Who doesn’t love saving money? Stephanie Chai, Founder and CEO of The Luxe Nomad, financially saavy and well-traveled, is sharing her best tips to save you more money on your next holiday!
A passion for travel led model-turnedentrepreneur Stephanie Chai to start up luxury booking portal The Luxe Nomad in 2012, offering members exclusive discounts at upscale properties all around the world. Inspired by The Luxe Nomad’s philosophy of luxury for less, we ask Stephanie to share five travel hacks to help us save on our next vacation.
1. GO INCOGNITO WHILE BOOKING YOUR AIR TICKETS
“Set your web browser to the incognito or private mode whenever you book air tickets online. Some airlines track the number of times you’ve visited their booking page. They then automatically increase their rates if you’re a return visitor, as there’s a higher chance that you’ll eventually book the ticket.”
2. ASK FOR AN UPGRADE
“Always ask for an upgrade (for flights and accommodation) before arrival or at check-in. If you never ask, you’ll never know… You might just end up being pleasantly surprised!”
3. OPT FOR A VILLA WHEN TRAVELLING IN A GROUP
“Stay in a villa if you’re travelling with your family or a group of girlfriends. Nothing feels better than kicking back and relaxing in your own private space. Villas are often million-dollar properties, but you pay just a fraction of the price for your stay. In fact, they often work out to be cheaper than hotels.”
4. DON’T BOOK SEATS ON BUDGET FLIGHTS
“Don’t bother paying to select your seat on a budget flight, unless it’s going to be very full. You can always request for your preferred seat during check-in. I get my favourite window seat 90 per cent of the time.”
5. USE BOUTIQUE TRAVEL SITES
“Boutique travel sites pride themselves on customer service. For instance, at The Luxe Nomad, we curate a select few property partners and forge close relationships with them. As such, it’s easier for us to ask for perks for our customers, such as a room upgrade or even a free massage.”
By Delle Chan, Simply Her, July 2015