There are several online ‘logbook’ type websites that allow you to track your flights and then display them to you in a very informative way. I haven’t really been using such websites to track my flights and instead use an Excel spreadsheet to track all of my flying activity and miles. Here’s what I have on my spreadsheet:
- The number of the flight (the number of flights I’ve been on)
- Flight number
- Aircraft type
- Aircraft registration number (tail number)
- Departure Time
- Arrival Time
- Take-off Runway
- Landing Runway
- Booking class
- Total miles flown
- Total miles credited
Those are really the only bits I care about when I fly and later would like to look through my logbook. If I need additional information such as ticket numbers, etc., I will just go through all of my emails/boarding passes and retrieve such information.
Anyway, the excel spreadsheet is getting too annoying for me to keep updating since it isn’t really user-friendly. I had a look online at what flight logbook websites people were using and found the best one (in my opinion), flightdiary.net.
The website functions like a database whereby you can input your flight information and then it will show up in a table, just like if you had an excel file. But the cooler thing is, is that it presents you all of your flight information in super cool graphical ways:
I think the map is the most informative method since you can easily see all of your routes. In this particular case, I just filtered the map to show my routes flown from the past two years.
There are pie charts that display different types of information such as you seat preference, reason, class of service, etc.
Flights per weekday is also cool since it tells you when you tend to fly the most, for me, it’s Friday.
But I think the coolest one of them all is Flights per year:
As you can see, I got into this mileage hobby in 2013 and ever since then, my number of flights just keeps going up. Obviously 2015 has just started which is why there is a dramatic drop at the end.
So far I’m really liking flightdiary.net since the website is just so detailed and informative. Goodbye excel spreadsheet!