I’m putting the finishing touches on the 2019 edition of 101 iPhone Travel Tips, Tricks, Hacks and Apps, and I’m really happy with how it has shaped up.

I put a lot of work into my books to ensure the tips aren’t lame; like ‘you can save money on phone calls by using Skype’. Also, many smartphone tips books just work through the features of the phone, so the reader doesn’t learn very much. I’ve tried to incorporate tips and tricks that aren’t obvious, and will save you time, money, and make your trip more enjoyable, and a little less stressful.

In the next few days, I’ll share some iPhone Travel Tech tips from the book (and a few that aren’t). Many of them are applicable for Android users, too.

Here’s a tip I like that didn’t make the book:

Set up an alert for flight price changes using a service like Skyscanner.net

I first tried this strategy last year.

I purchased a flight ticket about six months before the flight’s departure at a favourable price, and then set up a price alert to see how fares changed over the six months up to my flight.

The exercise was quite revealing, and so much so, that I decided to do it again.

On the whole I probably got an email price change alert every week or so, although typically less in the first few months. In the weeks closer to the flight, I received more alerts in my email, but not enough to make them annoying.

I don’t know what you’ll discover from this exercise, and I don’t want to ruin the surprise. However, if you travel a lot, I expect the exercise will be worthwhile. It certainly challenged some of the assumptions and beliefs I had around flight ticket prices.

Here’s a similar example of how developing an insight into how some airlines price flights can save you money.

Most years, I travel to Taiwan from Vietnam. Vietjet, which is one of the main airlines that fly that route, offers regular flights to various airports in Taiwan. What I’ve noticed recently is that flights to Taipei tend to be more expensive than flights than to other airports. However, of interest, is that even where the departure date is very close, Vietjet will deeply discount seats on flights to most of the airports in Taiwan if their planes are not full. These airports are typically only a few hours from Taipei by bus or train, and the cost of getting to Taipei is negligible. By contrast, other airlines increase the ticket prices dramatically in the days before departure.

Combining this kind of information, along with a knowledge of how often your preferred airlines have sales, and how deeply they typically discount tickets, can really help you save some money on flights.

Tomorrow, I’ll share a tip from the forthcoming updated (2019) version of my book 101 iPhone Travel Tips, Tricks, Hacks and Apps.