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The Best Travel Hacks of 2019

If ever there was a need for travel hacks, it was in 2019—the year of Boeing 737 MAX groundings, mysterious illnesses afflicting tourists, and airlines offering even less legroom by way of basic economy seating. And since this holiday week is likely to become the busiest travel week in 2019, it’s about time someone cuts you some slack. Below, you’ll find a few of our favorite and much-needed travel hacks, tips, and upgrades of the year, including how to get through an annoyingly long customs line, why packing cubes changed one Lifehacker staffer’s life and the case for never offering to swap your seat on a flight.

 

Should You Pay for TSA Precheck, Global Entry, or Clear?

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The Best Drink to Order at a Crappy Airport Bar

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You Never Have to Swap Seats On a Flight

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Photo: Shutterstock all the people-pleasers out there, we’re here to tell you: You do not have to agree to change seats when asked. Seating assignments are first-come, first-serve (or in many cases, something you’ve paid a premium for) which means getting the seat you want is each passenger’s responsibility.

How to Get Someone to Stop Reclining Their Seat On a Flight

How to Get Free Gogo Wifi During a Flight

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The Best Podcasts to Binge During a Flight

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How to Improve Your Chances of Getting a Seat on Amtrak

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How Packing Cubes Can Change Your Life

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Use Up Foreign Currency by Paying Down Your Hotel Bill

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Go to These ‘Boring’ Stores When You Travel Internationally

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I Wish I’d Learned This Phrase Before I Went to Another Country

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