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Monday, Apr 28, 2014

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7 more dirty little secrets of the travel industry

Relax | Monday, Apr 28, 2014

Travelling can be an expensive activity, and vacationers don't just want to know where is the best spot to stay or visit - they want to know ways to get the best value from their vacation.

According to SmarterTravel, the travel industry seems transparent these days, but there are still some valuable secrets that people in the trade don't want to share. Their insider travel tips and tricks will help you save money, and get the best value from your hotel or airline in ways you never thought possible.

Bulk of your travel cost can easily come from your plane ticket. SmarterTravel warns that buying in quantity from the supermarket might have good discounts but it doesn't work the same way when buying group flights.

Though it may be a hassle, purchasing single tickets instead for a group might save you money, according to SmarterTravel. Just to be sure, scan the airline website and compare the prices between single and group fares. A few more minutes of research might get you a better deal.

Travellers can start checking up on prices many months before their desired travel dates, especially if they are looking to a far-off destination.

Tip from the travel industry - clear your cookies on your computer. SmarterTravel says that some travel websites install cookies that latches on to your web browser to keep track of your shopping behaviour.

Ever notice that the price of the flight you are keen on suddenly increases? SmarterTravel says some travel websites do that when they know you are interested, thanks to the cookies on your computer.

An easy way to get de-bug is by clearing your web brower's cache and try searching again.

Find out more secrets from the travel industry here.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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