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 completely different,” stated Mr Wong.

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

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

“The thought 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 manner of with the ability to discover last-minute award house 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} may also be shaved utilizing cashback companies.

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

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

Journey search companies reminiscent of Google Flights or Kayak make evaluating flights and fares simpler, added Mr Wong. The Discover function on Google Flights additionally permits customers to enter data reminiscent of dates, pursuits, and price range, earlier than churning out choices to select from.

“(Discover) reveals you all of the potential locations that you could go to for that point interval and that price range. So for those who’re not fussy about the place particularly to go, you simply know ‘I’ve bought $500, I wish to journey for one week throughout this era’, this helps you see from a fowl’s eye view all of the completely different prospects,” he defined.

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

Nevertheless, Mr Wong stated that third celebration reserving businesses needs to be used with cautious consideration, as any change in itinerary might be a trouble to handle, with customer support, wait time, and circumstances differing from direct bookings.

He additionally cautioned travellers in opposition to utilizing a 3rd celebration reserving web site if the area is seeing volatility or disruptions.


Value of lodging could be decreased by factors or loyalty programmes. Mr Wong defined that some lodges promote factors, which the general public should purchase and redeem for rooms without having to turn out to be a member.

Mr Wong stated he took benefit of this factors system throughout his latest go to to California, United States, when resort charges have been “by the roof” as a result 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 may help with some financial savings.”


Mr Wong additionally harassed 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 needs to 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 necessary 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 wish to ensure you’ve bought some protection in your content material. Your flight could possibly be cancelled, you may need to e-book a resort, you wish to ensure you are lined from extremities reminiscent of these,” he stated.

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

He additionally emphasised the necessity to learn high-quality prints as a substitute of going straight for a coverage with the best protection, as some phrases and circumstances might make claims tough.

“You additionally would wish 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 is not sufficient to simply have a look at the quantum of protection … it is advisable 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 necessary objects reminiscent of identification, remedy, and communication instruments of their carry-ons.

Monitoring units such because the Apple AirTag are additionally nice methods to maintain observe of bags.

“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 baggage than some airways,” he stated.