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Travel Hacking

Ben Hughes @rubiety http://benhugh.es http://github.com/rubiety


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Travel doesnt have to be expensive.... Learn to optimize and take advantage of hacks and freebies!

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3 Years 185,000 Miles 132 Flights


Las Vegas San Francisco Boston Seattle Portland Chicago Los Angeles Washington DC Phoenix New Orleans
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London Edinburgh Dublin Amsterdam Brussels Rome Paris Palm Springs Louisville Austin

Vancouver Hong Kong Singapore Bangkok Dubai Abu Dhabi Istanbul Athens Barcelona New York

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TPA ROC PHL LHR EDI DUB FCO ORY PHL DFW PSP DFW PHL ROC TPA ROC TPA ROC JFK SEA JFK ROC JFK SAN BOS MSY

MSY JFK ROC JFK AUS LGB SLC JFK SJC LGB SEA BOS JFK ROC JFK DEN JFK LAS JFK ROC LGA ROC TPA ROC ORD

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JFK ROC JFK AUS LGB SLC JFK SFO LGB PDX BOS JFK ROC JFK DEN JFK LAS JFK ROC LGA ROC TPA ROC ORD SAN

SAN IAD ROC BWI TPA BWI ROC CVG SAN DTW ROC ORD ROC BWI ROC TPA ROC JFK LAS JFK SFO BOS SEA PDX JFK

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IAD ROC BWI TPA BWI ROC CVG SAN DTW ROC ORD LEX BWI ROC TPA ROC JFK LAS JFK SFO BOS SEA PDX JFK ORD

ORD LGB IAD BOS SAN IAD IPT PHL SAN YVR HKG SIN BKK KWI AUH IST ATH BCN GVA SAN PHL SAN ORD ROC ORD

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LGB IAD BOS SAN IAD ROC PHL SAN YVR HKG SIN BKK KWI DXB IST ATH BCN GVA JFK PHL SAN ORD ROC ORD SAN

SAN ATL SDF MSP SAN BOS SAN BOS BUF BOS BOS JFK SEA JFK BOS SAN BOS DEN SAN BOS MSY BOS ORD BOS SAN BOS

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ATL SDF MSP SAN BOS SAN BOS BUF BOS SAN JFK PDX JFK BOS SAN BOS DEN BOS BOS MSY BOS ORD BOS SAN BOS DCA

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Airfare Hacking
Little Correspondence to Marginal Cost Highly Price-Discriminatory Extremely Route-Dependent Variable to Flight Date (Time of Year)
Optimize entirely on price, at the expense of comfort, dates, and even destination!
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Dont Pick Destinations First


Plane costs are a substantial portion of your budget Ticket prices vary wildly based on many factors So why choose destination than simply accept
whatever the price is?

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My Airfare Routine
HipMunk.com or Kayak.com for Baseline Momondo.com or SkyScanner.com for Cross-Check Check Airlines Website Check Different Airline Locale Websites
(Different Currencies)

Check Split Itineraries (Chain Different Airlines) Use http://www.seatguru.com/ before picking seats Always sign up for frequent yer programs!
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A Travelphiles Holy Grail:

Unlimited Flying Passes

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JetBlue All-You-Can-Jet Pass


Year 2009:


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Unlimited Travel September 8 - October 7 $600

Year 2010:
Unlimited Travel September 8 - October 7 $700 Regular, $500 if excluding Fri/Sun

JetBlue BluePass (Boston All)


Year 2011:


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Unlimited Travel August 22 - November 22, 2011 $2,000 All Itineraries must include Boston Logan (JetBlue Hub) as an Airport! Booking, canceling, changing can be done up to 90 minutes before departure. Must pay $10.70 in taxes/911 fee per leg

JetBlue Loopholes & Hacks



Booking Flights into Hurricanes for $100 Credit Printing Boarding Passes for your Friends Hopping Red-Eyes for free accommodation

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Racking up Airline Points

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Credit Cards
25,000 - 50,000 Miles just for signing up,
corresponding to ~$400 in ight value

Typically yearly fee waived for rst year:

Simply downgrade to a lesser card in 11 months, and keep initial points hit

Airline Cards vs. Generic Bank Cards Cash payers subsidize Credit Card payers:
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Foregoing the opportunity to make back 1-2% is a cost

Airline Special Offers


Follow Airline Mailing Lists / Twitter Points for Taking Surveys Double Points in Certain Periods http://travelhacking.org ?
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TSA Hacking
Boarding Passes as checked by TSA are entirely
unveried documents boarding passes

No Boarding Pass check at gate - dummy Observe people to decide which line to go in In connected-terminal airports, enter TSA in the
international terminal
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Accommodation Hacking
Hotwire.com $360/night Hyatt Resort & Spa for $79 $250/night Denver Sheraton for $90 New Midsize Car Rental for $18/day Priceline.com Dont book a hotel without either of these!
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Stay in Hostels
No, its not like the movie Hostel! Quality varies, choose based on your tolerance Often in very central areas Meet Interesting People Get a cheap hotel every 4-5 nights Also: Maximize Red-Eyes - Its a free nights stay! Be homeless! Travel when your lease ends.
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Food Hacking
Resist temptation to splurge on every meal Street food stalls Non-touristy Areas Food costs vary widely from area to area - optimize! Stock up on Lunch (Specials), Ease up on Dinner Buffets! Eat your entire day in one meal Las Vegas Buffet of Buffets
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Go Travel - Cheaply!
Ben Hughes @rubiety http://benhugh.es http://github.com/rubiety

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