A GROOM almost died on his big day after pals tied him to a tree and emptied six fire extinguishers in his face as a prank in China.
CHEAP flights fanatic Jack Sheldon is saving Brits hundreds of pounds finding cut price tickets.
The 29-year-old’s canny tricks for spotting low rates once bagged him an £18 fare from London to Belize and a £118 round trip to Bali.
And they have helped him travel to 50 countries so far.
After initially sharing his finds with pals, he now runs Jack’s Flight Club – a free newsletter detailing the best prices for UK and Irish routes.
Some 250,000 subscribers have already signed up to hear about the Londoner’s bargains.
Jack said: “My dream has always been to see as much of the world as possible.
“I moved to London in my early 20s and that’s around the time that I started travelling more and more.
“I always felt that when I got to a destination I could save money, stay in a cheap hotel or eat cheap meals.
“But the airfare was the biggest barrier. So that’s why I started looking at ways to save and would send out emails to friends. That grew and grew into Jack’s Flight Club newsletter.”
Jack’s methods are easily done at home, even for the least web-savvy traveller.
And some of them could save you thousands on your next holiday.
Jack shared his best tricks with the Daily Star Sunday. He said: “If you book right, you can fly two or three times for the same amount you’d pay for making one trip. The main thing is either following subscriber sites like mine or working out how to track prices.
“Google Flights is a nifty alert system if you want to fly on a specific day to a specific place. You log your itinerary, and then every time it finds a fluctuation it lets you know. You can also compare prices across online travel agents on a site called Kayak.” Jack’s best bargains, including London to LA for £172 and Cuba for £200 just two months ago, were due to mistakes by airlines.
American-born Jack said: “40 per cent or so of mistake fares get cancelled and refunded, so don’t book your accommodation until it’s confirmed, but these Air Canada flights were honoured.
“Some airlines also have different pricing for different currencies, Norwegian Airlines for example. You can book your flights through their American or Argentinian site for cheaper, so Google for different web addresses.”
Despite the massive savings, Jack says airlines have never kicked off over him sharing his savvy finds.
He added: “The only thing they don’t like is us publicising mistake fares.
“But the majority of deals we find do them a favour to help fill a flight that isn’t selling so well. That’s why the price has dropped in the first place.”
Sign up to Jack’s free newsletter at JacksFlightClub.co.uk.