Smart travelers don’t sit in a travel agents office to plan their vacations anymore, they go to travel websites to find discount airfare deals and book their own cheap flights. Train times, prices and links to various booking options are just one of the reasons The Man in Seat 61, despite its slightly retro setup, has held steady even in the current competitive climate. Here are some of the top travel sites for coupon deals, negotiated-rate hotels, last-minute offers and other circumstances that might arise for your future travels.

AIRLINES Seats, airport lounges, airline services, and flights are all rated by visitors to , a site created by international aviation consultants Skytrax, who also run , the definitive guide to first and business class on more than 60 airlines. Best feature: TripAdvisor gives users the unique ability to simultaneously research hotel reviews and compare prices from hotel booking sites.

That discount is likely “subtracted” from the room’s rack rate (the highest price for the room on specific days during the peak booking season). Choose mileage rewards from several different airlines when you book your hotel stay through this site. When you book travel, your booking is handled by one of those sites directly, not by BookingBuddy.

This app-slash-search engine shows me a huge array flights to choose from and lets me dial in my search around nearby airports. By highlighting unique perspectives focused on food, destinations, culture and experience, Travel Noire will not only inspire you to travel, but also help you find a community of travelers once you’re on your next adventure.

Now that it owns Travelocity and Orbitz , Expedia runs all of the former Big Three booking engines, so you now get the exact same results on all three. Still being tested at press time, Kayak will search 35 sites and allow you to sort airfare results by departure or arrival time.