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Reviewed by Cecil Brewer for Readers' Favorite
Jen Ruiz's passionate love of travel on the cheap and her air travel experiences incorporated into The Affordable Flight Guide have many rewards for the travel oriented reader. Who knew the best way to search for flights was to use the "private window" on your browser to avoid all the nefarious trackers built into the search systems? A simple tip, but very useful, and one of many. Her details like this one in each section are eye-opening and always practical. Travel tips, like downloading language files into a translation app, and other short quick suggestions confirm her expert knowledge. Ruiz advocates traveling as light as possible and avoiding checked bags. Her tip on what kind of carry-on to avoid buying explains the problems you can have at the gate.
When I was a "road-warrior" in a different time, I never bothered to look for the best price, or best connections. The Affordable Flight Guide: How to Find Cheap Airline Tickets and See the World on a Budget has impacted my planning viewpoint about booking habits and traveling on my own dime. Using budget airlines to get from point A to B and even on to C was a revelation to me. Ruiz chronicles her flight experiences on several budget airlines and made a compelling case for considering them. Her critiques of them are helpful if you are considering using any of the ones she includes. Besides her advice and tips on air travel, she includes payment methods and choices to consider. I think her writing style documenting, commenting, and explaining her air travel experiences is nicely done. I enjoyed the conversational style of Jen Ruiz's prose; it makes this book easy to read.