Deep down in the internet, beyond the cat memes and viral videos, lurks a phenomenon not too often seen. It goes by the name of travel hacking, a methodology and way-of-life preached by a semi-secret legion of enthusiasts who try to find the cheapest possible airfare they can. The idea is really simple; to be able to use loopholes, ‘tricks’ and creative routing in order to fly for a fraction of the price you usually would. Sounds surreal, right? Well, here is a list of top travel hacking tips to help you get started:
10. Hidden-city ticketing
Depending on the supply and demand of a particular route, you can sometimes benefit from booking to fly further than your needed destination and then sheding the last connecting flight. This is the exact same principle that works so well on trains. This requires you to play around with different routes to figure out if you can cut the price. Make sure to take a look at the hub of your airline of choice. So, for example, if you’re taking a US Airways flight from Huntsville to Akron, it might be cheaper to book Huntsville to Charlotte and just depart at Akron. Be warned, though, there are risks to this approach – mainly that if the airline realises they can ask you to pay the difference, or suspend your frequent flyer account. The best way to get around this is to only carry hand luggage, if you can.