Forget Round-Trip Flights: Booking Two One-Way Tickets to Certain Cities Could Save You Cash

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Planning a trip to Florence or Barcelona? Before you book that round-trip flight, you may want to check out Kayak's 2018 "Flight Hacker Guide," which helps travelers save money on airline tickets. As Travel + Leisure reports, one of the quirks of the airline industry is that it's sometimes cheaper to book two separate one-way tickets as opposed to a round-trip package.

Whether or not you stand to gain from this approach depends on the city you're traveling to, as well as the departure airport. When traveling to certain destinations—like Colorado Springs and Memphis, Tennessee—you can save more than 11 percent by booking two one-way tickets, according to Kayak's analysis.

To save travelers both time and money, Kayak compiled a list of the top 10 international cities and top 10 U.S. cities where travelers will save the most by booking two one-way tickets instead of round-trip tickets. The lists are based on search results from Kayak's U.S. website between June 2017 and June 2018.

The Flight Hacker Guide also shows the median airfare for each city, broken down by month, so you can see when it's cheapest to fly. Florence is the best city to book separate tickets to, and with a median airfare of $720, February is the cheapest time to go.

Here are the top 10 international destinations where you'll save the most money by booking two one-way tickets:

1. Florence, Italy: Savings of at least 16 percent
2. Frankfurt, Germany: Savings of at least 15 percent
3. Bangkok, Thailand: Savings of at least 14 percent
4. Prague, Czech Republic: Savings of at least 14 percent
5. London, England: Savings of at least 13 percent
6. Tokyo, Japan: Savings of at least 13 percent
7. Edinburgh, Scotland: Savings of at least 13 percent
8. Munich, Germany: Savings of at least 12 percent
9. Barcelona, Spain: Savings of at least 12 percent
10. Manchester, England: Savings of at least 12 percent

And here are the top domestic destinations, ranked by savings:

1. Colorado Springs, Colorado: Savings of at least 12 percent
2. Cincinnati, Ohio: Savings of at least 11 percent
3. San Antonio, Texas: Savings of at least 11 percent
4. Madison, Wisconsin: Savings of at least 11 percent
5. Ontario, California: Savings of at least 11 percent
6. Memphis, Tennessee: Savings of at least 11 percent
7. Miami, Florida: Savings of at least 11 percent
8. Omaha, Nebraska: Savings of at least 10 percent
9. Des Moines, Iowa: Savings of at least 10 percent
10. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Savings of at least 10 percent

If you're planning to take this approach, Kayak has a few words of advice on booking each flight separately: "Since there are multiple bookings, it is important to verify fares and availability for each flight before completing any purchase. Hacker Fares tickets are sold with different airlines and subject to each airline's booking terms, including changes to itineraries."

Looking to visit a city that isn't on the list, but still want to snag a good deal on flights? Check out our guide to "hidden city ticketing"—a sneaky way to save money by booking a multiple-stop flight and then skipping the last leg of your journey (as opposed to flying directly to where you really wanted to go in the first place).

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

10 of the Most Popular Portable Bluetooth Speakers on Amazon

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Altech/Bose/JBL/Amazon

As convenient as smartphones and tablets are, they don’t necessarily offer the best sound quality. But a well-built portable speaker can fill that need. And whether you’re looking for a speaker to use in the shower or a device to take on a long camping trip, these bestselling models from Amazon have you covered.

1. OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Portable Speaker; $26-$30 (4.4 stars)

Oontz portable bluetooth speaker
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Of the 57,000-plus reviews that users have left for this speaker on Amazon, 72 percent of them are five stars. So it should come as no surprise that this is currently the best-selling portable Bluetooth speaker on the site. It comes in eight different colors and can play for up to 14 hours straight after a full charge. Plus, it’s splash proof, making it a perfect speaker for the shower, beach, or pool.

Buy it: Amazon

2. JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $110 (4.6 stars)

JBL portable bluetooth speaker
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This nifty speaker can connect with up to three devices at one time, so you and your friends can take turns sharing your favorite music. Its built-in battery can play music for up to 20 hours, and it can even charge smartphones and tablets via USB.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker; $25-$28 (4.6 stars)

Anker portable bluetooth speaker
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This speaker boasts 24-hour battery life and a strong Bluetooth connection within a 66-foot radius. It also comes with a built-in microphone so you can easily take calls over speakerphone.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker; $129 (4.4 stars)

Bose portable bluetooth speaker
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Bose is well-known for building user-friendly products that offer excellent sound quality. This portable speaker lets you connect to the Bose app, which makes it easier to switch between devices and personalize your settings. It’s also water-resistant, making it durable enough to handle a day at the pool or beach.

Buy it: Amazon

5. DOSS Soundbox Touch Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $28-$33 (4.4 stars)

DOSS portable bluetooth speaker
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This portable speaker features an elegant system of touch controls that lets you easily switch between three methods of playing audio—Bluetooth, Micro SD, or auxiliary input. It can play for up to 20 hours after a full charge.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Altec Lansing Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $15-$20 (4.3 stars)

Altec Lansing portable bluetooth speaker
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This lightweight speaker is built for the outdoors. With its certified IP67 rating—meaning that it’s fully waterproof, shockproof, and dust proof—it’s durable enough to withstand harsh environments. Plus, it comes with a carabiner that can attach to a backpack or belt loop.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speaker; $33-$38 (4.6 stars)

Tribit portable bluetooth speaker
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Tribit’s portable Bluetooth speaker weighs less than a pound and is fully waterproof and resistant to scratches and drops. It also comes with a tear-resistant strap for easy transportation, and the rechargeable battery can handle up to 24 hours of continuous use after a full charge. In 2020, it was Wirecutter's pick as the best budget portable Bluetooth speaker on the market.

Buy it: Amazon

8. VicTsing SoundHot C6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $18 (4.3 stars)

VicTsing portable bluetooth speaker
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The SoundHot portable Bluetooth speaker is designed for convenience wherever you go. It comes with a detachable suction cup and a carabiner so you can keep it secure while you’re showering, kayaking, or hiking, to name just a few.

Buy it: Amazon

9. AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $30 (4.4 stars)

AOMAIS portable bluetooth speaker
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This portable speaker is certified to handle deep waters and harsh weather, making it perfect for your next big adventure. It can play for up to 15 hours on a full charge and offers a stable Bluetooth connection within a 100-foot radius.

Buy it: Amazon

10. XLEADER SoundAngel Touch Bluetooth Speaker; $19-$23 (4.4 stars)

XLeader portable bluetooth speaker
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This stylish device is available in black, silver, gold, and rose gold. Plus, it’s equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, a more powerful technology that can pair with devices up to 800 feet away. The SoundAngel speaker itself isn’t water-resistant, but it comes with a waterproof case for protection in less-than-ideal conditions.

Buy it: Amazon

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Anti-Spam App Unsubscribes You From Mailing Lists—and Can Even Get You Paid for the Bother

He can't believe how uncluttered his email inbox is.
He can't believe how uncluttered his email inbox is.
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Keeping newsletters and sale e-blasts from piling up in your inbox can sometimes seem as labor-intensive as weeding a literal garden. And for every mailing list you successfully manage to remove yourself from, there’s another one that you inexplicably end up on.

Fortunately, you can outsource the unsubscribing process to a robot. According to WIRED, the service is available through DoNotPay, an app that helps users dispute parking tickets, claim compensation for airfare, sign up for free trials without using their own credit card information, sue companies in small claims courts, and crawl through a variety of other red tape in the easiest, most automatic way possible.

Instead of figuring out how to unsubscribe to each unwanted email, you just forward the email to spam@donotpay.com, and a bot will do it for you. Unlike similar services, DoNotPay doesn’t require access to your whole email account, and it won’t turn around and sell your data to a third party. What it will do is search to see if there’s a class action settlement against whatever company sent the email—if there is, you can have DoNotPay add your name to it, and you’ll get compensated if you’re eligible.

“When I looked at other spam solutions, either they were selling your data or you still had to give carte blanche access to your email, and it was very expensive,” DoNotPay founder and CEO Joshua Browder told WIRED. “These companies are meant to protect your emails and protect your privacy, and it’s so ironic that they do the exact opposite. So we set out to build a service that doesn’t sell your data and also has this added component of getting compensation by matching you to class action settlements.”

A subscription to DoNotPay costs $3 per month, which includes its entire range of services (in other words, there are plenty of opportunities to earn back more than those few dollars). You can find out more and subscribe here.

[h/t WIRED]