In my spare time I like to read about travel and share information. Most travelers are familiar with the major booking travel websites like Hotwire, Priceline, Travelocity, Kayak, and Orbitz. Today I thought it would be cool to take a look at some of the lesser known travel websites that have some great deals/services.
1.) Daily Getaways- I decided to mention this one first because these are limited time offers which are currently in progress. American Express & The U.S. Travel Association has teamed up again to offer limited time offers known as "Daily Getaways". There is a calendar of deals on the website for hotels offers, gift cards, theme park tickets, and car rental deals. Also if you pay with your American Express Card you get an extra 10% off. One of the most noteworthy deals are the Marriott Gift Cards which go on sale June 9th at 1pm EST. You can get a $1,000 Marriott Gift Card for $810 if you pay with American Express.
2.) Oyster.Com This is one job I would love to have. This company sends out employees to popular hotels and vacation properties all around the world to photograph hotel rooms and rate the properties. The photographs and reviews are extremely high quality and detailed. If I'm not sure about a certain property that I'm considering visiting then I head over to Oyster.Com to check out their photographs and review of the property.
3.) RocketMiles.Com This website has been around a little over a year now although I just learned about it recently. Its a great way to earn airline miles at some hotels that are non Marriott. The website has partnered with some major hotel chains like Hilton and many independent hotels. If you make a reservation on their website you can earn airline miles with one of their many partners.
All of the reservations made on their website can be canceled and sometimes you can earn extra miles for staying at certain properties. For example I found a deal for the Four Seasons in Las Vegas where you can earn 10,000 United Miles for a two night stay.
It's definitely a great way to earn rewards for a property whose rewards program you don't participate in or a property that does not have a rewards program. http://www.rocketmiles.com
4.) Autoslash.Com This website was mentioned in a travel story on ABC news not too long ago and I haven't had the opportunity to fully put it to the test. This website is designed to help you find the best car rental deal and then track your reservation for price drops. I tried the search feature once and noticed it did not seem to factor in deals for AAA but it does a great job at finding the other coupon offers for the different car rental agencies. In my opinion the best feature of the website is that it allows you to track a car rental you made elsewhere for price drops.
5.) AirCare Insurance- "AirCare" is a new insurance service being offered by Berkshire Hathaway and was recently featured in an article from USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/columnist/hobica/2014/05/28/air-travel-delay-lost-luggage-insurance/9630235/
The service offers an flight insurance policy for $25 which will automatically pay you anywhere from $50 to $1,000 for various flight mishaps. See Below.
The service offers a smart phone application and allows you to purchase coverage up to one hour prior to your scheduled departure time. The smart phone application also can help you rebook flights that have gotten canceled.