Are there any free eBooks on Travel Hacking?

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  1. SgtPeppers
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    Do you know of any free eBook (not newsletters) on travel hacking?

    I know there are several bloggers in this community. I am wondering if any one of you know of ebooks that explain the concepts and tips on this topic.

    I am not looking for newsletters, but a resource that can be printed and read start to finish to grasp the concepts that are discussed here.

    Thank you folks,
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  2. Valentine

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    A question mark in the topic title could be more appropriate.

    I believe Airline Fare School may be what you're looking for, for the basics.
     
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    You are right about the question mark... missed that. Apologizes for any confusion.

    Checked out the link... seems to be great resource.
     
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    You might be interested in the new book that gleff reviewed on MP. I don't remember the details but AFAIK it's only a real printed-on-paper book so far and not free.
     
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    I bought it. I still can't decide if it was worth the nearly $40 I paid for it.
     
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    I bought it too and feel the same way.
     
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    Read it, and if you can't find $40 value out of it, pass it along to a friend or family member that might learn more from it.
     
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    You should read gleff's posts carefully - there was a promo code which lowered the price to $29 range. :)
     
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    I used the promo code from gleff. There was shipping too though, so ai I think it was around $35.
     
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    Or grab it from Amazon for $28 with free shipping
     
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    Actually, I did. I was sloppy in my price estimate in my earlier post. Though I wish I knew I could've gotten it even cheaper via Amazon!
     
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    I read it and, as a newbie, found that it was not as clear as it might have been. I know I'll get some good out of it but, as a professional writer myself, I was wishing he'd been more attuned to the experience level of his likely audience. In several key spots, it could easily have been much clearer. Overall, it's valuable, but not for the faint of heart!
     
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    That could be said about most of the things we do here :) Welcome to the club.
     
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    How much interest is there in such a book? I've been toying with the idea.

    Keep in mind I'm not a normal author. I've published scientific manuscripts but nothing for a general audience. Still, it might be worth my time even if no one else ever sees it. I studied in college by writing 5 or 10 pages on a topic to cement the facts and clarify their organization (my general exam study guide for my PhD was an overkill 80-page summary of a 600-page textbook).

    I don't consider myself on the level of the Boarding Area bloggers, but I think I know enough to create something broadly appealing yet specific enough to target frequent flyers, not kettles, including hacking as well as the rest of what I've learned over the last few years. A good reference book. And it'd probably be cheap; $10 or less. My goal is not to make money, but it would give me something to do on my mileage runs.
     
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    I think it makes sense and most people would throw $10 at it. Especially if it's written in plain English and is a basics guide. I don't think you can get too elaborate given consistent changes within individual programs.
     
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    True. But I want more than basics. I think too many authors/bloggers say "there's this thing called fuel dumping, you should look into it" or "look at this cool thing I did" and leave it at that. I want to do a step-by-step example, and do the same thing for every other type of paid/reward travel. I particularly like Seth's blog posts because he gets a little more technical than most. People who find their way to MP or FT don't seem to be unaware that these things exist. They just still fail to understand how they're put into practice because most of us already get it and sidestep a few key points.
     
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    I for one would be very interested, I am such a noob when it comes to finding the best price on airfares, ff/hotel rewards etc, for now I just stick to the easiest thing by racking up miles/pts thru CCs sign-ups
     
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    Thanks for the offer, I'll take a look once I get the chance
     
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    I've started work on it. I decided the best thing would be to write a blog, and then from that I would create a book. So far I have about a month of content written, and I want to make it three months before I launch the site and work on the consolidation and editing portion. The domain is already reserved, so expect something around New Year's. The first three weeks or so will be on how to use ITA. I figure after that I'll take a break to work on decoding Hotwire and Priceline before returning to air travel.

    I will get to Fuel Dumps eventually, but I think a solid foundation is important. If there's anything else people would like me to cover, please let me know.
     
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    One post after being a member for eight months! Well, it was a good one at least, so welcome to MP! You have a lot to share. I read the book last night and it does provide a good introduction -- better than I've seen from several other ebooks, including ones I've paid for. Mine will only glance over free miles, so I don't think you have to worry about competition from me.
     
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    I finally able to read your ebook, I guess I'm not a real newb cuz I know about most of the stuff you covered, but it is a good one for those that just started, and I second what Scottrick said, this is very good compared to what I see covered out there, its all very clear and straightforward and concise and plus its free, I think there are some that sell them and I'm not even sure if its as thorough as yours, so thanks!
     
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    But there are so many blogs out there that cover cc signups and getting miles without flying etc but how come theres hardly anyone that helps us newbies about after you get the miles, how to get the best award or even how to book them, or how about explaining MRs and how to do one etc or even how to know what's a good airfare, whats a good price to book one etc.....
     
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    For less than $10 you can get Frugal Travel Guy's book at Amazon, in both Kindle and paper versions. All profits are donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
     
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