Traveling, especially if you go overseas, can break the bank. It can be more expensive if you opt to fly first class. Yes, there are other means on how you can get to earn a spot in a lavish cabin while up in the air. However, that means you need to use your credit card religiously or spend a lot of money to get points.
Is it really possible to take that luxurious flight without spending too much money? According to a professional flight hacker, that is very possible. If you want to take a first class trip but you don’t want to spend a fortune, you might want to check this article out.
How To Earn a Spot in the First Class Cabin
A travel blogger and certified flight hacker from New York, Gilbert Ott, revealed some interesting tips and tricks on how you can cut back the pricey flight expenses. From accumulating miles without purposely missing your flight, this professional flight hacker unveiled them all.
Purchase Loyalty Points from the Carrier
Paying tickets using your loyalty points is cheaper than using your actual money. According to Gibert, it is better to get those loyalty points straight from the airlines rather than using your credit card. You can actually save thousands of dollars compared with booking the traditional way. Plus, loyalty points from the carriers can be used to book a cheaper first-class flight.
“Every few months, airlines sell off their points in promotional sales which means you can purchase air miles without actually flying anywhere – you can then use them to book trips in upper class for significantly less.”
Never Miss a Promo With a Price Tracker
Setting a price tracker and being a lookout for flash sales and promotions that usually expire within a few hours are your best sources of cheaper priced flights. Installing apps that could help you keep track of the flight fares real time can save you a lot of money.
“You can set alerts for them for free using Google Flights or Kayak, so if there’s a sudden drop on a route you’re interested in, you’ll be the first to know about it.
And don’t be afraid to set trackers for premium or business class, too, since sometimes, premium or business class seats will randomly be cheaper than economy ones, especially over peak summer travel periods.”
Purposely Miss Your Flight
Another hack that Gilbert proved to be effective is the “hidden city ticketing” where you will book a flight to a place where your destination is just a layover and not the final stop of the flight. The idea here is to intentionally miss the last part of your connecting flight.
Although it might sound like a nightmare to miss your flight, this could actually cut the costs of your travel.
“Hidden city ticketing is an opportunity to save money on flight prices by booking travel via a city you don’t want to visit – which for whatever reason is pricing out cheaper than the place you do really want to visit.”
Catch Me If You Can Challenge
Another easy way to get on the first-class flight involves Gilbert. The travel blogger launched him “Catch Me If You Can Challenge” where travelers can spot him in an airport before the flight can get the chance to switch seats with him.
“The idea is that if you find me in an airport, in the check-in lane, the security lane, walking around, grabbing some food, and you happen to be on my flight; I will gladly switch seats with you if you can identify me.”
He also revealed that if someone recognized him while onboard the plane, he could still switch seats, but he won’t be thrilled about it.
“Ideally, it would be before I get on the plane. It’d be pretty disheartening to sit in one of those pretty nice seats and have to turn around, but if someone is that motivated, I suppose I would switch with them.”
Being on a first class trip is indeed exciting, right? Where is the best place you’ve been?