Google Flights adds a guarantee. Wait, what?

Google Flights is backing up their airfare cost prediction feature with a cash back guarantee.It's a limited time offer, but maybe it's the beginning of something bigger. Cross fingers. This is something. Just when you want to hate Google, they go and do something cool. It's no secret I love Google Flights, which should be … Continue reading Google Flights adds a guarantee. Wait, what?

Rental car insurance: No-brainer “no”?

Car rental insurance coverage is generally a poor buyUnless: you're out of the US, don't have regular car insurance, or a few other casesA service from Amex is interesting: affordable and comprehensive When renting cars, it's a given for savers to turn down insurance offered by the rental company. Too expensive, too limited, a hassle, … Continue reading Rental car insurance: No-brainer “no”?

The Case for Southwest

Southwest Rapid Rewards is arguably the most customer-friendly airline loyalty programThe Southwest Companion Pass is potentially the most lucrative benefit you can earn, but requires high minimum spendingOne of Chase's Southwest credit cards can accelerate earning the Companion Pass I'm a Southwest guy, I'll admit it. They actually seem to care that their airline isn't … Continue reading The Case for Southwest

Costco Travel: A Warehouse of Savings

Costco needs no introduction, but their travel arm might. If you haven't given it a look (and even non-members can dive in for a glimpse), try it out. It's a great resource for finding travel deals unavailable elsewhere, and might be worth the annual price of a membership ($60 and up) by itself. Vacation packages … Continue reading Costco Travel: A Warehouse of Savings

The Points Guy: Everything Rewards

Any discussion of travel deals, rewards, and related strategies leads to The Points Guy. TPG can helps everyone, from the beginner to the veteran traveler, understand the mechanics of airline rewards programs and how to maximize their value. But it goes far beyond that, with guidance on hotel and other travel-related purchases, and has a … Continue reading The Points Guy: Everything Rewards

Autoslash: keeping Car Rental Pricing honest

In the category of price monitoring, there's no service I like better than Autoslash. Autoslash is all about rental cars. You can book a rental car directly, or more importantly, tell it to track a rental you've already arranged. If Autoslash finds a better rate at major sites like Priceline (which is typically a price … Continue reading Autoslash: keeping Car Rental Pricing honest

Pruvo: hotel pricing, we’re watching you.

Pruvo is a new service for hotel price monitoring. I’ve tried others, but either have been disappointed, or they’ve gone out of business (well, OK, both). This could be a clue to the difficulty of the problem they’re trying to solve. Pruvo works much like Autoslash for rental cars: you either manually provide your hotel … Continue reading Pruvo: hotel pricing, we’re watching you.