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Tool for freely accessing websites cited in Plane Clever and many other useful ones. WE RECEIVE NO COMMISSION FROM THESE though they might if you purchase or sign up to credit cards through them.
Follow your loved one’s flight in real time
and learn a lot of useful geography.
SITES EVALUATING AIRLINES
One of the best-known is Skytrax.
SITES EVALUATING SAFETY
DEPARTING NTSB HEAD’S REGRETS
(Speech on kidsflysafe.com regarding child safety)
SITES EVALUATING SEATS
See pros and cons of various seats and seat layout in aircraft.
(owned by TripAdvisor)
ONLINE TRAVEL AGENTS (OTAs), COMPARISON WEBSITES
These can be used for comparing prices and often for actual bookings, but some do not list all carriers, for example Southwest, which have to be booked directly.
One of the best
(good simple site for seeing what is available)
(more aimed for US)
(Most OTAs only show fares that can be booked all the way through using one or more airlines they cover. TripDelta shows, sometime much cheaper, fares where this is not possible for the route, say Berlin to New York via Stockholm using low cost carriers Ryanair and Norwegian.)
(shows “special deals” from major US cities to US cities and abroad. Some may be airline “fare inputting mistakes” and last only a few hours until corrected. There have been cases where the airline has not honored the booking on the too-good-to-be-true principal, but this is not usually so).
AIR FARE WATCHDOG
Find special cheap fares (similar to above)
Great deals from USA; click “Flights” for other departure zones
SITES WITH ADD-ON BOOKING FEES (CREDIT CARD ETC.) TO BE AVOIDED?!
According to London’s Daily Mail the following sites
have such charges added on to what seem cheap fares. There are surely others.
Opodo and eDreams
Lets you know if fare drops enough to consider cancelling a booking (even with a charge) and booking again at the cheaper price.
(email alerts when upgrade space becomes available prior to your flight and when the seat you want becomes free–some info free for personal use.)
SWAPPING SEATS (APP)
(App for your mobile phone enabling you to trade seats on board.)
ONLINE TRAVEL AGENTS WHERE FEE IS PAYABLE UPFRONT
Such agents can go the extra mile and come up with great savings on longer or round the world trips. Not usually worthwhile for simple journeys.
AIRBUS SITE FOR FINDING FLIGHTS FLOWN BY A-380
A-380 is so popular regardless of class that a significant number of passengers
want to find flights using them, sometimes even being willing to pay slightly extra. The site identifies the flights, though the booking has to be made separately.
CREDIT CARDS/Avios/Air Miles
HEAD FOR POINTS (uk)
SITES WITH AIR TRAVEL ADVICE AND TIPS
These range from newspapers to individuals with some receiving commissions for bookings through their links. However they can always be consulted free of charge.
ECONOMIST (Gulliver) [UK}
MONEY SAVING EXPERT (Martin Lewis) [UK]
Well-known money saving adviser Martin Lewis has a number of useful tips.
Helping UK businesses and leisure travellers
OTHER BLOGS AND ARTICLES
19 DIFFERENT KINDS OF SEATS
(RUNWAY GIRL NETWORK)
DELTA’S FIVE CLASSES
A380 EMERGENCY EVACUATION
GOOGLE VIEW OF CABIN, LOUNGE, ETC.
(Heels Travel Advice)
ATI AIR TRANSPORT INTELLIGENCE
Part of the Reed Business Information group,
which includes Flight International and flightglobal.com.
CHEAP HOLIDAY BOOKING
HOW MUCH IS A LIFE WORTH?
How to avoid them.
A lot of useful travel tips complementing present book
REFUND IF FLIGHT BECOMES CHEAPER OR CHEAPER ON OTHER SITE
Our “FUN LINKS”
on this Plane Clever website
for a selection of links to interesting videos, photos
and articles in no special order.