If you’re just getting into credit card rewards and booking travel with points and miles, you know all too well how much there is to learn.
What’s the best credit card sign-up bonus? How far out should I book my trip? Which seat has the most legroom?
Even seasoned pros have a lot to keep up with to make sure they are maximizing their hard-earned points in the best ways possible.
To make things easier, we have compiled a list of our top resources to help you stay “in the know” at all times. We have used these sites and apps to book trips around the world ourselves – both international and domestic – usually for free (after taxes)!
Team FBZ is fanatic about points and miles and helping you achieve your goals. We share stories of trips made around the world and step-by-step tutorials on how to book them with travel rewards.
Our Facebook group, FBZ Elite Travel & Points, is also filled with thousands of knowledgeable travelers answering questions and sharing insider tips, all of which make learning this hobby a little easier.
2. Scott’s Cheap Flights
Scott’s Cheap Flights shares incredibly discounted flights around the world. Since most flights are error-fares, they are only available to book for a limited time, but if you can do it, it’s worth it!
One of our recent favorites was a destination trip to Costa Rica they recently posted for $200-$300 RT flights (normally $500+) between August 2018 and March 2019.
AwardHacker is a free tool that can help you search for the best award flights availability in just a couple of minutes – no expert knowledge necessary.
While we suggest diving a bit deeper than the tool’s initial findings, this can be a good starting point when searching for award airfare to get a good baseline of what to expect.
LoungeBuddy is one of our favorite apps for checking out all the details of airport lounge locations, cost, and featured amenities (hello free Wi-Fi, drinks, and snacks). You can even purchase airport lounge passes if you’d like, which can be a huge time saver.
LoungeBuddy also gives travelers a platform to share honest, unbiased reviews of their experiences in each lounge – a perfect preview if you are planning to visit the lounge yourself on an upcoming trip.
Momondo is a metasearch engine that can be used to find amazing travel deals. It aggregates travel fares and shows you the estimated cost of your ticket plus or minus a week.
We especially like it due to its ability to sort results by alliance (e.g. Star Alliance, Oneworld, and SkyTeam), which makes it especially attractive for anyone looking to book airfare with points and miles.
SeatGuru features aircraft seat maps, seat reviews, and has a color-coded system that identifies superior and subpar airline seats. Essentially, if gaining insight into the types of seating on your aircraft is your thing, you are going to love SeatGuru.
Using these resources to book your next trip can help you plan for just about anything that may come your way. And, just in case you’re still feeling unsure about what to do next, here’s our free Travel Rewards Guide for Beginners!