11 Ways to Save Money When Booking Travel
Earlier this year, Brian Kelly flew Singapore Airlines’ new first-class suite on its A380 airbus, taking off with a glass of Dom Pérignon and 50 square feet of legroom. The market rate for his flight from Sydney to Singapore was over $3,000. Mr. Kelly’s cost?
“150,000 points and $72,” he said. “So while not the best redemption in terms of the value I got per point, the flight itself was one of my most memorable ever. It actually has both a seat and a bed.” The New York Times
Cheapest Places to Travel Each Month of the Year
If a cheap vacation is what you’re after, plan your trips based on when hotel rates are proven to be low; then use a service like Hopper or Kayak to find the best-priced plane tickets to round out your plans. You’ll end up with a powerful, money-saving one-two punch—which can save you hundreds for even a quick family getaway.
According to Booking.com, that could mean anything from Honolulu in February (hello, warm weather!) to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in May (smack between the spring break crowd and the region’s famously humid summers). Travel + Leisure
The Cleanest Gas Station Restroom in Every State, 2018 Edition
Looking for a clean restroom when you pull off the insterstate? There’s an app for that. GasBuddy, which tracks petrol prices across the country, also takes reviews of gas station facilities, and produces an annual list of which brands rate the highest for cleanliness.
GasBuddy says these stations all score at least three out of five stars from its users, who have left millions of reviews of more than 140,000 gas stations and travel plazas. Brands must have at least 20 locations in a given state to be included in the rankings. USA Today
The Tech You Need to Travel Better
While no product can guarantee a seat upgrade or make your delayed flight arrive on time, a few smart investments can make your next trip more comfortable, more relaxing and less stressful.
With airline seats getting smaller and highways more crowded, it’s a good thing there are plenty of high-tech, budget-friendly solutions to our travel woes. While there is no gadget that will make your seat wider or lessen traffic, there are some that will help you sleep better and stay relaxed on your next trip. Here are a few suggestions you may want to invest in. The New York Times
The Best Hotel in Every State
In central Vermont, there’s a 1795 farmhouse and 20 rustic cottages perched on 300 acres of wildflower meadows and pine forests. Twin Farms, a romantic all-inclusive property with wood-burning fireplaces and American folk art, is a natural fit for bucolic Barnard—so it’s no surprise Travel + Leisure readers voted the hotel No. 1 in the Green Mountain State.
When we travel—whether it’s to go skiing in Utah or to have a shopping spree in New York City—nothing completes the experience quite like staying in a hotel that understands the local vibe. Travel + Leisure