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Beginner’s Guide

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.

 

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One of the many flight alerts we send to Premium subscribers every day

 

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.

 

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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:

 

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:

  1. Figure out your travel goal, and what points or miles you need to get there
  2. Open the right credit card, hit the minimum spend required, earn a big points bonus
  3. Book your flight using points or miles
  4. 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:

 

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As you build that base of knowledge, start to dig deeper:

 

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:

 

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.

 

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We’ll even help make your trip a little more comfortable … and maybe even luxurious

 

Bottom Line

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.