Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Price Comparison and other useful sites

It has been a long trend in western countries to check price comparison sites before buying any product. Be it a monthly grocery, home loan, car insurance or travel ticket. But this trend was never there in India. However I have recently started watching some price comparison sites are taking birth and for their age they work pretty good. Following are some sites for different purpose:

  1. Policy Bazaar – Site is to check Car, Health, Travel and Life insurance. Sadly it does not cover home insurance.
  2. Bank Bazaar -  Site is to check Home loan, personal loan and credit card
  3. Insurance Mall India – Site is to check many type of insurance policies. I have not checked this site thoroughly, but looks like it has good features.
  4. Calorie Count – Did you ever wish to check the calories in something that you are eating? Well, this is a site for you.
  5. ClearTrip, MakeMyTrip and Yatra - For air journey you might be knowing that there are numerous sites like ClearTrip, MakeMyTrip, Yatra etc. They can quickly result the possible fair of your air travel by date,time and by airlines of your choice. Among these sites ClearTrip is the only site that allows you to book the train tickets in India as well. They have very good integration with IRCTC and they have used AJAX in very beautiful way. Train reservation @ ClearTrip is a very good reference of SOA and sensible use of AJAX.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Real time flight status

Have you ever waited for your loved ones? Were you ever in situation when they are en-route from US/UK and you want to know the status of their flight. Well currently I am in that situation. My fiancée is coming from Houston and her flight is scheduled to arrive @ BIAL at 12:35 AM 27/12. I am eager to find about the delay or early arrival. I Google and as always Google makes me happy. I find Flight Stats. Usually you will find a lot of sites which are US specific. FlightStats is a site that is global and giving very accurate results for domestic/international in/out bound flights from India. Following is a snapshot when I am searching for a flight on 26/12 which is scheduled to arrive at BIAL on 27/12. It is showing flight is en-route and currently 44 minutes late.

FlightStats.com