Status Matcher, Hotel Upgrade App, Best Plane Seats, and Points Maximizer Tool

There are tons of tools and apps to help us get where we want online these days but finding the right ones to do the right thing at the right time is also something we might need a tool for. That is why I created this post mainly for myself to come back to and help me book award travel or any travel at all. As tools start charging I will drop them and add ones that offer more features. Bookmark this page and come back often! 1. Muchopoints uses an algorithm that calculates and filters the hotels that will provide customers the most points to make the best choice to maximize their points when booking hotels .  Muchopoints, currently in Beta, plans to offer end users with the option to manage all their hotel programs with one single log on.  This will be similar to AwardWallet where users will be able to track all their points and elite statuses for supported hotel programs.  Hopefully they do the same for Airlines.  Here are the supported hotels at this time: Hilton HHonors Marriot Rewards Best Western Le Club Accor Hotels IHG Rewards Club SPG – Starwood Preferred Guest Choice Hotels and others coming soon! Pexportal is a similar website that uses an award travel search engine where you can search for mileage airfare. 2. StatusMatcher can help you match loyalty program elite status from one carrier to another.  For example, leverage your Silver status with American Airlines to obtain Platinum status with Virgin America or Hilton HHonors to get IHG Platinum Status. 3. HotelUpgrade offers free hotel perks and complimentary upgrades when you book your...

$20 off Dining out with Reserve app

We discovered a new restaurant app we were trying out called Reserve. It takes one of our favorite features from Uber by making it possible to leave your house and dine out without a wallet. With this app you can reserve a table at a top rated restaurant and it takes care of all of the payment including tip making it possible to avoid having to chase down the waiter for a check. Anything we can do to make the long wait for a tab take less time. Currently Reserve app only has partner restaurants in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and now Philadelphia. With the $20 referral promotion you can give it a try if you live in one of the launch cities. To get $20 towards dinner you can sign up using code LK0FOI. Once you download the app, go to “Account” and “Add Promo Code”. Reserve is not only reservations or tab payments but also includes restaurant recommendations that are not like OpenTable. Reserve only partners with restaurants that they’ve personally tried out themselves and highly recommend. Of course we do not know if they will use this to their advantage and allow restaurants buy their way into the app in the future but for now it really reduces all the pork you see in most of the overwhelming listings by choosing a handful. It costs $5 to make a reservation through Reserve. You can counter this fee for the first reservation by using the $20 credit for signing up. They allow you to split the check which is one advantage. But you...

Online Tool To Quickly Build your Entire International Trip itinerary

A travel agent can book all your hotels and flights for you,but with this online tool called Vamo you can save a ton of time and money planning your trip. Mainly because the travel agents normally book trips that that cost twice the amount you may find yourself since they are paid bonuses on some trips. When heading over to Barcelona or places such as Amsterdam planning a trip can be daunting. International trips where you need to book flights, hotels plus research whether to take public transportation such as buses or tubes or taxi. Plus finding out the order of the places to visit, When to visit, and again most importantly the best mode of transportation. Vamo gives people hope in finding the perfect itinerary without spending weeks trying to plan the perfect trip. Try Vamo and search and build your own International itinerary with multi-city transportation, hotels, and airfare. Update: Vamo has been purchased by AirBnb so look for them to be integrated into their product soon. If you book now you can earn up to $50 on your trip as a bonus. All you have to do is enter the cities or places you’re interested in visiting and the site picks the best flights in terms of price, time in transit, and layovers to get you to and from each city. It also digs up the best mid-range hotels based on price, TripAdvisor rating, star rating, and location and the number of days to spend in each city and in which order. This is simply an amazing algorithm for travel I’ve dreamed about when booking complicated...

Get Compensated For Delayed, Canceled Or Overbooked Flights

There is now an easier way to get money back from the airlines if you’ve experienced a delay, cancellation, or overbooking in the past 3 years. Most of us do not go after the airlines and stay persistent with customer service over these issues for vouchers or lost time and money mainly because it is inconvenient to file a claim. AirHelp is a service that will file claims on your behalf, follow up with the airline, and take the airline to court if required. Whether you paid full price, got a discounted fare or redeemed an award ticket. If AirHelp is not able to compensate you there is no need to pay AirHelp. If the airline pays, AirHelp will take 25% of the proceeds which is much better than nothing from being inconvenienced with forms we would have no clue where and when to file. In the event of a delay, cancellation, or overbooking, airlines will usually offer you a voucher for free food or drink or credit for future travel. Hotel accommodations if there’s an overnight delay and that is a rarity. But normally you the airlines offer you nothing. The airlines are legally obligated to pay us but we as the passenger need to know our rights and file a claim for what were owed. This is where a site or App such as AirHelp comes in. They do all the work for us such as calling the airline and all the forms. At this time you can only file claims for flights that departed or arrived in the US or European Union. And the rules are...

Rent or Re-Sale Nonrefundable Hotel Rooms

RoomerTravel and CancelOn.com are two buy and sell nonrefundable hotel room services. First lets dig into the concept of this hotel booking tool that is quite different than your direct hotel booking. How many times have you had things come up and could not make any changes or cancel your hotel reservation loosing the deposit or the total stay amount? Roomer and Cancel On are here to help with this problem that has gotten worse as hotels are looking for more ways to add to their bottom line with cancellation fees. Not only that but some hotels such as Starwood charge you for a full stay if you have plans change and need to leave a day early. This new concept would help with that as well. We do not want to abandon a room we will no longer use but are still charged for. With Roomer you can list your unused nonrefundable hotel rooms on their website for a discount of what you paid. People looking to get a deal last minute or on “canceled” reservations can browse the site looking for cut price hotel rooms that others no longer plan to stay in. The service provides name changes with the hotel and charges sellers up to 15% fee of the price they sell a room but there is no charge for listing a room. While they claim to have cheap rooms they are offering it may work out best for the seller in the ability to sell hotel rooms that would otherwise go unused. The prices look more expensive than my AAA rate on Hilton.com or the...

ShopKick Earns You Gift Cards for Walking Into Partner Stores

ShopKick is a shopping app based loyalty program that gives you points or “kicks” for visiting stores and scanning specific items. There are 6,000,000 plus people who have downloaded shop kick for their mobile device on android and iPhone. ShopKick will let you know of specials that a store is currently having, some of which are exclusive. The app will show you which stores are participating and how far away each store is and how many kicks you’ll receive for entering the store such as Target or Kroger. You have to wonder what ShopKick gets out of it. Well they make money when a business gets a customer inside a store and they buy something might not have otherwise purchased. The money they make from fees they charge businesses to get additional customers in the store is some of what they give back to you. Get ShopKick Here Stores that are partnered with the shopping app will pay you 30-100 kicks just to enter the store which amounts to about 40¢ each time. I would recommend waiting near the entrance for a few seconds with your Shopkick application open to earn the points. If you are going to be shopping the stores listed anyway you should open your app and see what goodies come out of it. I would not waste too much time trying to do a scavenger hunt to find items that you have never heard of but if your store is listed trying out the app is a no-brainer. You can also scan specific items with the app. You can usually get 10 kicks per scan...