Travel Website of the Week: How to Use United Expert Mode

United

If you’re a big United Airlines mileage junkie and want an upper hand when booking mileage tickets, then make sure to check out this blog. It teaches you how to activate what’s called “Expert Mode” in your MileagePlus account, which allows you to see how many seats are in each fare bucket on a given United flight. […]

Travel Website for the Week: ToursByLocals

ToursByLocals

I’ve never used ToursByLocals myself, but one of my friends who did has been raving about their services. What this Vancouver-based website does is connect travelers with local tour guides—and connect tour guides with travelers to help them make extra money. You pay the website, and they pay the tour guide. ToursByLocals has been around since 2008 and […]

Travel Website of the Week: Poncho

Poncho

Poncho bills itself as “the world’s best personalized weather forecast”—and it might just be right. Every morning, they’ll send you weather reports tailored to your routine, delivered by email or text. Just log on their site (or app) to personalize your updates. First, they want to know your zip code. Unfortunately, Poncho is currently limited to […]

Travel Website of the Week: HotelWiFiTest.com

HotelWiFiTest.com

Arguably, the most important hotel amenity these days is free Wi-Fi. The problem is the speed. Sometimes, a hotel’s Wi-Fi is so slow you can’t even download your email or upload a photo. Well, HotelWiFiTest.com offers a way to not only test the speed before you book but to share the results via a number of social […]

Travel Website of the Week: StatusMatcher

StatusMatcher

StatusMatcher has been around since 2007 but I was only just turned onto it by my buddy ThePointsGuy. The concept is simple: maximizing the use of loyalty programs. Through experimentation the founder realized that status levels, and the valuable benefits they come with, could be transferred from one travel firm to another. So the goal of the […]

Travel Website of the Week: AirCare

AirCare

There’s an intriguing new kind of travel insurance being offered by Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection. AirCare is the first product in its new travel-insurance line designed for travelers, travel agencies, tour operators, and travel suppliers, and it’s the first low-cost fixed-benefit flight-protection coverage available up to one hour before flight departure. Here’s how it works: […]

Travel Website of the Week: Gogobot

Gogobot

Do you like to do a lot of research before you plan your next vacation, business trip or weekend getaway? I know a lot of people who do, but many are reluctant to rely on information from anonymous strangers on popular travel review sites. That’s where Gogobot comes in. I’m going to Alberta, Canada next […]

Travel App of the Week: Here On Biz

Here on Biz

Are you a business professional who travels a lot? If so, then you’ll want to download Here On Biz, which brings together all of your professional contacts into one free app. What’s great about Here On Biz is that it allows you to quickly see which of your contacts are around you, keep tabs on your […]