Summer has been a blast and just around the corner is the Main Holiday Season starting with Labor Day. For many people that means time to start planning even more family vacations. The internet has made it easier than ever for people to book their getaways. The following web sites are among the top rated and designed to save you money when planning your trips.
Expedia -You can plan your next great vacation with Expedia. As the world’s largest online travel agency, they make it easy to get the best prices on flights, hotels, and flight + hotel vacations. They have the largest selection of hotels and airlines. You can get the best rates or get a refund plus a $50 Coupon. You can save up to $525 on hotel+ flight packages.
Tripadvisor.com -Plan and have your perfect trip with TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Browse over 100 million candid reviews, opinions, and photos of hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more – all by travelers like you. You’ll also find low airfares, free travel guides, worldwide vacation rental listings, popular forums with advice about virtually every destination, and more.
Yahoo! Travel – This is a very popular website for travel ideas, travel guides, booking a trip, evaluations of vacation spots. You can find cheap airline tickets, hotels, great cruises and vacation packages.
Orbitz.com– This is a popular website for finding and booking cheap airfare but can also be used to book accommodations and car rentals. They have the “price assurance” policy that states if another Orbitz customer get a better deal than you on the same flight or hotel than they will refund you 110% with orbucks (vouchers to be used on their website). They also promise $50 vouchers if you find the same hotel rates or flights online for a lower price. They have been under fire lately with consumer reviews for poor customer service and steep cancellation fees.
Travelocity.com– Travelocity allows you to book flights, cars, hotels, cruises, and vacation packages. They offer a competitive rate on prices compared to other online travel sites and they offer a similar deal to Orbitz on refunds if you find a better deal. They also have been criticized in user reviews for poor customer service when plans need to be changed or reservations are lost. Travelocity is the sixth largest travel agency in the United States.
Priceline.com– Priceline is a website that helps customers get the best discount deal on flights, hotels, cars, cruises, tours, and attractions by using their “name your own price” feature. This feature allows the user to name their price, general location, and service rating (star rating) but not the exact flight, hotel, etc. The drawback is that if your bid is accepted you will be charged for that booking and are unable to cancel. If your bid is not accepted you cannot bid again for 24 hours unless you change parameters such as star rating or location area. They also have a traditional booking system where you can see a list of hotel or flights to choose from and the rates they are being offered at. Priceline.com is best known for getting consumer the best prices on hotel rooms using the “name your own price” and is generally well reviewed by consumers.
Kayak.com– Kayak.com is a travel search engine that compiles data from over 200 travel sites helping its customers get the best deals on flights and accommodations, car rentals, and cruises. It can send you email alerts when prices fall and compiles historical airfare information for viewing. It is not a booking site but once you find what you want to book in their listings the site will take you to the booking page for that agency. Kayak is best known for offering the best deals on flights, just be aware that they do not include Southwest Airlines in their searches.
Hotels.com – Hotels.com has over 200,000 hotels in more than 60 countries.There are 7 million hotel reviews that will help you find cheap hotels or the best deal in the right location. Whether you are travelling last minute as a family or need a hotel for business, we have the right hotel deal for you. They also have a 24-hour call center, if you would prefer to speak to a real person. Don’t forget about the Price Match Guarantee and Last Minute Deals. Plus, no change or cancel fee from hotels.com to ease your mind with your next hotel booking. They promote themselves to have the best prices at the best places.
Booking.com– Established in 1996, Booking.com B.V. guarantees the best prices for any type of property, from small, family-run bed and breakfasts to executive apartments and five-star luxury suites. Truly international, Booking.com is available in more than 40 languages, and offers over 330,443 properties in 184 countries. Whether you’re staying in a city, by the coast or in the countryside, Booking.com guarantees to offer you the best available rates. The Booking.com reservation service is free. They don’t charge any booking fees or add any administration fees – and in many cases rooms can be cancelled free of charge.
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