Sites of the Week: March 28, 2015

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’”

– Isaac Asimov

Factoid: Despite the fears of modern parents, children today are much safer than they were two decades ago. The physical abuse of children declined  by 55 percent between 1992 and 2011, while sexual abuse declined 64 percent. From 1997 to 2012, abductions by strangers also went down by 51 percent.

NYMag.com
 

Now on to this week’s sites.  This week, I’m sending out two ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

Google Flights
https://www.google.com/flights

This site is cool. If you’re planning a flight, this should be your first stop.  Google Flights is an airfare advisor site only–you cannot book flights here. The site excels when your plans are flexible or you’re undecided.  Let’s say you know you want to go to Scandinavia, but you’re undecided on your destination. You can enter your departure city and for destination enter ‘Northern Europe’. The fares for destinations across that region are shown. Another nice feature is a calendar page that displays  prices for your trip on every day for the next month with the least expensive fare highlighted and a graph showing whether fares are likely to rise or fall.
 

Tingo
http://www.tingo.com/

Hotel rates change as often as airfares. Tingo promises to get you the lowest price.  If you find a lower price on another site, they will match it. But here’s where it gets good. Tingo continuously searches for better rates leading up to the day of your arrival, alerting you when the price drops. If a hotel drops its rate after you book, Tingo will automatically rebook you at the lower rate and refund the difference to your credit card. Tingo also provides a hotel’s rate history for the past 14 days. There are a couple of points worth noting. First, you must book rooms on their site that have “Best Price Guarantee” and “Price Drop Refunds”. Secondly, although reservations are fully refundable, you do have to prepay at the time of booking.
 

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

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