Award Booking & Flight Tools

 

ANA search tool KVS Tool Wandering Aramenia
Travel Tools
Award Nexus Matrix – ITA Software Seat Expert 
Expert Flyer Seat Guru  


AIRLINE AWARD CHARTS

 This is a detailed this of all major airlines award charts and partner alliances for your easy reference.

ANA SEARCH TOOL

Using the ANA website to search for Star Alliance award availability is a huge tool you should be aware of and know how to use.  You can search for award space with US Airways, United, and Air Canada and other Star Alliance partners.  To use ANA’s, you need to become a Mileage Club member and transfer a few miles into this frequent flyer account.  The system will not allow you to look for award seats unless you have miles in your account.  You can transfer miles from American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood.  Points transfer from both of these programs at a 1:1 ratio with a minimum transfer amount of 1,000.  There are work arounds to transferring miles into this account.  You can read more details about this from The Points Guy’s detail article on using this tool

AWARD NEXUS

 This tool is only available to Flyertalk members.  If you aren’t a Flyertalk member sign up here.  This tool allows you to search awards on all 27+ Star Alliance airlines and all 12+ Oneworld airlines.  You can search across days, routes, and airlines sites.  You can pinpoint awards seats with their powerful calendar and table views.  Also, you can monitor any future award seat openings with their automated daily search.  This tool is a must!

EXPERT FLYER

 You can do so much with this tool.  You’ll need this in your back pocket when booking award tickets or looking for flights.  You will be able to access airline awards & updgrades, flight availability, flight status, flight details, seat maps, travel information, fare detail, create flight alerts and more.  There are some things you can do with a free account but to use the best features you will need to sign up for a basic or premium account.  The basic account is $4.99 per month and the premium account is $9.99.

KVS TOOL

 This tool is similar to Expert Flyer.  You can search for flight availability, award availability, upgrade availability, fare information, flight timetables, seat maps, and much more.  There are three membership levels: Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.  For six months the cost is $20 for Gold, $35 for Platinum, and $45 for Diamond.  You can also get the top level for two months for $20 which is nice to use if you have a quick trip you want to plan.

MATRIX -ITA SOFTWARE

This is a very powerful software which is used by many online travel agencies and airline websites.  ITA can find the ability and fares on almost every airline.  It is a very user friendly software and gives you a weath of information.  You can not purchase your tickets on this software.  You must call the airline direct or book online with another search engine like Expedia, Hotwire or Travelocity.  You simply use the airline flight information & other details to book the exact flight you found on ITA.  This is a great tool for those interested in Mileage Runs.

SEAT GURU
Seat Guru is the ultimate site for finding the “best” seat available on your flights.  Get all the details about the plane you are flying on.  The pros & cons of the seat you are selecting.  This is just a coolest tool!  Check it out!

SEAT EXPERT
Seat Expert is very similar to Seat Guru.  You enter your airline, flight number and date of departure.  If your flight consists of multiple legs, you will be taken to a page where each leg is listed. Select the leg on which you are flying. Review the SeatExpert seat maps to see at a glance which are the best and worst seats on the plane.  Simple as that!

WANDERING ARMENIAN TRAVEL TOOLS
The Wandering Armenian, a fellow blogger has created a few nice tools to use to help frequent flyers.  His new British Airways Avios tool is very good.  Check it out

 
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