101 Clever Travel Tricks for 2014

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When's the best time to book a flight? How can a free upgrade actually cost you money? Why are duct tape, petroleum jelly, and dental floss among the most valuable things you can pack? Find out the answer to these and many other questions with our list of 101 clever travel tricks to try in 2014!

Purchase Your Flight on Tuesday Afternoon

If you're trying to get the best airfare, when you book can make as big a difference as when you fly. The results of a recent FareCompare study offer some very specific advice: For domestic airline tickets, the best time to buy is Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. ET.

The study also cautions against booking on Saturday or Sunday, since airlines tend to pull discounted airfares in advance of the weekend.

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