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Travel Tools

Price shopping and online booking

Airlines sites

The cheapest fares are often available directly from the airlines on their Web sites and you can often earn extra frequent flyer miles.

All-purpose travel sites

Book flights, hotels and cars in one spot, for a $5-$7 fee. Prices are sometimes, but not always, lower than what's available directly from the airline, hotel or rental agency.

Travel aggregators

Aggregators compile results from selected booking or airline sites, then you book directly with those sites.

Rail Information

Research itineraries, book tickets

More tools

See your seat

View seating arrangements on multiple carriers and airlines.

Resources for frequent fliers

Last minute travel