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When it comes to flying, nobody wants to pay excess baggage fees. Unfortunately, fitting everything into one or two suitcases can be difficult; especially if you're going to be abroad for more than a week. With that in mind, here are eight space-saving hacks that will help you cram more into your allotted baggage allowances without breaking stuff in the process.

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Booking a free flight is one of the most popular ways to redeem Qantas points. Unfortunately, limited availability has made this unduly difficult. In a bid to expand free flights to more customers, Qantas has launched a new 'Points Plane' service that will offer dedicated Frequent Flyer redemption flights to select destinations. Here are the details.

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Once, when travelling back with a video crew from Tokyo, the counter agent informed me that the only available seat was next to one of my coworkers. Whom I had just spent eight sleepless days with. I boarded, and promptly told him that we will not be speaking until we landed, 14 hours later.

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I just flew in from Copenhagen and boy are my arms (and eyes, and legs, and entire being) tired. As I’ve gotten older, international — and even cross-country — flights have begun to feel more like violent crimes against my body, but I have developed a system for arriving to an exciting destination somewhat refreshed after a red-eye: don’t sleep well the night before.

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Despite Aussie’s feeling accustomed to the United States through years of American music, movies and content, our first time visiting the USA can still be pretty daunting. How much should you tip? Is airport security really that tough? Will you be asked to 'supersize' every meal? And do New Yorker’s really say "cawfee"?

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Remember the days when you could board a flight without long security lines and exorbitant bag fees? Believe it or not, there was a time when airports didn’t feel like a nightmare you couldn’t wake up from.

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Like sports cars, drones seem to beg for custom modifications. If you're a keen aerial photographer, many mods can be made to get better shots. If you're a clumsy flyer, you can extend the life of your drone with some durability DIY. Here are 11 hacks to consider.

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Flying is terrible, which is why so many people drink on flights. But a plane is not a bar, which makes imbibing on a plane a somewhat limited experience, cocktail-wise. Though rum & cokes, gin & tonics, and and vodka sodas will do the job, bringing on a little cocktail kit will elevate the plane drinking experience and provide a welcome distraction from the fact that you are on a damn plane (which is the whole point).

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Over the past few years a good number of my vacations have turned into more of a “we’ll go one weekend” thing rather than a need to make a vacation fit into a particular time frame. That’s to say that rather than looking for flights for a specific weekend in October to make a trip, I might instead be open to going on the same trip any weekend in October or September.

If you have similar travel plans, then Travelgam can be a great solution when it comes to planning.

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Air travel is draining, and usually requires a cup or coffee (or tea) or two, but you probably want to get your fix before boarding your flight. Flight attendants — the people I like to take my plane advice from — do not and will not drink the hot coffee, tea, or water served on planes because that water comes from the tap, and plane tap water can be quite gross.

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First and Business class plane tickets come with a lot of perks. You get to board the plane before anyone else, are guaranteed a spot for your carry-on luggage, get the most legroom (and sometimes a lie-flat seat!). You get free drinks and food a cut above what’s being served to passengers in other cabins of the plane.

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Do you hate the whole airport security dance of getting your liquids and aerosols out of your bag, making sure you have them all in their little plastic pocket, trying to pull your giant laptop out of its protective pocket or tossing up whether the security staff are going to count your 2-in-1 as a laptop or a tablet? Well there's good news: the days of annoying security screening requirements may soon be over.

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Budget airlines like Tigerair and Jetstar can save you a buttload of money when you fly with them, but it's still going to cost you — in sanity. Here's what you should know going in, as well as a few tips for making the trip more bearable.

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Some airports are just better for stopover than others, both in terms of lowering your airfare costs, and adding to your overall comfort and convenience. (And some airports should simply be avoided altogether, if possible.) When I had a couple hours to kill at Honolulu's airport, for example, I was able to relax in their tropical garden (shown above) rather than a crowded waiting area or forgettable airport bar.