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Three Travel Tools to Get the Most Bang For Your Buck

Travel websites that allow us to compare fares from across the board and suggest when is the best time to buy are a budget traveler's best friend. Cost is on everyone's mind when it comes to travel, and there is more to getting the most bang for your buck than getting the cheapest possible air fare. Here are three websites to help you feel more satisfied with your travel experience.

  1. Gross, but helpful: Bedbugregistry.com. TeamSugar member said8me uses this site to check out hotels before she books them. The site lists hotels that have reports of bed bugs, so there's no need to waste your money on a hotel that could be infested.

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  1. Make your flight as pleasant as possible: Seatguru.com. The site has information about which seats on your flight are "superior and substandard." With notes on which seats have limited recline, reduced legroom, mis-aligned windows, I found myself wishing I'd checked this site after sitting in a window seat with no window!
  2. Avoid sleeping in the airport: Flightstats.com. Not all airlines are created equally, especially in terms of flight delays. This site shows airlines' performance ratings to warn you of the likelihood of a delay.

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LoveSarah LoveSarah 7 years
I work at a hotel also. While we are not on that bed bug list, we do have some nasty reviews floating around on the internet. Like kathrynliz said, people get upset over really silly things, and then complain as much as they can to try and get free stuff. So, you really do need to just take everything with a grain of salt!
gemsera gemsera 7 years
I agree kathrynliz. I use tripadvisor.com for my hotel recommendations, but then sometimes you do have to take whats written with a pinch of salt. Although that site allows the owner/management to write a response on the site, which helps to provide an unbaised view. lots of people get very angry very quickly over little things, and will stop at nothing to ruin the reputation of something. Dont let that stop you enjoying your holiday :)
kathrynliz kathrynliz 7 years
FYI, i work in a hotel listed on this so-called registry. i am executive-level, and have access to all of our information, good and bad, and the "report" for my hotel simply could not have happened the way it was explained. it's common knowledge that reporting "bed bugs" to the front desk is a ploy to get something for nothing. it's also common to see excessive negative comments on any travel website from the small percentage of people that have a bad experience- when was the last time you logged on to one to tell everyone how great everything was? save your energy.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i think that these are all great sites for us to look at. there's more to travel than just being stuck waiting for your flight or being in traffic. sometimes you just want to have nice accommodations - be it your seat or the cleanliness of your room...so these are GREAT tips. thank you for sharing them!
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