tools of the trade

Want to get started with booking your trips on points, miles, discounts, and deals? Here are the sites and tools you need to know about.

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Hotels       Flights       Points

 

Hotels

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David's Vacation club - for the most underrated hack

If you have no idea what renting Disney Vacation Club points is about, stop what you're doing and visit David's to find out. You can get deluxe hotels for a fraction of the cost. This is doubtless the most value conscious way to get a deluxe Disney experience.

UNDERCOVER TOURIST - BEST FOR WALT DISNEY WORLD

Undercover Tourist always has discounted hotel rates for Walt Disney World, so it is a great place to start. They also sell discounted tickets (and are more known for that).

HOTELS.COM AND PRICELINE - BEST FOR GETTING GREAT RATES

The truth is that a number of factors determine which site actually has the best prices at any time or is the best for your budget. These are both great sites to check for low rates, even on Disney hotels!

Flights

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GOOGLE FLIGHTS - TO FIND THE BEST PRICES

The best tool for finding great flight prices is Google flights. Their figures come from the ITA Matrix, long the holy grail of deal searching, but a complicated tool to mater. 

AWARDACE - TO FIND THE BEST REDEMPTIONS

AwardAce is an awesome tool that tells you how many points a given redemption will cost. What's more, the program-by-program listing includes the major transfer partners, so you'll be able to look at a given redemption option and immediately get an idea of how you can start working toward it.

SECRET FLYING and Airfare Watchdog- TO SNAG THE BEST DEALS

There are lots of deals websites out there, and these are two of the best. Grabbing these deals requires quick thinking, though. Keep in mind that most airlines have a 24-hour cancellation policy, so it is often best to buy now and decide later.

Twitter - To Get Instant Notice

Twitter is the best way to stay on top of flight deals. You should follow a variety of deal sites (depending on how congested you want your feed to be). If you follow us @mousehacking, we try and retweet deals to Disney destinations.

Points, Miles, and Cards

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The points guy - for everything points

TPG is the top resource when it comes to figuring out everything points-related. They have the latest news and deals, and their content is very instructive.

AWARDWALLET - TO TRACK YOUR POINTS

As you start to accumulate more points and miles in different programs, it can quickly get difficult to track them (and their expiration dates). AwardWallet solves these by automating the tracking.

TPG Top Deals - For Picking Your Next Card

The Points Guy also has a great page on the top deals currently being offered by the different card companies.

CardMatch - For Finding your Best Offers

The CardMatch tool will find offers tailored to you. These aren't likely to be spectacular, but you'll occasionally find a real gem, and a gem of a credit card offer can mean a round trip flight for two.