Airline miles are a good way to offset flight bills, stated Mr Wong, who prefers to fly enterprise class on long-haul flights and makes use of his miles to improve his tickets.

“The miles required for premium financial system are 80 per cent of enterprise class, and the consolation depth is so totally different,” stated Mr Wong.

For these whose jobs or commitments enable them the pliability to journey on brief discover, Mr Wong stated that final minute flight offers will help reap financial savings in miles.

Singapore Airways’ (SIA) Spontaneous Escapes, for instance, is a month-to-month promotion that provides financial savings in miles to chose locations inside the airline’s community, he stated.

“The concept is that you simply e book it this month, you are flying subsequent month and it can save you as much as 30 per cent off the traditional required variety of miles,” stated Mr Wong. “This can be a direct method of with the ability to discover last-minute award area at a less expensive value than regular.”

Aside from the standard journey gala’s and bank card or financial institution promotions, Mr Wong stated that flight {dollars} will also be shaved utilizing cashback providers.

Connecting flights are additionally typically cheaper than direct flights, stated Mr Wong, however cautioned that there must be a stability between value and journey time.

“(It’s cheaper to transit) by way of Kuala Lumpur whereas flying to Bangkok (from Singapore), however take into accout if it’s value spending the extra time transiting for a short-haul flight. However for a far flight, this will help save just a few hundred {dollars},” he stated.

Journey search providers akin to Google Flights or Kayak make evaluating flights and fares simpler, added Mr Wong. The Discover characteristic on Google Flights additionally permits customers to enter data akin to dates, pursuits, and funds, earlier than churning out choices to select from.

“(Discover) exhibits you all of the attainable locations that you would be able to go to for that point interval and that funds. So if you happen to’re not fussy about the place particularly to go, you simply know ‘I’ve bought $500, I need to journey for one week throughout this era’, this helps you see from a chicken’s eye view all of the totally different potentialities,” he defined.

Mr Wong additionally makes use of third occasion platforms for actions, saving 15 to twenty per cent for every reserving throughout his journey to New Zealand this 12 months.

Nevertheless, Mr Wong stated that third occasion reserving companies must be used with cautious consideration, as any change in itinerary will probably be a trouble to handle, with customer support, wait time, and situations differing from direct bookings.

He additionally cautioned travellers towards utilizing a 3rd occasion reserving web site if the area is seeing volatility or disruptions.


Value of lodging could be lowered by way of factors or loyalty programmes. Mr Wong defined that some motels promote factors, which the general public should buy and redeem for rooms while not having to grow to be a member.

Mr Wong stated he took benefit of this factors system throughout his current go to to California, United States, when resort charges had been “by way of the roof” as a consequence of a tennis open event. He bought factors and ended up paying for his lodging at a 3rd of market value.

“Round peak durations, whereas the price of a resort room could be very variable, the vary of factors tends to fluctuate inside a smaller band than for money charges,” he defined. “Taking a while to study resort loyalty programmes will help with some financial savings.”


Mr Wong additionally burdened the significance of journey insurance coverage.

“I am a agency believer that if you cannot afford journey insurance coverage, you may’t afford to journey,” he stated, including that insurance coverage must be bought earlier than going abroad, no matter COVID-19.

With the present journey chaos in airports, journey insurance coverage is all of the extra vital within the occasion of flight cancellations or misplaced baggage, Mr Wong stated.

“Journey insurance coverage will cowl in case your bag will get misplaced, delayed, mishandled – you need to be sure to’ve bought some protection in your content material. Your flight could possibly be cancelled, you may need to e book a resort, you need to be sure to are lined from extremities akin to these,” he stated.

Mr Wong shortlisted three areas of specific protection significance when selecting a journey insurance coverage coverage – critical accidents leading to demise or incapacity, medical bills, and journey inconveniences.

He additionally emphasised the necessity to learn advantageous prints as an alternative of going straight for a coverage with the best protection, as some phrases and situations might make claims tough.

“You additionally would need to have a look at issues like definitions as a result of, in case your bag is delayed, sure insurance policies might pay out after a four-hour delay. Sure insurance policies may make you wait six hours (or longer). So it isn’t sufficient to simply have a look at the quantum of protection … you want to have a look at the qualitative elements as nicely,” he stated.

Mr Wong additionally stated that no matter how nicely protected by insurance coverage travellers are, they need to all the time carry vital gadgets akin to identification, remedy, and communication instruments of their carry-ons.

Monitoring gadgets such because the Apple AirTag are additionally nice methods to maintain monitor of luggage.

“It’s no coincidence that AirTags are bought out now as a result of lots of people are shopping for them, placing them of their baggage, as a result of they do a a lot better job of discovering the luggage than some airways,” he stated.