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We're always up to pack a bag and catch a flight out of town. Travel can be a glorious, memorable and life-changing experience. And if you're like us, itching for a few days away, here are four fresh ways to make your next trip easier, more enjoyable and maybe even a little less expensive.
Travel writer Ryan Craggs found a clever way to save $50 every time you fly basic economy. His recent piece in Thrillist outlines how most airlines now charge you $25 (each way) for a carry-on when you book the most affordable tickets. But if you carry one of the airline credit cards, those fees are waived. Yes, those card come with fees, but Craggs explains how you can likely dodge those too.
Here are the downsides to conventional rental cars: they're never that fun to drive, rarely sexy and the reservation and pick-up process is often a hassle. Silvercar is the opposite in every way. Their fleet of silver Audi A4 sedans and Q5 SUVs are spotless (not to mention a blast to drive). The entire service is app-based, from reservations and pick-up to drop-off and receipt. The cost for this luxury service is only moderately more than a standard rental but to get you started, your first reservation is 30% off.
The team behind Skiplagged found a sneaky way to score cheaper flights on routes with layovers in your ultimate destination. For example: Say you're flying from Chicago to Paris but find a cheaper flight from Chicago to Berlin with a layover in Paris—purchase that flight and just don't get on that Berlin plane. Their search engine and apps make it easy to find these lucrative loopholes.
If you like the idea of staying in an Airbnb (the neighborhood, the comfort of your own place) but miss the spoils of a great hotel (high design and amenities), then Bangtel is definitely for you. With properties in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Cabo, they offer unique, curated spaces to rent (for a night, week or longer) along with 24/7 concierge services, complimentary local coffee and access to select Equinox gyms.
Business commuters are the reason Monday tickets are in such high demand and thus, more expensive. Airlines churn out their best deals on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.