How You Can Make the Most out of Thrifty Traveler
You can visit Thrifty Traveler, snag a cheap flight, save a few hundred bucks and call it good. That’s what we’re here for.
But if you want to do more, we get it. Here’s our guide to making the most out of everything we here at Thrifty Traveler have to offer.
We feature domestic deals and a few international flights every day here at ThriftyTraveler.com and on our Facebook, Twitter, and city-specific Instagram pages. But subscribing to Thrifty Traveler Premium opens up a new world of travel. Literally.
This is our email notification service for international flight deal alerts, helping you save hundreds of dollars on airfare to Europe, Asia, Australia and just about anywhere in the world you can imagine. If there is a deal, we will find it and let you know instantly. Read up on how Thrifty Traveler Premium works.
Our alerts on these fare sales go straight to your email inbox, which is critical as you often need to jump on these deals fast. You can tailor what alerts you get based on your region, so you’re not inundated with flights that you’ll never be able to take.
An additional benefit of Thrifty Traveler Premium is the free credit card consulting service we offer to our subscribers. We help people build credit card points & miles strategies to help them achieve their travel goals without breaking the bank.
Our Thrifty Traveler Premium subscription costs just $40 for an entire year – less than a cup of coffee a month. And you’ll easily offset that investment when you book the first flight deal that saves you hundreds of dollars. We’re sure you will be, but if you’re not satisfied, we offer a 100-day money back guarantee.
Whether you’re tracking our flight deals on social media or eyeing your inbox for Premium fare alerts, the number one way to get the best deal isn’t a new tool or credit card. It’s your mindset.
If you’ve already decided where you’re heading on your next trip, chances are we’ll find you a fare to get there cheaper at some point. But it might not come in time, or the dates may not work.
Going into your travel planning with your destination solidified and schedule set gives the airlines all the power to charge you whatever they want.
So try thinking this way instead: If you make your travel plans based on the fare, you’re certain to save money. And you can see more of the world for pennies on the dollar, including visiting some places that were never on your radar. Let Thrifty Traveler help fuel your wanderlust. We’ll deliver.
Live for the Long Weekend
There’s one surefire way to score a weekend getaway on the cheap: Make your weekend longer. At Thrifty Traveler, we’re not breaking any rules or unearthing mysteries of the airfare world to bring you great deals on flights. We just find the best deals that are out there. Whether it is a mistake fare accidentally published by the airline or just a classic example of a flash sale.
And while we’ll publish every Friday-Sunday flight deal we can, the maxim about the cheapest days to fly holds true: Weekdays and Saturdays are where the deals are. It’s up to you to ensure that doesn’t limit your travels or ability to seize on a great deal. Book the flight and take an extra day off!
Look Beyond Your Home Airport
Don’t be dissuaded if your home airport isn’t on the list of departing destinations on a fare deal. Booking a positioning flight to get in place for a longer journey is common, especially for the limited mistake fares we push out.
Even if you add in the cost of an initial connecting flight, be it in miles, points, or cash, it’s still easy to save hundreds of dollars when you capitalize on one of our fare deals.
So as you see the fare alerts we post on your social media feeds or in your inbox, don’t focus on your hometown. Think instead about how easily you can jet off to wherever you need to be to catch them!
Look Past the Final Destination, Too
Stop thinking of the airport at the end of a cheap flight as your final destination. Just like you may need to book a positioning flight to snag one of the incredible flight deals you find here, you can book an onward flight to go even farther. This is an especially effective approach in places like Europe and southeast Asia, where competition between airlines and a wealth of established low-cost carriers make it easy to travel on the cheap.
For example, consider a recent flight deal from San Francisco (SFO) to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) for just $514 round trip. Maybe the chaos of Bangkok isn’t your thing, but few cities are better to catch a flight to almost anywhere in Asia.
You could head south to the beaches of Phuket (HKT) or other wonderful Thai islands like Koh Samui (USM) or Koh Phangan for under $100 – round trip. Flights to Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong (HKG), and more are easy to find for a steal.
If you look at the end destination of a flight deal as a hub for your travels, you can see more of the world on the cheap. Or better yet, take a chance on a great fare to a city you’re unsure about, then continue on to other spots on your bucket list.
Thrifty Tip: Use the “airlines and destinations” section of any airport’s Wikipedia page for a quick look at all the direct flights you can catch.
Pay With Points
We preach about this all the time, but it’s worth repeating: Booking a cheap cash fare with your points should be in your repertoire. Whether you’re booking through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal or using Delta’s Pay with SkyMiles feature, this is one of our favorite ways to use points.
Why’s it so great? For starters, this is the only way to book a flight that’s truly free. When you use airline miles to book an award ticket, you’ll always pay at least a small cash fee – and sometimes hundreds of dollars.
But you can also keep earning miles when you book directly with bank points like Chase Ultimate Rewards. The only thing better than a free flight is a free flight that earns you some miles to fuel your next trip.
Combining the dozens of flight deals we post every week with this strategy is a surefire way to make your miles go farther and see the world for free.
Some cheap fares last hours, not days. You have to move quickly to book them. Between hotels and cab fares and vacation days, there are so many logistics that go into planning a vacation beyond a flight.
It’s easy to get paralyzed by all that planning. Take our advice: Book the flight and ask questions later. You have options. The Department of Transportation requires airlines to refund any flight that touches U.S. soil within 24 hours of booking. No fees, no questions asked.
Think of that 24-hour window as your “Book first, ask questions later” policy. If you can’t make the cheap flight work, just cancel it.
There are a lot of great tools out there to make your travels more affordable. We’re a bit biased, but we think Thrifty Traveler is at the top of the list.
But all the points strategies and fare alert portals in the world aren’t enough. The most important part of being a thrifty traveler is your mindset.
Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.