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. Read on – you’ll be traveling for pennies on the dollar in no time.
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Get the Best Flight Deals
Every single day, we post a handful of dirt-cheap domestic fares from across the nation. You’ll also see the occasional international fare. If you’re looking to save on travel, hop on some of these deals!
But if you want the cheapest international flight deals to Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and Africa (plus Hawaii and Alaska), you need to sign up for our Thrifty Traveler Premium service.
For just $40 a year, you’ll get 1-3 cheap international 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
Read our full explainer on how Thrifty Traveler Premium works.
We’re pretty sure you’ll like it – it can save you hundreds of dollars while showing you just how cheap it can be to visit some places you never even considered.
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
- Read up on how airlines set prices when you’re using miles
- Get some pointers on when to use your hard-earned miles versus paying cash
- Learn all about how Delta SkyMiles work
- Learn how you can use credit card points to book flights directly
- And why we tell readers to get started with Chase credit cards
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
- Study up on how to find award space
- 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
Need some help? Thrifty Traveler Premium subscribers get free credit card consulting to help them pick the right cards to meet their travel goals.
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
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.
- 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 with this free debit card
We’ll even help make your trip a little more comfortable … and maybe even luxurious
- Follow our tips for cheap and stress-free travel
- Get Global Entry or TSA PreCheck and speed through the airport (and learn how you can get it for free)
- Find out how you can access the best airport lounges across the globe
- … or get a free meal while you’re waiting for your flight
- Dreading a long-haul flight? You’ll be fine if you follow this guide
This is just the tip of the iceberg of cheap travel, but it’s a start. Stay tuned, sign up for The Daily Beat, give our Thrifty Traveler Premium flight deal service a try, and you’ll be traveling the world in no time.