12 flight booking hacks thatwill guarantee you the cheapest tickets

Every frequent traveler has their own tricks for booking the bestand cheapest flight possible.

Luckily, some were willing to share their secrets on a Quorathread that asked, "what are the best flight booking hacks?"

Keep scrolling for some tips and tricksthat may make all the difference.

1. Look at all your options.

Quora user Saran Udayakumar, who has 45,000 miles in the sky underhis belt, says that when he's booking flights he makes sure to check travelsearch engines like Kayak, Priceline, and Skyscanner, as well as airlines'websites.

2. Don't be opposed to layovers.

This may seem like an obvious one, but nonstop flights aretypically more expensive than flights with layovers. So if you're looking forthe cheapest possible option, Udayakumar says to consider booking a flight witha layover.

3. Clear your cookies or open anincognito tab before booking.

According to Udayakumar, travel agencies and airlines often useyour computer's cookies to determine what kind of flight you're interested inbooking. Once they discover what you're looking for, they'll often raise pricesaccordingly.

4. Book a connection you knowyou're not going to make.

This hack is better suited for risk takers, as it involvesgambling with airlines. Udayakumar suggests booking a cheap flight with a supershort connection time that's almost impossible to make.

5. Don't only rely on big-nameairlines when flying internationally.

According to Quora user Patrick Keane, a frequent flyer with StarAlliance and a Lufthansa eXperts member, some airlines you probably haven't heardoften offer the cheapest fares for transatlantic flights.

6. Fake your computer's IPaddress to fudge your location.

Flight prices differ widely from country to country, says Quorauser and avid traveler Anya Mary. Often fares are cheaper in countries withlower living standards, so pretending you're booking from, say, India, insteadof the US, can make all the difference.

7. Book a flight with a layoverthat's actually your end destination.

Quora user Gaurav Srivastava refers to this hack as "hiddencity ticketing." Here's the example Srivastava uses to explain the trick:Say you're flying from New York to Chicago and you find a cheap flight thatgoes from New York to Kentucky, but with a layover in Chicago (chances are aflight like this will be cheaper than a nonstop flight from New York toChicago). Book that flight and then just disembark in Chicago (don't board theconnecting flight to Kentucky).

8. Look out for"fifth-freedom flights."

Srivastava explains that the "fifth freedom refers to theright for an airline to carry revenue traffic between two foreign countries aspart of a service connecting the airline’s home country."

9. Book an early flight when youcan.

Turns out waking up at the crack of dawn for an early flight isworth it. Quora user Dan Birchall highlights a few reasons why.

10. Consider booking one waytickets and flying into and out of different cities.

While booking a round trip ticket in and out of the same citymight seem like the easiest, most logical way to go, Quora user Jeff Mccoy saysthat it's not always the cheapest. Sometimes, booking two one way tickets thatarrive in and depart from different cities can save you a lot of money.

11. Search for one-person flightseven if you're booking for multiple people.

If the first search you perform for a flight is for multipleseats, the airline might hike up prices, McCoy says. So instead, start bysearching for a flight for just one person, and look into booking for multiplepeople later.

12. Use Points Loyalty Wallet totrade and/or buy points and miles.

"Trading or buying a few extra miles might be all you need toearn a travel reward," McCoy says. Points Loyalty Wallet lets you do bothof those things, and it's worth checking out.

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Singapore is not just known for its magnificent buildings and high-end shopping centers. Kids could also have fun here!Check out this list of interactive places where you can bring your kids out to play, and you never know--you might actually end up having as much fun!

Check out the Splash water at Kidz Amaze. Splash is located at SAFRA Punggol and is the first indoor water playground of Singapore. It consists of several play decks, five water slides, and a themed plash pad. It is perfect for children aged 18 months to 13 years old. Any younger than 18 months are free and should be supervised by adults.

The playground is 24, 000 square feet big which connects to party rooms that specializes in different themes which are open for hosting birthday parties.

Do a sports activity together with your kid at Forest Adventure, which is located at Bedok Reservoir Park. This place offers both adult and a kids' courses--the kid's course are designed for children aged 5 to 10 years old. This kid's course consists of 18 crossings and a zip line. They also offer a Mini course for younger kids which consists of obstacles like spider nets, wobbly trapezes, and balancing beams.

For the year's end, Forest Adventure offers a free adventure on the GRAND course for kids on Sundays, which will end until November 30.

Eat, play, and love at Singapore. Eatplaylove Café is perfectly-themed for kids who want their play time while eating. Kids could release their inner artist here where they can have unrestricted access to color materials, beads, and stickers for just $5. Parents might pay for more if your kid decided to make a doll or a sock-monkey.

If you are more inclined to nature, teach your kid basic farm work at Bollywood Veggies. "Set in the rustic environment of the northwest Kranji Countryside, visiting it is a step back to Singapore's lush history. Our location provides a great opportunity to see a fresh side of the island, rejuvenate your senses, connect with family, and enjoy the simple pleasures of real food," their website stated. This place also offers farm tours and activities, cooking lessons, museums and eateries.

If you just want your kid to have fun without spending a dime, visit Far East Organization Children's Garden. Get yourself and your kids soaked in their 'interactive landscape of water tunnels'. Just be sure to bring swimwear and extra clothes.



Blogger Isabel Leong spent less than S$7,000 traveling to 15 countries in Europe. Can you beat that?

SINGAPORE — Isabel Leong is barely 23 years old, and she has already travelled to more than 105 cities in 30 countries — mostly on her own dime.

And now, the Singaporean hopes that by sharing her travel tips and experiences, students here, especially those who are cash-strapped, will be motivated to go out and see the world.

“(Travelling) opens up their minds about the possibilities of the future. A lot of young people (like me) are lost about their life direction, and going out there and being exposed to different people and their life stories can give them some insight,” Leong said in an interview with TODAY. “There are a lot of soft skills to learn as well, including adaptability, independence, social skills and intercultural knowledge.”

Leong started supporting her own travel adventures in 2013, beginning with the usual destinations like Bali and Phuket, and then eventually heading off the beaten path to smaller cities and towns around the world, like Cambodia’s Kampot province and Cantabaco in the Philippines. In 2015, she went on a student exchange programme in Rouen, France, where she began travelling around Europe in earnest. Since 2013, she has been to 64 cities in 16 countries.

To fund her exploits, she worked part-time for about four to five hours a week to pay for her own food and transport, and saved whatever she could to fund her travels.

“I became financially independent after junior college. There was an eight-month break after I graduated from junior college until school started in university. I took the time to explore different occupations and what I liked. I did everything from admin work to telemarketing to being a camp instructor,” said Leong, who recently graduated from Singapore Management University. She now runs a travel blog on student and budget travel called belaroundtheworld.com, which she set up last year.

“That was when I found out the importance of saving up. When I was in university, I also worked as a gym instructor, training clients part-time while juggling my studies.”

Leong also became an expert at travelling on a tight budget, spending less than S$7,000 over three months travelling to 15 countries in Europe. She kept a mental meal budget of about S$10 per day whenever she travelled, and stocked up on apples to keep herself from going hungry.

Instead of staying at expensive hotels, she also chose to couch-surf, which allowed her to stay with a host for free in exchange for prepacked bak kwa (barbecued pork) or a Singapore magnet. And even though most of her couch-surfing experiences have been positive, one particular incident in France taught her to be more judicious about her choice of hosts.

“As a beginner in couch-surfing, I wouldn’t select solo male hosts. There was one time I was in the south of France, in Nice, I couch-surfed with a guy. He expressed designs and it was quite scary. I tried to make up emergency plans in case he went overboard, but luckily I held my (ground) and he didn’t pursue it any further,” she said, adding that the host had started getting “uncomfortably” close to her, and had even offered to let her snuggle with him on his bed.

“I was constantly talking to my friends at home — but not my family because they would be worried sick — in case anything happened they would know what happened. It deterred me from couch-surfing, but I still went on after that, mostly with families or couples, though.”

Here are Leong’s three other tips for young travellers:


“This is one very valuable tip, because museums and even train tickets offer cheaper student ticket deals, especially in Europe. Sometimes you even get to go to museums for free.”


“A lot of students, when they travel, are very worried about whether they would get pickpocketed. What I tell them is to try not to be too ostentatious about their belongings. Keep your bags zipped and don’t wear expensive-looking watches. They also talk about not putting your wallets at the back of your pocket, and that is also true because I have had instances where people were feeling my butt for stuff on a very packed train in Prague.”


“If you are thinking about whether to do (something), just go and do it. You are only visiting a place once and you don’t want to leave with regrets. One of the boldest things I have done was to go bungee jumping in Phuket. My friend and I were (hesitant) at first, but we decided, what could we lose? Since then I’ve been (braver) about adventure (travel).”



Singapore is South East Asia’s most prosperous city and smallest nation by land area. In recent years, newly developed mega-attractions and casino driven integrated resorts had transformed this “all work” economic powerhouse into one of the region’s most popular destinations for leisure travel.

Because of its compact size, Singapore is very easy to travel and generally safe. It is a top choice for first-time international travel, family trips, and those seeking to indulge in metropolitan luxuries. While costs are significantly higher than the rest of Southeast Asia, a lot of people continue to visit Singapore because of its unique and top-notch attractions that cater to almost every type of traveler.

I honestly didn’t expect to travel to Singapore as often as I have, considering the high number of seemingly more “exotic” and adventurous destinations elsewhere in the region. Singapore was just too irresistibly accessible with so many direct flights to other cities all over the region as well as convenient land crossing to Kuala Lumpur, another popular international gateway, in Malaysia. Singapore was a worthwhile jump-off point to Southeast Asia and a fitting “last stop” for indulging in urban comforts before the journey home.

Top Things to See and Do

Merlion Park — Pretty hard to miss anyway because of its prominent location at the mouth of the Singapore River. Not only could you get a good photo with the Merlion statue, Singapore’s most iconic monument, but there are amazing views to be seen of the Singapore Skyline, Marina Bay Sands, The Esplanade: Theatres by the Bay, and the Singapore Flyer.

Singapore Riverside and Civic District — this relaxing promenaded riverside area is a short walk away from the Merlion Park. Take a stroll down memory lane and get acquainted with the city’s early development and colonial history. A happening nightlife scene can be experienced at Clark and Boat Quay.

Chinatown — Experience Singapore’s multi-cultural diversity by taking a walking and food tour of Chinatown. Visit a church, a mosque, Indian and Chinese temples all in one walk. Go on a food adventure and try dishes from Singapore’s different cultural influences at affordable hawker centers of Chinatown.

Marina Bay — Marvel at Singapore’s new urban cape by taking a walk around Marina Bay. Visit Marina Bay Sands, the Helix Bridge, Singapore Flyer, and Esplanade: Theatres on the bay. Amazing overlooking views can be seen from the sky park of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer.

Gardens by the Bay — an ambitious project set to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden.” The main attractions here are the 25 towering man-made Super trees and two equally extraordinary bio domes.

Singapore Zoo — an impressively maintained zoo where you can find a wide array of animals from around the world. The River Safari is also worth checking out.

Sentosa Island — spends a fun day on rides and themed attractions or relax at the beaches of Sentosa. The island is home to Universal Studios Singapore, the first theme park of its kind to open in Southeast Asia and the second in Asia after Universal Studios Japan.