Top Websites for Transportation

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Weather 2 Travel
Determine best month to travel such as determining a specific destination based on weather you would like.

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Accessible Journeys
Vacation planning, group and individual tours, licensed travel companions, equipment rentals and disability travel resources.
1-800-846-4537

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Limos
Limousine rental finder for the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Find vehicles, services and price quotes.
1-866-546-6726

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Amadeus
Multiple travel tools for over 65 countries: airport guides, subway maps, i-Metro (public transportation), maps, driving directions, conversions, weather, world clock and more.

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Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Links to over 25 worldwide sites regarding driving directions, distances and maps for planning auto trips.

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Hop Stop
City transit guide. Door-to-door subway, bus directions and maps. Create itinerary for multiple destinations. 50+ cities worldwide (primarily U.S.)
646-558-1900

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Traffic
Locate fastest. most direct routes in real-time. Info includes: car accidents, roadwork etc. for 100 cities. Sign-up for traffic alerts (via e-mail, phone or text) and suggested, alternative routes.

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Yahoo - Traffic Conditions
Comprehensive portal for traffic and road condition websites around the world.

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Breeze Net
Meta-search engine for United States with great rates and specialty rentals. Available most international airports.

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Trip Base
Choose the perfect drive near your preferred location. Select preferences: drive time, things to do options, budget and more.

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HotWire Local Trips
"Go local" search feature. Select distance (100/150/200/250 miles) shows different options in any direction.

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Gas Buddy
Database of virtually all United States, Canadian gas stations. Search by price and location in your area. Gas price maps as well.

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AAA
Members receive roadside assistance, discount travel offerings, mapping, travel planning and more.

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Roadtrip America
Routes, planning and inspiration for your North American Road Trip.

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Expedia
Research, plan and book your entire trip or vacation. Offers special promotions and discounts; last minute deals via emails; activities; guide info; fare alerts and fare compare.
1-877-787-7186

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Travelocity
Good for multiple stop-overs and flexible travel dates leaving from U.S. and Canada. Offers virtually everything to plan and book trips. Exclusive deals. No booking fee.
1-888-872-8356

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Yapta
Monitors prospective or ticketed airfare routes and hotels. Tracks your flights before you purchase your tickets and helps you get a refund if airline rates drop after you book.

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CheapOAir
Airline ticket wholesaler specializing in unsold airline seats at bargain rates and last minute special fares offered by airlines. Features deals on flights, hotels, cars, vacations and cruises.
1-866-592-9685

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Cheap Tickets
Discounted airfares and travel options. Browse specials and last minute deals on hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises, condo rentals and airline tickets.
1-888-922-8849

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ITA Software
Helpful with multiple stops and comparing prices at alternative airports. Displays flexible travel, best routes as well as fares and tight layovers. (Excludes foreign low-cost airlines.)

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Cheap Flights
Helpful for flexible travel. Displays lowest rate to determine the best time and price for your vacation. Includes Jet Blue and low-fare carriers.

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Low Fares
Popular site for cheap flights, hotels, car rentals and vacation packages. Sends low fare deals by email.

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Airline Consolidator
Airline consolidator specializes in booking international flights from U.S and Canada to Europe. Good for last minute travel.
1-888-468-5385

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Which Budget
Comprehensive list (search country or airports) of low-cost carriers worldwide. Includes non-direct routes and routes with non-budget airlines as well.

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Air Ninja
Comprehensive list of all routes flown by discount and regional airlines, which are not shown on other travel sites.

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Tripology
Specializes in tricky itineraries. Fill out the request form and up to 3 "travel experts" will help you plan, customize and book your vacation.

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Zicasso
Handcrafted itineraries for multi-destination trips. Fill out request form, receive trip plans from several agents.

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Fox World Travel
Multiple travel tools including airport maps, codes, delays & security. Also weather, currency & electricity converters, flight tracker, time zones, airline seat maps and more.

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Hip Munk
Search engine that simplifies flight searches by mapping them all on one page based on time of day. In addition, it ranks them based on "agony", which is a score based on price, number of stops, duration of flight and more.

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KAYAK Explore
"Where can I fly, how much". Enter departure airport and date, approximate budget for airfare, and the search engine does the rest.

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Trip It
Create master itinerary (one neat document) from your travel confirmation plans (hotels, flight & car rental details). Add weather, maps, city guides, directions to restaurants, activities, flight status and more.

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iFly Business Airline Code Listings
All-in-one alphabetical listings of airline codes with Toll Free numbers and web sites.

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Airline Quality
Reviews and ratings site for over 620 airlines in 640 airports, passenger trip reports, airline flights, seats and lounge reviews.

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Flight Stats
Flight status and tracking for arrivals, departures and delays. Includes alerts, travel advisories, airport parking, traffic, ratings, reviews, and U.S. and International airport directory.

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Airport Guide
Simple navigation and search for major U.S. and global airports including information about public transportation, airport hotels, maps, car rental, parking and more.

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Car Rentals
Discounts on all major car rental companies across the globe. Best rates change hourly but start at $10 per day.

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Zip Car
Available in 50 plus cities across North America and U.K. Membership is required to obtain a Zipcard. Reserve a car for a few hours or entire day. Use your Zipcard to unlock a car, and when you are finished you return the car to same location.
1-866-494-7227

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Rental Cars
Includes 16 car rental companies with worldwide offerings. Features discounts, multiple search options and coupon codes.

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Car Rental Express
Searches over 300 car rental sites with discounts from 15 to 30 percent.

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HotWire
Frequently has some of the best car rental offers using their "blind auction" feature. The car rental company will be revealed after you book.
1-866-468-9473

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IATA Travel Centre
Easy-to-use search tools (select destination) for "Know before you go" information such as passports, visas & health regulations, customs, currency and airport information.

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Nanika
Comprehensive, detailed, search engine for world public transportation; 13 languages; route search includes all public transport options; also subway line listings.

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To and From the Airport
Transportation options to and from 100's of the world's airports by car, bus, train and other forms of public transportation.

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Seat 61
Train, Ship or Ferry travel throughout the world: UK, Ireland, Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Australia. Ticketing and timetable information.

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Urban Rail
Information and links to metros, subways, or similar urban rail transit systems around the world.

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Greyhound
Fares, schedules and ticketing. 2,400 North American locations with 16,000 departures to 3,100 destinations.
1-800-231-2222

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Cruiseserver
Portal with extensive listings of links to cruise websites with categorical description and listings: premium, mass market, budget, river, specialty, former and classic liners, cruise ships.

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Cuises Only
Comprehensive, extensive information. Numerous ship options, destination information, photos, virtual tours, detailed reviews, travel tips and guaranteed pricing.

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Zuji
Big discounts on flights throughout Asia (Asian and Pacific region). Includes information on Asian destinations, accommodations, restaurants, blogs, and more.

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Wegolo
Specializes in aggregating and finding low-fare carriers in Europe (75 carriers and 700 destinations).

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Sky Scanner
Good in Europe, Asia, Australia, and combinations of the three (can split round trip ticket) for low-cost airlines. Find cheapest destination from an airport.

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Do Hop
Meta search (600 airlines) with concentration on cheap flights and low-cost connections (euro-centric), hotels and car rentals.

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Wego
Highly refined filter options (for instance flying at a specific time next Saturday, or book Singapore Airlines, Airbus or A380). Includes low-fare carriers.

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Airtime Table
Discount air pass offerings with huge savings that cover all Asian countries and additional regions of the world as well.

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Airtreks
Plan and save on complicated, multi-leg itineraries. Good for Round-the-world travel.
1-877-247-8735

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Top Tips for Transportation

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International Travel A to Z List of Topics
State Department's "Tips For Traveling Abroad: How to Have a Safe Trip". Includes information resources concerning health, pets, students, disabilities and more.

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Consumer Hotlines
For air travel consumer complaints call 202-366-2220. For auto safety hot-line call 1-800-424-9393.

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Passport Facility Locator
Helps you find the nearest location to apply for a passport.

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Passport Expiration Date
Keep in mind that some countries (i.e. Israel) require at least six (6) months validation on your passport (before expiration date) to enter the country.

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Visa Requirements For Specific Countries

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Airline Booking Mistakes
Make sure that the name on any airline reservation matches your passport or you might not be allowed to leave the country. If you print out and retain a copy of the booking, you can use it to demonstrate that any subsequent errors made are not yours.

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Travel Agencies and Agents can be very helpful when problems arise
If you find that you have missed your connection or have a flight cancellations, travel agents frequently have the expertise, connections and relationships to resolve the situation.

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Brick & Mortar Travel Agencies
Travel agents can reserve one or more seats while they continue to look for a better deal or connecting flight. This is something that you can't do directly or through an online travel agency. They can also assign you a seat before the 24 hour check-in date. Check out the travel agency Flightcenter or call 1-877-992-4732.

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Car Rental Insurance
Check with your car, property insurance and credit card companies before you purchase car insurance. In most situations the additional coverage is duplicated and superfluous.

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If you don't have time to do a major search, use an aggregator
They not only search the major online travel agencies (e.g. Orbitz, Expedia) but they also include dozens of cheap airfare, hotel sites, car rentals, individual airline sites, discounters and consolidators. One weakness is they don't always include special deals from airline sites or from discount airlines.

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One of the most useful airfare search engines is ITA Software
It allows you to search by airport code, city or nearby airport. It also explores daily ranges for the lowest fares and it offers real-time filters that help you find flights that suit your preferences.

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In many cases, researching and booking a flight on the phone is better than online
It often times results in cheaper flight deals, complex itineraries and provides assistance when you need expert advice.

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For alternative airports
Includes distance in miles from major cities.

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Sign up for alerts
Sign up for fare alerts for airfares and package prices for specific destinations, and when the rate drops you'll receive an e-mail (fare alert), so you can decide if you want to book it.

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How get a refund on your flight
Get a refund if the price of your booked flight from the airline drops: Yapta.com - Yapta tracks the rates and notifies you when you are eligible for a refund and provides instructions on how to get it.

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When to buy your tickets
In general, don't buy your plane tickets more than 10 weeks ahead. The optimal time is usually 6 to 8 weeks ahead, but start monitoring (looking for discounts and sales) around 12 weeks ahead. If you don't find anything, then book your flight six to eight weeks ahead.

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Cheapest days to fly
Usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

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Cheapest times to fly
First flights, lunch, and after dinner.

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Check airline seating sites RIGHT before booking and e-ticketing
Check 24 hrs before flight to possibly snag better seats from cancellations.

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Frequently search engines and aggregators
Show discounted fares available on a specific date, but unfortunately there are no seats available.

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Save on Car Rental Insurance
Save money in countries where your credit card doesn't cover collision damage coverage. Get a Diner's Club Card, which provides collision-damage in countries where it's not provided by your other credit cards.

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Ground Transportation Tips
Taxi, limo, public transportation, airport shuttles and the best ways to get to and from airports.

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Use secondary or smaller airports
Many times these airports in or near major cities will have discounted fares with fewer delays and parking hassles.

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Emergency Email, Cell or Pager Alerts
Get free Emergency Notification of Breaking Weather Alerts, Health, Homeland & Cyber Information

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Unlicensed Cabs
Unregulated cabs that generally solicit passengers at airports or near hotels do not have meters or safety regulations. If something goes wrong, you have little to no recourse, unless you noted the license plate number.

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Top Articles for Transportation

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Extensive database of articles on wide range of subjects
Airlines & Airports, Car Rentals, Hotels For Business, City Guides, Rewards Programs, International Travel, Health & Safety Concerns and more.

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Safety suggestions for riding taxis, trains, subways and public transportation

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How Businesses Should Book Rental Cars on the Internet

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Car Sharing - Reserve a Car Share Instead of a Car Rental

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Five Tips for Saving Money on a Car Rental

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How to Minimize the Effect of Travel Disasters
Includes "Game plan with the airline before a cancellation", "Avoid problem airports", "Know when travel insurance makes sense" and more.

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How to Fly Cheaply
And how to get the cheapest plane tickets.

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Tips for avoiding busiest times at airport

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Should you Check or Ship your Bags?

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Driving safety and security abroad.
Includes car rental security suggestions.

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Budget 'Low-Cost' Airline Flights - Reduce Your Airfare

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Top Social for Transportation

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Flyer Talk
Active forum covering a wide range of topics/threads regarding disability travel.

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Tripadvisor's Forum
Search by keyword, destination or by more than 30 selected topics.

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Delicious
Social bookmarking site for sharing, storing and discovering websites. Search any question by keyword for an appropriate website.

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Lonely Planet
Thorn Tree Travel Forum, Lonely Planet's travel community includes travel tips, information and advice.

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Travel Pod
Active forum with message boards for every continent. Site includes resources, links and local expert feature (ask questions to bloggers worldwide).

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Top Deals for Transportation

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Smarter Travel
Good deals selected by their editorial staff for airfare, hotels and car rentals.

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Kayak
Highly acclaimed Aggregator. Includes hundreds of other sites offering best rates for flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, vacations packages. Nice features include fare alerts, flexible scheduling.

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Smarter Travel
Good deals selected by their editorial staff for airfare, hotels and car rentals.

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Airfare Dig
This blog and newsletter focuses on uncovering hand-picked hard-to-find and unadvertised airfare deals. Newsletter includes convenience alerts.

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One Travel
Specializes in travel deals: flights, business & first class, hotels, cars, vacations, airport parking, and featured deals (business, student, military, senior).
1-866-794-6049

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Independent Traveler
Travel deals by destination for airfare, hotels, car rentals, vacation packages & cruises.

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Best Fares
Website that monitors cheap airfares, discount cruises, low-cost tour packages, bargain hotel rates, cheap car rentals, inexpensive last-minute vacations and more.

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