Resources

To help direct you towards reputable Travel companies that I trust and have had great experiences with, I’ve created this Resource page. I have used all of these services frequently, and can vouch for the quality of each. I hope you enjoy!

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your travel goals.

 

Flight Searching

Google Flights

Google Flights is a great tool if you know where you are heading. Simply type in your origin and destination and Google will provide you with  a pricing matrix which includes most airlines, including some discount airlines.

Airfare Watchdog

Airfare Watchdog is one of our favorite websites. You automatically get e-mail alerts once a fare drops from a city of your choice. We are subscribed and this sometimes is a tip off to the deals we post.

Hotel Booking

Priceline

Priceline is our choice for booking flights and hotels. It has great availability and pricing, and you have the ability to both bid and book “Hidden” hotels for substantial price discounts! We also have a guide for booking via Priceline here.

Hotwire

Like Priceline, you can also book “Hidden Hotels” for deep discounts. You aren’t able to bid on those hotels though. Still, a great service that I have used frequently.

Rocket Miles

We love Rocket Miles because it gives you extra points for booking hotels that you would have booked anyway. On average, I could get as much as 3,000 Aeroplan miles a night ($90 value) which is a great value to me.

 

Accommodations

Accor Hotels

Accor’s line of hotels feature Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, and iBis. Accor are my hotel brand of choice when traveling in Europe, but I also love the Novotel located in New York City. I love that Accor have indulgence and budget brands; I often get free upgrades and they treat their Preferred Guests very good. Accor have also recently acquired Fairmont which will add to their brand.

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood offers lines such as Sheraton, Westin, and W. SPG have a fantastic loyalty program and are my second favorite line of hotels behind Accor. SPG have recently been acquired by Marriott.

Marriott

Another popular line of hotels that speaks for itself; lines include Courtyard and Residence Inn. Marriott has recently acquired SPG and Delta in an effort to further expand.

IHG

IHG are another large chain which include InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and more. It is worth your while to sign up for their loyalty program as they have hotels at both ends of the spectrum whether you are spoiling yourself or traveling on a budget.

Hostel World

Last but not least, if you are travelling on a budget, we recommend booking your hostels through Hostel World. I have used it on MANY occasions and haven’t had anything bad to say about it.

 

Other Sites

The Points Guy

The Points Guy (TPG) is geared towards American Point Hackers. There is some great advice on this site, and they also share flight deals from time to time. We have been featured on TPG several times!

FlyerTalk

FlyerTalk is a great forum with all kinds of crowdsourced ideas, and they also share flight deals with an emphasis of earning status qualifying points!