Find out how you can afford a luxurious holiday with these travel hacks to save you money and get you the VIP treatment.
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Luxury for Less: Travel Hacking Tips

by Travelbag on 21 July 2017, 12:07PM

Ever wondered how much it costs to live the celebrity lifestyle on vacation? Well, you may have been fooled into thinking it’s unattainably expensive, but it isn’t! We’ve put together a list of travel hacks to get you the luxury travel lifestyle for less, including everything from how to nab yourself a flight upgrade to dining out on the cheap at fancy restaurants. Check out our top luxury travel hacks below.

Flight Upgrades

Flight Upgrades

There are many debates around how to get upgraded on a flight, but there are a few common hacks that tend to work more often than you might have guessed. Travelling at quiet times when flights are less full, being loyal to an airline and even dressing up to look the part are all tips that can put you in a better position to be bumped up to business or even first class.

Many airlines are allowed to sell upgrades cheaply at the check-in desk before the flight, so it’s worth asking the steward if you can get one too.

Use Air Miles

Air Miles

If you fly for business or leisure regularly, signing up for air miles is a great way of making the most of your money. Airline cards not only slash the costs of flights around the world, but they also let you accumulate frequent flyer points, which you can cash in for free flights or upgrades in the future.

For most airline schemes, points are earned according to how much you spend, rather than how many miles you actually travel. Therefore, the more you spend flying, the more you’ll get back. You can also earn huge bonuses for signing up, but just remember that although points can be converted into flights, they don’t cover taxes and other charges so you’ll have to pay for those yourself.

Cheap Luxury Accommodation

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With many of us only going on a holiday or two a year, sumptuous hotels are often very appealing, but it can be difficult to decide whether to save or splurge. There are many ways to go about saving money on accommodation, such as staying in an apartment to save money on food, or only booking a luxurious hotel on your final few nights. However, what if you want to stay in luxury accommodation for the entire trip?

A great way to get hotel stays for free is to join a hotel loyalty programme. Almost all of the world’s top hotels have loyalty schemes that allow you to earn points on your stays, as well offering upgrades and better room rates in the future. You can then convert your points in to free nights’ accommodation!

Airport Lounge Access

Nothing feels more fancy than having exclusive access to VIP airport lounges. Getting access is surprisingly easy when you know how. You may already have access but you don’t even know it!

Check with your bank or credit card provider, as many provide lounge access as part of the service. Signing up to airport mailing letters can also get you access, as well as reduced parking charges and discounted shopping.

Have access to a perks scheme at work? Make sure to browse through the offers, as lounge passes are often discounted here. Don’t forget that if you’ve signed up to the air mile schemes mentioned above, these will offer you heavily discounted or free access.

Services such as Priority Pass and Lounge Pass also offer access to lounges in airports around the world for flat-rate fees for 24 to 36 hours.

Luxury Food and Drink on a Budget

New Zealand

Want to experience Michelin-star restaurants and five-star service, but haven’t got the cash to cough up? Think again. Restaurants and bars around the world have set hours where they reduce menu prices by up to 50%. Lunchtime and happy hours are great to look out for, as bars often offer two-for-one deals, whilst restaurants put out their set menus.

Getting off the beaten path is also a great way to save money, but maintain the luxury lifestyle. Go local and try out new cuisines – it’s all part of the adventure of travel.



When it comes to saving the most money on your luxury holiday, timing is everything. Booking off-season and visiting attractions in low seasons can help you to achieve luxury, but also gives you the chance to pick up a few bargains along the way.

Being flexible with your time can really save the precious budget you have saved.

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