Some Cool Travel Websites

Lowdown: Used by travel professionals and business travelers, this sleek site run by air transport industry data provider UBM Aviation has authoritative data about airlines, timetables and airports. One great "Flight Bytes" feature is called "Who Am I Really Flying With?" and reveals who is actually operating your flight — a mainline airline or a subsidiary. Also check out its other one-of-a-kind airline info searches.

Nobody knows what beaches on the Gulf Coast will look like this fall or winter. Oil could break up quickly. Tar balls could keep a-comin'. Travelers should check this site, which updates Gulf Coast beach conditions constantly.

It shows clearly the intense impact of beach closures and warnings in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida's panhandle — and no impact on beaches in Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Naples and the Keys.

Lowdown: A two-bedroom condo in Breckenridge, Colo., for as little as $107 a night? If you're looking for a last-minute vacation rental at a cheap price, check out this site. It specializes in last-minute rentals in Colorado, Florida and California; it also has some listings for Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii and South Carolina. For best prices, try renting by the week.

Lowdown: Incredibly useful site contains route maps for major and minor airlines around the world. Want to know where Air China flies within China? Or which airline flies non stop to Krakow, Poland? Just click on a region and an airline and look at the routes.

Lowdown: New travel site helps people with disabilities navigate airports, airlines and destinations. Created by Travelers Aid International and the National Organization on Disability to be a one-stop resource for travelers, the site has five sections: transportation resources, tourism resources, airports, disability organizations and state resources. The organization plans to add more on bus and train travel and how to rent portable oxygen devices and other medical aids while traveling.