Instead of insulting your intelligence with "hacks" like "pack light," or "bring an empty water bottle," UNIGLOBE experts have put together a list of tips and tricks that will help even the most seasoned jetsetter avoid the inevitable hassles of frequent flying.

1. Book two one-way flights

Sometimes flying two different airlines and booking two one-way tickets is more cost-effective than booking a roundtrip, plus it might get you better arrival and departure times as you mix and match flights.

2. Understand Code Shares

Make sure you know how flight partnerships work before booking a flight on a partner airline for miles. Some partnerships will offer the same mileage, others will give you less. Others again might calculate miles based on the amount of money you paid for the ticket, rather than the distance flown.

3. Get upgrades by booking an economy ticket with a Y or B booking code wine on plane

Ask and thou shalt receive (when possible). Basically just requesting an upgrade when booking should get your ticket marked with a Y or B booking code, which, according to our UNIGLOBE expert, means that the flier is looking for an upgrade. In other words, should there be any open seats in the next class up from what you booked, you should get a complimentary upgrade. This works best if you're a frequent flyer, and loyal to the carrier you're booked on.

4. Clear those cookies

A little thing called "dynamic pricing" means that no, refreshing a window 147,554 times will not make a flight cheaper, but, in fact, may make the price go up as it changes based on demand. While most people like to get around this by using incognito windows, clearing your search history and cookies is a safer bet.

5. Know that you have a 24-hour window to get a refund

Even non-refundable flights generally have a 24-hour window during which you can cancel them without having to pay a fee. In other words, pull the trigger and book a flight, then keep tracking it for another day to see if a better rate pops up, in which case cancel and rebook.

7. Fly on a Boeing 767

If you're deciding between similar flights and one's on a Boeing 767, take that one, as the aircraft has fewer of the dreaded middle seats than other planes.

If you can't get on a Boeing 767, check out our comprehensive guide to getting the best seat on every flight. Your best bet is checking, which has up-to-date seating charts for every single flight, and gives you the inside scoop on whether a row doesn't recline, whether a seat is too close to the bathroom, or whether there's any extra legroom to be had.

8. Keep an extra set of cables and chargers ready

Forget racing around your apartment pulling cables out of outlets. Instead, keep a small, zippered and water resistant bag of electronics, batteries, and chargers packed, and never think about them again.

9. Pack a squishy carry-on

Checking a bag is amateur hour, but taking this trick to the next level is using a duffel or some sort of squishy bag as your carry-on. Having a malleable bag that can be smushed into the overhead bin means that it is less likely to be taken from you at the gate.

10. Roll clothing up, then use air-compression plastic bags to squeeze air out of them

We have tons of packing tips, but one of the best is to roll, rather than fold clothes to maximize space and minimize wrinkling, then use space compressible plastic bags to push excess air out of the clothes for even more space. If you're not into the idea of rolling your clothes, packing them in tissue paper or dry cleaner plastic should also reduce wrinkles.

11. Pack smart

Use your rolled up socks as shoe trees, preserving your shoe's shape inside the suitcase, but thereby also maximizing space by using that inside of your shoes.

Putting the heaviest items at the bottom, near the wheels of a suitcase, ensures that your bag is balanced. Nothing worse than a bag that keeps tipping over as you're rushing to the gate.

12. See extra cities for free

Why not add a free stopover (any connection that's more than four hours domestically, and 24 hours internationally) to a flight you've already paid for? Some airlines - and you'll have to check first - offer free stopovers, generally in their hub city, meaning that you can visit an extra destination or two without purchasing any extra tickets. This is especially great if you do it on a business trip and using a company-paid flight.

13. Volunteer to get bumped off a flight

If your flight is overbooked and you have no pressing plans, volunteer your seat to make some extra money. That said, be smart and negotiate your compensation - it helps to know what you're entitled to. Ask for cash, or make sure that flight vouchers don't have tons of stipulations and blackout dates making them impossible to redeem. Also, make sure that even if you're the first to volunteer you'll get the same amount of money as the last one to, as compensation often increases as the airline gets more desperate for people to give up seats. That said, double-check that you won't be on standby on your next flight, or in any position to get stranded where you are (for example, if you're giving up a seat on the last flight out for the day).

14. Check your credit cards for perks

You might already be entitled to perks without knowing it. From covering your insurance when renting a car to hotel room upgrades and access to airline lounges, many credit cards you may already have come with special advantages and freebies.

15. Get into the airport lounge, even if your ticket says economy

Most people don't know that airport lounges often sell day-passes allowing you to pay to access them. While pricey, purchasing them in advance online often gets you steep discounts.

You can also get a Priority Pass ($99-$399 a year), which gives you access to 700 airport lounges around the world. Your UNIGLOBE experts can arrange one for you and even get a good discount on your subscription.

Finally, there are lounges that aren't affiliated with any airlines, and thus also allow you to pay for access.

However, if you don't want to pay, check your credit card to see whether it gives you lounge access (like the American Express Platinum which gets you into Delta and Centurion lounges), or play the long game by being loyal to a specific airline and attaining elite status.

16. Get elite status faster

As a frequent traveler, getting in on a loyalty program is imperative. However, a trick allowing you to fast track the process is collecting miles on lesser-known partner airlines that might give you the same elite status for fewer miles flown, like Aegean Airlines, a Star Alliance Member.

17. Save money staying connected

Both in-flight internet fees and roaming charges are exorbitant. Bypass them by getting a subscription to Boingo, a Wi-Fi hotspot provider that ranges in cost between $4.98 a month for access in the Americas to $59 a month for worldwide coverage.

In line with checking your credit cards for perks, know that if you have an American Express Platinum Card you can get a free Boingo subscription.

18. Minimize jet lag by sleeping right

Jet lag - aka when you cross time zones faster than your body can adjust, thereby mucking up your circadian rhythm - usually takes one day to adapt to per time zone crossed when traveling west, and about a day and a half when going east. However, you can cut down on this recovery time by loading up on sleep before your trip (the more rested you are the less a lack of sleep will affect you), as well as starting to shift your meals and bedtime closer to those at your destination. This takes some forward planning and resoluteness, but if you can, start going to bed an hour earlier each night and getting up an hour earlier each morning a few days before heading east, and an hour later each night/morning for a few days before heading west.

19. Minimize jet lag by eating right

Unfortunately, experts recommend laying off booze and caffeine as they dehydrate you and make jet lag worse. In terms of food, eating meals when they'd be served at your destination helps adjust your circadian rhythm. What you eat matters too - heavily processed food like that served on planes dehydrates you, so the best thing to do is either skip a meal or two, or eat healthy snacks or foods that are high in protein.

20. Get food faster by ordering a special meal

This involves some advanced planning, and probably not-so-regrettably forgoing the meal everyone else is getting, but by requesting a special meal (kosher or vegetarian, for example) you will usually get served before everyone else, and can go to sleep sooner, without waiting for the full dinner service. Plus, rumor has it that those special meals are better anyway.

21. Head to the departure zone for a cab sans line

If you see a massive line snaking around arrivals, do a quick 180 and head to the departure zone. People will be getting dropped off by cabs, which you can simply snag without any competition. Of course this depends on how an airport is set up - it might cost more time than you're saving to take a train to another terminal - but hey, you win some, you lose some.

22. Make free(ish) calls abroad

You can make free calls with Skype or Google Voice using its app or the Hangout app. All you need is some Wi-Fi, so buy a local SIM, or get 120MB for only $30 on ATT for example.


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