I've been on more than 500 flights – I swear by two tricks to avoid travel problems | The Sun

A TRAVELLER who has been on more than 500 flights has revealed some of his top tips to avoid any travel problems this summer.

Brian Kelly, who runs The Points Guy travel website, often shares his best tips for holidaymakers.

Having visited more than 85 countries, he recently revealed to CNET the best way to prevent any travel issues, due to the many delayed and cancelled flights right now.

One of his top tips is to always book a refundable ticket, which are often only "50 bucks more".

While they are more expensive than the most basic rate, it means you can cancel for any reason such as illness or plans being changed to get a full refund.

It can even be used to save money, he advised.

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If it's fully refundable,you can see if the price has dropped before you travel, so rebook for the cheaper price and then cancel for the full refund.

He also advises against booking connecting flights if it can be avoided, even if it is cheaper.

He said: "Anytime you needlessly add in another flight, you are asking for trouble."

If you have to stop over, then he said to allow at least two hours for short flights – or four hours for international flights.

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Some of his other tips include booking a back up flight with air miles – as airlines often let you cancel this for free – as well as always avoiding travel insurance offered by airlines.

He added: "The travel industry as a whole globally is under immense stress and to the point where it's breaking.

"I've never in my life seen the infrastructure of the travel industry simply just failing consumers on a daily basis."

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