The term “hack” implies something shady, for example breaking into a computer. In comparison, when used in the context of “travel” it simply means that you are maximizing resources to your advantage.
Broadly applied travel hacking means being travel-savvy and navigating the complex industry of travel. Firstly, when done correctly, travel hacking will save you time. Secondly, it will save you money. Most importantly, it will minimize potential issues while on the road.
Common travel hacking involves earning points via credit cards, airlines, and hotels however there are many other ways to hack your way into free or less expensive travel.
For years, I have been using a combination of travel hacks. I often fly free, my hotels are often free and I am no stranger to upgrades.
Here are practical travel hacks that you can start using today to earn free travel or avoid costly mistakes.