10 Summer Travel Tips and Hacks
Summer summer and that means some time for globetrotting!! Which means airports and airplanes and hijacked ticket prices... so we at Therafit thought it might help some of you gals out if we shared some tricks we've been saving up our sleeves.
Buy tickets Tuesdays around 3pm
The cheaper airlines, like Southwest and JetBlue, list their new sales early on Tuesday mornings. By mid-afternoon, the bigger airlines like American and United will have lowered their prices to match competitors’.
Keep in mind that fares will be highest on the weekend. Airlines know that's the most convenient time for people to think about vacation plans, so they markup their prices then. Sales released early in the week are also gone by the weekend. Moreover, airlines don't manage their inventory as much on the weekend because they have fewer staffers on hand -- so if a few tickets sell for a specific route, prices will automatically jump higher because computer algorithms perceive an increased demand.
It's a good idea to do a cursory search for specific routes of interest on several days of the week (including weekends) at least before you are planning to book, so you have an idea of how much the tickets cost. That way, you can identify a sale when it appears.
Know the best time in advance to book tickets.
According to studies cited by TheNew York Times, international flights have been the cheapest 3-5 months in advance, but there is variation among different regions. Domestic flights are a bit trickier to pin-point, but it's a good idea to start searching 3-4 months in advance and see if they get any cheaper week after week -- there have been studies indicating a 6-weeks-in-advance sweet spot for domestic flight booking.
Clear cache to spend less cash
Clearing out your browser cache and cookies in between searches for tickets will make sure you’re getting the newest — and potentially cheapest — prices.
Hit the gym before your flight
Exercising will reduce stress and make your body automatically want to rest up. You’ll have an easier time falling asleep on the plane.
Turn left at security
Pick the checkpoint farthest to the left. Research shows most people are right-handed and tend to turn right first, thus filling up the queues on the right.
Most international flights serve free alocohol
Yay! (need we say more?)
If you can’t stomach turbulence
Sit by wing of plane – like a seesaw – if you’re in the middle you’ll feel less turbulence (plus it’s pretty!)
Turn your plane seat into a personal spa!
Take off your shoes and roll a golf ball under each foot for a DIY foot massage. Practice at home first, though, so you don’t send balls careening through the cabin.
Wear comfortable shoes!
Wear shoes that don't constrict your feet - there is less oxygen in airplanes and swelling is normal. Make sure to stay hydrated and wear your Sandys or your Lauras on your flight - easy to slip on and off and they won't stop the blood from circulating.
Make luggage easy to spot!
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