Little-known travel tips to save you time, money and hassle

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 28 at 7:54 AM

Flying can be stressful and expensive, particularly around summer holidays like the Fourth of July.

But Lynda Baquero, NBC's News 4 New York consumer reporter, has the story on how to make your next trip more pleasant.

Baquero spoke with BuzzFeed's Peggy Wang, who recently wrote an article about little-known travel tips. Wang's suggestions included:

 

  • Buy your airline tickets on Tuesdays, when lower cost airlines like Jet Blue post fare sales and bigger airlines rush to lower prices to more competitive levels. Wang recommends buying your tickets at 3 p.m. to snap up the best deals.

 

  • Work out before your flight to loosen up and make it easier to fall asleep.

 

  • Turn left at security if you can't tell which line is the shortest. Most people are right-handed and will turn right.

 

  • Spend some time in the airline lounge. Many airlines allow passengers to purchase day passes to lounges ahead of time for between $25 and $50. It may be worth it for some much-needed relaxation before your flight -- and free food!

 

  • Consider taking a morning flight; delays build up during the day, and turbulence and thunderstorms occur more often in the afternoon.

 

  • Make your luggage easy to spot; buy a bright bag and get a standout luggage tag.

 

  • Bring a portable battery pack, so you can play games on your mobile device during the flight without having to worry about not having enough juice to make phone calls once you land.

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