Alternative Markets Saved Me a Boatload

I’m sitting here in the Salt Lake City airport about to board a flight to Phoenix to join a startup poised to disrupt the foreign/crypto exchange and savings markets.

My American flight to Phoenix only cost me $140. And my Delta return flight only $100.

The 2016 Accord Coupe I’ll be picking up for the week cost $290.

And my private room with full amenities and a pool cost $170.

That’s just under $700 for a 6-day, 5-night business trip. Not bad!

How’d I manage to save so much?

I used Skiplagged to find my flights, which are in actuality partial flights. I leave the trip after the first arm as the plane goes on to Vegas each way.

I used Turo to find a sweet ride and paid pennies on the dollar for it.

And I used Airbnb to find high-rated lodging with friendly and accommodating local hosts.

Each of these services is in the alternative market and have made major disruptions, saving customers millions.

I used to travel business a lot, and even a 3-day trip never cost less than $1,800 using traditional airline booking, Avis, and a hotel.

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Founder and editor of and, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.