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Fuel Dumping: A Little-Understood Trick to Save Hundreds of Dollars on Airfare

194798561_f024ab66d7_z There’s a fun trick that can help you save hundreds of dollars on your next long flight—but it’s a little complicated and requires a bit of work.

Bloggers get hate mail over sharing this tip (I’m not kidding), presumably because some people feel entitled to keep secrets to themselves. In my opinion, the only reason this loophole hasn’t been closed has nothing to do with its public knowledge but rather that it takes effort and attention to benefit from it.

Basically, "fuel dumping" is a ticketing strategy to help you strip the fuel surcharges from certain international airfares by adding on an extra, unused segment to the end of the trip.

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Been to Asia in the Past 15 Years? Get Free Money from an Airline Settlement

Did you fly from the U.S. to Asia, Australia, or New Zealand at any point between January 1, 2000 and now?

If so, you may be entitled to free money. Fill out this form to receive part of the distribution from a class-action legal settlement.

As the headline of this website that looks like it was designed well before January 1, 2000 says:

"If You Bought an Airline Ticket Between the U.S. and Asia, Australia, New Zealand, or the Pacific Islands, You Could Receive Money from Class Action Settlements."

I could think of at least a dozen flights that qualified for me. All you need is one, though, and you don’t even need to be that specific about the details. Just list the airline you flew and provide your contact info. Be sure to do it soon—there isn't an announced deadline as of yet, but you might as well get in line.

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Round-the-World Tickets Revisited: How a Single Ticket Can Take You to 16 Cities + Earn 40,000 Qualifying Miles

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Long ago I wrote a post on Round-the-World tickets that continues to be one of the most trafficked posts on the whole site. It’s still mostly accurate, at least in terms of the broader principles.

I also still book and travel on at least one to two RTW tickets a year with itineraries similar to the one below:

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RTW tickets can be split. For example, I did the first half of that trip (South Africa, Qatar, etc.), returned, and then did the second half (Australia!) one month later. There are two reasons why I especially like these kinds of tickets:

1. Flexibility

These tickets are highly flexible. I can change flight times whenever I want, for no cost or penalty, even on the same day. Changes are always subject to availability, but these tickets are booked in higher fare classes that don’t have the same restrictions as award tickets—meaning that availability is usually very good.

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How to Book Airfare on Short Notice

It’s a common myth, yet at first glance it doesn’t make sense: booking plane tickets on short notice should be cheap. If there are empty seats, why wouldn’t the airline discount them as the flight approaches? But as you may have discovered if you’ve ever tried to jet off on a whim somewhere, you’re inclined…

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