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TikToker reveals ‘game-changing’ life hack for saving money on flights: ‘Been doing this for years’

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Buying airplane tickets at the airport might sound stressful, but according to a viral TikTok, it could save you lots of money. 

It’s just the latest travel hack to spread widely on the app. In recent weeks, users have also shared how to manage your overpacked luggage, the “real way” to use a neck pillow and how to deal with people putting their feet on your armrest

This new money-saving trick comes from Kevine McMillan (@mcmillansonthego). McMillan’s TikTok page is full of travel tips and secrets, but her video on buying airplane tickets at the airport seemed to strike a particularly strong chord. 

In her video, the TikToker shares how waiting until you get to the airport can help you avoid some pesky fees. However, the trick only works for certain airlines. 

Generally, McMillan’s tip works for budget airlines like Frontier, Spirit and Allegiant. The reason, according to the travel advice website Airfarewatchdog, is that some airlines charge a fee for booking your ticket online. For example, Frontier calls this a “Carrier Interface Charge,” and it usually adds about $10 or $20 to your total.

That may not sound like a lot, but it adds up. For example, that means you could easily save $40 on a roundtrip flight. If you flew even just five times a year, that’s already $200. 

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Still, it’s worth checking with your preferred airline before trying this strategy. Many TikTok users pointed out that various companies, like Delta, do not charge a separate fee for booking online. 

However, other users called the hack “game-changing” and were excited to try it.

“Tell me more,” one user wrote.

“This is true,” another added

“Been doing this for years,” another added

Some users also thought the trick sounded too “anxiety-inducing,” worrying about the risk of showing up to buy tickets for a flight that’s already full. But McMillan clarified that she actually only uses the strategy to book future flights, not same-day travel.

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