Try These 4 Travel Deals Sites For Your Next Vacation

Traveling offers many unique opportunities and unforgettable memories, but the costs can be exorbitant! These days it’s often best to use a booking site to find the best deals. Because there are so many options, the sites you choose should match your preferred method of searching/filtering deals and should also frequently offer the best prices. Here are some lesser-known sites to try the next time you’re looking for a cheaper flight or hotel room.

Google Flights

Like everything about Google, Google Flights provides plenty of detailed information without too many frills. Booking airline tickets through this site allows you to quickly see how different routes, days and times will impact the price of your flights. If you’re a bit flexible with your travel dates and specific itinerary (especially for long distances), Google Flights will help you find the perfect combination at the lowest price.

Kayak

Kayak is a travel deals aggregator that covers both hotels and flights (as well as cruises, vacation packages, car rentals, etc.). It’s your best one-stop-shop for finding great deals. After entering your travel information, Kayak searches hundreds of other travel websites (including other discount booking sites) to bring you the best deals. Their published average discount rate is based on constantly showing the best option, even if it comes from a competitor’s site.

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travelzoo

Another deal aggregator, Travelzoo works like Kayak and displays deals from various booking sites, including competitors. Travelzoo’s weekly Top 20 email is a great way to research the best upcoming deals if your travel plans are flexible. Thus, this site is a great option for various trips, both planned and spontaneous!

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

If you’re looking for boutique hotels and unique, yet discounted travel experiences, Mr. & Mrs. Smith is your best booking friend. This site will not display offers from major hotel chains or motels/inns/etc. Yet he Is return results for some of the best hidden gems in a given destination. Hotels must be invited to join the database here and are only included once they have been reviewed by “secret shoppers” for the site. This means you can be sure you are getting a high quality stay.

word of warning

While these booking sites are often the best choice, be aware of a few pitfalls. First, discount booking sites may not show all available options at a given hotel or airline. For example, they may not display certain seat options available on a flight or all of a hotel’s packages. If you really want to see all the options available, compare what you find on a booking site with the direct company before making your choice.

Second, be sure to include all booking fees in your final price calculation; some sites do not display these fees on the price they display and only slip them into the last line before clicking “confirm”. These booking fees could make your final price higher than another service.

Finally, familiarize yourself with the cancellation and change policies related to the venue, hotel, and airline. For example, some hotels don’t allow you to change your reservation for free if you booked through a third-party site. So if there’s a good chance you need to adjust your plans, booking directly through the hotel might be your best bet.

With a little work, you can find plenty of hotels and airfares using these sites, so be sure to check them out for your next trip!