“FREE BOOKING GUIDE & Useful Links”

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.

FLIGHT TRACKING
Follow your loved one’s flight in real time
and learn a lot of useful geography.

FLIGHT RADAR 24

PLANE FINDER

SKY SCANNER

FLIGHT AWARE

FLIGHT STATS

SITES EVALUATING AIRLINES
One of the best-known is Skytrax.

SKYTRAX

SITES EVALUATING SAFETY

AIRLINE RATINGS

AIR SAFE

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.

SEAT EXPERT

SEAT GURU
(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.

KAYAK
One of the best

GOOGLE FLIGHTS
(good simple site for seeing what is available)

SKY SCANNER

EXPEDIA

ORBITZ
(more aimed for US)

LAST MINUTE

FLYR????

SAVE 70

TRIPDELTA
(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.)

TheFlightDeal
(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)

http://www.secretflying.com/usa-deals/
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

FARE-TRACKING, SEAT-TRACKING

Yapta
Lets you know if fare drops enough to consider cancelling a booking (even with a charge) and booking again at the cheaper price.

EXPERT FLYER
(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)

SEATEROO
(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.
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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.
iflya380.com

CREDIT CARDS/Avios/Air Miles

NERD WALLET

ONE MILE AT A TIME

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.

JOHNNYJET [US]
A plethora of useful tips frequently updated 


HEAD FOR POINTS
(uk)

Helping UK businesses and leisure travellers
maximize airmiles

OTHER BLOGS AND ARTICLES

19 DIFFERENT KINDS OF SEATS
(RUNWAY GIRL NETWORK)

DELTA’S FIVE CLASSES
Description

AIR QUALITY NOT AS BAD AS YOU THINK (NBC News)

A380 EMERGENCY EVACUATION
(Video)

GOOGLE VIEW OF CABIN, LOUNGE, ETC.
(Heels Travel Advice)

WORST SEAT
(USA Today)

ATI AIR TRANSPORT INTELLIGENCE
Part of the Reed Business Information group,
which includes Flight International and flightglobal.com.

CHEAP HOLIDAY BOOKING
(Video)

HOW MUCH IS A LIFE WORTH?
Daily Telegraph

FUEL SURCHAGES
How to avoid them.

ABOUT TRAVEL
A lot of useful travel tips complementing present book

REFUND IF FLIGHT BECOMES CHEAPER OR CHEAPER ON OTHER SITE
(Price Promise)
Daily Mail

Adventures of CAP’N AUX blog

CHRISTINE NEGRONI
(QF32 for example)

 

Our “FUN LINKS”

See
FUN LINKS
on this Plane Clever website
for a selection of links to interesting  videos, photos
and articles in no special order.

 

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