Now Wendy Perrin has a column in the November Conde Nast Traveler on Magic tools to save you money and time.
And her list is actually better than mine. First because I said my list was a top ten, but only actually gave nine. And second because hers is more than ten.
There’s actually much overlap between our lists, she highlights sites like ITA Software, Autoslash, Awardwallet, and EVReward, all of which I use almost every day.
And I’m especially flattered that her list includes one of my sites, not this blog unfortunately (!) but my fee-based award booking service:
Tearing your hair out trying to use your frequent-flier miles or credit-card points for international flights in first or business class? Here’s the help you didn’t think existed. Gary Leff, the mileage magician behind BookYourAward, knows all the tricks for getting you where you want to go for as few miles as possible, and he’ll find and book your flights for you. For example, when a Condé Nast Traveler colleague wanted to apply her American Airlines miles to a flight to Bali in business class, it was going to cost her 210,000 miles. Leff found her the seats she wanted for only 122,500 miles, with the return portion from Hong Kong to JFK in Cathay Pacific’s first class. His fee is $250 for two tickets traveling on the same itinerary.
Now, Conde Nast has been very good to me and overly generous. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it here at View from the Wing but back in August they listed me as one of their world’s top 135 travel specialists.
Now, they’re probably wrong about that. But they did give me a nifty logo to use…
While I don’t actually think I belong in a list that includes Google Earth, I do hope I help folks here and I suppose the fact that they included me in that August issue and I never mentioned it here suggests I’m not a very good businessman, far more interested in helping my readers for free than I am charging. Hah.