In a recent study, the Travel Industry Association found that 66 percent of travelers research their airline options online. I do, and, I rarely rely solely on one airline website for my flight options. However, it can be time-consuming and sometimes confusing to research online with so many travel websites available . Here is a list of some of my favorites:
A simple but comprehensive database with links to limited-time offers for bonus miles. Updated everyday, Mile Maven covers hundreds of carriers and millions of different routes. It is easy to search by airline, frequent-flier program, or city. I like it because I use frequent-flier miles to travel internationally -- and it requires a lot of them! This site helps me find ways to earn even more of those precious awards miles!
A new and fun way to search and book international travel. Vayama offers an interactive map tool to access a wider selection of airlines, routes and fares. I use this site because it gives me more flight choices and allows me to easily shop and compare for the lowest prices and best schedules.
A travel search engine that combs through thousands of travel sites from all over the world. Kayak provides the information in an easy-to-use display. In addition to flights, you can search for hotels, cruises, and rental cars. I frequently use this site and like it because it allows me to find the perfect flight and with one click connect directly to the source to make the purchase.
This website keeps tabs on fare fluctuations before and after you book a flight. Yapta allows you to "tag" the trips you like while shopping online, then they track prices on those trips and alert you when prices drop. They continue to track the prices even after you buy a ticket. Guaranteed Airfare Rules entitle you to rebook if a lower fare is available -- you may get the difference as a credit for future travel, and in some cases, a refund. I find this site helpful when the price tag is paramount.
Finding easy-to-use and reliable web sources to make my airline reservations less stressful, for me, is like finding hidden treasure. I would love to hear about any sites you use and have found to be particularly helpful.