In each installment of the Uproxx Travel Guide, we ask some of our favorite professional travelers to answer one travel question — then share their best advice with you. From informational, to inspirational, to entertaining, our aim is to incite your wanderlust and provide bite-size takeaways you can put to use on your own adventures.
This Week’s Question: What are some of your best money saving travel tips, whether for planning travel or during travel?
Katelyn O’Shaughnessy is the CEO & Founder of TripScope and is an award-winning travel agent. Featured on Forbes’ 2016 30 under 30 in consumer tech, O’Shaughnessy’s first-hand experiences in the travel industry motivated her to create innovative technology solutions for the next generation of travel professionals. She holds the position of National Director to the nation’s largest young travel professionals community, Millennials in Travel, and frequents live speaking engagements.
A: Delete your browser cookies before you buy hotel rooms and airline tickets. The prices go up when you visit multiple travel sites.
For certain hotels and many airports that are charging for their wifi, add “?.jpg” at the end of any URL to bypass the expensive wifi and access the internet for free.
Another trick for free wifi is to get the wifi password for many hotels by checking the comments section of FourSquare.
The cheapest time to book airline tickets and hotel rooms is Tuesday at 3 p.m., six weeks out.
If you wait until after midnight to book your flights or hotels, there will be more inventory and better rates because many of the rooms and seats are put on a 24 hour hold. At midnight, the hold is lifted.
If you’ve got hotel reservations and need to cancel, but you’re already within however many days prior to arrival that your cancellation policy stated, just reschedule for a future date (usually there’s no penalty for that), then call the hotel back, get a different rep and cancel free of charge.