I’ve been heavily entrenched in the travel & tourism industry for years-formal education, 1000s of books, reports, market research, etc. Bottom Line: For more information about Orbitz Rewards and booking travel through Orbitz, check out everything you need to know about booking travel with Orbitz. Of course, hotel booking is not the raison d’etre here so to attempt a booking you’ll need to dig down to the Hotel search” page or wander back to MEHK.

Airfarewatchdog finds cheap flights, but does not perform any transactions — you’ll be redirected to for that, a site that will help you find the travel sites with these prices. The big daddy of Cyberia’s user-generated travel reviews is undoubtedly Trip Advisor ( ), with mountains of bumf on hotels, restaurants, and more.

If you find a lower price for your hotel room after booking, you can get that cheaper rate, a refund in the amount of the difference, or a fixed-guarantee payout. From this search, you’ll see the rates normally given for that hotel, through sites like Expedia and , and how much you save by using goSeek.

See, the airlines don’t want to pay the finder’s fee that online travel agencies demand. Discounts typically go into effect Monday nights for most airlines, and now they’re matching each other’s prices to stay competitive. Below is a list of the travel sites that I visit often and that I use to help me plan my trips.

Many travel agents get to go on free trips for every ten or twenty vacation packages they sell. But when it’s cheaper to travel, you may be better off booking with your card through a third-party site to get the discount and earn rewards that you could reserve for another travel expense.