The best travel websites cover a range of topics: earning airline miles and hotel points, managing travel logistics and covering quirky stories in the travel industry, to start. Beyond the behemoths like TripAdvisor and Expedia, here are my seven best travel websites you've never heard of - omitting the site you are reading, for obvious reasons.
This is the only website on this list that could realistically supply you with every travel resource you need. A massive forum with over half a million members - including representatives from airlines and hotels to answer questions or complaints - FlyerTalk is known as the cream of the crop in terms of miles websites.
Their homepage also includes news across the travel industry, giving you unique insights (like new airplane designs, shown above). The biggest strength of the site is also it's one drawback: the vast amount of information, while valuable, can be difficult to sift through.
I often add "flyertalk" at the end of a Google search about miles, as I have found that to be far more efficient than the site itself.
In full disclosure, I am listed on this website and gain a solid amount of traffic from PointsBuzz. But that doesn't mean I'm wrong in listing them here. PointsBuzz is essentially a industry-wide RSS feed, linking from over 25 of the best miles websites and blogs to generate one clean "mega-page."
This means that you can receive a wide variety of information - from varying sources, which in my opinion is very important - by subscribing to just one site. That is a huge value add for people without time to sift through all the different perspectives.
I have already written glowingly about TripIt, including how to get the $49 Pro version for free. So I will save some of the language here. But what I will say is this is the most trafficked website in my travel folder - as I am traveling full-time and have an intense passion for the interest, that is a pretty significant statement for me.
Having all of my travel details automatically loaded to the site - and most importantly my calendars - including the local times makes scheduling in multiple time zones a breeze. Add in the automatic flight updates, seat tracking and clean phone app and I'm sold. I use it every day.
I am genuinely shocked more people in the U.S. don't use Skyscanner, especially when compared to the high usage of the Expedia's and Priceline's of the world. Regardless, this website is an excellent tool that searches over 15 online travel agencies to get the best rate for your flight.
Similar to how TripAdvisor works with hotels, Skyscanner will display the different flights and rates in an easy-to-navigate format. I especially like the "everywhere" feature, where you can pick an origin city and then search flights to everywhere - a great way to find cheap flights while piecing together an itinerary.
I am constantly using this site to search for short-haul flights, where using miles is either not possible or not advisable. Skyscanner saves a tremendous amount of time and dollars.
For those that use Reddit, you may have stumbled onto this sub-reddit already. But that would be surprising. With a relatively small subscription base - just north of 21,000 - one would think that activity could be lacking.
This just isn't the case, as r/churning continues to be a top news source for credit card churners. The site is often used by the big miles blogs to catch breaking news and instant feedback in mass, and I also enjoy the centralized format.
If you are a miles enthusiast, then you are probably shaking your head at the headline of this post - because you have heard of this site. The best of the best when it comes to miles blogs, The Points Guy has been featured on a wide variety of news outlets and continues to drive the most traffic.
With a staff of eight working for him (and growing rapidly), they collectively dive the deepest into award travel and - at this point - have created the best miles site out there for advanced frequent flyers.
This is the biggest wildcard site on this list, most notably because it isn't about travel. But hear me out. Google Drive enables you to save a range of documents - images, PDF, word, excel - and then access them from any device, as long as you are signed into your Google account.
Which means that you can upload every travel document you'd ever need - passport photos, insurance documents, important phone numbers - and access them from anywhere.
An added benefit is the ability to "view offline" from a phone, meaning you can store these important documents and access them even without a signal. I also use the site to edit and share documents among multiple persons.
Again, the above list is missing some major travel websites - like TripAdvisor, Expedia and, most notably, TFG - but I would be shocked to find someone new to the miles space that knows each of these sites. While big in various niche communities, all seven are relatively unknown to the mass travel population.
But this lack of awareness is not because of lack of value. From the first time I found FlyerTalk to posting credit card insights on r/churning, all seven have proved invaluable in my travels.
Have a website to add? Comment below and we'll include it in the next update.