The idea of taking your show on the road is both exciting and expensive. As a musician who regularly commutes between New York City and Los Angeles, I’ve had to find ways to cut the cost of traveling down much. Becoming more like the Frugal Travel Guy has helped me enjoy the bicoastal lifestyle more. Whether you are a singer songwriter, independent music artist, or band, the following tips will save you lots of money on travel.
1. Take Advantage of the System
A few years ago, frequent flyer miles came into my life. I try not to live life with any regrets, but I really do wish I had learned about them sooner. I will never forget the day that I paid $2.00 (two dollars, not two-hundred) for a one way flight from New York City to Los Angeles.
The cost of a flight was cheaper than a taxi ride in New York City.
There are many misconceptions about frequent flyer miles that prevent people from enjoying the benefits. For example, some people think that you need to fly a lot to get miles. Other people think that you need to spend a lot of money on credit cards to get miles. I’ve discovered that while these are true to an extent, they are not necessary for obtaining miles.
You can get miles without traveling much. In fact, every day purchases can turn into thousands of miles if you have a plan, like the one outlined in Frequent Flyer Master (affiliate link).
My good friend Barbra had a long talk with me about how frequent flyer miles have had an impact on her family. After a long conversation of giving me more practical tips on how to get them, she let me know that she is on her way to traveling anywhere in the world when she wants for FREE.
2. Join The Secret Society
Earning more and more miles lead me to discover and join the Travel Hacking Cartel. The New York Times, CNN, Chicago Tribune, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, USA Today, and The International Herald Tribune have featured the Cartel. The goal of the Cartel is to democratize free travel.
I get regular information on glitch fares, round-the-world tickets, maximizing my mileage account, earning elite status, etc. In addition, I get really good deal alerts right when the break. The best part is the guarantee: You’ll earn at least four free plane tickets for every year you stay a member.