Amazon Prime day – Great day to shop for new luggage

It’s Prime day! Time to finally replace our old/ugly luggage!

My wife has been wanting to update our 10-year-old luggage, but I’m a notorious cheapskate and have been resisting. Since Amazon is knocking as much as 60% off for Prime day, she finally convinced my cheap-a$$ to agree.

If you’re shopping for new luggage, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1) Every pound counts.

If you find yourself packing up to the 50-lb maximum (40 for some airlines), be sure to check the weight of the suitcases. Every 2 pounds saved on luggage is an extra outfit (or pair of shoes) that you can pack. (Or an extra souvenir you can bring back). Large checked bags can weigh as little as 5 pounds, and as much as 17. Buying that off-brand suitcase to save $50 that weighs 17 pounds could be at the expense of several outfits. (Or worse – $50 in overage fees every time you take a trip ($25 each way).

2) Check those reviews

We travel more than the average bear, and if there’s one thing I can tell you from experience – there is nothing worse than traveling with a cheap suitcase that breaks en-route. (We’ve had at least two off-brand suitcases that didn’t make it through a single trip.) Only one brand has stood the test of time: Samsonite. If you’re going to go with a lesser-known brand, be sure they have at least 100 reviews (500 is better.)

3) Avoid the built-in gimmicks.

A lot of suitcases have gimmicks like built-in chargers and compartments.  All those gimmicks do are add weight to your suitcase, and commit you to something you may not need in the future.

If you like the idea of compartments – get packing cubes that can be used as needed, or set aside when you’re trying to cram every ounce possible to ensure that you “make weight” for your trip.

The built-in charger in suitcases is cute, but you can buy a buy a separate charger with triple the battery life, is half the size and weight, and throw it in your bag (or not) depending on what else you need to fit in your suitcase.

Other tips

  1. If you find yourself squeezing every ounce possible into your suitcase, one of these little scales can be really convenient.
  2. One of these tile trackers for each of your bags can be a life-saver in the event of a lost (or forgotten) bag.

If you’re buying July 15 or 16 during the Amazon Prime sale, here are a few helpful tips.

  1. The sale is for Prime members only. Read this article by Tamera Palmer to see if being a Prime member is a fit for you.
  2. Here is a link to all luggage. Here is a link to Samsonite luggage.
  3. Their sale ends tomorrow at midnight. Click here to see what other bargains you can find.

 

 

*I might be paid a commission for any purchases you make after clicking any of the links above. I might even get enough to buy a cup of coffee!

The best way to save big on lodging (that is overlooked 90% of the time.)

Today’s blog post was inspired by a question I get asked almost as often as “Can you give me a price quote for flights to _______“?

(And just as a reminder – Price quotes require a middleman paid on commission which defeats the purpose of this site. Commissions would significantly drive up the cost of the trips I help my subscribers find themselves.)

Unfortunately, it’s too late for Joe, but all the more reason to write this blog post for you.

Want to know the best secret to substantial hotel savings when traveling?

It’s so simple – you won’t believe it.

Sometimes (as in the example below) it can even mean FREE lodging with no groupons, gimmicks or tricks.

Ready?

Use Kayak to book on a major site like Travelocity or Expedia, and book your hotel at the same time you book your flight.

Why?

Because they know you’ve already got your wallet out to book the flight.

(They also know you’re a savvy shopper, and before you book with them, you’ll probably go straight to the airlines and they won’t get a dime in business.)

If they don’t get your business for the lodging right then and there – they probably won’t get it at all either  (for the flights OR lodging.)

The best way they can close the deal right then and there? Massive discounts.  Discounts so good, in fact, it will be nearly impossible to find as good a rate by booking your air and lodging separately – even if booking straight through the airlines, and straight through the hotel.

Here’s how you can test this theory yourself:

  1. Pick a destination. ANY destination and look up the price of a flight there (and multiply that price by the number of passengers)
  2. Now, pick a couple nice hotels in that location during those dates and note the total cost of that hotel. (Make sure it’s at least 3 nights because that’s what it takes for the bundle-discounts to kick in.)
  3. Make note of the total cost of flight(s) plus hotel if you booked them separately.
  4. Look up the “Package” price of booking the flight and hotel together, and subtract the TOTAL cost of the flight.
  5. Odds are, you’ll save 30% to 50% on the hotel by bundling with your flight vs. booking them separately.

Here’s a random example:

Flight to Greece: $1019 round-trip (And let’s assume 2 passengers)

(Note that I’m NOT saying that flight price is a good deal. Far from it in fact. This is just an example to demonstrate the power of bundling your flight and hotel.)

2 passengers = $2038 (For the flight alone. That’s robbery! But I digress.)

Now, let’s look up hotel prices during those same dates.

$938 for the week. Not bad!

 

We’re now at a total of $2976 by booking flights at one time, and booking lodging separately.

Here is where the magic happens. See that little link called “Packages”?

Below is an example of why you should ALWAYS click it (even if you weren’t planning on booking a hotel yet.)

 

Let’s not forget that the package prices are per-person, and my example is for two people.

So…

$918 X 2 = $2036

By itself, that’s about a 30% savings vs booking them separately.

But when you look at the price for two flights alone ($2038) vs the price for two flights plus 7 nights ($2036), your 4-star hotel is FREE.

Granted, the numbers don’t normally work out this well, but you can expect to regularly spend 30% to 50% less on your lodging by booking it with your flight vs hunting down a flight deal, and then trying to find a deal on your hotel separately.

PS – On a tight budget?

Remember how flights alone were $1018 per person?

Check out this per-person price for flight plus 7 nights at a budget hotel.

(In other words – whether you stay at the budget hotel or not, you just knocked nearly $300 off of the cost of your trip (PER PERSON) by simply bundling a cheap hotel with your flight.)

The moral of the story?

Always, always, ALWAYS check for flight plus hotel prices. Sometimes (like in the example above), you’ll find loopholes that mean the equivalent of getting paid to book a hotel along with your flight (even if you don’t use the hotel.)

The above strategy works for any trip you find yourself “the old fashioned way.”

Imagine the savings if you used this strategy after finding a 50% to 90% off flight via your JGOOT premium trip-alert service.  (That’s also why we include a “Flight plus hotel” link with every trip we share with our subscribers. 😉

Happy travels!

–Joel

 

 

 

The more often you look – The luckier you get

I’m flying my family of four across the country for only slightly more than what most people would pay for one passenger and just had to share…

I was about to admit defeat and pay more than I’ve paid for a flight in over 2 years: $222 per person to fly my family from Denver to Raleigh. (I even did a video to document why I was going to suck it up and pay $222 vs. flying for free by dipping into my backup stash of frequent flyer points.

But then, GUESS WHAT?!?!

I.

Got.

Lucky.

Because Rule #1 of “The JGOOT Way” of travel is to watch fares every single day starting as early as possible, I waited a couple more days, and stumbled across a Frontier sale. It turns out we got those same flights for under $100 each – round trip. (That price is WAY better than a “free” flight that would have cost 120,000 to 150,000 frequent flyer points. (And I can save my frequent flyer points for what they’re supposed to be used for: As a backup plan when flights are too expensive.

Want to travel for $.10 to $.50 on the dollar EVERY time you travel?  It’s not rocket science.  Watch fares (and watch for sales) every. single. day. You’ll be surprised at how often you get lucky. Here are plenty of free tips showing you how.

Don’t want to go to all that trouble? Click here and let my team of analysts watch for them for you. For as little as $8, we’ll watch for trips day in and day out. We’ll alert you of the ones we find that are so inexpensive – you would be better off paying cash than using frequent flyer points.

Either way, I wish you happy travels!

–Joel

PS – You know what’s even better than flying your whole family across the country for about the same price as what most people pay for just one person? Being able to get there plenty early, relax at the lounge, and feed your whole family for free.  Here’s a quick video from the archives about how we do that almost every time we travel.

Here’s that link again if you want to give our trip-alert service a try.

Traveling during a busy holiday week? Try these 3 strategies (in this order)

Although my awesome support team do our best to individually answer most questions we get, it’s impossible to stay on top of them all. Sometimes, however, we get questions I know a lot of people have – that haven’t yet been covered on our blog, FAQ page or Youtube Channel so I do my best to answer them here.

Hey Todd,

First off – Thank you for your lifetime purchase. Subscribers like you are helping me to share my passion for affordable travel with the world, as well as funding future JGOOT improvements (and we’ve got some exciting stuff on the horizon!)

Your question isn’t an easy fit for “The JGOOT Way” of travel so I hope you don’t mind me sharing my complicated answer with the thousands of other subscribers who probably have a similar question.

  1. As a premium subscriber, your best bet is to log into your account and take a quick glance at what deals we have found in the “July” category, and see if you can change the dates of any trips that interest you to fit your schedule. If not, try June knowing that many of those trips can be changed to July too.  (But since shopping on our site is like shopping exclusively from the clearance rack at a department store (and you have VERY specific criteria date-wise) I wouldn’t spend much time if you don’t immediately see something that works.
  2. If that doesn’t work, I suggest using Kayak.com/explore. Because you’re flexible on where you want to go but not on when, use the “exact dates” feature. They’ll tell you where the good deals from your home airport are and you can go there. (It’s pretty hit-and miss, but hey – you asked the guy who pays an average of $.12 on the dollar for travel and sometimes, it takes a few at-bats before you get on-base.)
  3. Although you’re flexible on WHERE you want to go, you’ve picked one of the busiest weeks of the year to travel, so it’s going to be tough. If tips #1 & 2 don’t work, it’s time to dip into your stash of points. (Don’t have points? You should. It’s SOOOO easy, and it’s paramount rule #3 of “The JGOOT Way” of travel. You can find an invite (and required password) to our private point-hacking discussion group at the bottom of your daily trip-alerts. In addition to a quick-start guide, a comprehensive set of instructions, explanations about how to improve your credit, and webinars, we’ve got over 1000 other members who are familiar with traveling on points and can answer questions you have.

I hope those tips help!

PS – If you book a great trip at a great price, email me a screenshot of the fare you paid and a testimonial about what you like about being a premium subscriber. If we add it to our testimonials section, we’ll send you a $100 travel discount card to use toward some fun stuff during your trip! In addition to 400,000 hotels, it can be used for car rentals and fun activities/excursions worldwide. (Sample card below.)

Not a premium subscriber? Give being one a try risk-free for 30 days. Subscriptions start as low as $8 per month.

Have other suggestions for Todd? Feel free to add them in the comments section below.

 

A rarely known hack that can pay for a vacation (or three) per year

As you (hopefully) know from reading my blog, I’m a big advocate of using frequent flyer points any time you have to go somewhere that is going to cost more than the prices I share on Just Get Out Of Town.

I’ve used frequent flyer points to fly round-trip to:

  • Hawaii for $22 (Because the best cash price I could find was $1326)
  • San Francisco for $11 (On a week’s notice when flights were $380)
  • L.A. for $11 for a last-minute funeral when flights “the normal way” would have cost over $300
  • $47 to Cabo (Which was supposed to be over $500)
  • $86 to Puerto Vallarta (when flights “the normal way” were $465)
  • $96 to Turks & Caicos over a holiday weekend (instead of $650)
  • etc.

But wait! There’s more!!!

If flying for pennies on the dollar isn’t motivation enough, if you can get your credit score well above 700 – you can actually EARN enough extra spending cash for an extra vacation or two a year.  It’s called “credit piggybacking“, and people with excellent credit can earn several thousand dollars a year (if not tens of thousands of dollars) from doing it.

Here is a link if you’re interested in learning more about earning some extra cash through credit piggybacking.

But be warned – None of the above is possible without a score that is above 690. Fortunately, if you don’t have a score at least that high, fixing your credit is usually a very easy fix.

Since I met Tomika Davis, I’ve boosted my credit score to nearly perfect with just a few strategies she teaches. Personally – having good credit has been worth tens of thousands of dollars to me over the years.  (That’s a screenshot of MY score as I write this article).

If you’d like to boost your credit score so you can start traveling more through point hacking OR  maybe even earn some extra travel money with credit piggybacking – give my friend Tomika Davis a call for a confidential consultation. 720-507-5575

I was not paid for recommending either Tomika OR BoostMyScore. I just want to see as many people as possible benefit from the perks that credit hacking has to offer. If a less than perfect credit score is holding you back, Tomika knows her stuff and can probably help you easily solve that problem.

Here is her number again: 720-507-5575

“No way these fares are real.”

Whether via email, public comments, a personal conversation, or comments on Facebook or my blog, I get the exact same objection multiple times a day.

Here is my response to a “No way.  I checked and it’s not on sale.” public comment on Facebook.

 

Some other favorites:

“I just got back from Hawaii and paid over $1500, so I KNOW FOR A FACT this can’t be true.” 

“I used to be a travel agent. These prices are LIES!” (oh… the irony.)

“How can it be cheaper to fly to HAWAII than what I paid to go to Omaha?” 


Find the deals first.

Go there when you can work your schedule around them.

Just like having car insurance for when you drive, plan ahead and set up a backup plan for when you don’t have the flexibility and advance notice to find a good deal.

That’s The JGOOT Way.

Don’t want to read a bunch of travel tips from a geeky ex-Google author about how to find these kinds of prices?  We’ll do it for you for as little as $8 a month. More details here.

–Joel

Don’t look for deals on cruises. Do this instead:

Here is my response whenever I get asked if I have deals on cruises. 

Thanks for reaching out.  I solely focus on flights for one reason:

You can get a FREE cruise, and it doesn’t much matter if that locks you into specific dates that require you to pay $500 or $600 per person to fly there.

Instead, one of our 44 categories of trips is “Cruises”. Our cruise category has flights to cruise ports when we find them at 50% to 90% below normal prices.  Then, we include links to cruises that depart during those times.

By finding a $50 flight to a cruise port that normally costs $500 or $600, a family of 5 can save $2500 on their flights alone. (Even a FREE cruise that requires you to pay $500 per person to fly there would be hard to make up for compared to finding $50 flights to the same cruise ship.)

Any time you’d like choose from 20 times more travel deals than what you get as a free subscriber, our premium service starts as low as $8/month. You can try it risk-free for 30 days at JGOOT.com/upgrade

Happy travels!

–Joel

PS – The same goes for a friend’s free timeshare, and all-inclusive resorts. A good deal doesn’t mean much if you’re tied to specific dates, don’t have a backup plan, and can’t find affordable flights to get there.

Bad news & good News

I get this type of question all the time.
Unfortunately, the downside to only looking for travel deals that are 50% to 90% off is that
1) They don’t last long when they show up and
2) You have zero control over when they’ll show up again at those prices.
When you need to get somewhere specific and would settle for the best price you can get, our site might not be the place to find your trip. We only share trips when we find them at 50% to 90% off, and the odds of those trips fitting with a specific itinerary are very slim.

Here are two free strategies that will help instead.

Can’t view the above video? Click here.

Strategy #2:

Don’t have the patience or flexibility to wait for a good price? Plan well ahead and try this even cooler trick.

When you’re not pinned down to a specific place/time and are ready to be INSPIRED to travel:

  • to any of the 48 states where you can visit friends or family for under $100 (sometimes as low as $29 round-trip)
  • to any of the hundreds of exotic destinations with white-sand beaches in Mexico/Caribbean (and often Hawaii) that are $100 to $400…
  • to any of the beautiful countries in Europe, Asia, or South America between $200 and $600…
  • to Africa or Australia for as little as $400 or $500…
…I’d love for JGOOT to be your muse.

If you don’t mind me giving you one last travel tip:

If you’re thinking about trying my premium trip alert service out, don’t try and wait for the perfect time to upgrade. 
The risk of missing out on a perfect trip that will save you $2500 by booking it 6 or 8 months in advance is far greater than the twenty or thirty bucks you’ll save by waiting until you’re ready to plan your next trip.  Don’t take it from me. Take it from the thousands of subscribers who have asked me for help after it’s too late.
Either way, I hope this post will help you to start traveling a little more affordably.
Happy travels!
–Joel

Jerry West’s trick to getting business class flights for 1/2 to 1/3 of what people paid for their coach seat

Jerry West is a master negotiator, seasoned Europe traveler, and JGOOT premium subscriber. In this video, we chat about how he put a combination of his JGOOT subscription and his negotiation skills to work to score two different business class flights for less than what most people on the same plane paid for their coach seats.

Warning: He cusses twice in this video but once doesn’t really count since it was a mispronunciation of “Phuket.”

Here are some bullet points from our conversation:

  • How he found $400ish tickets to Thailand when most sites were charging $2300 to $4000.
  • How much he HATED Bangkok.
  • How much he LOVED Phuket (which is a $30 to $100 flight from Bangkok)
  • How little we Westerners know about “spicy” food and what it can do to the bowel system.
  • How he found $298 tickets to Paris and a $62 flight to Belgium when most sites were charging $1200 to Belgium.
  • How he got TWO different business class flights for about 1/3 of what most people paid for their coach seat.
  • How AWESOME airport lounges are in Asia compared to anywhere else.
  • Hanging out in a bar. On a plane. At 35,000 feet.
  • Amazingly cheap (but really good) food, even better prices on lodging, and three foot massages a day.
  • How Jerry can help online business owners get more free traffic to their website, AND get more out of their site traffic (visit JerryWest.com)

If you are unable to watch the above video, you can also find it on our Youtube channel.

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Give JGOOT a try risk-free for 30 days.

While supplies last:
Use discount code “Phuket” at checkout and I’ll throw in a $100 travel savings card.
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“I’ll have a cheeseburger with no cheese”

“I’ll have a cheeseburger with no cheese.”

If you were sitting next to someone who ordered that, wouldn’t you feel COMPELLED to tell them they’re paying too much?

Sadly, I have that same feeling several dozen times a week.  Just this morning, I woke up to the following 3 requests (and the fares I find won’t help a single one of them):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are two simple rules to The JGOOT Way of travel:

  1. Look every day for good travel deals and go there whenever you can.
  2. Have a backup plan for your “specific time/specific place” travels (which will almost always cost 3 to 5 times as much as it should – unless you have a backup plan in place).

I can’t help you with plans to specific places at specific times other than encouraging you to set up a backup plan. BUT…

  • Want help finding trips that are so affordable – they’re worth scheduling vacation time around?
  • Want to get alerts of flights where you can visit friends or family for less than it would cost to drive there?
  • Want to invite friends or family to fly in and hang out for less than what it costs to hire a babysitter?
  • I’ll be your Huckleberry.

Click here & try my trip-alert service risk-free for 30 days. It won’t get you to that wedding or funeral for any less money, but one thing is for sure – you’ll be able to Just Get Out Of Town for less than you ever thought possible.

PS – As I was writing this post, I got yet another request:

 

 

 

 

 

There is no better way to GUARANTEE paying too much than to paint yourself into a corner by going to a specific place at a specific time.

Fortunately, Jack and Michael have enough time to put this free quick-start guide into action. Unfortunately, it’s too late for “The JGOOT Way” of travel to do anything for Lisa & Dion

Other related posts:

Meet Dante – Travel App Expert

Dante in the video below is pretty well-traveled.

For years, he’s used the Hopper app, Airfare Watchdog, Travelzoo, Kayak Explorer, Google’s Fare Watcher, etc.

When he found out I was at a travel expo in his area, he drove an hour to grill me to find out how I find so many good deals so often. I’ll tell you the same thing I told him:

There is no need to join our premium service if you enjoy spending the several hours per day required to hunt them down.

Your free apps will find all of the same deals we find as long as you do one simple thing:

Set up your apps to watch for at least a few dozen destinations you’d consider going to – and analyze the results every day.

    • Not when you’re ready…
    • Not when it’s in the budget…
    • Every. Single. Day.

Why every day? Because the best deals aren’t last-minute fares, or even 30 to 60 days in advance. They’re often MONTHS before the actual travel dates, and they usually only last a few days.  Other than occasional dumb luck, the odds of a decent price being available when you get around to looking for that same trip are slim-to-none.

So there you have it.

If you want to find all of the same deals my team and I find, there is no need to upgrade to our paid trip alert service.  Pick a free app. ANY free app – and use it diligently every day whether you’re planning a trip or not.

Spend an hour or two a day analyzing what your free app sends you and you’ll be shocked at how quickly you start;

  • visiting more friends & family,
  • flying more friends & family in to visit you,
  • taking the same vacations you were planning on taking anyway, but paying a LOT less.
  • Spending the savings on more trips, or doing more cool stuff on your vacations.

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I’m not a travel agent, and even if I were, I’m not a magician.

[DO NOT READ if you are offended by the “F” word]

OK, fine, I stole the title of this post from Billy Bob Thornton’s Character “Billy McBride” in Goliath. He uses a similar line when he tells a convicted criminal who was caught red-handed and was going to be going to jail for a LOOONG time; “I’m not your fucking lawyer and even if I were, I’m not a magician.”

That’s the feeling I get 20 or 30 times a day when people don’t plan ahead, are surprised they can’t find a cheap price for the trip they need to go on, finally resort to asking me if I have anything better for them (after it’s far too late to do anything), and then send me a “fuck off” or “what good are you then” reply when I tell them I’m not able to help them, but can certainly help them plan ahead for their next trip after that.

What I tell them:

“I’m very sorry. We’re not a travel agency, and this late in the game, we couldn’t find anything better than what you’ve already found yourself online. (Even if we could, we’d have to add fees to get paid for our time – which would increase the cost of your already expensive trip, not decrease it, so I’d advise being as flexible as possible and just booking online.)

If you want to save 50% to 98% every time you travel, it takes a minimum of several months of advance planning and a little bit of creativity and flexibility. If you’d like to start consistently saving that much on the trip after this upcoming one, The JGOOT Way of travel virtually guarantees you’ll never have to pay full price for travel again. You can become a member of our premium trip-alert service here.

I rarely hear back from them because I didn’t have an immediate solution to their problem.

What I WANT to tell them:

Absolutely!

  1. Get yourself a time machine and set it for 4 months ago (6 or 8 months would be better). Read the fucking free info I give you via email, my blog, my Youtube Channel – and apply it. Don’t ignore the advice just because it’s free. It fucking works. All you have to do is apply it.
  2. Don’t want to put that work in? Join our premium membership and start watching the mistake fares we send you every day. It starts at a whopping $8/month, and if you’re flexible on when/where you want to go – you’re GUARANTEED to book a cheaper trip than just about anyone who flies on that exact same fucking plane as you. (I know. I know. You’ve got thousands of questions. Dude… Let’s not over-analyze this. We’re talking about an $8/month subscription.)
  3. For any trips where you don’t have flexibility (including the one you just asked about), join the private 1800 member point-hacking group I’ll invite you to the day you sign up. Follow the advice, ask a few questions of others already traveling this way, and spend about an hour getting 50,000 to 100,000 frequent flyer points. You’ll be GUARANTEED to fly anywhere you want for pennies on the dollar. Literally. (But don’t put this off. Start right away. Although it only takes about an hour of work, it can take 3 or 4 months before your points will be available for use. I’m literally hopping on a flight that should have been over $400 – for $11 tomorrow. It works, and there is no excuse for not doing it.)

Don’t have a time machine? Damn…

Well, you know what they say about the best time to plant a tree…

Rant over.

I’ve got to

  1. Send the above template response to 4 more people who can’t find cheap prices for the trip they’re going on.
  2. Pack my bags so I can hop on an $11 flight to a family reunion that most of the other people on the same fucking plane are paying $300 to $500 for.

“A Star Is Born” and and unexpected reaction

A Star Is Born

Photo Credit: Amazon Movies

Last night, in hopes of cramming one last Oscar nominated movie in before tonight’s award ceremony, my lovely wife Michelle rented “A Star Is Born” for us to watch.

After a long day skiing (and a 4 hour drive back due to a 2-hour road closure on I-70), I wasn’t expecting to be able to stay awake, but man was I wrong.  I was either on the edge of my seat, cheering, or sobbing my eyes out throughout the entire movie.

Not only that, but we watched every “bonus scene/video” possible, and THEN we decided to watch it again.

I think the pivotal moment in the movie was how Jack surprised Ally with a “once in a lifetime opportunity” – knowing she didn’t think she was ready (but he knew she was).

And She F**king Nailed It! (I’d include the clip, but it’s 1000 times better if you watch how they got there in the movie.)

Michelle was surprised at why this movie touched me so much, and quite frankly, so am I.  I think the biggest reason is because of where I am now, and where I’ve been in my life.  More specifically – the opportunities I’ve seized, and the opportunities I have let slip by because of being caught up in the grind of daily life.

It wasn’t until my mid-40’s that I discovered travel as a way to grow…
to find perspective…
to unplug from work…
to plug in with my family…
to find myself…
to visit more friends and family…
to have more friends & family visit me…
to give my family gifts that won’t start collecting dust two weeks after I give it to them…

Ever since that discovery, I’ve been making up for lost time. Even when I can’t travel myself, I look for travel deals that I hope one of my friends or family members can take advantage of.  (And as long as you’re reading this blog, I’m not going to let the opportunity slip by to inspire you to visit more friends, family, or new places either.)

If you want to start visiting more friends, more family, and more new places, there is nothing more powerful than doing this one simple thing:

Whether you’re planning a trip or not, simply watch for opportunities to JGOOT (Just Get Out Of Town) every day.
  • If you’re subscribed to my paid trip-alert service, that’s as easy as opening my trip alerts every day.  (Don’t wait until you’re ready. Open them every day.)
  • If you’re not subscribed, here are a TON of free tips showing you how to find unbelievable trips yourself. (No, not last minute, not redeye flights, not standby flights, and unless absolutely necessary, not even using points. Just travel deals that are so low – you can’t help but consider getting out of town.)
Sound like too much work? No problem, but it sure would be unfortunate if the exact same Summer trip you’ll end up paying $400 per-person for  – could have been snatched up 5 months in advance for $47 during a 48-hour flash sale.  (Especially if you’ve got a family of 6.)

Happy travels!

Joel

 

Abe Lincoln, sharpening axes, chopping down trees, and traveling for pennies on the dollar

We all like to think we’re good at finding deals when it comes to travel. (And most of us are.)

But The JGOOT Way of travel isn’t about finding “good” deals…

Anyone can find a good deal…

The JGOOT Way is about finding deals so freakin’ cheap – the stories from the price you paid eclipse the stories from the trip itself.

Stories like when you’re going through a divorce, you’re forced to live on $2000 a month, and you to take your kids on your first vacation with just the three of you. How? By finding $41 round-trip flights to a cruise-port that perfectly fits with their days off of school. Since it was Fall Break (and cruises are dirt-cheap) you hopped on an all-inclusive 5-night cruise for less than what you would have spent taking them to the five obligatory bowling and bouncy-house parties that were planned that week. 

Stories like when you’re dating a girl, and it’s getting serious (but not THAT serious yet). You stumble across $29 round-trip flights to her home-town in two months. Together, you laugh about the rumors flying about why you flew home to meet her friends & family.

Stories you get to tell your kids (and future grandkids) about how you woo’ed that same girl by taking her on a vacation over Thanksgiving at a fancy all-inclusive resort. (Not because you were Mr. Money-bags, but because you found $110 round-trip flights to Cabo, and you booked an all-inclusive resort that got a 65% discount by booking it at the same time you booked your flight.)

I don’t care how good you are at finding “good deals” you are… It’s not physically possible to find a travel deal that came-and-went when you weren’t looking.  Other than occasional dumb-luck, the ONLY way to find a price so cheap you get to brag about it for the rest of your life is to do one simple thing:

Look.

Every.

Day.

I know, I know – You’re probably expecting this blog post to be a build-up to convince you to pay $97 per year to subscribe to my daily trip-alert service, but…

Screw that. I’m not even going to include a link.

Here’s a free tip on how you can do all of the above yourself for free:

Just promise me you’ll stop thinking “I’ll get around to that when I’m ready to plan my next trip“.

That’s the reason people think travel is so expensive…

That’s the reason I had to hire an assistant just to tell over 100 people a week that my service won’t be of any use to them this time around, and that there is no way around them having to pay $650 per person for what would have been $124 flights had they started looking two or three months earlier.

Just trust me…

This isn’t a pitch for my paid service.

It IS a pitch to convince you to stop looking for travel deals the way you always have done it.

Whether you’re planning a trip or not, set up some fare watches today using the free tip in the video above.

Look at those prices every day and I promise you one thing;  There will come a day when the price you find is so low – you simply won’t be able to resist the temptation to just get out of town.

Exploiting the airline industry’s “Achilles Heel”

Whether dealing with discount airlines, or one of the big three – all airlines use extremely expensive software and algorithms to extract every dollar possible out of every seat on every one of their planes.

But much like Achilles’ heel, even the millions of dollars airlines put into predicting how much customers will pay for a seat on their planes, they don’t always get it right.

About .1% of the time, the airlines get their “supply and demand” charts wrong and they find themselves in a bind. As early as 10 months before a flight, if they don’t have at least 15% of their seats booked, they realize they’re not on-pace to fill enough seats on the plane.

The way they fix that problem and get to their 15% target? They drastically slash prices on a handful of seats. Since staying on pace to fill as many seats as possible is EXTREMELY important to the airlines, these price slashes have to be enough to get someone’s attention so they can fill those seats in a hurry.

You never know when or where those price-cuts will happen, but one thing is for sure… They disappear FAST, and as soon as they do, the airlines go back to charging what they know passengers will pay.

Want to spend less than everyone else on the same plane as you?

Watch every day and look for the .1% of seats in planes that are 70% to 90% below normal prices.

Not when you get around to it…

Not 1 or 2 months before you’re ready to plan a trip…

Every. Day.

Unbelievably good deals to destinations all around the world are out there every day, and all you have to do is watch for them.

Don’t want to look every day?

That’s fine, but Murphy’s law says that perfect trip 6 months from now will pop up in the next week or two, and when you get around to planning for it in 3 or 4 months – you’ll probably pay double to triple than what you could have paid if you watched for that trip every day.

Don’t think .1% gives you enough options to choose from?

Think about this:

  • If the average international airport flies to 700 destinations around the world…
  • If they have an average of 4 flights to those destinations per day…
  • If there are 365 days in the year…
  • If there are an average of 250 seats on those planes…
  • That gives you 204,000,000 options to choose from. (700 * 4 * 365 * 250)
  • If you only took flights that were among the cheapest .1% of those 204,000,000 choices, you’d have 204,000 options to choose from (per year).
  • With that many options it’s virtually impossible not to find something that can work with your schedule.
  • Besides, how many trips do you need to take a year?

Is “The JGOOT Way” perfect?

No. 

Will “The JGOOT Way” get you to exactly where you want to go, when you want to get there?

Absolutely not. 

Will it allow you to take an annual vacation or two to amazing destinations at a price YOU are willing to pay (vs what the airlines (and hotels) are charging everyone else who doesn’t know any better?)

Hell yes.

Want someone else to look every day so you don’t have to? Try my trip alert service for a buck.