2.13.2007

Three Great Travel Sites

One of my customers, Jason Lee, is a road warrior... if he's not in his office, he's probably flying cross-country, training team members to be better at what they do. He shared a couple of web pages with me that I thought were terrific.

The first site, Seat Guru, is one that I've used before and definitely recommend. I've found that this site is particularly useful when you're planning a long-haul flight or dealing with an "unknown" carrier... let's say someone like Asiana. We used it last year when planning our second trip to Buenos Aires. Given the ten hour flight, we wanted to score some good seats. In essence, the page provides diagrams of plane layouts and offers detailed information, by airline, of the best and worst seats. Seat Guru can help you avoid the dreaded 29E.

The second site is FlightAware. I'm still getting my arms around this site but it looks like it offers real-time insight into true flight status. Gate agents will often tell you that a flight is "scheduled" to be on time. This site offers the most detailed flight status information you can find. It's actually really cool and has some great illustrations on flights, airports, etc. It also includes trip alerts and other tools. It might take a while to get used to it but I suspect I'll need to use it on a future business trip.

On a related note, we had a great experience working with Travel Ideas the last time we went to Argentina. Our local agent, Hernan Federella set us up with a great package from Buenos Aires to Bariloche. We ended up staying for three nights at the Design Suites in Bariloche. I'll have to post more about the hotel later. The agency can help with tours all over Argentina to places like Mendoza, Bariloche, El Calafate, Ushuaia or Igauazu. Of course, you can call Hernan at (54) 2944 424659.


2 comments:

mel said...

Just found one more site - it's in BETA, but I'm interested in putting it to good use. http://www.farecast.com/

The Travel Addict said...

Nice tip - I'll check it out and list it