7 Useful Travel Resources to Make the Most of Your Flights

In today’s age of technology, travel has become available to more people than ever before. No longer do you have to visit a travel agent to book a flight or vacation or buy a traditional guidebook to plan your journey in the places you’re going to visit. In fact, now the availability of information is almost overwhelming, and it can sometimes be difficult to know where to turn for the best advice, information and resources to make the most of your trip. We’ve curated this list of 5 flight resources to help inspire your travels and give you some practical guidance when travel planning, booking flights or dealing with airline delays or cancelations. Whether you’re in the savings stage or ready to book that next trip, we hope that at least a few of these resources will help make your travel experience ever better.

 AirHelp

AirHelp is an online service that helps you claim compensation for your flight delay or cancellation. Yes, flight delays occasionally happen, but you don’t necessarily have to accept them nor the inconveniences they cause. In some cases, if your flight was in the EU, you may be entitled to as much as €600 in compensation if your flight was been delayed, canceled or overbooked. The amount of compensation depends on the distance of your flight. If your flight is delayed for over three hours or your flight’s cancelled, you might be able to get compensated and AirHelp will do the work for you. If AirHelp is able to secure your compensation on your behalf, they will take a portion of your compensation as a fee. If the claim isn’t accepted, you don’t have to pay anything as making the claim itself is free.

We recently used AirHelp to submit a claim for a cancelled flight to France. We know from experience that submitting claims directly through the airline can be a huge pain at times so we were happy to let them do the work for us. If the claim isn’t accepted, you don’t have to pay anything as making the claim itself is free.

You can visit AirHelp to make a claim for your delayed flight.

Kayak Explore

If you want to find cheap flights out of your area, Kayak Explore has you covered. You can get flights all over the world for excellent prices. For those with some flexibility, you could let the low fares help you decide where to visit next. You can also focus on your destination of choice and explore all of the options available. Either way, you can find a way to get to where you want to be at prices that can be much lower than those found elsewhere. 

ExpertFlyer

Get the most from your frequent flyer miles with this innovative online service. With ExpertFlyer you can find flight availability, flight upgrades and awards plus frequent flyer information. The service includes both free versions plus a paid subscription giving you a variety of options when planning your air travel. Finding awards and upgrades is easy with ExpertFlyer’s unique online and mobile tools. You can even start a no risk, free trial to see if the service if right for you.

Dollar Flight Club

We recently learned about another great tool called Dollar Flight Club. By joining you’ll get weekly emails from their flight hacking obsessed team with the cheapest deals on international airfare, like booking $250 round trip fares to Bali. Check it out by signing up for their free trial – click here for more info. By signing up, you’ll get email alerts when flights to your dream destinations are really cheap. Join thousands of members and save over $550 per ticket.

Airport Lounge Access via Priority Pass

Do you travel a lot but hate waiting in the loud and uncomfortable airport before your flight – packed seating, trying to find an outlet to charge and overpaying for food and drink? Check out Priority Pass – a program that gives you lounge access around the world in more than 1,200 airports. They have various pricing options starting at just $99 depending on how much you travel. We never leave home without our membership card and love the unlimited free food, alcoholic drinks, comfortable seating, wi-fi and much more offered by the lounges in nearly any airport around the world.

Travel Insurance

Traveling abroad can be one of the most rewarding and memorable adventures but leaving your home country presents additional challenges and risks. Among the most important parts of travel is your health, safety and the security of your belongings. If you happen to get sick and can't travel unexpectedly, travel insurance will reimburse you the costs of non-refundable flights. Over the past six years traveling we’ve had our fair share of travel scenarios gone wrong (or worse), and in many circumstances our decision to purchase travel insurance really saved us.

Let’s be honest for a second….travel insurance sucks. These companies are banking on the fact that you’ll buy a policy and never need to make a claim. Sometimes worse is the effort some insurance companies put into finding a way to reduce or reject your claim based on the fine print of the policy. Still, there are lots of cases where paying for insurance might actually make sense and traveling abroad is often one of those. One time we even saved $12,000 by purchasing travel insurance due to an unexpected medical expense.

Travel Credit Cards

Many credit cards offer great travel benefits to frequent flyers. You can find cards issues by major banks like Chase, Citibank and American Express, which offer a variety of cards to give you points for purchases as well as additional benefits on travel, flights and at the airport. There are quite a few airline specific cards as well issued in partnership with Delta Air Lines, United, British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia and more. We personally hold the Chase Sapphire Reserve card as well as the Delta Blue and Delta Reserve American Express. These cards combined give us lounge access around the world, special point and mile earning opportunities, TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry and more. If you're interested in learning more about points and travel credit cards, we definitely recommend checking out the The Points Guy blog.

Note: You can visit AirHelp to make a claim for your delayed flight.

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