Tips

7 Brilliant Ways to Travel Cheaper and Smarter

CBS Studios

Aired July 27, 2016

Whether you’re looking to save money or just make your vacation the best ever, the Travel Detective Peter Greenberg has seven amazing tips that will help you get the most bang for your buck.

No. 1: Don’t Book Online

Peter says that only 55 percent of available inventory is available online. He claims that if you make a phone call directly to the company, you might be able to negotiate.

No. 2: If You Do Book Online, Disable Cookies

Peter recommends turning your internet browser setting to “incognito mode” so that travel companies can’t modify the prices based on your viewing history.

No. 3: Know When to Travel, and When to Book

Peter says you should definitely travel during the off season for your destination, and also reveals the best times during the week to book. He says you’ll get the best deals if you book over the phone on Sunday from 7 p.m. until midnight, or at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday morning in the time zone where the airline is based.

No. 4: An Upper Floor Isn’t Always Better

Peter suggests staying below the 8th floor in case of fire.

No. 5: Maximize Your Water Pressure

When you check in, you should ask the front desk which floor the water booster pump is on, and request a room on that floor, according to Peter. He says you will have better water pressure if you’re on the same floor as the booster pump.

No. 6: Choose the Fastest TSA Line

You might think choosing the shortest line is best when it comes to airport security. But Peter says it isn’t so. He suggests that you choose a lane that only has one agent screening the baggage coming through the X-Ray machine. He says if you see two agents, one is likely being trained, and that line will be slower.

No. 7: Carry On or Ship Your Bags

Peter jokes there are two types of baggage: Carry On and Lost. If you don’t want to carry your luggage on, Peter recommends shipping it to save yourself the hassle of schlepping it.

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