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How to Travel Almost Anywhere for $500 Round Trip – and a $50 Cash Giveaway!

I hope you’re as excited about this guest post as I am! This post was written by Chris from – a subscription service that provides several emails a week sharing the best airfare deals from the US to Europe, Asia, and around the world. Learn how to travel almost anywhere for $500 round trip and check out Flight Canvas to save time on your search. Also, don’t forget to enter the $75 giveaway at the end of this article. Now, on to Chris….

Most of us think that we only have a say in our travel budget when it comes to the choice of hotels or which restaurants we choose to dine in. We assume the big expenses, like our flights, are non–negotiable. After all, we have to GET to the destination to even have a vacation. At times our flights alone cost us the equivalent of all other combined expenses, but we grin and bear it because, well, what choice do we have?

It turns out we have a lot more choice than we think. Flying for less is both a science and an art. The science of cheap flights is in the when, the what and the how; the times to search, what to look for, and how to find it.

Sifting through the game changing results – therein lies the art. If you want to save hundreds, or even thousands, on your next vacation, remember to:

Be as Flexible as Possible with Your Dates

Flexibility is key, both in points of departure and dates of travel. What are the nearby airports and how far is too far to drive? A few hours drive can save a lot of money, but it might not always be an option. Make a list of airports which are an option for you.

Have an idea for dates, but keeping a margin of flexibility could be the difference between a $500 flight and a $1200 flight. Figure out how much wiggle room you have before you begin your search; it will save you a lot of time in the end.

Utilize Points – But Not How You Might Think

Airline miles are always considered as a way to a destination – but there’s another way to think about them. They are a way to get to an airport with a deal. Living on the east coast US, it’s almost impossible to find flights to Asia for under $500. However, Seattle and San Francisco constantly have great deals to China, Japan, or even Thailand.

If you can use your points to get to the west coast, and turn that portion into a mini trip. Instead of paying $1000 for a flight from Washington DC to Tokyo, you could pay $500 for Seattle to Tokyo and get a free flight with airline points from Washington DC to Seattle. You’ll see an extra destination for half the price.

Remember That It Takes Time to Find the Best Deals

To get the best deal, it will take 30 minutes a day to see what’s available and where. Don’t have a single destination in mind? Look all over the world. Some of my best adventures have been had by finding the cheapest flight to anywhere, with open dates. China, next week for $550 round trip? You betcha!

For people who don’t want to spend the time searching, I just launched Flight Canvas as a way to receive the best-priced round trip tickets from the US to all corners of the earth for $2.99 a month. So, for about $36 a year (or $25 if you pay in advance), you can save hundreds on flights without breaking the bank!

Some of the recent deals we’ve featured include:

  • San Francisco to Seoul for $379 round trip
  • San Francisco to Tokyo for $408 round trip
  • Miami to Helsinki for $406 round trip
  • Washington DC to Dublin for $317 round trip

By constantly searching the web for the best deals, carrier mistakes, and seasonal specials, we’ve been able to help people saving anywhere from 20-50%+ on their airfare.

In the age of instant information availability, there’s no reason to ever pay more than $1000 to fly to Europe or Asia.

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For the comments: What do you look for when traveling by plane: the best deals, the highest level of comfort, great customer service, or something else entirely? Thanks for sharing your insights!


Rob is enthusiastic about everything related to money and investing. A financial analyst and instructor, he enjoys using what he’s learned from 10 years of studying business and money to help others achieve financial stability. He founded Money Nomad in 2014!

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  1. Great ideas! I travel to Asia all the time and would love to find cheaper tickets.

    I really like the idea of using points to get to the west coast for free, then getting their great deals from there. I’ll definitely check that out in the future.

    1. For sure! With a few cheap airlines like East China Air (if you’re alright with less leg space) you can save hundreds of dollars flying out of SFO, etc. Then you can use your points for more expensive trips.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Barrie and definitely check it out! We’re working hard to make it a high-quality service.

    1. Glad you enjoy! And it is much less of a headache to use points to compliment a trip rather than to try to cover the entire trip sometimes.

  2. Never knew it was possible to still fly to Europe for this cheap still! Last time I went (Spring 2008) we flew into Paris & flew a discount airline from to Rome. It was a little cheaper than flying directly to Rome and we wanted to do a day trip to Paris as well.

    I’ve been wanting to return but haven’t been able to justify the airfare prices the last couple years.

    1. Well, this may be your way to do it! Again, some of these “cheap” tickets are from airlines that may have additional fees, so you’ll want to look into what is/isn’t included with any airline before making a purchase, but it’s definitely possible to get to Europe for far less than the $1000+ that Americans have come to expect!

  3. These are some great tips on traveling. You must travel all the time then. Some day I’m going to go to Australia, so I will definitely take these tips into account when I am all set to go!

  4. Great idea for a subscription service.

    And I like the strategy of finding a cheaper launch point and using domestic miles to get there. Most of my points are on Southwest which doesn’t really provide international options. Going with the approach you suggested might just work.


  5. Hi Rob! I love the out of the box ideas, especially using points to get to the west coast and hopping a flight from there. We are a family of four so we are always looking for deals and “work-arounds.” 🙂

  6. Sounds awesome. I have never flown anywhere and I have a fear of flying but I will pass this deal on to my friends, family and followers. Thanks!

    1. There are definitely some incredible deals! Let me know if they help you find a great trip for an incredible deal.

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