Some highlights copied from CBS News' List
Farecast.com: predicts the ideal moment to buy a ticket.
Farecast uses historic pricing data to anticipate whether or not a fare is
likely to fluctuate in the next week, even providing you with a rating.
There are also travel tools, including a section that highlights top airfare
deals - a recent search turned up a flight from Chicago to Honolulu for $385 on
specific dates in January. It was listed as a "record low" fare and recommended
to "act fast."
Yapta.com: get your money back if the ticket price drops.
If you've booked a flight directly through an airline website, Yapta will
monitor the fare, alert you if the price drops, and instruct you how to get a
refund from the airline for the difference (yes, it's often possible).
calls itself "your amazing personal travel assistant"
has a new feature that tracks frequent flyer award tickets
Kayak.com and Sidestep.com: aggregator sites that are still the ultimate source for deals on airfares, hotels and car rentals.
These two aggregators (now both owned by Kayak) are still the ultimate source
for deals on airfare, hotels, and car rentals.
Their new Flight Quality tool highlights itineraries with long layovers or
short connection times.
The Every Hotel on Earth (EHOE) program allows users to search a database of 130,000 properties by amenities and location.
Lastminute.com: for package deals, one week out.
The site's Last-Second Deals tab allows you to search, by destination and
date, a list of packages that include reduced rates for flights, hotels, and
You can search for deals by area of interest, such as "sun & beach" or "ski."
A recent search turned up a trip from New York to Miami with 2-nights hotel
(including air) from $301 /person - it was for a departure the next weekend!
Tripkick.com: pinpoint the best rooms to stay in (and which to avoid) in 450 hotels across the country.
Get the floors to avoid and the suites not to miss in 450 hotels across the
You can compare rooms based on noise level, view, location, and bathroom
In the coming year, the site will expand to include hotels in Europe, South
America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
4. CAR TRAVEL
Traffic.com: avoid roadblocks and identify the fastest routes.
Identify the fastest, most direct routes -- taking into account speed limits and
delay times in more than 100 U.S. cities.
Real-time data is used for info on roadwork, car accidents, and even
traffic camera locations.
5. GROUP TRAVEL
Triporama.com: let everyone share in the planning.
Get all your friends or family members on the same page-literally.
Everyone can have an equal share in the planning, thanks to a personalized
Web site that lets you create to-do lists, chat on private message boards, and
build day-by-day itineraries.
The site also has recommendations for group trips in a variety of categories,
such as girlfriend getaways and sporting events
6. VACATION RENTALS
Flipkey.com: check out over 50,000 listings, complete with photos and ratings from previous renters.