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13 Simple Hacks to Book Better, Cheaper Flights, Score Upgrades, and More

13 Simple Hacks to Book Better, Cheaper Flights, Score Upgrades, and More

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With these easy tricks, you’ll be booking that dream vacation in no time.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), about “16,405,000 flights are handled each year,” and “every day, the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) provides service to more than 45,000 flights and 2.9 million airline passengers across more than 29 million square miles of airspace.” With numbers that vast, it’s safe to assume air travel is on track to reaching pre-pandemic heights. So how do we make travel a little less painful as more people take to the air? We search for the best hacks to help you book better flights. We’ve compiled a list of 12 money and time-saving hacks to ease the stress of traveling, whether for a domestic or international flight or searching for the ultimate destination.

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