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Take More Vacations: How To Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World

Harper Wave. May 2021. 304p. ISBN 9780062993540. pap. $16.99. TRAV
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The premise of this book is deceptively simple. According to Keyes (How To Fly for Free), Americans do not take enough vacations, perhaps because flights are expensive. When they do travel by air, their destination-centric approach prevents them from finding cheap flights that would enable them to travel more often. Keyes advises travelers to plan their trips around cheap flights, instead of hoping to find a cheap flight to a specific destination. This book is chock-full of practical advice for securing cheaper flights by adjusting advance booking (selecting months, not specific days or weeks); travel days (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday); trip length (seven or more days); class of service (main or basic economy); and flexibility (avoiding airlines where changes or cancellations are not allowed or incur extra fees). Keyes also provides useful information on airfare pricing volatility, cheaper accommodations, travel insurance, optimizing layovers, Global Entry vs. TSA PreCheck, credit card points vs. miles, pairing a long-haul flight with a budget flight, and the value of making memories while traveling. The book has more than 15 pages of bibliographic notes and a 10-page index.
VERDICT Highly recommended for frequent travelers or travelers who are flexible and would like to travel more often.
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