I’m all for cheap stuff. I’m willing to sacrifice a bit of comfort and share a room with randos or stay on a stranger’s couch if it means saving money. So when someone tells me there’s a way to get cheaper flights, I’m listening.
Problem is, there’s a lot of people telling me how to get cheap flights. You may have heard that it’s supposedly cheaper to book flights on Tuesdays, or that there’s some magic way to get free flights. Unfortunately, I’ve also heard that there’s no cheaper day to book flights, and you have to pay to know how to get free tickets. Which is fine, because I don’t believe them anyways. If there was a way to get free flight tickets, the information would probably be online somewhere.
I came across The Ultimate Guide To Travel Hacking Cheap Flights (also known as The Travel Hacker’s Toolkit), a guide written by Dane Homenick that claims to show you how to get the cheapest flight available every time. I would’ve clicked away… but it was only $7. Less than a chicken Chipotle burrito with guac. So yeah, I bought it. And while I don’t doubt that I could’ve slowly collected the info over the years from different sources online, I am pretty glad I instantly received a PDF with everything I needed.
I like it and I learned more than a few things. It includes free resources you can use, steps to follow, extra tips, and worksheets all to help you get cheap flights. Is it worth 7 bucks? I tested just one of their resources three weeks before my trip to Seattle and would have saved ~$70, so my answer is hell yes. If you don’t like it, you can use their 60-day money back guarantee. They accept PayPal as well so there really is no risk to try it.
What I Like
No Credit Card Rewards
I’m sure that the rewards and points that credit card programs offer work, but that’s not what I’m looking for. I want to spend less on tickets, even if it means getting fewer points.
The guide is then divided into two sections: domestic and international airfare. Each of those sections is then divided into five sections, one for each of the zones. Just pick which category you’re in and follow the directions! Are you booking a domestic flight 120 days before your trip? Go to the domestic section, find your zone, and you’ll see four steps to follow that are broken down even further into easy-to-digest bullet points complete with screenshots and arrows.
They tell you what sites and apps to use, how to use them, and give you a list of additional resources at the end. It might take some time to track prices, but it’s simple, partially automated, and pretty stress-free. They also include a pre-booking checklist and an Excel sheet that you can print out or edit to help you track prices.
Data from CheapAir
The articles I’ve read told me how early to buy tickets. Which is great, except that every article gave me a different number. In the guide, there’s a nice little graph using data from CheapAir that divides the time ranges into five zones: First Dibs, Peace of Mind, Prime Booking Window, Push Your Luck, and Hail Mary. Ideally, you’ll be booking during the Prime Booking Window, but they cover each zone for you just in case.
Extra Tips and Advice
Even if these don’t necessarily lead to cheaper tickets, they do help get better policies, guarantees, and seat situations.
60-Day Money Back Guarantee
They have a 60-day, no-questions-asked guarantee. If you’re not happy, you get your money back and you can keep the guide! If you’re really on the fence, try the guide using PayPal and see how much you save! If it didn’t help at all (or you saved less than $7 on the tickets), get your hassle-free refund.
What I Didn’t Like
They also talk a bit about their app, Journo, and it looks insanely cool. I’ve been using a private Instagram account because I couldn’t find a personal travel journal app I really liked (even considered making one myself). Apple users can get their free trial and learn more here.
Buttt it also wasn’t relevant. It doesn’t help you save money on flights or travel. Also, it’s not available for Android, so I got all happy for nothing.
Simple isn’t bad, but there’s info you can probably find online for free. Then again, they did compile everything into a nice little affordable guide, so I don’t really mind this much.
You bought it. Why can’t you share what you’ve learned?
My first instinct was to share everything. And if I were to meet you in person, I’d probably just show you the PDF. I’ll definitely share my experience with individual resources I like and already have a plan to create my own list of ways to find cheaper flights, but here are a few reasons I won’t just hand over this particular guide.
Supporting the Author
Writing a post is unbelievably time-consuming. Writing a 32 page PDF? I can’t even imagine. Not only do you have to write quality content that will benefit your readers, but you need to format the PDF so that your images are in the right locations, everything’s easy to find, and your layout is uniform. It’s also not fun to compile and organize the information you know about a single topic and then not get recognized for your effort.
Possible Legal Reasons
I can’t imagine it’s legal for me to just take what they wrote and regurgitate it back. There’s a little TM mark on “Prime Booking Window” and I don’t fully understand copyright laws, so I’m going to stay far far away from anything bordering on plagiarism.
If you go to the FAQ section on his page, Dane tells you why they chose $7. “It weeds out the freebie-seekers,” but it’s also accessible to cheap, broke people like me. Again, cheaper than my Chipotle order.
Like I mentioned earlier, they break everything into little sections for your specific case (domestic vs. international and then what time range you’re in). It would take a lot of effort for me to type out something that’s already in digital form.
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Try it yourself! And be sure to let me know what you thought. 🙂
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