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Airport Hacks – Time and Money Saving Tips for Your Flight

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Airport Hacks – Time and Money Saving Tips for Your Flight

Flying can be stressful, especially when you are returning from a beachy paradise or adventure-packed trip. Try these airport hacks to save time and money for your flight. With a la carte pricing, delays in security checks, and an uptick in travel, every penny, and minute counts!

Apps

It seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes people overlook using their airline’s apps. Even if you only keep it around during your trip, having your carrier’s app can give you vital info as soon as it’s available. Knowing the moment your flight is delayed or canceled will give you an edge when rebooking or making other arrangements. Most apps also give you a way to communicate more directly with your airline should the need arise.

Beyond the airline apps, make sure you have The Airport Parking Reservations app. It covers airport parking lots in America, Canada, and most of the UK. You can book a spot before you arrive and it saves you loads of cash with discounts up to 70%.

TSA Tips

Adding to the app tip, don’t forget the TSA app that will help you find the shortest security line and let you know what current wait times are. If, you’re unsure which line is the shortest, go for the left. Most people are right-handed and often err on their dominate side.

In addition to looking for the shortest line look for a line with only one agent. Two agents might indicate someone is being trained which is more time-consuming.

As far as hacks for getting liquids through TSA, freeze them! Ice is a solid, so as long as your items are still frozen and in solid form, they should be cleared with the TSA.

Airport Freebies and Passes

Hit up FourSquare to find tips on the locations for the best wi-fi connections and even passwords that will allow you to enjoy free service.

If you aren’t a frequent traveler and not a member of airport lounges, you can purchase a day pass. Lounges usually include free wi-fi, food, and sometimes beverages, so you might actually save a few bucks by purchasing the temporary pass. Or, if you have a friend, perhaps someone you connect with on your flight, and they are a member, they can often bring a guest in for free. Kindness pays off!

Want an upgrade for free? Make sure you dress the part. You can be one of the nicest people on the planet, but gate agents usually won’t upgrade a flip-flop wearing tourist to the VIP section to sit with loyal customers paying for the privilege.

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23 Comments

  1. Jeanette says

    These are absolutely awesome tips! My family travels a couple times here in these pointers would help us out a whole lot.

  2. lisa says

    These are great tips. We only fly about once a year for our family vacation. I try to keep everything simple since there are 6 of us that fly.

  3. christine says

    We always use the airline app but I honestly didn’t know that there was a TSA app. Thanks!

  4. Dee says

    Alright, I know that you said that this is a no brainier, but I for one never thought about downloading the Airline App. Why I have never thought about it, I don’t know but I am going to have to do it.

  5. Tammilee Tips says

    These are great tips!! With how much we travel I swear there are months I live in airports so saving money is so important.

  6. Pam says

    These are great tips for saving money and making the most of your air travel. I didn’t know there was a TSA app.

  7. Paula Bendfeldt says

    These are wonderful tips. I travel a lot so these will really come in handy!

  8. Jacqui @TradesofJacqui says

    Thank you for the tips! Anything that makes traveling and dealing with the airport easier is always a blessing! Same as Pam. I didn’t know TSA had an app. Will have to check them out.

  9. Chrishelle Ebner says

    Great tips for airport travel. Love the app recommendations. I did not even know there was a TSA app. I will have to check out four square the next time I travel for wifi pass words. Thanks for the tips.

  10. Liz Mays says

    Those apps really can be helpful. Great points! I have to remember the freezing tip!

  11. Teresa says

    My local airports is one of the busiest in the nation – I literally dread the TSA lines there. I didn’t know you could freeze liquids. I see my TSA personnel tossing stuff like that.

  12. Sarah says

    These are all great tips, glad you shared them and hope these airport hacks help others when flying!

  13. Angelic Sinova says

    These are awesome tips! I’m a HUGE traveler and am always looking for ways to save time and money on flights. Downloading airline apps is a must.

  14. Rebecca Swenor says

    These are all great airport hacks for saving time and money while flying. I love the idea of downloading the airline apps and freezing liquids to get through security. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  15. Karen says

    Great idea! This will make traveling a lot easier.

  16. Inspiring Kitchen says

    Oh, these are great travel tips . I will surely remember these hacks in our next travel 🙂

  17. Jenny says

    Great airport tips. I didnt know about tge last one, so thanks.

  18. Robin Rue says

    I will definitely be remembering these tips on our next trip. Any sort of travel hack is great!

  19. Faylinn says

    I always thought it would be cool if I got a free upgrade. However, I never dress fancy at the airport so it’s good to know that I probably should. Other than dressing the part, do I just act the gate agents for the upgrade or does it have to be offered?

  20. Anosa says

    Some helpful tips here, I travel a lot so these will come in handy. Definitely going to be giving these ago next time I travel.

  21. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says

    Thanks for the tips. It’s true that Apps makes it easier for us because it lets us stay on top of our travel itinerary.

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