One of the most annoying parts of traveling is going through the TSA security line. Yeah, the part of your travels where you basically have to strip down to your skivvies in front of strangers so you can board the flight to wherever it is you’re going.
I’ve written about how I feel about the TSA before, but here’s something you may not realize about their rules. There is a way you can get your favorite drink (bigger than 3.4 ounces) past security!
A reminder of TSA’s 3-1-1 rule
When going on vacation, what’s near the top of the list of things people worry about? The answer you’re looking for is packing. Just Google the phrase “how to pack” and you’ll find over 500 million results. My pieces about packing are among them: Packing Tips That’ll Save you Money and Learn to Pack Like a Boss.
The competition may have just been blown out of the water with the new Chase Sapphire Reserve. I’ll tell you right out front, this card has a $450 annual fee. But with the amazing travel benefits this card comes with, that fee is well worth it. But what are these benefits? Why is the $450 annual fee worth it? And is the card for you? This post will supply you with all the answers you need.
Not interested in using credit cards to save big on travel? You’re certainly not alone. Getting a credit card with travel rewards isn’t always easy. And even after you get it, you may find it’s not worth the annual cost (it likely has).
Don’t worry! There are ways you can still save big without any credit cards. And in my opinion, one of the best ways to do so is to consider using Costco Travel.
So you blew your budget over the holidays, Valentine’s Day is coming up before you know it, spring break is right after that, and we haven’t even gotten to your list of “places to visit this year.”
I mean, how do you travel (somewhere, anywhere) without blowing your budget out of whack even more so than it already is?! Fortunately, there are several ways you can do this. One way is to use credit card points. However, that’s not something everyone can (or should) do. Another way, then, is to “hack” your way to a cheaper flight.
How do you travel hack?
Updated December 2018
If you fly domestic a lot, you know the pain of the cramped seats, the lack of carry-on space, and the struggle to find some kind of entertainment for yourself. Oh! You bet. The struggle is real. There is, however, a way you can avoid all of those while not paying a single penny more.
What is the most comfortable way to fly domestic?
With the announcement that JetBlue is changing it’s policy when it comes to checked bags, the days of having your bag fly free is almost history. Not to mention the fact that the holidays are ripe for some airlines to jack-up the price you pay for a checked bag (I’m looking at you Spirit and Frontier).
Needless to say it’s not looking good for those of us trying to be frugal travelers. Southwest is now the only U.S. airline that lets your luggage fly free. That’s why, if you want to avoid that baggage checking fee, it’s time to learn how to pack in an efficient, and space saving way.
With that said, there are several ways you can travel hack your carry-on.
I was lucky enough to recently spend a long weekend in the Beaver Creek Resort area of Colorado. And it was well worth the visit. For those that don’t know, Beaver Creek is a community just south of Avon, CO. It is well known as a winter vacation destination. But, as I recently found out, it is certainly worth visiting during the fall (or summer). My girlfriend, Crystal, and I stayed at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek for free thanks to my Hyatt Credit Card, which gave me two free nights at any Hyatt hotel in the world. I’ll have a review of the hotel shortly, but to whet your appetite a little bit, upon check-in our room was upgraded to a Park Deluxe Village Slope. Basically, we stayed in a room that costs $895/night, during the winter, for free (roughly $300/night during the offseason).
I'm pretty excited for my trip to the Beaver Creek area of Colorado later this year. I’ll be staying at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, a resort that is said to be one of the best in the U.S. I’ve never been to the area, but the reviews look promising.
“The Park Hyatt is a sweet splurge indeed — its prime location (smack in the middle of the village and at the foot of the Centennial Express), Allegria spa, and ski valet make it Beaver Creek's most favorable option. You can even roast s'mores at the mountainside fire pit,” says Shermans Travel.
The best part?
Traveling is never cheap. From plane tickets and hotels, to food and booze, there are nearly endless ways to part with your money. And summer is probably the most expensive time to go on vacation.
Let’s face it, that’s why so many people try to take advantage of travel credit cards. Whether it’s an airline branded one, or a hotel branded one, they can save you quite a bit. But there are other ways you can save even more. In fact, there are several ways you can save thousands per vacation. That’s right. Thousands in cold hard cash.