A roundup of useful travel resources and applications we’ve come across.
Cheap Flights & Mistake Fares
Automated aggregation of cheap flight offers departing YEG (has sister sites for all major flight hubs in Canada, eg. YULdeals.com, YYCdeals.com, etc).
Award Search Engines
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) per month.
Search Engine for finding First class, Business class, or complex route flight mileage awards.
Cost: $59-249, based on points not time.
Desktop application. Uses airline reservation systems to view available award seats across all 3 major airline alliances.
Cost: $35-75 USD annually.
Hotel Aggregators, Discount Sites, & Sharing Economy
Online travel agency and metasearch engine for hotels, vacation rentals, flights, and airport transfer.
“Tinder of travel”, lets you match with other vacation homes and swap houses with each other for specified dates.
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.
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.