The whole world has been wrapped up in the panic of a pandemic for a long while now, and while most of our 2020 plans have been utterly scuppered. 2021 is looking far more promising. Most of us have spent the colder days looking for cheaper travel to fulfil our travel wishes. Whether you want to go to far-flung destinations or you want to experience something luxurious closer to home, you need to do all you can to optimize what you spend on your travel. Not everyone can afford to fly business class, but with the right tips, business class could be an option you didn’t consider as a possibility.

Ten Hacks for Cheaper Travel

Travel in 2021 may come with strict rules, quarantines, costs and lockdowns, so make sure that you understand what’s happening before you start booking. You may find looking at where to travel in 2021 tugs your heart a little, but it’s affording it that’ll be the bigger issue. With this in mind, here are the top ten tips you need to be able to afford travel in 2021. Let’s go!

 Cheaper Travel Hacks

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Get On Comparison Sites

When you want to get the very best hotel rates, you need to compare prices as much as possible. Accommodation can be expensive but if you choose websites like Trivago and Hotels Combined. You get all of the information you need in just a few clicks. Most of these websites group together the information you need for various option all at once. Allowing you to collate the details. You can even list them according to budget or amenities. You want to look for cheaper travel rates at the best hotels. Sometimes these sites offer surprisingly competitive options.

Get Luxury Upgrades

You may not think that you’ll ever be able to afford options like business class flights or an upgraded suite in a hotel, but if you use websites like Virtuoso, you can gain some awesome perks in your location of choice. So, in some hotels, you may get free dinners and spa treatments to enhance your trip. A website such as Virtuoso, where you will speak directly to travel agents is a great option. They have portfolios of some of the biggest brands in the world. You get excellent value for money with Virtuoso, too. So you can enjoy a little extra luxury and also save some dollars at the same time.

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Cheaper Travel with Google Flights

Turn your phone or laptop internet platform onto Incognito mode. Also switch off the cookies. This trick is simple but worthwhile. If you want the cheapest flights, it´s the best way. The one thing that most people don’t know is that the more they search, the more flight costs vary. This is because you are filling in more and more information in the built in search engine. Google will pull up the sites for you, such as a comparison flight brokers like Sky scanner. This will give you the chance to compare flights that suit your budget and your dates.

Follow, Follow!

Have you considered following some of the famous, luxury travel bloggers out there? Some airlines and a lot of hotels have loyalty programmes and you can build miles and points as part of those. The thing is, if you’re not aware of them in the first place, you can’t benefit from them. There are some travel bloggers out there that offer “swipe up” deals on their Instagram pages. Sometimes subscribing to their newsletters so that you can receive discounts is an option too. They will also be able to give you detailed information about specific companies and destinations. 

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Airline Sales

Qantas offers their Red Deals, Qatar Airways offer 2-for-1 on business class deals, Swiss Air offers discounts of their First Class seats – there are always some excellent deals directly with the airline. Some sales are offering cheaper travel deals occasionally offer Business Class options as cheap as Economy, which is a luxury in itself! 

Check Your Credit Card

You can gain miles on some credit cards, and it’s always worth looking at seeing whether your credit card provider is going to offer you airline miles. Frequent flyer programs will allow you to earn points to redeem on flights, and most air miles are earned by spending money in the stores. So, you can sign up for a credit card with a huge mileage bonus and use it for purchase. This will also allow you to convert Amex points into air miles, and building enough of these will give you a free flight!

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Use The Miles – For Upgrades!

You can use your air miles for more than just a plane seat. With your miles, you can upgrade from economy seating to Business Class, from Business to First. You can even upgrade to the next step up with Premium Economy, and while there are a lot of air miles required to go with those upgrades, you can stay patient and build it up until you can grab the flights you want!

Off The Beaten Track

When you want to travel long-haul, go for the less obvious options. The most popular destinations are expensive purely because they are popular, but you need to consider going for places like Montenegro, Sri Lanka and even the Cook Islands, instead! All of these destinations can offer you something beautiful and luxurious, and it doesn’t cost the earth, either!

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Choose Brand New

Keep your eye out for newly opened hotels and book these instead of the old, branded favorites. You can save a lot of money by booking a brand new place, and some new hotels offer stunning deals that will work to even 50% off! You can simply Google for hotels that have opened in the last 18 months and see some excellent deals as a result.

Don’t Obsess Over Loyalty Programs

It’s nice to be loyal to a place or an airline, but you can often save a lot of money by shopping around elsewhere. Yes, it takes you away from loyalty points you may have built up, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stick to them. Don’t let the loyalty programs determine your travel plans.

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Cheaper Travel Tips and Hacks for 2021

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