When it comes to travel, there are certain rules you should follow to make it right depending on budget and interest. Whether you are traveling for pleasure or business, availability and price is always on the table. As the population growth, oil prices go up and the demand for vacation increases, the cost of your next trip can go up. The internet is changing the way the travel industry and travelers do business. A few years ago, you would call or walk to the near travel agency to book your trip. Most travel agencies, as we know of, disappeared. You now can search, book flights, hotel, and rent cars in the internet. This article explores some of the most popular travel websites not necessarily in any order. They are all similar but there are differences on how they do business.
Priceline.com is becoming a popular travel website because they massively advertised in the TV. You can book flights, hotel or rent a car with Priceline. Booking hotel with Priceline is how you can get some discount. However watch out; you do not know the hotel you will get until you pay.
Kayak.com is another travel website where you can book flights and lodging. If you have flexibility on the travel date and destination, you may get a deal. The trick is to accommodate your travel date a few days after and before to find what type of discount you can get, if any.
Hotels.com is specialized in hotels. That website updates hotel deals once a week.
BingTravel.com seems to show the best price based on a forecast on the airfare fluctuation. We are not sure how accurate they are.
AirfareWatchdog.com is for travelers who are ready to traveling whenever a deal comes up.
There are many other travel websites out there. WhichBudget.com is for international flights. It searches on a number of international airlines from a starting point and comes up with the best price and route. This demands flexibility on your part concerning itinerary.
Yapta.com is a prepaid travel site. You must buy your ticket first then, if prices go down you get discount or refund for the difference. It does not track all the airlines but those participants in the program.
Hotwire.com may be good for best-released deals on vehicles rental showing rates of seven rental-car company companions, including Spending, Enterprise and Europcar. The website shows local hot deals but you will know the rent-a-car company you are renting the car just after you pay.
LateRooms.com is another last-minute dealmaker. After you enter your credit card, they will give you a hotel phone and reservation number to call. You may get that price or not depending on availability.
TripAdvisorDiary.com is perhaps one of the most complete travel websites. You can search and book flights, hotel, rent a car, and more with one of the best online search-engines and a database that includes most all airlines and 156,000 hotels all over the world. Travelers can also create their own travel blog, upload photos and videos to share with other travelers.