5 Sneaky Ways To Get Luxury Treatment On An Economy Budget

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We all want to live it up on a vacation. After all, who doesn't love the idea of flying first class or getting room service? As amazing the five-star treatment sounds, these indulgences can be a huge hit on your savings for most people — unless you've been blessed with a jackpot or bottomless funds.
However, the jetsetter experience doesn't always have to come with a hefty price tag. A team of travel experts have cracked the code on the smart hacks to nail high-end experiences on the cheap, and we're bringing their goods. Read on for five tried-and-true ways to book a baller trip experience on a budget.
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Experience Lounge Life

Gaining entry to a premier airport lounge is a lot cheaper than you think. Rather than shelling out for a business class ticket or hoping for an upgrade, there are plenty of one-time club passes available for purchase on Amazon between $20 to $25, according to Sarah Berger at The Cashlorette. We ran a quick search on Amazon and Ebay and were able to find passes to United Club and American Airlines' Admirals Club in that price range.

"Just be cautious of who you are buying from and that you’ll get receive the pass — and use it — in time before the expiration date," says Berger. Most of these purchases are delivered via a downloadable bar code, which can be scanned at the gate of the lounge.
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Sign Up For Plastic

Travel credit cards make it easy to rack up miles with everyday purchases — as long as you can pay your cards off in full on time, every time. "If credit cards still make you nervous, one of my favorite ways to earn miles with Delta is by linking my Lyft account with my Delta SkyMiles," Berger suggests. "I can easily earn one mile for every $1 spent on Lyft rides."

Another site worth checking out is American Express Travel an online hub for booking everything from hotels to rental cars to cruises. You'll receive cash back points when you book with an Amex card, which helps cut down the price of travel significantly.
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Nab A Hotel Rewards Membership

Many hotels nowadays are operated by international hospitality chains, and your loyalty can really pay off. For instance, the Starwood Preferred Guests and Marriott Rewards programs count thousands of hotels in their portfolio, ranging from budget-friendly brands like Four Points to luxury collections like the St. Regis. It's worth the extra research to make sure you're booking within the same chain on your business travel and family vacations, since the points you earn will ultimately supplement future room charges.
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Subscribe To Flash Sale Sites

Be an avid subscriber to deal aggregators so that no sale will go unnoticed. JetSetter.com, Secret Escapes, and SPG Hot Escapes are great virtual platforms to keep an eye out for hotel sales. Scott's Cheap Flights has a pretty good handle on business class deals. Consider signing up for e-newsletters to let you know when a sale will occur.
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Keep An Eye On Last-Minute Hotel Apps

Booking platforms like Hotels.com or Hotel Tonight help hotels offload their empty rooms on a last-minute basis. In our app review, we found Hotel Tonight to be a very handy app for grabbing discounted rooms seven days in advance of your trip — as long as you sign up for email notifications to track price fluctuations.
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