Tools and resources for keeping track of travel points
- For free, just use a tool like excel or sign up for Google Docs and store your information in there.
- If you want something more fancy but for a fee, give Mileage Manager (www.mileagemanager.com) a try.
- Another very popular tool is AwardWallet. (Personally, I just use the free Google Docs).
Tools and resources for planning an adventure or getting some ideas as how to use your points
- Virtual Tourist (www.virtualtourist.com): This is a huge online database of user-generated, unbiased worldwide travel content. More than 1,000,000 members expense information for more than 25,000 locations. Things to do, Shopping, Accommodation, Tourist Traps, and Local customs are just the beginning. Check it out.
- Gridskipper (www.gridskipper.com): This is more of an urban travel guide that gives you information for exploring coolest places in cities around the world. Kind of like off-the-path or in the middle of an alley, this site is ranked one of Forbes top 13 travel sites so as you can see, it’s worth a visit.
- Escape Artist (www.escapeartist.com): is more for those who dream of becoming Jason Bourne. Information on second passports or opening up a swiss bank account. I haven’t spent much time there…yet.
- Lonely Planet Thorn Tree (http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com): Global travelers discuss things from every region in the world.
- Family Travel Forum (www.familytravelforum.com): Where to go if your interested in family travel.
- Seat Guru (www.seatguru.com) : Find where the best seats are in the exact aircraft your taking. No more surprises!
Applications that turn your smart phone into a travel hacking dream!
- Gate Guru : Helps you find the best of the best around your airport gate. Wanting a steak but only seeing an Arby’s? Use this app to find that delicious restaurant that might just be around the corner.
- Hotel Tonight : Last minute hotel deals for tonight.
- King Ring Reward Cards : allows you store all your reward cards electronically so you don’t have to carry them around with you.
- Skyscanner : Also available as an app, this tool can help you find all possible flight options to anywhere.
Booking flights for CASH or searching for what’s available before booking with rewards
- Redtag : I find this to be a very good site for Canadians to book discounted flights around the world.
- Skyscanner: This is also a very amazing site that can help you find flights anywhere for the lowest cost possible.
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