5 Helpful Travel Sites You Should Totally Bookmark

You have a lot of options when booking your next hotel stay. For most travel planning, the best overall strategy is to compare prices from multiple sources including the hotel’s own website, as it will sometimes offer deals not shared with third-party sites, or offer the same rates as third-party sites minus pesky booking fees.

For instance, visit the “Package Deals” page to view all of the current bundled offers in popular destinations like NYC, Orlando, Las Vegas, Daytona Beach, etc.There is the “Cheap Vacations by Interest” section with several sub-pages on everything from beach trips to “eco travel”.

The relationship between travel providers and online booking sites are based on contracts that detail how much information an airline or hotel will share with those sites, and providers pay online travel agencies, or OTAs, a commission on those bookings.

Keep an eagle eye out for resort fees; many of the best vacation booking sites don’t count them in their initial per-person price estimate because they’re collected separately by the hotel, but they can add a significant amount to the final cost of your trip.

JetBlue also forfeits any opportunity to market its credit cards, vacations and other products if a consumer doesn’t book directly on Plus, the airline probably has to pay Expedia for a referral (although exactly what OTAs charge airlines and hotels for sending them business is a closely guarded secret).