Don't Leave Home Without It: Luggage, Revisited
Breeze through the airport and stay organized in flight with two new nonsuitcases.
A fanny pack for your airplane seat Zen Class has developed an expandable bag that slips over the seatback trays on airplanes. The Nirvana Organizer ($39.99) can hold magazines, a passport, a portable DVD player, pens, earphones, and any other travel gear. It even has a cup holder.
A wearable carry-on bag Why carry a bag to the airport when a jacket can hold everything you need? Scottevest makes shirts, jackets, and vests that have as many as 28 pockets and are perfect for travelers who carry a lot of gadgets. The new lightweight windbreaker ($75) allows you to control your iPod or smartphone through three special clear compartments. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is such a fan of Scottevest's clothing that he has starred in six short videos on the company's website.
Save money on travel with these websites for frequent fliers
- Miss Refund
When you cancel a flight, you are entitled to a refund of the taxes and fuel charges you paid -- even on a nonrefundable ticket. For 25 euros ($32), MissRefund.com will get that money for you. The company has secured refunds as large as $262; the average is $101. If you don't receive a refund, you don't have to pay.
Vayama.com is an airfare booking site focused on routes and destinations that aren't generally available online, like Seattle to Denpasar, Bali. But it doesn't always have the best prices, particularly on run-of-the-mill trips, so make sure to shop around.
Airfarewatchdog.com scours listing sites such as Travelocity and Orbitz to find the best deals, even on small airlines like Allegiant. Because it's selective, it may not have the exact flight you are looking for, but it can alert you when a good deal on your trip comes in.
Yapta.com will alert you when a good price appears on the flight you want. If the price falls after you have bought the ticket, Yapta will, for $15, try to get you a refund or credit for the difference.