We are often asked how to save money planning a vacation, so we are sharing our favorite sites for discount travel booking. We really do use them all.
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Favorite Site for Searching for Flights
Our favorite place to begin a flight search and check out a variety of options is Google Flights. We use their Calendar Tool to look for alternate dates and we use their Flight Alert option to keep track of rising or falling ticket prices on our preferred routes. If you click on any of Google Flight’s options, you are sent to that airline’s website for booking.
Favorite Site for Booking Airfare & Packages
In general, we like Priceline and find they have good prices on most travel needs. However, we are often asked if packaging a trip makes more economic sense. The answer usually depends on how many people will be traveling on the same itinerary. While it might make sense to buy a flight-hotel-car rental bundle for two people on the same trip (and these are widely available at all the online travel agencies), this type of all-in-one package would not make sense for three or four people, because the other travelers would pay a premium for a room or rental car that the first two travelers had already paid for. Another option is Expedia, which often creates packages based on exclusive inventory you won’t find elsewhere.
The best advice we have — do your homework. Price your trip a few different ways and make the best choice for your needs.
Favorite Site for Hotel Searching
Our favorite place to begin hotel searches is at the hotel metasearch engine, Trivago
Favorite Site for Hotel Booking
Our favorite site for hotel bookings is Booking.com
Good Alternative Site for Vacation Rentals
While Airbnb does a great job and gets all the attention for vacation rental bookings, we still like VRBO.
Favorite Site for Rental Cars
Most travelers have deals on rental cars through their loyalty programs but we always find good rates on Priceline, although we wish you could still bid using the “Name Your Own Price” tool. Their hotel savings can be up to 60% off which is very good too.
Favorite Site for Booking Attractions
We think the Viator site is great for booking attractions in advance of arrival, and it sure saves time waiting in line.
Favorite Site for Camera Gear and Travel Electronics
Like the rest of you probably, we begin our travel gear searches on Amazon because it’s a huge and well priced marketplace. Plus we always find new gadgets and good ideas!
Good luck with your vacation planning, and please share your favorite booking sites in the Comments section below.
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