Collection of Internet Bookmarked Travel-Related Websites
Many of us bookmark our favorite travel-related websites. As these lists can be exported/downloaded from Internet Explorer, Mozilla/Firefox, Netscape, Safari, etc. This list came from a travel forum on FlyerTalk.com, one of my favorite travel web sites! Below is a list of sites & links (and a brief description of some of the websites):
• AUCTION-STYLE BOOKING-RELATED SITES
www.priceline.com — bid and press your luck; best combined with information from biddingfortravel.com and betterbidding.com
www.hotwire.com — not always as great a deal as Priceline but takes the price guess work away a bit; best combined with info from betterbidding.com
www.biddingfortravel.com — information on Priceline bookings
www.betterbidding.com — information on Priceline and Hotwire bookings
www.skyauction.com/home.do — Travel auctions and buy it now deals
• COMPARISON SITES FOR TRAVEL
www.hotelscomparison.com — one of the best for hotels.
www.travelsupermarket.com — flights, hire cars and (from May) hotels.
www.traveljungle.co.uk — strong on flights, hotels and cars. Sponsors appear at the top of the results page, so scroll down to find the cheapest.
www.skyscanner.net — a clever site comparing air fares to Europe, though not every airline is shown.
www.cheapflights.com — the UK’s biggest travel comparison website, with acres of coverage. However, prices are not live.
www.kelkoo.co.uk — flights, hotels and hire cars. Some results are manipulated to favour paying clients.
www.uk.nextag.com — hotels only, but the site is neat and easy to use.
www.whichbudget.com — search for low cost carriers
www.opodo.com — ( www.opodo.co.uk , www.opodo.de , and related sites)
www.octopustravel.com — good for accomodation bookings
www.kayak.com — simultaneous multi-site searching engine
www.mobissimo.com — simultaneous multi-site searching engine
www.traveljungle.com — simultaneous multi-site searching engine for low airfares, hotels, packages
www.dohop.com — search for low cost flights
www.easylow.com — search for low cost flights
www.air-fare.com/allsav.htm — daily posts of fare cuts by city
beta.itasoftware.com — Allows you to search for lowest fare between two cities without a lot of the junk and distractions found on more mainstream sites. You can also run a weekend or 30 day search to find the least expensive days, and tell it how many segments you want for mileage runs. For example, you could enter in the from box bos :: ua iad ua ua ua which would search for a 4 segment itin from BOS to OAK on UA with the first top being at IAD. That is of course if you enter OAK in the return from box. More about this site in the Mileage Run FAQ.
www.expertflyer.com — This is a paid service that allows access to flight availability (including the booking codes, e.g. f9c9y9h9m9q9s9, etc. This can be useful for finding specific fare classes on flights, for checking standby options, or ofr keeping track on your upgrade chances. The site saved me $100 tonight because I found a Q seat opened up on a UA flight I had on hold, and then I called UA and they changed it from U to Q. Also the site displays full fare rules, seat maps, flifo, etc. It is new so they may add more bells and whistles.
www.joesentme.com — Provides a number of travel commentators. Subscription site. You get discounts on certain travel items when you join at various subscription levels. All kinds of commentary about travel and travel technology.
beta.farecompare.com/search/f…?departure=DCA — great Mileage Run tool that allows to search for the lowest cents per mile fares available from your choice of US or Canadian airport.
local.google.com — You may know about this, but for instance, you can enter address of your hotel, and pizza, and see nearest pizza places. Quick clean google like interface as well, much cleaner and faster loading then e.g. Mapquest or Yahoo.
www.travelite.org/index.html — Another website w/ advice for packing light
www.InternetTravelTips.com — Useful travel tips
• VISA-RELATED WEBSITES
www.delta.com/planning_reserv…tion/index.jsp — useful to check visa-, passport-rules/requirements to visit or transit a country. (It never hurts to double-check by contacting the consulate/embassy of the country which you will be visiting)
www.klm.com/travel/ch_en/trav…c/visaform.htm — also useful for checking visa/travel requirements
• CHECKING ITINERARIES
wftc3.e-travel.com/PL/thai5/…GHT_NUMBER=902 (just adjust airline and flight number)
wftc3.e-travel.com/PL/thai5/…HT_NUMBER=3022 (just adjust airline and flight number)
mytripandmore.com/ — useful to check Worldspan reservations
• TAXES, FEES and CHARGES INFORMATION (by airport or airline)
www.consolidatedtravel.com.au/qf/taxes.asp — look up information about taxes, fees and charges
www.iata.org/WHIP/_Files/WgId…ax%20Codes.pdf — list of codes that show up in the fare calculation on tickets.
• WORLD CLOCKS
• General travel
www.wikitravel.org — a great wikipedia-type arrangement for travel destinations
www.viamichelin.com — maps and directions in Europe.
www.virtualtourist.com — Good for information on many destinations around the world
www.seatguru.com — for finding the best seats on the plane.
www.seatexpert.com — for finding the best seats on the plane.
www.hopstop.com — great for getting around the NYC subways if you aren’t sure where you are going.
www.aaaparksleepfly.com – find hotels with overnight parking near airports
• For some of the major cities, though not really a travel site
www.kinteramasterplanner.com – a master list of many of the charity benefits and non profit events in several major cities. Sometimes this can result in a hotel discount if you call and say you are attending such on-site function.
www.quickaid.com/airports/ — quick aid airport information, great for ground transportation options, parking, terminal maps,
www.sendthisfile.com — another place for sending huge files online, when they are too big to go via e-mail. Free and pay services available.
www.gotomypc.com — remote access to your various PCs when you are on the road
www.foldershare.com — Love this one, again free and paid versions available. You install it on each machine you want to share with and tell it to share the files in that folder with the other machines. As soon as one of the machines comes online it synchs the files with all the other machines in the background. If I have to send a file or get one from the office, I just have it dropped into the shared folder, and the next time the laptop is online, the file will be transferred over. I also keep my palm data in a shared folder, so that it’s always updated at work and home without synching to both machines.
www.flyertalk.com — information about frequent flyer miles & hotel points and many other things travel related.
www.fly.faa.gov — airport/flight delays and status
www.flightaware.com/live — tracking flights/airports
flightaware.com/live/airport/KDCA — tracking flights/airports
www.fboweb.com — tracking flights
www.subwaynavigator.com/ — Lots of subway system information for a dozen or so cities
www.hemispheresmagazine.com — UA’s ”three perfect days” series when visiting a city to see what the must see things might be.
www.travelaxe.com — searches most internet sites and displays results.
www.asiatravel.com — good especially for hotels in South East Asia
• European LCCs (e.g.)
www.whichbudget.com — listing of LCCs by country
www.dohop.com — search for low cost flights
www.cheap0.com — sorts by route, airport, airline
www.skyscanner.net/ — is a good one – it also compares with full-service carriers, whose fares can often be cheaper.
• HOTEL RESERVATIONS
www.precisionreservations.com/default.aspx — better hotel rates than the major household-name online travel sites
www.tripadvisor.com — good for hotel reviews, amongst other travel advice
• TRAIN TRAVEL
www.seat61.com/index.html — site for researching rail travel
www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html — site for researching rail travel options across Europe
www.bahn.de — site for researching rail travel options across Europe
www.ns.nl/servlet/Satellite?c…lang=en&c=Page — site for getting great prices for trains originating in the Netherlands to most of the big destinations around (Germany, UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland).
www.toandfrom.org/airport (www.toandfromtheairport.com) — transport information to/from many airports
www.iaro.com/arc_en.shtml — airport rail/train/subway transport info
dps1.travelocity.com/lognlogi…tr_module=FARE — look up various fare basis available on a particular route
www.flyaow.com/classcwt.htm — The old american express travel interface, allows looking at inventory
www.airportparkingreservations.com — airport parking reservation site
www.hotelzon.fi/portalHZO_eng.jsp — Booking engine for Finland
www.onebag.com — Tips on traveling light
www.placestostay.com — Booking engine for independent hotels
www.airwise.com — flights schedules, airport guides, etc.
www.travelzoo.com — good for daily travel deals
www.hrs.de — hotel reservation service
• COMMUNICATION-RELATED WEB SITES
www.textmefree.com/ — guide to free international text messaging with 185 free international SMS sites
www.teleflip.com — For US cellphone users whom you’d like to message, just send the message to [PHONENUMBER]@teleflip.com . (e.g., email@example.com for a US cell phone number 646-555-1111) Teleflip figures out the cell phone providers and currently only supports valid North American numbers.
www.bigfoot.com — Bigfoot SMS international SMS provider, but there’s a cost involved.
www.telemessage.com — cost is 10 cents per SMS with delivered very fast and reliable; have Outlook plug-in but web interface works fine too.
www.freemailguide.com/free_sms.html — akin to textmefree.com
www.i2roam.com — ISP for roaming. Uses software called Ipass. Phone modem dial -ups in most all countries/cities. Some support of wired & wireless broadband. Allows “roaming” on T-Mobile WiFi Hot Spots.