I met up with the person and I only paid them after I received the flight confirmation in my email. I use Kijiji to search for vouchers. It’s a win-win because the seller does not need/see value for the gift card but someone else might. You know the saying, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure…that!
- Use a credit cards to earn travel points on everyday purchases– I’m so passionate about collecting points for travel and I found my credit card the best for this. I love this because in addition to points, credit cards can also offer a great variety of travel insurances. I’ve got compensated for my flight delays/baggage delays a few times now. My two favourite ones are American Express Gold and RBC Infinite Avion. I use my credit card to pay for all my expenses including preauthorize expenses like my car insurance and phone bill. It’s a great way to earn travel rewards all by just using a specific card to pay for your expenses. I have got the art of not overspending on my credit card down, if that’s what you were starting to think about now, but we’ll explore that in another post! I find the AMEX card to be the easiest when it comes to redeeming points and also easiest to earn points.
- Sign up for airline’s loyalty points program– I’ve got free flights from American Airlines and Air Canada just by opening up a free loyalty points program with them. Once you do this, you can earn points for every flight that you take. Once you get to a certain amount you can redeem them for free flights. This way you’re ‘double-pointing’. By that, I mean you’re earning points from your credit card company for charging your flight to your card and you’re also getting rewarded with points by the airline carrier your flew with for just having an account open. And obviously opening up their points loyalty account is free!
I can list so many details about the points I mentioned and about my experiences with each of them. If you are interested to know more, just leave me a comment below and I’d love to tell you more about it 🙂
Thank you for reading and I hope you found this useful. Leave a comment if you like to know more about my travel hacks!