Tools For Flyers
We've all had the bad seats, annoyingly
small leg spaces, the unnaturally cold areas of the plane, and the
business class that isn't business class. Until now, you've had to rely
solely on travel agents for a seat assignment and accurate calculation
of frequent flyer miles. In the last few years, several tools have
popped up to help those who travel finds the seats and other amenities
Whether you travel once a year or all-the time, there are a number of
ways you can enhance your experience and make it much more comfortable
in the process. There are a number of travel related sites that can
ensure your trip is virtually headache free, including WebFlyer.com and
These vary in what they offer users, but each one is an excellent tool
and can help immensely when you're booking a flight yourself online.
Another option is check with the site
your booking your trip, because they may have other useful tools.
Onetravelsource.com, for example, offers city and state 'what to do and
see' guides for most of the major and minor cities in the US. They also
have a map tool that allows you to see what places and venues relocated
near your vacation spot.
Thus there are a lot of options for users
to choose from and ensure that they get the most out of their travel
are some sites and tools you might use for planning your flight:
Web Flyer is one of the
better sites for navigating your way through tricky mileage programs.
You'll find all the information you ever wanted to know about flight
programs, benefits, and rewards. There's a mile calculator, a blackout
calendar, and many others. Most
of the information is geared helping you get the most out of your
preferred frequent flyer mile program. The site offers tips on taking
advantage of myriad promotions, like those offered by your credit card
company, and those geared towards restaurants or hotel stays.
Seat Guru allows you to research and peruse the seating maps for major
airlines across the globe. The seats bear labels, such as good seat, be
aware, poor seat, power port, and more. The maps are quite detailed and
seating is color coded to ensure easy understanding. All the rest of
the plane sections are labeled as well, including bathrooms, exit rows,
and closet areas.
If you mouse over any of the seating areas, a window pops up that
describes the good and bad qualities of the seats and whether they have
adequate legroom, etc. This is useful for economy through first class,
as not all seats are created equal, even in the same class. For
example, two seats in the same area may have differences in leg room of
temperature. To use SeatGuru.com appropriately to plan your travels,
you have to know what airline you're on and the specific plane model.
If you don't have a ticket yet and are just browsing, they have a
comparative list of airlines and give a rundown on the pros and cons of
the airline seating layout.
FlightAware is a free flight tracker that will change what you think
about live flight tracking and aviation data.
FlightStats.com offers live tracking of
both private and commercial flights. There are statistics, discussion
areas (forums), and lots of resources related to air travel. They have
the stats for every major world airport, such as take-off and departure
schedules in real-time, as well as delays and cancellation notices; all
you need is the flight number and the airline.
They also offer updates and information on airport activity, such as
security waits, check in times, construction, and anything else a
traveler wants or needs to know about the airport.