Here’s a list of handy resources we frequently use.
- View from the Wing. Thorough site with lots of interesting content, though more focused on the travel industry and premium travel experiences.
- Frugal Travel Guy. Aptly named travel blog with a focus on traveling on the cheap.
- The Points Guy. Informative travel and credit cards blog featuring some useful tips, tricks, and hacks, but with a heavy focus on premium travel.
- Mile Value. Informative travel and credit cards blog featuring some useful tips, tricks, and hacks, but with a heavy focus on premium travel.
- One Mile at at Time. Informative travel and credit cards blog featuring some useful tips, tricks, and hacks, but with a heavy focus on premium travel.
- Nerd Wallet. Credit card finding tool with some reviews and related blog content.
Travel Search Tools
- Award Hacker. Search engine for award flights, including transferable miles partners and a rough cost per mile calculator. Includes many but not all major frequent flier programs, and does not include airline surcharges.
- Flyer Miler. Another award flight search engine, useful for seeing if there’s another frequently flier program out there that can get you where you want for less.
- Secret Flying. Frequently updated list of flight sales and discounts. I recommend searching your home airport to see what discounted destinations are available. The itineraries are often less convenient (e.g., connecting flights vs. nonstop, long connections) and some deals disappearimmediatelyy, but if you’re flexible and price-conscious, it can be an excellent tool.
- Kayak. Our go-to flight search engine, we love the +/- 3 days searching, though it’d be nice to input flight preferences (e.g., number of stops, time of day) before searching.
- Google Flights. Another handy flight search engine, especially if you want to quickly see who flies a route and how long a given itinerary will take. The flexible searching is less useful than Kayak and we’ve clicked through a listed fare to find significantly higher prices, but the discover feature is handy if you’re not set on destination.
- Sky Scanner. Our preferred portal for finding flights in Europe. The interface isn’t always the smoothest and we’ve been directed to some random sites before, but it’s definitely a useful tool to check if you’re flying ex-US.
- Momondo. Another search engine that sometimes finds really good flight deals.