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Helpful Tips for Frequent Flyers

Travel is one of the countless topics you’ll find so many tips about, especially if you look online. The question is, are they all worth reading? Probably not. There are those that are as common sense as “check the weather” or “pack light” and the like.

If you’re searching for significant tips that provide significant benefits, whether you travel for work or enjoyment, read below:

1. Know how code shares work.

Prior to booking a flight on a partner airline for miles, review the nature of their partnership. Yes, travel clock is always ticking, but there are some details you need to be clear on before you go. There are some that will provide equal or less mileage. Yet others may compute miles, depending not on the distance covered, but on the amount of money paid for the ticket.

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

Sometimes, flying two different flights with separate one-way tickets is less expensive than getting a round-trip ticket, and may give you better departure and arrival times as you put different flights together. Apparently, your travel clock will be more flexible for you if you choose this option.

3. Take advantage of your airline’s app.

Airlines – most, at least – have their own app that can be used to get real-time updates on things like flight delays, gate changes, etc. If you’re a traveler, you know that a tool like this can be incredibly helpful. At most airports, you can even use these apps for paperless boarding. Not to mention it allows you to manage your travel clock more wisely.

4. See what perks are offered by your credit cards.

You may not have discovered them, but you may already be entitled to some perks. 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? But there will be times when you’ll have to decide fast – remember, travel clock is always ticking!

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. Many people like to work around this by using incognito windows, but clearing your search history and cookies is always a safer alternative.

There are so many other tips out there that can give your frequent flier IQ a boost, but the above can be greatly useful. It can help you keep your travel clock up to date, which is very important to any traveler.