Hey folks, if you travel a lot, like I seem to, here are some web sites I just stumbled upon. Check them out and see for yourself. I’ve used several of these, and really like “SeatGuru.com” and TripAdvisor.com. These give you useful information prior to finalizing travel arrangements.
When is the best time to buy that airline ticket? Farecast.com predicts whether fares between specific cities will rise or fall in the near future.
This site will track prices on your selected flights and send you an e-mail when they fall.
When you’re ready to purchase that ticket, go to SeatGuru, which will help you pick the best seat on the plane.
This site covers 250,000 destinations, mostly in Europe. It features content pulled from Wikipeda and YouTube.
For user-generated reviews, this is one of the best sites for food and lodging picks around the world. You get actual reviews from folks who have experienced the restaurants and/or hotels. I’ve checked it out when I was unsure about a specific hotel — after reading the reviews, I changed my reservation!
Trazzler.com and Tripbase.com
Both sites churn out great recommendations geared to your interests.
This site has a ton of lists and deep archives.
This is the Gawker.com of the hotel industry, with reviews and gossip, plus lists.
This site rates hotels and recommends the best rooms at each in terms of size, views, etc.
This site collects user-generated hotel recommendations and searches more that 30 booking sites for the best deals.
The world’s largest choice of Airline and Airport reviews for over 620 airlines and 645 airports. Flight reviews, lounge Reviews, seat reviews … and much more, including the Official Airline Star Ranking guide.
This fun and informative site is all about tracking flights in the United States and gives you many ways to track both private and commercial flights. There is no more escaping the watchful eye of someone when you are in the sky! This site tracks the progress of a flight once it takes off and keeps track of planes scheduled to depart, waiting to ascend into the sky. There are many ways to find flights; by airport code, state, flight number and flight/tail number. Or, if you want to spot planes in an area you can do that as well. Ever wonder what kind of plane that was that just flew overhead? Let helloflight.com figure it out! Other cool features are a filter to narrow flights at an airport by an airline, see which flights are on delayed status and the ability to track by heliports.
Flyerguide.net was launched in 2006 with the mission to be a ‘one stop shop’ for information relating to all facets of commercial air travel. It offers the most accurate information possible all the time, every time, and to present that information in a simple, user-friendly format. The team ranges from million mile fliers, industry experts, to casual airline enthusiasts, and with easy to use information. You can contribute to the world’s largest database of commercial airline knowledge, too!
Skytrax recommend this Foreign Exchange Currency Converter – a multi-lingual Currency Converter with up to date exchange rates for 164 currencies.
RavenFox.com offers the latest travel retail news, events listings, industry comment and access to fortnightly magazine Duty-Free News International. It’s a great site for research and keeping up- to-date with the industry.
The global site that focuses on “premium” airline seats – for passengers, airlines and suppliers alike. Customer reviews of airline seats – results of seat Surveys and seat Tests. check out the comfort of seats, find out which airlines offer lie-flat seats, and much more.
The worlds largest Passenger Survey of airport standards. Your opportunity to enter the current on-line Survey, with the chance of winning a laptop!
If you are trying to choose a top quality airline for your next trip, why not check out which airlines were the winners at this year’s World Airline Awards ? With millions of passengers across the globe voting for these Awards, this site gives real guidance on just who is best.