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6 Ways to Make Your Flight Smoother

Traveling is fun. There’s nothing as awesome as walking on exotic beaches, going sightseeing with members of the family and enjoying the ambiance of rich culture and history. But before you get enough of the thrill of travel you have to face the hassles of getting to your destination by plane.

The long queues, the non-stop security checks and the tense atmosphere at the airport can rob you off the joy and excitement of traveling. However there’s a way around it all. What if I told you that you could have a smooth stress-free flight?

 

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Here are 6 ways you can make that happen.

 

  1. Scout for credit cards that give better seats at affordable rates (or even for free)

There are a lot of credit cards that provide exclusive freebies for their customers. If you’re the type who travels often, getting the right credit card will help open you to a lot of opportunities. One of such opportunities is better seats on the airplane.

Based on your spending on the credit card, you’re given points at every purchase. These points could help secure for you amazing discounts and even offer you a seat for free. Make sure you check what travel benefits your credit card can offer you.

 

  1. Bypass the long queue at security checks

The wait at security checks can be a nightmare where you’re asked to take off your shoes and belts and remove your laptop and liquids from your carry-on bag.  The process is long, slow and cumbersome.

However there’s a security programme that allows for quick checks. When you apply for Global Entry, you’re receive PreCheck which will help speed up the whole process of security checks at the airport. So instead of taking off your shoes and waiting in a queue, you’ll have your fingerprints and passport scanned. And you’re done!

 

  1. Keep the kids occupied

Unlike adults who can patiently bear delays, kids may not be as tolerant. Running after your kids while you take care of your travel arrangements can be quite a handful. The best way to deal with such a situation is to get your kids occupied.

Arm yourself with a tablet with videos, books and games your child can occupy themselves with. You don’t have to invest in an expensive tablet like the iPad, but you can opt for Leapfrog which is a cheaper alternative. It is also more educational. You should also have picture books, colouring books and crayons at the ready.

 

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  1. Order airport meals in advance

If you’re feeling a little peckish and you dread waiting for your order, then there’s a simple solution to the problem. Some airlines have apps that allow you to order your meal in advance so that you don’t have to stand in the queue to get your order. Once your order is ready, all you have to do is pick it up.

 

  1. Make sure that you’ve got trip delay coverage

Delays are inevitable when traveling. And you can never predict when you may be delayed. Thanks to some really nifty credit cards that provide trip delay coverage, you’re compensated for the delays. The credit card reimburses you for hotel rooms, missing luggage and even meals.

 

  1. Enjoy lounge access

There are a lot of places to lounge while you’re waiting for your flight. But oftentimes those spots are crowed and the customer service is not all that great. Some credit cards provide you with access to lounges that are more comfortable with better customer service and you won’t have to pay the annual membership fee to enjoy what the lounge has to offer.

 

How do you make sure your flight goes smoothly?

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Insider Tips on How to Travel Cheap

Is travelling to different countries on your bucket list? As much as I love travelling and all the wonderful experiences it brings, I must admit that it costs a lot. But the more determined I was to travel more frequently, the more I tried to find cheaper ways to make it happen.

Of course, staying at an Airbnb, booking flights in advance and travelling during the off seasons helped me to cut back on travel expenses. However, I did come across some really nifty inside tips that made a huge difference.

 

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Go all inclusive

A travel tip is to go all inclusive when book your trip. This way you will as save so much money on dining out, but still get the dining out experience, since the hotel’s restaurants will be included in your package. If you are after a relaxing holiday, where you won’t have to worry about where or what to eat, then go all inclusive and save money and time. You can find these packages on  www.markwarner.co.uk/family-holidays

 

Get flight alerts

What if there was something that could monitor when air fares drop? Google Flights is just the thing that gives you airfares in real-time. You also get alerts of the cheapest air tickets and get notified when the air fares drop.

Google Flights gives you the option to type in your departure and arrival and instantly know the cheapest airfare on the calendar. That way you know exactly when you can travel at a lower rate.

 

Subscribe for an airline’s newsletter

I know how newsletters can be a huge menace in your inbox, but if you’re someone who wants to travel more at a cheaper rate then you should subscribe to an airline’s newsletter.

Usually airline newsletters give information about their flash sales, discounts, attractive deals and last-minute getaways. As a subscriber you get all those insider information that will give you the opportunity to travel cheaper.

Be a regular user of an airline

Being a regular user of an airline comes with great perks. It opens you to bonuses, upgrades and waived baggage fees and excellence seat choices. All those help you save hundreds of pounds off your travel expenses and give you a better travel experience.

Is there a particular airline you keep using? Find out what opportunities are available to you now as a regular customer of that airline.

 

 

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Get an airline credit card

This is for those who aren’t frequent flyers but would still like to enjoy cheaper airfares and great deals.

Some airlines offer credit cards that come with bonuses that will help you save a lot on your travel fares just by signing up. You don’t necessarily have to use the airline credit card before you can enjoy the benefits. Just having the card has its advantages.

Go to non-tourist spots

Popular tourist spots are always expensive and they attract millions of people every year. But you can still enjoy the best from the country of your choice when you go to the non-tourist spots. Plus, it’s so much easier on the pocket. You can save a lot of money going to non-tourist spots. Most times such places give you a deeper experience of the country you’re thinking of travelling to.

Travel on the cheapest days

Not many people know this trick but airfares are not the same every day. There are certain days in the year called the “dead week” when travelling is so much cheaper. Take advantage of those days to book your flight and save a lot from your airfare.

 

Do you have any travel tips to share?

 

 

 

 

 

14 Ways to Travel Luxury for Less

For some people having the words “travel” and “luxury” in one sentence can be a bit of a stretch. It’s not because it’s not possible. But most times, when you look at your budget it looks impossible to dream of having both travel and luxury at the same time.  I love travelling and I like to go for as much luxury as my bank balance would let me. You won’t catch me willingly going camping or glamping. I like the whole luxury hotel/travel destination. Waking up in a place like the french riviera mansions would be a dream come true.

 

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This dream may seem far fetched but it is possible. When there is a will, there is a way! There are specific tips that you can apply that will give you the opportunity to enjoy an awesome and luxurious vacation even on a shoe string budget. Here are 14 ways you can travel luxury for less.

 

  1. Opt for a vacation rental

For those who have never heard of  vacation rental service, it is the renting out of a furnished apartment, house, or professionally managed resort-condominium complex on a temporary basis to tourists as an alternative to a hotel. This service is now very popular with tourists, especially in the US. It offers you the opportunity to enjoy luxury accommodation at a cheaper price, which is what every tourist needs.

 

  1. Try non-tourist locations

Areas flooded with tourists are expensive. We visited New York in April, and it was one of the most expensive trips ever. And we only stayed for 2 nights! If you can help it, avoiding popular holiday destinations is the best way to travel. Non-tourist spots give you the full experience of the place where you intend to spend your vacation. Since such locations are far away from the view of tourists, you get to save a lot from the trip too.

 

  1. Travel on the off-season

During the peak season, everything from flight, hotel and even food increase in price, while they go down during the off-season. Traveling during the off-peak season if you can is your best bet to enjoy your vacation for less. The kiddies are still in pre school so we still have the chance to go on holiday in the off-peak season without a care in the world.

 

  1. Take advantage of last-minute deals

Airlines, travel agents and some third-party websites usually have amazing deals that give you the opportunity to have a luxurious vacation. But take note: most of these deals require that you travel at short notice. If you are flexible enough to do this, I would say grab any opportunity you get. Travel is like food to the soul.

 

  1. Ask for an upgrade

This may sound cheeky, but if you want an upgrade, just ask. It’s surprising what you can get when you ask nicely. Did you know that if there’s a free seat in business class, you can have it if you ask? Just ask for a free upgrade – but make sure you look the part to double your chances of getting a YES!

 

  1. Have a vacation where your currency is worth more

This nifty trick can give you the opportunity to afford luxury options in your travel. When you travel to countries where your currency is worth more, their luxury options will cost you far less. Which is why I LOVE travelling to Dubai. I have been to the amazing country 3 times now and I am already counting down to my next trip!

 

  1. Use travel reward cards

Travel reward cards give you points for every purchase you make. These points can help you redeem towards the cost of some of your luxury expenses. This can help you save a lot on your trip, so make the most of the opportunity.

 

  1. Travel in a group

The costs of traveling by yourself can be more expensive compared to traveling with a group. When you travel with a group, the travel costs are spread and it is a lot more fun when you travel with family/friends.

 

 

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  1. Fly on Tuesdays

Tuesdays happen to be days with low demand. Consequently, airfares are cheaper. If you book your flights to and from your destination, you’ll save a lot of money. Travelling on Tuesday is the smart way to travel.

 

  1. Eat out at lunchtime

Now this is a tried and tested tip. Having lunch at an expensive restaurant is so much cheaper than eating dinner at the same restaurant. Lunch menus are usually a lot cheaper. So if you want to eat out and save some money, make sure it’s during lunchtime.

 

  1. Plan your flights

There’s a rule of thumb you have to keep in mind when you are planning your flights. Long haul flights must be for longer trips, while short haul flights must be for shorter trips. Short haul flights are cheaper and they come along with points too.

 

  1. Check out deals sites

Always browse through deals site before booking a trip. It makes sense to provide discounts on activities that will make your vacation even more special. You can enjoy discounts for meals at restaurants and even spa treatments.

 

  1. Enjoy a drink at the bar

If you want to have a drink and unwind, then skip the bar at the hotel. Bars at hotels are usually expensive, but you can enjoy a good drink at bars in the locality at a far cheaper price.

 

14. Plan your trip in advance 

My last and most important tip, is for you to plan your trip well in advance. That way you have the time to do your research and plan your whole itinerary.

 

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