The internet revolutionized the way that we take vacations. And those are perhaps good reasons, along with avoiding referral fees, why airlines would rather that you book direct with their websites. The standard of information is good and includes reviews of a huge assemblage of destinations, hotels, and more. We had a bit of an adventurous spirit so we booked a city PASS that offered discounted prices into some of the city’s most popular attractions.
So you might be surprised to learn that since more than 95 percent of the online travel marketplace is controlled by just two companies (Expedia and Priceline), many of our travel sites found the exact same flights and cars for the exact same price. Denae travels frequently and said she uses HotelTonight to find cheap rooms in the U.S. “When I am traveling in America, I like to use the app HotelTonight, which has great, last-minute deals on unique places,” she said.
Travelocity is our top pick for online travel sites because you can mix and match flights, hotels and vacation packages – all from a single website. Hot Tip: You can earn frequent flyer miles on flights booked through an OTA, but you might not earn miles towards elite status.
Travelocity advertises lower rates of 10% or more on select hotels if you create an account. Still, for those who love to travel with other people and want to reduce expenses on a trip, GAFFL could be a great place to find fellow wanderers and plan some great adventures for a little less money.
Momondo scans all sorts of discount sites to find you the best price for a flight. Most travel sites offer a bonus if you make multiple bookings with them for the same trip – be it your flight and hotel, your hotel and car rental, or all three. Of similar ilk are travel agencies and booking engines like Zuji, Travelocity (partnering with Zuji), Agoda, and Wotif.