Travel Hack: Free Currency Card Offer!

Travel HackHere is a great Travel Hack for everyone:
FairFX currently have a SPECIAL OFFER on their prepaid currency card where you can get if for FREE (it usually costs £9.95).
If you don’t know much about the FairFX prepaid card, it’s like a credit card but you load it first. There’s no loading or management fees, no fees for purchases outside the UK, easy to top up via bank transfer and manageable online. It only charges on cash withdrawals.
Use the link below to get one for FREE while it lasts.
http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/holidays/article-1670487/Free-currency-card.html
I’m not making anything from this. I’ve just got one myself for my travels to Asia and thought I’d share.
Enjoy!

 

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Booking Cheap Flights: What To Keep In Mind

Finding the cheapest deals these days is very important to many people. Especially, if you’re going travelling. I believe that the cheaper you can get to your destination for the more extra cash you’ll have when you arrive, for accommodation, food and drink, excursions and activities and the odd pint.

So, here are a few points everyone should factor in when looking for the cheapest flight deals:

Book in Advance:  Unless you’re looking for a last-minute deal there’s no reason to book your flights at the last second. With most Airlines’ you are able to book flights 330 days before departure. According to Jeff Klee, CheapAir’s CEO, the prime booking window for purchasing your tickets is between 90 to 160 days before the departure date for International flights or 60 days before for Domestic and short-haul flights. So my advice is to book your tickets no later than 3 months in advance. Otherwise you’ll end up missing out on the best prices.

Travel at the right time: Try to avoid flying on a weekend. This is the prime time for people travelling so there is more of a demand for seats meaning Airlines are able to charge more. If you can, catch the first flight on a Wednesday. Fewer people travel midweek and less travel before the dawn breaks so this means these flights won’t always fill up. An Airline will always want to fill the plane as much as possible so they are more likely to lower or discount the price for these flights. It is also considerably cheaper to travel in an off-peak season. Again, there is less demand for flights during this time so the costs will come back down. Bear in mind that each destination will have its own off-peak season.

Try Secondary Airports: Most major cities have more than one airport so don’t always think you have to fly into or out of the main one. Try flying out of or into the smaller airport. A lot of the budget airline carriers will use the smaller airport to keep their own costs down which in effect will keep yours down too. For example, flying from Bangkok’s main airport (BKK) to Hanoi in Vietnam can cost up £100. Where as if you fly from the smaller airport in Bangkok (DME) flights can be found from £27.

Try Alternative Routes:  The route that a search on screen-scanner finds or you might not always be the cheapest route to take. For example, I searched for a one way flight to LA from London this Autumn and the cheapest flight I found was for £416, which had two stop; one in Copenhagen and one in Stockholm. Yet, you can get a single flight from London to Stockholm for £44 and a flight from there to LA for £205. This cuts out having to go to Copenhagen altogether and saves you a massive £167.

Visit Official Airline websites: In some cases Airlines’ keep the best prices for the people who actually visit and book from their site directly. So if you find a good deal on a screen-scanner comparison site, check which Airline the deal is with, go to their official website and make the search again. Sometimes this results in an even better deal.

Use Multiple Airlines: Using one Airline for the whole journey might not be the cheapest way to go. Especially, if you’re having to make transfers anyway. Try using multiple airlines, using a well-known airline for a long leg of the journey and then swapping to a cheaper budget airline for the final smaller leg of the journey. Or, vice versa, so do the small leg first and the long leg last. For example, you can fly from London to Oslo on SAS Airlines from £40 and then fly from Oslo to New York for £160 on Norwegian Airlines. If you were to make the same journey with British Airways it would cost a considerable amount more.

Sign-up to email alerts: If are planning a trip and have plenty of time to do it try signing up to email alerts on screen-scanner websites and Airline websites. They will drop you weekly/monthly newsletters with their latest deals. For example if you make a flight search on Tripadvisor there is an option to sign up to an alert where they will notify you when/if the price drops for that flight search you made. It’s always handy to let them do some of the work for you!

Follow Social Media: Because social media now plays such a big part in PR some Airlines’ now offer discounts and deals through their social media platforms. So, if there is a certain Airline you will be looking to fly on, follow them and see what they’re up to. This is another way to let the deals come to you instead of looking for them yourself.

Uncover how many ‘cheap seats’ are left: When you find a discounted price on a flight, but it says there are only limited seats left available at that price, there is a way to find out how many are which in effect can give you a bit of breathing space. For example, book 8 seats and if all 8 seats are at that discounted price it means you have some breathing space. If only a few of the 8 seats are at the discounted price and the price goes up for the rest, then you know how many seats are left at the discounted price.

Compare Airline charges: The CAA, The Civil Aviation Authority, provides a pdf document which compares airline charges. So make sure to check this out when booking flights to find out which Airlines’ charge for what. Because, it might look like a good deal at the start but this may not include charges for baggage, extra baggage like sports equipment or other charges. Click here to read the CAA’s Comparing Airline Charges document.

 If you found this information helpful, well I am glad to be of service. Please don’t forget to ‘share’ and ‘follow’ my blog for more posts like this.


Sources & Citations:

1. http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Cheap-Flights

2. http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-tips/how-to-find-a-cheap-flight/

3. http://www.businessinsider.com/23-secrets-to-booking-cheap-flights-2012-7?op=1

4. http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-flights

 

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Quote Of The Week: 7 June 2014

“The cubic metres in which you surround yourself are the essential building blocks to building a greater, purer outlook on life. So don’t just surround yourself with a few or build a fortress with them. Use them to build a great, big, fucking path all the way around the world and share the shit out of it!”

The Travelling Wilbury, 2014

 

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Flight Deals: London To Los Angeles This Autumn For £249

So here’s how to get a one way flight from London to Los Angeles for £249 this Autumn.

I surfed the travel comparison sites for the cheapest flights available to LA and the best I found was around £416 with 2 stops!

Well I’ve got three words for you.

Change at Stockholm!

So you buy two separate flights;

Flight 1: London (LGW) to Arlanda Airport, Stockholm (ARN) = £44

Flight 2: Arlanda Airport, Stockholm (ARN) to Los Angeles (LAX) = £205

Total spent on flights = £249

Total saved on flights = £167

Job done!

I used Tripadvisor’s ‘flights‘ search option with a departure date of 15th September 2014.

If you found this information helpful, well I am glad to be of service. Please don’t forget to share and follow my blog for more posts like this.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the flight!


Important Note: The prices I found, I found on the day of publishing this post. Prices may vary if you’re reading this at a later date. Also, the search dates for flights were at least 6 months in advance and booking flights for earlier dates will also vary.
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Looking For Cheap Flights? Challenge Me!

Challenge Me

If you are planning your travels across the world and would like help finding the best route to take at the cheapest price, then why not challenge me to find the best deal for you. So let me help you save money! 

All you have to do is send me an email or leave me a comment below with the following information;

  • Departure and/or Return dates
  • Departure & Arrival city
  • Prices you’ve found so far (if any)
  • Your budget/Preferences

I will aim to meet your needs the best I can and not leave you waiting at airports for hours on end. I will send a well laid out itinerary with all the necessary details of the flights, times, costs etc.

If I do a good job, a ‘thanks‘ or a small donation to my site would be greatly appreciated.

Also, share this if you know someone who is looking for their flights!

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Flight Deals: Bangkok To London For Less Than £175

So here’s how to get a one way flight from Bangkok to London for less than £175

I surfed the net for the cheapest flights to London and the cheapest I found were around £225.

Well I’ve got three words for you.

Change at Stockholm!

So buy two separate flights;

Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) to Arlanda Airport, Stockholm (ARN) – £144

Arlanda Airport (ARN) to London (LHR) – £30

Total spent on flights – £174

Total saved on flights £51

If you found this information helpful, I am happy I could be of service. Please don’t forget to share and follow my blog for more posts like this.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the flight!


Important Note: The prices I found, I found on the day of publishing this post using Tripadvisor. Prices may vary if you’re reading this at a later date. Also, the search dates for flights were at least 5-6 weeks in advance and booking flights for earlier dates will also vary.

 

 

 

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Flight Deals: Return Flights From London To Thailand For Less Than £375

If there is anyone out there planning a 3-4 weeks trip to Bangkok in September, here’s how to get a return flight from London for £374

Outbound Flights

Flight 1 – LGW  non stop to OSL = £40

Flight 2: OSL non stop to BKK = £160

Inbound Flights

Flight 1: BKK non stop to ARN = £144

Flight 2: ARN non stop to LHR = £30

Total spent on flights = £374

I used Tripadvisor & Norwegian Airlines to find these prices and searched for the Outbound flights at the beginning of September, and found the Inbound flights towards the end of September.

If you found this information helpful, I am happy I could be of service. Please don’t forget to share and follow my blog for more posts like this.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the flight!


Important Note: The prices I found, I found on the day of publishing this post using Tripadvisor. Prices may vary if you’re reading this at a later date. Also, the search dates for flights were at least 5-6 weeks in advance and booking flights for earlier dates will also vary.
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Flight Deals: Vietnam to Sydney, Australia For £136

 

So here’s how to get a one way flight from Vietnam to Sydney, Australia for £136.

I surfed the comparison sites for the cheapest flights to Hong Kong and the cheapest I found was around £168.

Well I’ve got three words for you.

Change at Singapore!

So, you need to buy two separate flights;

Flight 1: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (SGN) to Changi, Singapore (SIN) – £30

Flight 2: Changi, Singapore (SIN) to Sydney, Australia (SYD) – £106

Total spent on flights – £136

Total saved on flights £32

Job done!

If you found this information helpful, I am happy I could be of service. Please don’t forget to share and follow my blog for more posts like this.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the flight!


Important Note: The prices I found, I found on the day of publishing this post using Tripadvisor. Prices may vary if you’re reading this at a later date. Also, the search dates for flights were at least 6 months in advance and booking flights for earlier dates will also vary.
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Flight Deals: New York To Bangkok For Less Than £305

So here’s how to get a one way flight from New York to Bangkok for less than £305.

I surfed the comparison sites for the cheapest flights from New York to Bangkok and the cheapest I found was £397.

Well I’ve got three words for you.

Change at Oslo!

So, you need to buy two separate flights;

Flight 1: New York, USA (JFK) to Oslo, Norway (OSL) – £144

Flight 2: Oslo, Norway (OSL) to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) – £160

Total spent on flights – £304

Total saved on flights £93

Job done!

If you found this information helpful, I am happy I could be of service. Please don’t forget to share and follow my blog for more posts like this.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the flight!


Important Note: The prices I found, I found on the day of publishing this post. Prices may vary if you’re reading this at a later date. Also, the search dates for flights were at least 6 months in advance and booking flights for earlier dates will also vary.
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My Top 10 Tips & Tricks Lower Airfare

On planning my trip to Asia I was very wary of spending too much money before I had even arrived. So when it came to booking my flights I knew I had to find the most affordable price out there. Even if that meant using low-cost, budget airlines, taking indirect flights or walking it.

If you do enough research, as I found out, you can save money up to triple figures on long haul flights from and around Asia.

It’s true, searching for the most affordable airfares online can be a difficult and tiresome ordeal and considering the amount of airlines, travel agents and travel compare websites out there competing against each other throwing last-minute deals at you, there is an overwhelming number of options for you, but how to find the best one?

Well, here are my Top 10 Tips & Tricks to finding the most affordable airfares online:

1. Don’t always rely on Travel Compare websites to give you the best or cheapest available flights, because there are more affordable flights out there. Trust me, I’ve found them!

2. If you are going to rely on them then refresh the search several times throughout the day (or even do it for a couple of days to a week), because airfares are always changing. They may go up sometimes but they definitely go down as well.

3. If you’ve found an Airline offering an affordable flight on a Travel Compare website, then go to the Airline’s official website and make the same search. Travel Compare websites take a commission, which they might add on top of the actual cost. So, by checking the Airline’s website with the same search you might just find the same flight for slightly less money.

4. For the same flight, the price will vary depending which Travel Compare website you use. So make sure you are using the right one!

5. Use Tripadvisor. I find that it usually comes up with the goods, provides me with the best deals and is slightly cheaper prices than other Travel Compare websites. Also, the search tools are extremely user-friendly.

Once I am on Tripadvisor I make a search to find the cheapest flight to the destination I am looking to travel to. Once I’ve found the cheapest price they have to offer, whether it be a non-stop, 1 stop or 2 stop, I then start the challenge – Can I find a cheaper route?

6. Look to see what the transfer airports are on the 1 stop flights (These flights are usually the cheapest). Now make two separate searches. One search to the transfer airport and then one from the transfer airport to your destination. On the odd occasion cutting the flight into two separate flights, and buying them separately, is cheaper than buying it as a whole package.

7. If either the searches (from the two separate searches you made in point number 6) comes up with another 1 stop flight, make two separate searches again. One from your departure location to the ‘new’ transfer airport and one from the ‘new’ transfer airport to your destination. This could be cheaper even still!

8. Swap and change the transfer airport until you find the cheapest route.

9. Make a search from the countries surrounding you to your desired destination. Why? Well, 1) it’s usually very cheap for you to get to that country as it’s so close to you and, 2) that country could be a lot less expensive to fly from to your destination. So adding up the cost of the two separate journeys can be more affordable.

10. Use Norwegian and AirAsia Airlines when possible. Obviously you can only use these airlines if they fly to or from the places you want to go to, but I’ve found incredibly low prices with them.

Read some of my ‘How To Travel From…’  posts on my Travel Tips & Advice page and you will see exactly how I found cheaper routes to and from tourist destinations all over the world by applying these tips myself.

If you would like help finding the cheapest and most affordable flights then don’t hesitate to send me a message on my Contact page or leave a comment below. I am more than happy to take the challenge for you! Just tell me your A to B destinations and the cheapest flights you’ve found and I’ll do my magic for you.

Also, if any of this information has been helpful to you then a ‘like‘ or ‘share‘ would be greatly appreciated. Let’s get this information out there!

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Important Note: Some of the points I have raised are only effective on long haul flights. I have also only used these steps when searching for the cheapest one way flights and not on return flights. That said, this does not mean you can’t try!

 

 

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