External Resources

A roundup of useful travel resources and applications we’ve come across.

Cheap Flights & Mistake Fares

YEG Deals

Automated aggregation of cheap flight offers departing YEG (has sister sites for all major flight hubs in Canada, eg. YULdeals.com, YYCdeals.com, etc).

Scott’s Cheap Flights

Email alert signup for cheap flight deals departing your chosen airport(s).

Secret Flying

Specifically searches and aggregates mistake and error fares.


Aggregates flight deals from around the world.

Mighty Travels

Provides real time notifications of error fares and hotel rates for subscription fee of $6.20 per month.

Next Departure

Provides updates on price drops for airfare, subscription fee of $4.49 per month or $35.99 per year.

Award Search Engines

Expert Flyer

Premier award search engine, user friendly and cost effective. However cannot search award space for Cathay, Japan (JAL), or Qatar Airlines.

Cost: $4.99 (basic) or $9.99 (premium) monthly.

Read our guide >

Award Nexus

Search Engine for finding First class, Business class, or complex route flight mileage awards.

Cost: $59-249 USD, based on points not time.

KVS Availability Tool

Desktop application. Uses airline reservation systems to view available award seats across all 3 major airline alliances.

Cost: $35-75 USD annually.


Award search engine that lets you see the number of points required for a specific route, across multiple loyalty programs.

Cost: $4.99 USD (daily), $19.99 USD (monthly), or $199 USD (annually).


Find the lowest cost in points to travel between any two airports. Large number of results. Search day-by-day.

Cost: $129 USD annually.


Fast, free, multi-date flight award search engine.

Roame Travel

More airline programs than seat.aero, but fewer than point.me. Results are fast and you can search whichever date you want.


A tool for finding awards on select airlines. The tool is quick and displays a full year of results all at once.

Cost: $3.99 USD monthly for Premium, $9.99 USD monthly for First Class.


Seats.aero is a mostly free tool which makes it easy to find close-in awards on long-haul flights.

Read our guide >


AwardHacker is a free tool which displays best possible fixed redemption flight options (does not show seat availability).


Check award availability across Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott hotels. Shows standard room availability for the entire year, particularly useful for Hyatt.


Cash and award pricer displaying cost in points from your existing points balances. Free trial, 72 hour trip pass, or monthly/yearly subscription model.

Hotel Aggregators, Discount Sites, & Sharing Economy


Hotel search and price comparison.


Dutch online travel agency for lodging reservations & other travel products,


Online travel agency and metasearch engine for hotels, vacation rentals, flights, and airport transfer.

Hotels Combined

Hotel metasearch engine, owned by Booking Holdings.


Online marketplace for peer to peer vacation rentals.


Leading online travel agency specific to hostel market.

Couch Surfing

Global hospitality exchange service, no-cost version of AirBNB.

Holiday Swap

“Tinder of travel”, lets you match with other vacation homes and swap houses with each other for specified dates.


Major online hotel booking website, owned by Expedia. See our guide to Hotels.com.


Priceline.com is an online travel agency for finding discount rates for travel-related purchases such as airline tickets and hotel stays. 

Travel Planning


Powerful, interactive, and filterable search engine that displays specific airline routes between major airports.

Read our guide >


Not specifically a travel planning app, but a highly versatile and customizable app that can be configured as a one-stop wiki page for your trip plans.


TripIt and TripIt Pro consolidates all your bookings into one itinerary, sends reminders and updates, and even offers alternative options.


Use as a route map showing directions, distances, and driving times between different attractions you might want to visit.

Currency Conversion & ATM Services

See our travel tutorial on foreign cash and currency solutions for a discussion of the best credit cards, prepaid cards and conversion services available.  


Currency conversion service and reloadable prepaid debit Visa Platinum card. Access to interbank currency exchange rates, free ATM withdrawal (up to $400/$800 monthly).


Re-loadable prepaid debit Mastercard with no foreign ATM withdrawal fees or foreign currency exchange fees.


Currency conversion service for sending money abroad. Money can be loaded with various methods but must be transferred to a bank account.


Polish competitor to Revolut and TransferWise. Has a payment card like Revolut but only for Poland residents.


PaySend is a global fintech company that provides international money transfer services, allowing individuals and businesses to send money to recipients in different countries quickly and conveniently.


Xe is a Canada-based foreign exchange services company offering international money transfers, and other currency-related services.

Bill Payment Services


Pay bills to the CRA, municipalities, colleges and universities, and utility companies using their credit cards at a 2.50% fee.


Pay your bills using Visa, MasterCard, or American Express, charging no more than 2.85% for every transaction to a recipient in Canada.


PayTM has a large database of major billers like the CRA, municipalities, universities, and utility companies. Available via mobile app only.

Melio Pay

Free and easy to use payment solution allowing US small businesses to pay any domestic business expense by credit card, even where cards are not accepted.


Use Chexy to pay rent with your credit card, earning earn miles and points.

Read our guide >