Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by FE­LIC­ITY CROSS

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.”

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