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You might be a "travel hacker" if...

Old Oct 29, 16, 11:58 am
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You might be a "travel hacker" if...

The airplane or lounge is your travel destination.

You manage your entire family’s credit cards.

You spell in fare buckets not the alphabet.

Y class… Y would you take it? [...]

Source: Boomer Traveller


Anything you'd add the to the list?
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Old Oct 29, 16, 5:55 pm
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You might be a dork if you use the term "travel hacker".
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Old Oct 29, 16, 7:14 pm
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Originally Posted by CPRich View Post
You might be a dork if you use the term "travel hacker".
This. What bilge.
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Old Oct 30, 16, 4:54 pm
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You have keyboard shortcuts on your phone/iPad to translate airline speak into English. Like you type 'WN' or 'B6' and it outputs Southwest or JetBlue.
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Old Oct 30, 16, 5:00 pm
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Originally Posted by TravelerMSY View Post
Like you type 'WN' or 'B6' and it outputs Southwest or JetBlue.
WHHHHHHAAAAATT!!!??? Who told you that?

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BTW: I want to slap people using the word "hacker" incorrectly with a dictionary...
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Old Oct 30, 16, 5:13 pm
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When your kids ask you "What is our ticketed destination, and what is our real one?"
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Old Oct 30, 16, 5:16 pm
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Originally Posted by WorldLux View Post
BTW: I want to slap people using the word "hacker" incorrectly with a dictionary...
?? I must be using it incorrectly. I would've thought it was anyone who peeled back the simple everyman user interface on travel and took advantage of complex loopholes to improve their experience.
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Old Oct 30, 16, 6:31 pm
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Originally Posted by TheTakeOffRush View Post
?? I must be using it incorrectly. I would've thought it was anyone who peeled back the simple everyman user interface on travel and took advantage of complex loopholes to improve their experience.
For a lot of people, hacker means someone who creatively reuse other items or tools or code to achieve a different result. We tend to get a little miffed when it is used to cannot breaking in or misusing things, especially in this day and age of so much internet/computer misuse.
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Old Oct 30, 16, 7:04 pm
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While I'm not a fan of the term "travel hacker" (note the quotation marks), I'm hard-pressed to find a better title for our hobby that would be generally understood by non "travel hackers"

Saying "frequent flyer" wouldn't be right, because there are lots of people who fly a lot who aren't part of this community.
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Old Oct 30, 16, 7:08 pm
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Travel Engineer?
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Old Oct 30, 16, 7:25 pm
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Originally Posted by CPRich View Post
You might be a dork if you use the term "travel hacker".
Extra points for this one.
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Old Oct 30, 16, 7:26 pm
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Originally Posted by TheTakeOffRush View Post
?? I must be using it incorrectly. I would've thought it was anyone who peeled back the simple everyman user interface on travel and took advantage of complex loopholes to improve their experience.
Originally Posted by Cloudship View Post
For a lot of people, hacker means someone who creatively reuse other items or tools or code to achieve a different result. We tend to get a little miffed when it is used to cannot breaking in or misusing things, especially in this day and age of so much internet/computer misuse.
It's commonly used. By kids.
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Old Oct 30, 16, 9:20 pm
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You may be a Travel Hacker if

#1. You can find the best deals and then push others to book it cause the deal is too good to pass up.

#2 You can navigate the TSA line even if you don't have Pre Check and still have time for a coffee or breakfast post security.

#3 You use Social Engineerring to get more freebies.

#4. You can always get the best room in the hotel for less money.

#5 You know the FlyerTalk website at the back of your hand and use it as a resource to book a last minute vacation or business trip.

#6 You can maximize your miles to have more than one stop over and know which routes to book where your likely to be bumped and compensated.

#7. You never get jetlag as you know how to "reset" your bodyclock the same day.

#8. You will walk up and down the car rental counters to see if a car rental agency will beat the rate you were quoted by their competitor and you call and cancel the other car telling the agent on the phone about the long line at the counter.

#9 You use Flight Aware to track the inbound flight so you know if your delayed and then you recite the Waypoints to the pilot and you know that its an ETOPS flight.

#10 You leave your passengers off at Arrivals during the crazy busy period at Departures and reverse this at other times.

#11 You have been to three airline lounges in one day using Social Engineering.

#12 You never pay for Tea just ask for Hot Water from Starbucks and use the hotel tea packages they give you in the room for your travel stash.

#13 At Chipotle you order a Burrito Bowl and ask for half and half meats, beans skip the rice, add Fajita Vegetables, Corn Salsa, Guacamole and Cheese for $11 and ask for two tortillas and have them wrap it up and you got more for less.

#14 Bringing your Travel Mug and asking for a refill whether at the airport or other coffee shop and only pay the refill price than the more expensive price. Its Starbucks or Peets right?

#15 You always take the farthest left security line or customs lane to avoid the passengers who will mostly take the first line they see.

#16 You make your own Buy On Board Snacks and purchase the items at Target.

#17 You know the best restaurants are by a Church in Europe on a small square where the menu is only in the local language and you see locals eating there.

#18 At restaurants with a Soda Machine you ask for a cup and fill it with Soda Water or regular water and add the Chrystal Light Packets.

#19 You take the freeway in the opposite direction and then let Waze help you get to your ultimate destination using other routes back in the direction your going during commute hours to avoid the traffic jams or during a major event.

#20 You have Groupon and TravelZoo as your most frequently visited pages and use them for vacations to dining and you plan your trip around the Groupon or Travelzoo Deal.
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Old Oct 31, 16, 1:46 am
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Originally Posted by CPRich View Post
You might be a dork if you use the term "travel hacker".
We don't use that term in Australia. Only time we hack is on computers. Maybe we do hack somewhere else and I'm just too stupid to know it!
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Old Oct 31, 16, 3:16 am
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