Four Invaluable Tools for Booking Flights With Miles & Cash

Below are some tools, tips, and tricks to help you navigate the complexities of planning and booking air travel. Let’s move about the cabin and discuss how we got here.

Award Tickets

Using points and miles can be a fantastic way to leverage the costs of travel. By using credit cards which earn transferable points or airline miles, you'll be well on your way to nearly free travel.

For example, the Chase Sapphire Reserve earns 3 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on dining. These Ultimate Rewards can be transferred to 10 different airline programs.

Google Tests New Price Drop Guarantee

Today I'm not talking about miles or points, but instead a new way to find the cheapest flights to book with cash. A savvy miles ninja knows when to use miles versus when to pull out the dollar bills, after all.

Until September 2, look out for this little symbol in the search results of Google Flights:

It means that Google predicts this flight is priced as low as it will go, and if you book it and the price drops more than $5, they will refund you the difference up to $500.

How to Show Legroom in Google Flights Search Results

If you have long legs then the distance between the seat backs on a plane, called seat pitch, is of primary importance. That's especially true when you're looking to book a cheap cash flight most likely in economy class, where seat pitches vary greatly. A couple inches can make a world of a difference.

The pitch of Ryanair could be unacceptable to long-legged individuals. 

Seat pitch information is not a new feature of Google Flights search results.