One of the great values of FlyerTalk is discovering the plethora of travel tools that are available to help optimize the travel experience. These can be tools to help find award availability, seat maps with discussion of preferable seats, software to track earned miles and points, and people that provide award booking services. There are often competitive offerings. Some are free. Some are only available by subscription. And some require a per use fee. This forum is a centralized location for frequent flyers to discuss and compare what is available and learn what will help them create a better travel experience.
This forum is also to be an incubator for new products developed by FlyerTalkers. For example, jyflyer
has developed AwardFinder. It is currently free; he is seeking feedback
is developing a tool called dcovery
. He might bring it here for review. It’s in our interest to help our fellow FTers develop their tools to make them as useful as possible for us.
This forum is not a marketplace
. While we want vendors to participate to answer any and all questions about their products, it is not a place for them to solicit business. The same guidelines relevant to all of FlyerTalk cover this forum. However, a vendor is free to start a thread to explain their travel tool.
These are some of the topics appropriate for discussion here:
• Award booking services
• Airline seat maps
• Mileage tracking
• Car rentals
• Award availability, fare rules and more
• Software for trip organization
We have sister forums for other discussions.
– travel gadgets such as laptops, smartphones, portable gear, portable power, adaptors, how to make your equipment work overseas
– from luggage to travel clothes
Online booking and bidding agencies
– Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, Priceline and the like