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Affordable Luxury: How to Travel in Style Without Breaking the Bank

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I don’t know too many people who don’t want to travel in style. There’s an old saying: “Once you go up front, you can’t go back,” and it’s kind of true! I’ve written frequently about ways to get upgraded to first class, but the flight is only a small portion of your trip. Even more important than the flight are your accommodations, since you will be spending much more time in your hotel than on the plane. If you want to go on a luxury getaway at an affordable price, then listen up! Here are my tricks and tips to travel in style without breaking the bank. 


1 Fly boutique airlines or new routes

A great way to save on a luxurious getaway is to book business class seats when there’s a sale, when an airline offers new routes and when they discount in the summer season when business travelers take off. Or, check out a boutique airline. One luxurious airline you may not have heard of is La Compagnie. This all-business-class airline offers fantastic fares across the pond (New York to Paris) for $1,300* round-trip! I always recommend signing up to newsletters from third parties (Shameless Plug: I offer a newsletter as well!) so you will know when they go on sale.


2 Find new hotels openings

A great way to save on a luxurious getaway is to book a room in a brand-new hotel or right after they’ve completed a remodel. That’s because the hotels are desperate to get the word out and fill their rooms. Introductory rates are usually much cheaper, so keep an eye out for those. is a new website that’s dedicated to alerting travelers of hotel soft openings and offers from lesser- or little-known hotels. They list new hotels and their introductory rates. For example, Ian Schrager's Public in New York City has rates from $160* a night. Instead of trying to book through them, you can go directly to an online travel agency like Expedia or the hotel directly. TIP: has a cool hotel search tool bar that allows users to price out hotels from multiple sites with just one click. 


3 Pay with credit card points

What’s great about using credit card miles and points is that, unlike airline miles, they don’t have blackout dates. So you can travel anywhere, whenever you want. To redeem your Barclaycard Arrival Plus miles, for example, you just redeem them after you’ve gone on your trip and paid for the travel purchases. It just needs to be within the past 120 days and with credits starting at 10,000 miles for $100 toward all or a portion of your travel purchases. Here are more reasons to get the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®.


4 Go to destinations that are notorious for cheap luxury

One of my favorite cities in the world is Bangkok, and one reason is because you can stay in a five-star hotel for super cheap. For example, I just did a random search for next month and found rates at the five-star Pullman Bangkok King Power for just $110* a night. I’ve stayed there before, as well as at the Oriental Residence Bangkok, which is $192*. The latter is beautiful and luxurious and in a better location, right next to the U.S. Embassy, but the Pullman is by the BTS Line, which makes it easy to get around. If you’re looking to go to a European capital, check out Berlin! It’s known for inexpensive hotel rooms and, according to, the average five-star hotel rate in 2016 was $169. I just did a quick search for a room next month and found the Kempinski Hotel Bristol for $101*.


5 Spend the weekend at a business hotel

A good trick to saving money at luxury hotels is to go to popular business cities (like New York, London, Toronto), and stay in business-oriented hotels over the weekend. They’re usually looking for guests, thus offer great deals. The reverse is true for leisure hotels in leisure-type destinations like Cancun. You’ll want to stay in these places during the week, since they typically cater to a weekend crowd. 


If you enjoyed Johnny Jet's tips, see how his wife, Natalie DiScala  travels in style without breaking the bank: 



Johnny Jet has traveled over 100,000 miles a year since starting his newsletter in 1995, and he has visited close to 100 countries. On his website, he writes about travel deals and travel tips – everything from how to find cheap flights to credit card points. He has hosted a television special on The Travel Channel and was recently named one of the Forbes Top 10 Travel Influencers for 2017. He now travels the world with his wife Natalie DiScala, who writes the travel + style blog Oh! Travelissima, and their son Jack.


*All content provided in this blog is supplied by Johnny Jet and is for informational purposes only. Barclaycard makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information contained in the blog or found by following any link within this blog.


*Prices indicated in this article may vary according to season and guest demand. Please check corresponding website(s) for current pricing and availability. 


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City Slicker
Very nice place to visit
City Slicker
Thanks for your tips
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