I’ve wanted this tracking tool for years, but just found it today. It allows you to track not only the price of tickets you want to buy, but the tickets you have already purchased. Here is why it is important: Because we leave money on the table. If the price of your already purchased ticket falls, you can ask the airline for a credit to your airline account for future travel. It won’t help you much if you buy through a third party site, but I almost always buy directly from the airline website. The yapta web tool is nothing special for buying tickets, but a great find for the already purchased ones. For checking flights and prices for possible future travel, I still like itasoftware.com. Yapta.com has been in business since 2006 and I just found it. It shows you how much I have to learn. I have never even seen it mentioned before.
In all fairness it is a little cumbersome to add all the required info for each segment including flight number departure and arrival city and date of travel. And when you are done with that you must add what you paid for the ticket, where you bought it and the confirmation number. It took several minutes to load that info, but will be well worth it if a refund or voucher comes out of it. They will email you if the price falls and you can call the airline for a credit. If the ticket drops $20 it is not worth the effort as you typically have to refare the ticket, but airfares can change dramatically over time. My tickets to Greece this month probably won’t change, but the tickets I just got for Hawaii in December may well vary enough to make it worthwhile to have loaded the information.
I can assure you of this. If it were not for yapta.com, the odds of my seeing a lower price were at best one in one hundred as I may check once every 3 months on my own. Now it appears I’m covered everyday.
Now if I can just remember to add all my upcoming flights as I book them.
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49