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Hotel and Flight Tools You’ll Want to Use

Here are two travel tools that will help get you the best deals on your hotels and keep current on your flights.

Dealbase

Dealbase.com, started by the founder of TravelPost.com (now part of Kayak.com) is a great choice for snagging bargain hotel rooms in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

They offer deals from thousands of sources, including hotel websites, email newsletters, private hotel offers, rewards programs and online travel agencies. Dealbase says it has the largest collection of hotel deals and discount offers on the planet – and it’s free to use.

Transparency is the site’s best feature. You can see right away where the deal comes from, what’s required and how much you save (as a percentage of regular rates, not artificially inflated rack rates). Once you narrow down to a hotel, nearby hotels are also shown, along with the number of deals available at each property.

FlightView

Flight tracking app for mobile phones features the ability to track upcoming and in-air flights, check gate assignments, delays and cancellations and use an in-air map to see a flight’s progress. Flight itineraries can be saved and your own notes added. View a North American airport delay map with radar weather overlay. FlightView covers all flights with one endpoint in North America. FlightView is available for the iPhone ($1.99), Android, Blackberry, Palm and Mobile Web.

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