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Earlier this week, I ranked the top miles and points tools. There were tools for tracking spending, keeping track of your miles and points, finding good deals, and many other tools. If you missed that Top 10 list, it was:
- 10. Mile Matrix
- 9. Finding Hotel rooms on a route
- 8. Hotel Hustle
- 7. Expert Flyer
- 6. Google Flights / ITA Matrix
- 5. Rome2Rio
- 4. Airline Route Mapper
- 3. Award Mapper
- 2. Autoslash
- 1. Award Wallet
For the full recap, see: Ranking the Top 10 miles and points tools
Honorable Mentions: the tools that didn’t (quite) make the cut
When I came up with that top 10 list (and of course it’s subjective and my own opinion), there were several other tools that I thought of that didn’t make it into the Top 10. Since most of them are pretty useful in their own right, I thought I’d mention those as well
Great websites / content aggregators
Here are some of the websites that I use frequently.
- BoardingArea – the top travel / miles and points content aggregator (and the one that I belong to)
- Saverocity – another good miles and points blog aggregator
- Flyertalk – I usually use it for the forum
Manufactured Spending tools
- When I’m ready to buy something, I usually use Cashback Monitor as my default place to check the different shopping portal bonuses for a given store
- GiftCardWiki is a great place to check the buy and sell rates for different store gift cards, though my first forays into gift card reselling did NOT go well…
- A new site called Track and Hack App purports to help track minimum spending, receipts, bonuses and more. While it is not currently open, the idea is intriguing.
Miles and Points tools
- Web Flyer’s Mileage Converter tool is a place where you can check which miles transfer to which other miles. I would probably use it more except a) the user interface is really clunky, and b) Except for the “main” transfer partners (like Chase, SPG, Citi and Amex), transferring miles is usually not a good idea.
- Status Matcher is a site that reports on people’s experiences trying to status match between hotel or airline frequent flier programs. SEE ALSO: Hotel status match – how to match at each chain
Tools to help you travel
- SeatGuru is a GREAT way to check the seat maps of a given flight. I used that when picking out the seats on my Aer Lingus flight for our upcoming trip to Europe.
- Flight Aware gives live flight tracking and is a great way to answer the question – what route is my plane flying?
- Check My Trip is a site that helps you track flight record locators across different airline alliances. For instance if you book a short-haul flight using British Airways Avios but actually FLYING on US Airways, you need the US Airways locator, not the British Airways one you’ll receive with your confirmation email. Personally, I have always used the Royal Jordanian workaround.
- While I use Airline Route Mapper (the #4 tool) to check which airlines fly to which cities, another great tool for this is the Wikipedia airport pages. If you just Google <name of city or airport> and pull up the Wikipedia page, it will show you a list of all the airlines and destinations. If I have learned one thing in life, it is to never underestimate the amount of free time that bored people have to edit Wikipedia….. 😀
That was my list of honorable mention miles and points tools. So what other tools are out there that people use? What did I miss? Leave me a note in the comments
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