Welcome to the world of cheap travel.
Our mission here at Thrifty Traveler is to help you see the world on the cheap and to make the world a smaller place. From great flight deals to becoming an expert with credit card points and frequent flyer miles to money-saving travel tips, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s how you can use Thrifty Traveler to become a savvier traveler:
1. Sign up for the Daily Beat, our free newsletter. We share the latest travel news, thrifty tips, and flight deals we find each day.
2. Looking for the best domestic and international flight deals? Join Thrifty Traveler Premium, our flight deal alert service.
3. Ready to take your cheap travel skills to the next level? Enroll in our online travel-hacking course, Thrifty Traveler University.
4. Not sure where to start with points and miles? We offer travel rewards card consulting for Premium members and TT University enrollees.
Once you’re set with the Thrifty Traveler tools for cheap travel success, you’re off to a great start! Read on for the thrifty travel tips you can find here on our website.
How to Book the Cheapest Flight Every Time
Sorry, but there’s no magic time to book the cheapest fare possible. What you’ve heard about booking at midnight or on Tuesdays is an old myth.
Instead, follow our advice and make sure you book the cheapest flight you can:
- Quit using Expedia or Kayak to search for flights; use Google Flights instead
- Get a better deal by traveling at the right time
- Set a price alert on Google Flights to track price changes for your travel plans
- Jump on insanely cheap mistake fares immediately – book first, ask questions later
- And remember that all flights that touch U.S. soil can be canceled and refunded within 24 hours
- Learn all about how positioning flights can help you score the best international flight deals
Itching to learn more about mastering Google Flights? We have dedicated lessons to booking cheaper flights in our online course.
Get the Best Flight Deals
Every single day, we post some great flight from all across the nation. If you’re looking to save on travel, hop on some of these deals!
But if you want the absolute cheapest domestic and international flight deals to Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and Africa (plus Hawaii and Alaska), you need to upgrade to our Thrifty Traveler Premium service.
For just $45 a year, you’ll get 1-3 cheap international and domestic fares in your inbox every single day, saving you $250 to $500 or sometimes much more from the normal price. Here’s a look at what you get with a Premium membership:
- Immediate flight deal notification
- Mistake fare notifications
- Flight deals from only your designated cities
- Direct links to book with the airline
- Free travel credit card consulting
- Access to Facebook Premium group
- 100-Day Money Back Guarantee
Our team of flight deal analysts is constantly searching for the best unadvertised flash sales, mistake fares, and international flight deals that can save you hundreds on your next flight. Read our full explainer on how Thrifty Traveler Premium works.
Points and Miles 101
What’s better than cheap flights? Free flights – or nearly free, anyway. And using credit card points and frequent flyer miles are how you can make it happen.
The key to earning points and miles is opening travel rewards credit cards. Here at Thrifty Traveler, we’ve collectively earned tens of millions of points and miles primarily through credit cards. And we’ve used it to see the world – often in business or first class – for next to nothing.
But first things first: Understand what you’re getting into. Opening a credit card is serious business: If you already have some debt, or you can’t pay off a balance in full every single month, credit cards are not for you. Here are some key things to keep in mind:
- Think hard about your finances and ask yourself some key questions before applying for any credit card
- Beware of the myths surrounding credit cards and your credit score. The assumption that your credit score will automatically tank if you open more credit cards is wrong
We cover all the news about the latest and greatest credit cards that you can use to travel, so be sure you’re signed up for the Daily Beat. And we’ve always got a monthly breakdown of the best offers out there.
Read our guide to getting started with credit cards, points, and miles. At its core, it works like this:
- Figure out your travel goal, and what points or miles you need to get there
- Open the right credit card, hit the minimum spend required, earn a big points bonus
- Book your flight using points or miles
- Set your next travel goal, and start diversifying the points and miles you’re earning
We’ll help you get up to speed on some of the basics of this crazy world of travel rewards:
- Understand the difference between credit card points and airline miles
- Get some pointers on when to use your hard-earned miles versus paying cash
- Learn how you can use credit card points to book flights directly
As you build that base of knowledge, start to dig deeper:
- Discover sweet spots that allow you to fly round-trip to Hawaii for 25,000 miles round-trip
- … Or get a Delta One business class suite from 50,000 – when Delta typically charges quadruple that
- Learn how to transfer credit card points like Chase and American Express to airline or hotel partners
- Get inspired by some of the best ways to use American Airlines miles
- See how you can book a round-trip to Japan in business class for the price of economy
Does this all have your head spinning? Don’t worry: we walk through each of these topics step-by-step, show examples, and give in-depth tips on how to maximize your points and miles in our Thrifty Traveler University lessons. We teach several sessions on how to make the most of your points and miles.
Money-Saving Travel Tips
The savings don’t need to stop on your flights.
From your accommodations to a set of wheels to your spending money, these costs can add up fast. We’ve got you covered there, too. These are a few of the thrifty tips you can use to save more on your trips:
- Check out all of our destination guides to start your travel planning
- Pick the best Airbnb no matter where you’re heading to cut down on lodging costs
- Make sure you get the cheapest rental car possible with our tips
- Learn how you can get a free checked bag on almost every flight
- Or better yet … pack in a carry-on bag every time for free
- Stop paying ATM fees worldwide with this free debit card
The tips don’t stop there. We teach online lessons on how to save on lodging, the best tools and apps for cheap travel, and how to save in any destination. Once you take these practices and put them to use, you’ll be shocked by how much less you spend on your adventures.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of cheap travel, but it’s a start. Sign up for The Daily Beat, give our Thrifty Traveler Premium flight deal service a try, and enroll in our Thrifty Traveler University cheap travel course, and you’ll be traveling the world in no time.