While travel hacking is certainly not unsavory and illegal like computer hacking it is something that takes a little planning. With a goal of being able to fly around wherever for next-to-nothing travel hackers perfect the ability to take advantage of all the routes that lead to free, or almost free, travel.
What are the secrets to low cost flying? Many of them will be revealed on Thursday, April 19, at downtown’s Craft Heads Brewing Company, 89 University Avenue West commencing at 7:30pm.
There Audra Macintyre, of Loose Lips Language Exchange, will host a largely free seminar on budget travel and what a growing legion of flyers call, well, travel hacking.
Although admission will be free, donations will be accepted and delivered to a local charity.
To put it in simple terms, travel hacking is simply the art of squeezing every free airline mile as possible out of a carrier’s frequent flyer program. This also means getting involved in auxiliary travel rewards programs not based on flight miles but the value of certain or all purchases on select credit cards.
Through an informal evening with a panel discussion and question and answer session and mingling, Macintyre hopes to unwrap a number of economy travel tips. Attendees might want to bring pen and paper to take notes.
Expected in the audience will be travellers who have managed to secure low cost, or even free, trips to a variety of destinations.
This is somewhat of a departure for Loose Lips, which started in September 2016 bringing locals together to learn, practice and appreciate foreign languages. Since 2016 it has held its Language Exchange meetings at Craft Heads.
More information, including pre-registration, can be found on the Travel Hacking Workshop page in the Eyes On Windsor Community Events Calendar.
Article & Photos by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.