air travel is rising and so are prices. In fact, NerdWallet reports: Prices up 34% Since summer 2019. It’s not just standard inflation that’s driving prices up. Airlines are sneaking around on ways to make more money, such as adding fees to what was previously free or raising prices on existing costs. While some of this is unavoidable, there are some money-saving tricks that can help you grow your bottom line.

Please read the following: Never do this after checking in your baggage, flight attendants say.


There are many reasons why you may need to cancel your flight. Know that in such situations there is often a recourse. for example, Dan Gellert, Travel Expert and COO Skiplaged’s said the US government requires airlines to offer a 24-hour free cancellation policy (provided the flight is at least seven days late).

“In addition, many airlines are changing their fees for flight changes and cancellations,” he adds. “You’ll have to check with each airline, but many now let you change or cancel your flight for free, as long as it’s not a Basic Economy ticket.”

Understanding these cancellation policies can save you money in the long run by not losing the money you spent in your scenario if you had to adjust your flight times or cancel altogether. You can also cancel and rebook a cheaper flight. This can save you hundreds of dollars.

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Some airlines do not allow ticket changes or cancellations. In that case, and if you are outside that 24-hour window, do not cancel your flight.

Travel expert says ‘better just being a no-show than canceling over the phone’ Justin Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Goby. “In a flight cancellation or rescheduling scenario—[which has been on the rise recently]— You may be entitled to a credit or refund. You have no rights if you cancel your ticket. ”

This is a bit risky, but saves you money in the long run. In the event of a delay or cancellation, please call the airline to request a refund. Johnson said it will likely come in the form of credit. If you have a return flight, please call the airline later. A no-show without explanation may result in cancellation of your return trip.

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A hidden city flight is a flight that disembarks in a transit city rather than the airline’s final destination. For example, let’s say you need to go to Phoenix from New York City. Your ticket may actually go all the way to San Francisco, but you have a layover in Phoenix.

“The average traveler who buys a Hidden City ticket saves $128, and many save thousands of dollars,” Gallert said. The Skiplagged search portal is actually dedicated to finding these fares, making the process easier. please give me.

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Be aware of federal regulations and specific airline policies regarding flight cancellations, changes and lost/delayed baggage. U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) full refund required Refunds in the event of flight cancellation by the airline and in the event of significant schedule changes or delays.

You are also entitled to a refund if your class of service is changed or if you miss paid services (e.g. checked baggage, seat selection, unstable or unavailable on-board Wi-Fi, etc.).

MIA or lost suitcaseNot only are airlines required to refund if baggage is declared lost, many airlines have policies in place to provide some form of compensation. Refund of required items United does the same and pays flat if you need it when you don’t have a bag (like clothing or toiletries) $1500 for each lost bag.

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Same as above, be sure to report any serious damage to your suitcase caused by the airline’s handler. Many airlines have a policy of compensating for damage or paying for new baggage by check. There are some exclusions such as normal wear and tear, but if your suitcase is badly damaged or barely usable, please file a complaint immediately.

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Airlines make a good profit on fees. In 2021 alone, billions of dollars were generated in fees for everything from checked bags to seat assignments.

“It’s a good idea to know exactly where airlines charge fees and plan ahead as much as possible to avoid these fees,” says Gallert. may include boarding pass printing, overweight baggage, headphone and meal charges.”

Many airlines will not tolerate even the smallest of things, such as a 1 or 2 pound overweight bag. So pay attention to the rules laid down by the airline. A little planning can go a long way in saving money. In some cases, airline miles can be used to pay for things like seat upgrades. Also, being an airline credit card holder often offers perks such as free checked baggage.

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you may have heard that Flight booking Save money by using it on a specific day or at a specific time. Johnson says this is not a rule of thumb, so broaden your search hours to better understand price fluctuations and book when prices are lowest.

Flight aggregator websites such as Kayak and Skiplagged have price tracking features that can monitor fluctuations and even send alerts when prices drop to your destination.

Please read the following: Never forget to do this after takeoff, flight attendants warn.

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It may sound like a “blackmail tactic” to force you to book, but be careful when an airline tells you that fares are low.

“There are dozens of different fare classes, not just first or economy,” says Johnson. “When it says ‘he has 1 ticket left at this price’ it actually means he has 1 ticket left in that fare class. , jumps to the next fare class and prices skyrocket.”