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How to Find the Best Deals on Yacht Vacation Rentals
If you’re dreaming of a luxurious getaway on the open sea, a yacht vacation rental is the ultimate way to indulge yourself. However, finding the best deals on these lavish accommodations can sometimes be a challenge. In this article, we will provide you with some valuable tips on how to find the best deals on yacht vacation rentals.
Start your search early
One of the key factors in finding great deals on yacht vacation rentals is starting your search early. As with any popular destination or luxury accommodation, availability can be limited, especially during peak seasons. By starting your search well in advance, you’ll have a better chance of securing a great deal and having more options to choose from.
Consider booking during off-peak seasons
Another way to find the best deals on yacht vacation rentals is by considering booking during off-peak seasons. Just like hotels and other travel accommodations, prices for yacht rentals tend to be lower during times when demand is lower. For example, if you’re looking to explore the Caribbean, consider visiting during the shoulder season when prices are more affordable compared to peak winter months.
Look for last-minute deals
If you’re flexible with your travel plans and can afford to wait until the last minute, keep an eye out for last-minute deals on yacht vacation rentals. Sometimes charter companies offer significant discounts for unsold inventory close to departure dates. There are also websites and apps that specialize in last-minute travel deals where you may find unexpected bargains.
Compare prices from different charter companies
When searching for yacht vacation rentals, it’s crucial to compare prices from different charter companies before making a decision. Prices can vary significantly depending on factors such as location, size of the yacht, amenities offered, and duration of the rental period. By doing thorough research and comparing prices across multiple providers, you’ll increase your chances of finding the best deals.
In conclusion, finding the best deals on yacht vacation rentals requires some planning and research. Start your search early, consider booking during off-peak seasons, look for last-minute deals if possible, and compare prices from different charter companies. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a luxurious yacht vacation without breaking the bank.
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24 Best Travel Websites to Find Deals and Save You Money
Use our guide to the best travel websites and find discounts and deals so you can vacation without breaking the bank.
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Whether you’re looking for a cheap last-minute vacation or planning to go home for the holidays, you’ll want to know the best travel websites to use. And if you’re tired of wondering which sites are best for each part of your trip planning, we’ve got you covered.
Here are some of the best travel sites we’ve found to help you bag bargains on airfares, lodging, car rentals and all your other travel needs. Best of all, almost all of the travel websites are free to use. Bon voyage!
Best websites to save on airfare
Keeping up with airfare prices has gotten easier thanks to sites like Google Flights and Kayak . You just type in your home and destination airport, pick the flights that work best for you and then set an alert to track the price. For example, Google Flights will send you an e-mail showing if your tracked flight went up or down in price. Both sites also let you see which days are cheaper to fly in that month. Airfarewatchdog also lets you search flight deals.
If you haven’t decided on where exactly you want to go, sign up for Going (formerly known as Scott’s Cheap Flights.) Their newsletter comes straight to your inbox with deals on domestic and international locations. Or you can follow Twitter handles such as @TheFlightDeal for flights, too.
Best websites for flight information.
Once your flight is booked, you’ll want to keep tabs on gate changes, layover information and more. FlightStats.com can help you plan a smooth trip by advising you on the best time of day to fly from a specific airport and which terminals to avoid when connecting flights. You can also view live updates of flight delays and sign up for free e-mail and phone alerts. Flightaware.com also tracks and predicts flight delays.
If you’re delayed by weather or some unforeseen event, it pays to act quickly. The TripIt Pro smartphone app ($49/year) will send you alerts about cancellations, delays or gate changes, sometimes even ahead of an airline announcement. Use it to locate alternate flights, find out when better seats are available, get fare refund notifications, track your rewards program points, and more.
Best websites to save on hotels
Hotels.com lets you search just one site for accommodations at hundreds of thousands of properties. Plus, its rewards program is simple: For every ten nights you spend at any combination of the program’s 500,000 member properties, you’ll earn a free night’s stay. As a member, you also unlock an average discount of 15% on select hotels. Similarly, HotelTonight is an app that lets users book hotels at low last-minute rates. Priceline Express Deals helps you find the best bargains, but there’s a catch. Priceline doesn’t tell you which hotel you’re booking until after you pay.
And try TripAdvisor.com for a detailed list of rated hotels (and excursions) that are close to your destination. The site links you to partner sites, such as Expedia and Travelocity for fulfillment. Click on the "check rates" button and select the site or sites you’d like to try — a new window with results will open for each partner.
Best websites to save on vacation rentals
Vacation rentals are an especially good value for groups because they generally offer more space and amenities for prices similar to or less than hotel rates, particularly if you look at it on a per-bed basis. Check out VRBO and Airbnb to find the perfect experience. For Marriott loyalists, Marriott Bonvoy lets you browse its 30-brand portfolio — which includes more than 2,000 private homes.
At the other end of the scale, if you don’t mind college-dorm-level amenities, check out Hostelworld.com . The site lists 36,000 properties in 178 countries around the globe and includes reviews.
Best websites for cruises and vacation packages
At CruiseCompete.com , more than 500 travel agencies vie to give you the lowest prices for dates, ports and ships you specify, whether you’re booking well in advance or at the eleventh hour. You set up a CruiseCompete account, and they send you their best offers without ever seeing your personal information.
Kayak.com and Tripadvisor.com will also knit together vacation packages for you. Just type in your destination and travel dates to get the best prices.
Best websites to save on rental cars
Hotwire often offers the best-published deals on cars by collecting rates from its eight rental car company partners, including Alamo, Enterprise and Hertz. The site also offers "hot rates" from rental companies that aren't identified until after you’ve paid.
And while Hotwire does offer some good prepaid rental car deals, in certain international cities for the best overseas auto deals you should check out AutoEurope . It offers rentals at more than 20,000 locations worldwide, and customer service is available 24/7.
AutoSlash is also a good site to find rental deals, as it will apply the best coupons and discount codes to your rental and re-book your reservation if the system finds a better deal.
Best websites to save on international train tickets
Trains are often the fastest and cheapest way to travel within and between European countries. Our favorite for checking timetables and booking tickets on European train lines is RailEurope . But you might be able to catch better deals directly from European railways’ sites if you don’t get lost in translation.
Best websites for travel insurance
You never know when an emergency situation will spoil your travel plans. That's what travel insurance is for. But don't just go for the default options from agencies and travel providers. At Squaremouth , you can compare plans and prices from multiple insurance providers with just one search and narrow your search results by specifying the kind of coverage you need. Another option is InsureMyTrip.com .
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My Favorite Websites to Find the Best Travel Deals
These sites can save you a lot on your next big trip—if you're patient and flexible..
Finding great travel deals is a skill, but it’s one that can be honed—if you can be patient and flexible ( and if you know you can take advantage of the 24-hour free federal cancelation policy to lock in time-sensitive deals). Here are some of the best travel websites you can use to snag your next trip on the cheap.
Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights
Yes, Google Flights is more user-friendly and has cool features (like the “explore” tool to see a map of your potential destinations and their prices), but if you mean business and are looking for the cheapest flight options you can find, Skyscanner is what you want to use. Here, you’ll find flights that will not even appear on Google Flights, and it even has an explore-like tool similar to Google’s where you simply input your local airport, select “whole month” for dates, and click “search” to find all the possible low-cost destinations for that month (I found a direct flight to Cancun from my home in Atlanta for $183).
You can catch last-minute flight deals and set alerts for cheap flights as well.
Use SecretFlying to set up alerts for their “Error Fares”
Airlines make mistakes sometimes, and as a savvy traveler, you need to be ready to take advantage of them when you can. SecretFlying is a travel deal website that works like many others, but it also has a special tool to find cheap flights that exist because of mistakes that airlines make. (For example, there was an enticing $95 roundtrip non-stop flight from Barcelona, Spain to New York last year .) The error fares go fast, and many might not logistically work for you, but if you ever do catch one of these, you’ll be bragging about it for years to come.
Use these online vacation package websites
There are many websites that sell you travel packages that include flights, hotels, food, tours, and even transportation (rails, bus, taxis, etc.) for much cheaper than you would find if you tried to book each piece individually. The catch is that these packages are typically strict on dates, and their cancelation policies are often less forgiving. But , you’ll be able to find amazing deals to locations you might not otherwise be able to afford.
Gate1 , for example, has been around since the 80s—my mom has used it with my dad to visit the eight wonders of the world on a budget over the years. Their best deals come from their weekly specials (you can sign up for their emails) and last-minute deals where you can find multi-day trips for big discounts.
For example, you can do a 13-day Thailand trip for $2,249 with all this included:
- Roundtrip flights Los Angeles to Bangkok, or Bangkok to Los Angeles
- Intra-flight Chiang Mai to Bangkok
- 11 nights First Class accommodations
- Hotel taxes, fees, service charges, and porterage
- 18 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Entrance fees per itinerary
Here are some other websites similar to Gate1 where you can find great deals on packages for your next trip:
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With so many travel websites out there, it’s tough to know which ones are worth considering when searching for that last-minute travel deal. If you’re looking for a beach vacation , some websites bundle flights, accommodations, and a rental car or transfer into a package deal that can be cheaper than booking the components individually .
Whether you’re looking for a last-minute cruise that includes bonus onboard credit or a late availability small group tour with 20% off the standard price, you’ll be sure to bag yourself a great deal using these recommended websites and apps.
Best for Last-Minute Vacation Deals
Customers can book just about anything on the Expedia platform and mobile app, including vacation packages, flights , hotels , car hire , cruises , and excursions.
Sign up to the One Key rewards program to earn 1 OneKeyCash per dollar spent on hotels, flights, car rentals, and more. OneKeyCash can be redeemed for travel on Expedia as well as through Hotels.com and Vrbo.
Search for your vacation package by defining the destination, departure airport, and trip duration. You can filter your results using a variety of options such as guest rating, hotel amenities, and distance from downtown. Expedia displays Unreal Deals in the search results that are combined package savings equivalent to 1 night’s free accommodation .
Hot Tip: Customers can book via the Expedia app to receive double reward points!
Pros and Cons of Expedia
- One Key Rewards Program
- Book your vacation package, rental car, and excursions all in 1 place
- Change and cancellation policies differ for individual hotels and airlines; check your small print before booking
- You might miss out on room upgrades by not booking directly
Hotel location is often one of the most important factors when booking a vacation, and Priceline has a great map to see where the accommodation is located, as well as a pop-up telling you the hotel star rating, price, and customer rating for quick browsing.
If hotel inventory is low for a particular property, Priceline displays when there is 1 room remaining , to ensure you don’t miss out. You can stick with the lead-in package price if you’re happy with the room type and flight times, or you can customize your package with changes/additions (usually at a cost).
Priceline has Express Deals on hotels with up to 60% off for flexible travelers . These opaque deals don’t display the hotel brand until after you book, but you will know the star rating, guest rating, and the general area of the hotel.
Pros and Cons of Priceline
- Detailed map view for hotels
- Express Deals with up to 60% off accommodation
- No rewards program
Orbitz has several search options for vacation bundles, including combinations of flights , hotels , and car rental . From the main search box, you can specify whether you’re looking for direct flights or require accommodation for part of your trip.
Within your search results, you can filter by hotels that offer free cancellation, or by specific amenities such as a swimming pool or all-inclusive board. Register for Orbitz Rewards and you’ll earn Orbucks to spend on hotel stays . 1 Orbuck can be redeemed for $1 and are earned on the following purchases:
- 1% on flights and packages
- 3% on hotels
- 5% on hotels booked via the Orbitz app
Pros and Cons of Orbitz
- Easy to book packages with or without car rental
- Orbitz Rewards Program
- Orbitz Rewards Program is not as generous as Expedia’s reward program for redemption value
Travelocity is another site where you can book everything together, or add-on elements, such as excursions, after you’ve booked. Travelocity searches over 400 airlines and 1 million properties worldwide to display the best deals for your vacation.
It’s quick and easy to register for a Travelocity account , and doing so will unlock an extra 10% off selected hotels . If you find a hotel, flight, cruise, or car rental at a lower price elsewhere, Travelocity will refund you the difference with its price match guarantee . This is up to 24 hours after you’ve booked for most travel components — for hotels, the price match is right up to the day before you’re due to arrive.
Pros and Cons of Travelocity
- Book everything in 1 place
- An extra 10% off hotels for Travelocity members
- Price match guarantee
- No loyalty program
Travelzoo is a travel aggregator that rounds-up the best deals from multiple websites and links you through to the appropriate website to book. As Travelzoo has a huge database, these deals have been negotiated specifically to promote to members and are time-limited.
Although you can search for deals departing on specific dates with Travelzoo, it pays to be flexible and let the deal dictate your dates. Head over to the Top 20 Deals page that changes weekly to reflect the very best offers tested and verified by the Travelzoo team.
Pros and Cons of Travelzoo
- Exclusive offers negotiated specifically for Travelzoo members
- Fully refundable deals available
- Limited-time offers and often only a set number available at the special deal price
Best for Last-Minute Flight Deals
Kayak is a metasearch engine, finding and returning flights that match your search criteria, without actually booking with Kayak. The best thing about Kayak is how many filters you can use to narrow your search , saving you time trawling through irrelevant results. Filter by direct flights only, carry-on or checked luggage, take-off or landing times, airline alliances, and much more.
Sign-up for Kayak Price Alerts to receive email notifications when prices change based on your search criteria.
Pros and Cons of Kayak
- Lots of filters to refine your search
- Booking direct with an airline so any frequent flyer points can be earned
- No loyalty program since bookings are not with Kayak
CheapOair is an online travel agent with bookings made directly with CheapOair. When searching for a flight, the results page tells you if a price is valid on a limited number of tickets to ensure you don’t miss out on that price.
The CheapOair rewards program gives members up to 20% off flights and up to 55% off hotels . For signing up, members receive 500 points and a further 500 points for their first booking. After you’ve booked once or spent $1,000, you’ll move to the Silver tier, where members earn 1 point per $1 spent. Gold and Platinum tiers provide higher point earnings. 1 point = 0.5 cents, so 200 points would be required to redeem $1 in travel credit.
Pros and Cons of CheapOair
- Rewards program with member discounts and reward point earnings
- CheapOair credit card available with 7 points earned per $1 spent
- Charges a booking fee (although occasionally has money-off promo codes for the fee)
Hot Tip: Download the award-winning CheapOair app and receive 2 points per $1 spent when booking through the app.
Secret Flying is constantly on the lookout for pricing errors and super cheap flash sales , which it says saves its customers, on average, 90% on flights. If you’re flexible on dates and destinations, you’re in for a treat, but you can also bag a bargain on a set destination. Download the Secret Flying app and receive notifications with flight deals to your chosen city, country, or region.
Pros and Cons of Secret Flying
- Cheap airline error fares are often honored by the airlines
- Push notifications with flights matching your criteria
- Deals aren’t as helpful for travelers inflexible with destination or travel dates
Google Flights has a clean, simple interface and some handy tools to find cheap flight deals. If you’re flexible on destination and are just interested in the best deal, you can input your departure airport and use the map view to view prices around the world .
If you know your destination but are flexible on the date you travel, take a look at Google’s price graph that displays the cheapest and most expensive days to fly .
Pros and Cons of Google Flights
- Bookings are directed to the airline, so you can earn loyalty program points
- Price graphs to identify the cheapest travel dates
- Doesn’t always display the cheapest flights that might be available with a small online travel agent
- Occasionally displays a price that no longer exists
Hot Tip: Check out our dedicated guide on how to use Google Flights to find cheap flight deals.
AirfareWatchdog employs real people to scour thousands of sites for the best flight deals, including error fares . If you’re looking to jet off last minute, or are flexible with your date of travel , that’s when you can really bag a deal with AirfareWatchdog. Prices are also tracked over time, so you can be confident when AirfareWatchdog flags a great deal as it knows the best time to book.
Sign-up for airfare alerts and you’ll receive updates to your email inbox when flight prices increase or decrease .
Pros and Cons of AirfareWatchdog
- Real people search and flag the best flight deals
- Price alerts that help you decide the best time to book
- Only compares flights and hotel prices, so you’ll need to search elsewhere for car rental and excursions
Best for Last-Minute Accommodation Deals
Booking.com is the go-to accommodation booking site for millions of travelers, providing a seamless search and booking experience. Travelers can browse hotels, apartments, and other unique properties all over the world, with many offering free cancellation.
When you complete 2 stays within 2 years, you’ll automatically receive Genius level 1 status to benefit from 10% off selected properties. Members that complete 5 stays within 2 years will receive level 2 status, with up to 15% off, free breakfast, and free room upgrades with selected properties.
Pros and Cons of Booking.com
- Automatic enrollment in the Genius loyalty program
- Free cancellation is offered on many properties
- You won’t earn hotel loyalty points because you are not booking directly with the hotel
Last Minute Travel lives up to its name by providing excellent deals on last-minute hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises , and more. Flexible travelers will love the Undercover Hotels feature, where super low offers keep the hotel’s identity a secret until the booking is completed. You’ll know the hotel’s general location, star rating, guest review score, and board basis to help make your decision.
Join the Last Minute Travel Club to benefit from exclusive member-only deals and to earn points towards free travel . Membership is $50 per year, and if you don’t save the cost of your membership through your exclusive deals, you’ll receive a voucher to cover the difference.
Pros and Cons of Last Minute Travel
- Undercover Hotels provide up to 65% off, revealing the hotel name after booking
- Filter hotel results by Tripadvisor review scores
- $50 membership fee for the Last Minute Travel Club
- No map to search for hotels in a particular area
Hopper is a clever little app that predicts hotel and flight prices up to a year in advance with 95% accuracy . You could save up to 40% on your hotel by booking with the app. Hopper will send you push notifications about recent searches and alert you to price rises and increases for particular properties.
The color-coded calendar displays what dates have the cheapest rates using green, amber, and red highlighting. Once you’ve searched for a destination, you can choose to “watch” specific hotels to receive push notifications with hidden deals that can’t be found anywhere else online.
Pros and Cons of Hopper App
- Intelligent predictions on the best time to book
- Hidden deals that are not available anywhere else
- You can’t contact Hopper’s customer service team by telephone — this must be done through the app
Hundreds of thousands of hotels, apartments, and holiday rentals are available to book on Hotels.com in over 200 countries and territories. You can book via its website or app and sign up to receive emails with secret prices for email subscribers only .
You can filter your search by the usual star rating, guest review rating, price, etc., but also by proximity to key landmarks or by accommodation theme, such as luxury, historic, and romantic.
Hotels.com participated in the One Key rewards program, which allows you to earn and use points on travel booked through Hotels.com, Expedia, and Vrbo.
Pros and Cons of Hotels.com
- Secret prices for email subscribers
- One Key rewards program
Tripadvisor might be your first port of call to check reviews for just about anything travel-related, but you can also search for hotel deals . When selecting your stay dates, Tripadvisor highlights the cheapest days in orange on the calendar, so you’ll know what days to avoid. Your search results can be filtered by your minimum and maximum budget, amenities, and distance from popular landmarks, in addition to many other options.
Alerts tell you if the price is a certain percentage lower than usual , so you’ll know whether you’re getting a good deal. As bookings are not made with Tripadvisor, your search results will tell you which website the deal is available with and displays comparison pricing against alternative websites.
Pros and Cons of Tripadvisor
- Color-coded calendar reflecting cheapest dates
- Alerts flagging if a specific price is cheaper than usual
- Prices displayed often don’t include taxes and fees
Best for Last-Minute Cruise Deals
Keep an eye on last-minute offers with CruiseDirect.com , where a cancellation may mean you can get your hands on a prime stateroom at a fantastic price . Check back regularly as prices fluctuate depending on how long is left before a cruise departs . Bonus inclusions and offers are displayed with little icons indicating free onboard spending, discounted shore excursions, or low deposits.
There are no booking fees with CruiseDirect.com, and the company has a price match guarantee if you find the same offer elsewhere.
Pros and Cons of CruiseDirect.com
- No booking fees
- Offers are generally not exclusive, so you could book them with any other cruise provider
Cruise.com gives customers access to special pricing and extras that can’t be booked anywhere else . Visit the Last Minute Cruises page and filter by cruise duration to see available deals, including cashback offers, onboard credit, and free gratuities.
If you know what cruise line you want to travel with, you can head straight to the individual deals page for the company, or if you know where you want to go or where you want to depart from, Cruise.com also features destination and port-specific deals pages. You can also register with Cruise.com to receive exclusive rates and discounts .
Pros and Cons of Cruise.com
- Dedicated last-minute cruise page with special offers
- Register with Cruise.com to receive exclusive rates and discounts
- The website is very busy and cluttered.
- No price guarantee is offered
CruisesOnly prides itself on its industry-leading expertise, with all agents having been professionally certified by each of the cruise lines. So you can bag yourself a last-minute deal while speaking to a cruise expert that can tell you which cruise liner will best suit your needs.
CruisesOnly has a price match guarantee , where it will refund you 110% of the difference if you find the same offer on another website. After your second booking, you can join the CruisesOnly Loyalty Club to receive free onboard credit or an Amazon gift card.
Pros and Cons of CruisesOnly
- Price match guarantee refunding 110% of the difference
- Loyalty program rewarding repeat customers
- The site can be very busy, making it hard to narrow down to the cruise you really want to take
Cruisewatch is a metasearch site that monitors over 25,000 cruise deals and holds pricing data from the last 5 years to analyze when the best time is to book . Take a look at the Cruise Price Drops page to see how pricing has fluctuated over the last 90 days and to check predictions on when to expect the best price.
When you’ve found the perfect deal, you have several options for how to book. Either click Book Now and you’ll be directed to a partner website to complete your booking, fill out the online booking form to be contacted by Cruisewatch, or call a customer service agent to book immediately.
Pros and Cons of Cruisewatch
- Analyzes historical pricing data to predict the best time to book
- Price alerts to keep up to date with price changes
- Confusing booking process with multiple options
Costco Travel is available to Costco members only, with membership costing $60 or $120 depending on whether you go for Gold Star or Executive level. Like Costco’s warehouse merchandise, only top quality cruises are promoted with Costco Travel, and Executive members benefit from an annual 2% reward with all travel purchases .
Some cruise offers include bonuses such as Costco Shop Cards or onboard credit .
Pros and Cons of Costco Travel
- Executive members benefit from a 2% annual reward on travel purchases
- Some offers include Costco Shop Cards or onboard credit
- Offers are only available to Costco members
Hot Tip: To view more popular websites for booking cruises at the lowest price, check out our dedicated article .
Best for Last-Minute Tour Deals
Intrepid is a B Corp accredited tour company that considers its corporate social responsibility as much as its bottom line. It runs sustainable small group tours all over the world and caters to solo travelers with shared rooms to avoid single supplements .
Whether you’re traveling on a budget or looking to explore a new destination alongside your creature comforts, Intrepid has a tour to suit you. Itineraries and inclusions are clear on the tour page, and you can secure your place on the tour for 5 days until you’re ready to pay your deposit . Check out the Travel Deals page for discounted and last-minute offers.
Pros and Cons of Intrepid
- Shared room options for solo travelers to avoid single supplements
- Clear itineraries and inclusions with optional extras
- Some tours are combination trips, so your travel companions may change midway through a tour
Gate 1 Travel provides small and large group escorted tours to all 7 continents. Visit the Special Offers page to see flash sales, last-minute deals, and featured destinations with extra savings . It’s always fun sharing the experience with a friend, and existing Gate 1 Travel customers can refer a friend to both receive $50 off a future booking .
Tours come in a range of travel styles, including Value, Classic, Deluxe, and Express, so you can choose the tour that best suits your travel style.
Pros and Cons of Gate 1 Travel
- Dedicated page with flash sales and last-minute deals
- Refer a friend program
- Supplement applies for solo travelers
Trafalgar offers over 300 tours , ranging from sightseeing and safaris to family and solo travel. You could save up to 15% on last-minute trips or plan in advance for 10% off early bird bookings on selected trips . Tours are focused on seeing bucket list icons, connecting with locals, and staying in accommodation with local heritage.
Order a free brochure to start planning your trip or check out the great customer reviews .
Pros and Cons of Trafalgar
- Up to 15% off last-minute bookings
- Wide range of tours and a great customer review rating
- Optional tour extras, such as excursions, can be pricey
TourRadar is an online travel agent, so it’s a great place to compare prices between a variety of tour operators . Over 40,000 tours are featured online, including large providers such as Intrepid , Trafalgar , and G Adventures . Bookings are made directly with TourRadar, who have a 24/7 support team via phone, email, or online chat.
TourRadar offers last-minute deals, early bird offers , and a selection of tours that are buy 1 get 1 free . It doesn’t get much better than that!
Pros and Cons of TourRadar
- Last-minute deals and buy 1 get 1 free offers
- Bookings are not made directly with the tour operator, so you won’t benefit from any repeat customer deals
Contiki offers tours for travelers from 18 to 35 years old to 6 continents (just missing Antarctica to get the full house). Contiki strives to provide sustainable travel , protecting the local communities and wildlife that form part of its tours.
Discounted tours are featured on its deals page, and customers can be book confidently with the knowledge that they can change their booking up to 30 days before the departure and move their flexible deposit to another tour or date .
Pros and Cons of Contiki
- Free changes up until 30 days before your tour and a flexible deposit
- Great for solo travelers with room sharing
- Free onboard Wi-Fi is limited
The key to bagging yourself a fantastic last-minute deal is flexibility. If you know the destination you want to travel to and the exact date you want to depart, chances are your choice will be limited. Opaque hotel deals can save you money on your accommodation if you can handle not knowing the hotel brand until after you’ve booked.
Many online travel agents have loyalty programs, so in addition to your great last-minute offer, you can collect points towards free future travel.
Frequently Asked Questions
Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz, Travelzoo, and Travelocity are great for finding last-minute vacation packages. Searching for a deal is easy and you can filter your results to the packages that suit your criteria.
Last-minute travel can often be cheaper as travel companies discount their inventory to fill spaces and cover operational costs. Sometimes, last-minute flights can be more expensive as seat prices increase depending on demand.
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Where I Find the Best Travel Deals
Finding the best travel deals is a matter of timing.
A lot of people think travel is just expensive, but in reality, there are incredible deals happening all the time. The often don’t last too long, and you have to act quickly. That can sometimes be a problem when a deal requires jumping on a plane tomorrow (how many people can do that?).
Fortunately, most deals are for months in the future, giving you ample time to plan your schedule.
Often I will book a flight and then figure out my plans.
Since you can usually cancel a flight within 24 hours without incurring a fee, I lock in the deal and then figure out if I can make it work. Sometimes I can (like the $1,200 USD business-class flight from LA to Stockholm round-trip); sometimes I can’t (like the $400 USD New Zealand flights I had to cancel).
I am always looking out for deals.
Today, I want to tell you where I go for travel deals, tips, and expert advice. After all, these resources focus solely on this one aspect of travel, so why not use them? I can’t know everything, so I rely on specialists. If travel were a hospital, I would be your general practitioner.
Here’s a quick look at the top companies I use and suggest:
Quick Overview: Best Travel Deals
For a full breakdown of each company and what they are best for, click on the links below to jump to that section:
Table of Contents
Where to Find the Best Flight Deals
Where to find the best travel hacking news, where to find the best cruise deals, where to find the best transportation deals, where to find the best accommodation deals, where to find the best tour deals, where i find the best travel insurance deals.
- The Flight Deal – This is a great resource for finding cheap flights from the USA. If you’re based in the States, start your research here!
- Secret Flying – This cheap flight website finds “error fares” (when airlines make pricing mistakes) to and from destinations all around the globe.
- Holiday Pirates – No matter where you’re based this is a great cheap flight website so be sure to always check here for more deals.
- Going – Formerly Scott’s Cheap Flights, this is another awesome resource for finding flight deals from the US. They offer free flight alerts, and with a premium membership you get access to even more deals as soon as they find them.
If you’re simply looking to book a flight, check out the search engines below. It’s important to remember that there is no one best online booking website. All the search engine websites have blind spots so it’s important to search a few different places before you book your flight. Generally, the BEST booking sites are the following:
- Skyscanner – Skyscanner is a very intuitive platform that lets you search for an open-ended trip. If you’re not 100% sure where you want to go (or when) then start your search with Skyscanner.
- Google Flights – A good all-around flight search website to include in your cheap flight arsenal.
I always start my searches with Skyscanner . They search booking websites and airlines all around the world to ensure that no deal is missed. They cast the widest net and constantly are vetting the sites they search. Start with them!
- 5 Steps to Booking a Cheap Flight Online
- The Ultimate Guide to Finding Cheap Flights
- View from the Wing – This is where I go for airline and frequent flier news.
- The Points Guy – A great resource for credit card and travel hacking news and information.
- One Mile at a Time – This is a great website for credit card, in-flight experiences, and frequent flier news.
- Skift – The best place for all airline and travel industry news.
For Australia and New Zealand travel hacking, visit Points Hack .
For Canada, use Prince of Travel .
For the UK, Head for Points .
As a very, very, very avid travel hacker (and while I have my own special tricks and tips ), when you’re overseas a lot, it’s hard to stay up to date on your own so I use these three sites to keep me in the loop.
- Travel Hacking 101: A Beginner’s Guide
- How I Earn 1 Million Frequent Flier Miles Every Year
- The Best Travel Credit Cards
How to Pick the Best Travel Credit Card
In my mind, there is only one cruise deal website worth following: CruiseSheet . This site consistently has some of the lowest rates out there, and its interface is beautiful.
If I don’t find anything on CruiseSheet or want to double-check a price, I go to the second-best website, vacationstogo.com .
- How to Take a Cruise for as Little as $30 USD Per Day
- The Best Cruise Travel Insurance
- FlixBus – A budget-friendly bus company routes all across Europe and parts of the USA.
- Eurail – Offers a variety of discounted train passes for both individual countries as well as entire regions of Europe, including passes for the entire continent.
- Rome2Rio – A helpful resource for finding and comparing budget transportation options.
- BlaBlaCar – A rideshare app that pairs travelers with local drivers who are looking to pick up passengers for a small fee.
- RVShare – A sharing economy platform for renting RVs and camper vans directly from locals.
- Turo – A car rental app that enables you to rent cars for short periods of time from locals.
- Japan Rail Pass – A budget-friendly train pass exclusively for Japan. Comes in 7, 14, and 21-day passes.
- Discover Cars – A comprehensive rental car aggregator for destinations all around the globe.
- A Complete Guide to the Eurail Global Pass
- How to Find a Cheap Rental Car
- Booking.com – This is the best website for finding hotels no matter where you are in the world. I usually start my search for hotel rooms here.
- Agoda.com – While you can use Agoda for finding hotels worldwide, I specifically use Agoda when looking for hotels in Asia. This seems to be where they go above and beyond the competition.
- Campspace – This app connects you with locals renting out plots of land, RVs, cabins, and camper vans ranging from rustic to glamping.
- Trusted Housesitters – Helps travelers connect with locals looking for house and pet sitters. Great for slow travelers/long-term travelers.
- Hostelworld – They are hands-down the best resource for finding budget-friendly hostels around the world. I use them every time I travel and you should too!
Note : I’ve stopped recommending Airbnb for a few reasons. You can find out why I am no longer a fan of Airbnb in this post .
- How to Find a Cheap Hotel Room: Sites to Use and Sites to Avoid
- How to Start House Sitting
- How to Pick a Good Hostel
- How to Find the Perfect Apartment for Vacation Rentals
- Intrepid Travel – This is my favorite small-group tour company. They hire local guides and are great for both solo travelers and couples/groups.
- Walks – Walks operates small group tours with local guides in some of the best cities around the world.
- Devour Food Tours – My go-to food tour company, with tours all around Euopre and the US.
- EatWith – Allows you to eat home cooked meals with local cooks. Everyone sets their own price (so prices can vary wildly depending on the cook) but this is a great way to do something different, pick a local’s brain, and make a new friend.
- Get Your Guide – A huge activity aggregator where you can find and book all kinds of activities, from cooking classes to walking tours to multi-day local excursions.
READ MORE: How to Pick the Best Tour Company
I never travel anywhere without travel insurance. After dealing with injuries and emergencies abroad (and knowing plenty of other travelers who have been injured or robbed on the road) I always make sure I have comprehensive medical and travel insurance before I leave home. Here are my recommended companies for finding the best travel insurance:
- SafetyWing – This is my go-to travel insurance company. They offer affordable monthly plans with a deductible. Great for digital nomads and frugal travelers!
- Insure My Trip – If you’re over 70 and looking for insurance, this is the best place to find it!
- Medjet – Medjet is a good option for people who are going to be far from home and want added evacuation coverage. It’s great for solo travelers and super affordable.
- The Best Travel Insurance Companies
- Do You Need Medical Evacuation Coverage?
- A Complete Guide to Buying Travel Insurance
While I think my site is amazing for your on-the-ground tips, tricks, and advice needs, for when you need travel deals to get you to where you want to go, use the companies above. They’re what I use, and they’ve never steered me wrong! They’ll save you the most money!
Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks
Book Your Flight Find a cheap flight by using Skyscanner . It’s my favorite search engine because it searches websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is being left unturned.
Book Your Accommodation You can book your hostel with Hostelworld . If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as it consistently returns the cheapest rates for guesthouses and hotels.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:
- SafetyWing (best for everyone)
- Insure My Trip (for those 70 and over)
- Medjet (for additional evacuation coverage)
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Best Discount Travel Sites for Deals: Traveler's Guide! 
Traveling is expensive, but it doesn't have to be. Travel deal sites can be nice, but which one should you use? Here's my detailed guide for you to find the best deals based on your travel style.
Miriam enjoys writing about travel, and other adventures abroad like studying or working as an English language assistant. Her favorite places she's visited (so far) include London, UK, Angers, France, and the entire country of Norway. When she's not dreaming of new locations to explore, you can find her singing, acting, or dancing (probably all three), binge watching cozy crime TV shows, embroidering, or trying to come up with clever puns.
Traveling is something you and I probably share the love of. It's such an amazing experience being able to see the world and broaden your perspective on the world.
While traveling is something we all wish we were doing more often, it's often very costly.
Flights across the Pacific or Atlantic often start at 1000 dollars and are slowly increasing year after year.
That's where great travel deals come in! These deals help you plan travel cheaply while allowing you to have just as much fun.
After all, the money you saved from travel deals can go into eating more local dishes or participating in tours of museums and landmarks.
However, as the internet becomes more and more accessible, more and more of these travel discount sites are popping up, each with similar offerings.
How does one know which sites are the best for travel deals? It can get overwhelming. I know it was for me when I first began this journey of travel deal sourcing.
Whether you're looking for flights, hotels, travel packages, or anything in between, there's a site for you.
In order to understand a little bit more about what most of these travel deal websites offer, let's break it down into categories to find the one most suitable for you.
Best Travel Deal Websites - By Category
While I can't cover all of these travel deal websites, I'll cover the most relevant and useful ones today. Feel free to use the table of contents above to jump to the specific category you're most interested in! The categories and respective winners are:
- Best Travel Deals for Airfares - Skyscanner
- Best Flight Deals and Alert Subscriptions - Going.com
- Best Deals for Error Fares - Secret Flying
- Best Travel Deals Apps - Hopper
- Best Online Travel Agencies for Deals - Expedia
- Best Deals for All-Inclusive or Vacation Packages - Orbitz
- Other Notable Mentions for Deals - Travelzoo
Why are there so many travel deal websites?
The reason why there are different categories for travel deal websites is that different travelers have other preferences, budgets, and timeframes.
It's also precisely why it's so complicated to find the "best travel deal website" because there are different ones for each type of traveler.
It's important to note that while some are featured in one category, it doesn't mean they don't have features worthy of the other categories. For example, most of them have mobile apps, and a lot of services offer mistake and error fares.
While some companies focus on one aspect of travel deals, some, like Expedia, focus on all aspects of travel (hotels, flights, car rentals, bundles.)
Using all of these tools sounds like a headache, which is exactly why I'm excited to be a part of Pilot, a social travel hub that will incorporate all things travel in one platform.
I'll go in-depth into what my recommendations are for each category. Let's discover together what the best travel deal sites are for you in particular!
Best Flight Deals for Airfare Discounts
Let's face it: one of the biggest spend, especially for international travel, is the flight ticket.
Being one of the first expenses you'll incur, it can be a significant downer as flight tickets can drain your budget and de-motivate you from going on your trip.
Fear not, though! Here are some of the best sites for flight deals to save big on your next trip.
For many travelers, Skyscanner is a favorite out of all the flight deals search sites out there. For good reasons, too.
Skyscanner allows you to search for flights from "everywhere" and "anytime," which gives you the ultimate flexibility around finding the best destination for affordable airfare. Advanced filtering options from Skyscanner can also help you filter out layovers, flight duration, amenities, alternatives, and more.
Once you've picked a flight, Skyscanner will redirect you to the website with the best prices to book your flights.
I personally use Skyscanner quite often to look for affordable flights, and I especially appreciate the ability to be flexible with location and time. The website also updates in real-time, so if you get lucky, you might find some last-minute deals on there!
The downsides of Skyscanner include not featuring all airlines on their website and not being able to book directly on their site as it's a third-party affiliated platform.
2. Google Flights
Google Flights is probably one of the most commonly used flight search platforms out there. In recent times, Google Flights has also become really flexible, allowing you to use their "explore" feature to find the cheapest flights for cool new destinations.
I personally juggle between Google Flights and Skyscanner to look for the cheapest flights. One of the best features of Google Flights is the ability to visually see price fluctuations chart between your departure and arrival dates and the ability to see them on a map.
Google Flights also recently launched price-tracking features, which will send alerts to your phone when prices for flights drop.
The downside is that some airlines won't show on Google Flights, like SouthWest Airlines and Thai Airways. Oh, Google Flights is also a third-party platform, meaning it'll redirect you to another site when you're ready to book.
Best Flight Deal Alerts Subscription Service
Aside from powerful platforms allowing you to book flights and search cheap flight deals, there are also flight deal alert subscription services that'll be able to automatically notify you through email or SMS on flights you're interested in.
Here are some of the best flight deal subscription websites out there.
1. Going (Formerly Scott's Cheap Flights)
Ever have that one friend bragging about how they got 50%+ off flight tickets? Some of them probably use services like Going.
Going.com , formerly known as Scott's Cheap Flights, is a travel service that leverages a blend of its internal team and algorithms to scour the internet looking for dips and discounts for airfares.
When they've identified a preferred discount, a notification (email and/or SMS) will be sent to you to book the flight.
On Going, you can indicate your preferences to only receive emails on your chosen routes, and then you'll typically have a couple of days to book those fares.
With premium subscription, you'll also get access to more filters, destinations, and type of fare reductions. This is perfect if you're a frequent traveler or a digital nomad.
The downside to Going is the very limited free plan, which gives you very few options and filters to choose from. There's also no flight search feature, so I recommend combining this with Skyscanner or Google Flights.
I've been following the journey of Scott Cheap Flights and its growth into Going.com, so if you're still wondering, " Is Going.com worth it? ", check it out!
2. Jack's Flight Club
Similar to Scott's Cheap Flights, there's another Flight Club in town: Jack's Flight Club .
Jack's Flight Club operates with an email subscription service just like Scott's Cheap Flights, but instead of showing flights originating in the US, Jack's Flight Club shows fares departing from the UK, Ireland, and Northern European airports.
So, if you happen to live in an area serviced by one of those airports or are traveling onward from there, it's worth subscribing to Jack's Flight Club emails - it's free!
The downside of using Jack's Flight Club is similar to Going.com, where they don't offer search functionalities and won't cover all regions of the globe. I've tried subscribing to both of them so I can get more regions, but I just ended up with a bunch of emails.
If you're interested in finding out the verdict of Jack's Flight Club reviews , we go in-depth on their pros and cons. Check it out for more detail!
3. Dollar Flight Club
Another flight deal service, Dollar Flight Club , allows you to subscribe to their emails to receive fare deals straight to your inbox.
Unlike Scott's Cheap Flights, Dollar Flight Club allows you to select airports outside the US as your primary departure region.
Their free membership gets you deals on mainly international flights, but sometimes you'll get ones that may even feel too good to be true!
Premium and Premium Plus subscriptions for Dollar Flight Club will get you more exclusive domestic and international deals, business and first-class discounts, partner deals, and more!
The deals are often time-sensitive, so you'll need to be quick and watch your inbox closely if you're looking to snag those deals.
While it's free to use Dollar Flight Club's service, I'd prefer Going or Jack's Flights Club over Dollar Flight Club over frequent complaints of billing transparency and refund issues, on top of the same flaws that exist on Going or Jack Flights Club.
Want to learn more? My colleague goes in-depth on what is Dollar Flight Club , what they offer, and what the reviews are like in detail.
4. Matt's Flights
A final flight club for you to use is Matt's Flights .
Claiming to save you up to 90% on flights, Matt looks for the best deals and error fares before sending them out to his email subscribers based on their preferred departure locations.
If you upgrade to the premium version, you'll have access to 24/7 personalized support in finding the best fares for your chosen routes.
Matt's newsletters also occasionally contain giveaways or contests for free airplane tickets, and who can complain about that?
If you'd like to know more about them, make sure to read our review of Matt's Flights !
Best Travel Websites for Error Fares
Airline companies frequently make mistakes on the fares of airline tickets. While they're often quick to revert back, it's become such a well-known phenomenon that services and websites have devoted their business model to catching these error fares for travelers.
While many businesses have features for catching error fares, some have gotten really good at it.
So, if you're flexible in where you go as long as you get incredibly cheap airline tickets, definitely check out these best travel sites for error fares!
1. Secret Flying
Secret Flying, founded in 2014, is a service that finds incredibly cheap flight deals and mistake fares for travelers, claiming to save up to 90% on average for flights.
To use Secret Flying, you'll have to be flexible on dates and destinations. Download the app and start getting juicy notifications on the best flight deals near you!
I've used them before, and a few drawbacks come to mind. Secret Flying is more tailored for spontaneous travelers and isn't for those with inflexible timeframes to work with. Download their mobile app to get started!
Secret Flying also has an outdated design, which may be a turnoff as it doesn't reflect the mood of those traveling.
Wandering what the consensus is from the secret flying reviews , my colleague goes into detail, so check it out!
If you're able to be a little flexible with your travel and snag spontaneous deals, AirfareWatchdog is the travel site for you!
AirfareWatchdog, which has been in the industry since 1998, has employees and algorithms searching the internet and airlines to find error fares or discount deals. You'll learn about them as soon as they appear.
Airfarewatchdog's gotten so good at it they're acquired by Expedia, which has since only gotten better at finding error fares.
Fares are also tracked so you can see if there are any trends. You can set up alerts to receive any of the discounts via email, but the more flexible you are with your travel, the more likely you'll be able to take advantage of one of their deals.
We've written an in-depth review on Airfarewatchdog , so definitely check it out if you're interested in using their services!
Best App for Travel Deals
Nowadays, I find travel inspiration in the most unusual places. For one minute, I'm at the office working, and the next minute, I'm secretly on my phone scrolling through destinations to travel to. (Luckily for me, I work in travel 🤩)
I'm not alone, either. Mobile apps have increasingly become the go-to place for travel inspiration. Correspondingly, the best way to facilitate impulse travel bookings on mobile is travel deal apps designed specifically to source the best travel deals for you all on your phone.
Let's talk about some of the biggest mobile apps specifically for travel deals, shall we?
Hopper is a travel deals app that's designed to help you find the best prices on hotels, flights, and rentals.
If you prefer using an app rather than having to check your emails for travel deals, Hopper is an app you should add to your phone. I've personally used Hopper before, and it's a great platform for spontaneous travelers to look for and set targets for deals and prices for destinations that you'd like to visit.
With a motto of "spend less, and travel better," Hopper provides travelers with great deals on hotel bookings and flights. Hopper's algorithm focuses on predicting fares so you can choose to travel when costs are at their lowest and save as much as possible.
What I like about Hopper is its color-coded calendar and the "watch" feature, which helps you find the best rates per date and track price fluctuations.
The drawback I've found with the app is the refunds not being actual cash but with in-store "Carrot Cash" credits. They've also struggled to maintain competitive pricing and customer service problems.
There's actually a lot more to Hopper than what we've covered here, so if you'd like to learn more about Hopper, including a frequently asked question of " Is Hopper legit? " check out our comprehensive guide on the travel deals app now!
2. Super Travel (Formerly known as SnapTravel)
SnapTravel, recently rebranded to Super Travel, leverages AI to help travelers find cheap deals online.
Super offers a self-serve travel agent platform that helps with accommodation booking, namely hotels and flights, and aims to use machine learning to bring the cheapest deals to customers.
All you'll need to do is to send them a message with your city and date preferences, and you'll get a reply with Super Travel's tailored travel deals, which you can then easily take advantage of with a few clicks.
I've personally tried out SnapTravel before the rebrand and found it less useful than Hopper. To be fair, the reason for their rebrand has lots to do with the overwhelming negative snap travel reviews online, so I doubt Super Travel is any better.
I'd personally recommend checking them out, but be wary of price fluctuations between the app and the providers the mobile app's pushing you towards.
Best Online Travel Agencies for Travel Deals!
If I were to ask you to name a company in Travel, you'd most likely call out brands like Expedia, TripAdvisor, or Booking. These platforms hold a majority market share for a good reason, as their global inventory remains uncontested.
But are they good at finding deals? The answer isn't as clear-cut as you think.
Most platforms that search for deals will bring you to OTA (Online Travel Agencies) to book. That's because these companies hold inventories and can adjust prices accordingly.
Using other travel deal websites to track price fluctuations on these providers, in my opinion, is the best way to go about researching and sourcing great travel deals.
Plus, these big OTAs often offer great perks when booking with them, such as free room upgrades for loyalty programs, package deals for travel, free airport pickups, and more.
Let me run you through the most relevant OTAs in the market today.
Expedia is one of the biggest travel marketplace providers in the world, available for flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages, and more. They're also on both web and mobile apps.
Expedia Group owns the likes of Travelocity, Orbitz, Hotels.com, Vrbo, Trivago, Hotwire, and more. I'll quickly run you through each platform and what they focus on.
But for now, Expedia.
One of the bigger website names in travel discounts, Expedia has long dominated as a top booking platform for discounted travel.
Using Expedia, you can find great deals on flights, hotels, car rentals, travel packages, and more.
The best thing about Expedia is their One Key rewards program, where you can earn 1 credit per dollar spent on the platform. The reward program can then be redeemed on most of Expedia Group's subsidiary companies, like Vrbo and Hotels.com.
If you're looking for a place to search for last-minute deals and other travel packages like cruises or all-inclusive luxury travel, Expedia is likely your best and most reliable bet. The downside to Expedia is the variety of cancellation and date change policies per listing.
Travelocity is an OTA powered by Expedia that helps you book everything together in one place. Using the global inventory powers of Expedia, Travelocity offers price match guarantees and an extra 10% off Travelocity members.
While the 10% off is great, there are no rewards or loyalty programs associated with Travelocity.
Booking.com is another OTA and travel provider conglomerate offering millions of listings, from hostels and apartment rentals to hotels and luxury resorts across the world.
Booking Holdings also owns platforms like KAYAK, Priceline, Agoda, and more.
I like using Booking.com more than Expedia, but that's my preference. The feature I particularly like is the free cancellations that Booking.com offers compared to Expedia, as well as their tiered reward system (Genius points).
The drawback of using Booking.com is that they don't relay my information to Hotels, so sometimes my notes get missed.
If you'd like to learn more about Booking.com reviews and whether they're worth booking with, my colleague wrote a review, so check it out before booking with them!
3. Airbnb / Vrbo
Airbnb is a household name when it comes to OTAs for vacation rentals, homestays, and other experiences.
Airbnb started as a place for travelers to source cheap alternatives to hotels and resorts, effectively serving as an OTA for homestays. I'd definitely check them out for great deals on stays, especially in areas where hotel prices are high.
The best thing I like about Airbnb is its filtering ability, which lets me get into the specifics of what kind of accommodations I want to stay in.
While Airbnb has gained fame and popularity, there's also Vrbo, featuring more vacation rentals and private stays. If you're looking for these accommodation types, I'd switch between the two to look for the best deal and place to stay.
While Vrbo reviews are comparable with Airbnbs, I think they're pretty different.
The biggest drawback with Airbnb, Vrbo, and other vacation rentals is the rising prices of the stays, some even comparable to hotels and resorts. This added to expensive and strict policies, has lost their initial appeal, at least to me.
If you're looking for in-depth explanations of the reviews of Airbnb and what they mean, we go further into detail in a separate article.
4. Momondo / KAYAK
If you're looking for an easy way to compare prices across hotel bookings, flights, car rentals, and more, Momondo is an excellent resource for you to use.
Momondo is powered by Booking Holdings and is currently managed by Kayak
It's most famous for comparing flights and even has a "fly anywhere" button if you want to be spontaneous and travel to wherever is cheapest.
You can also set up flight alerts for your chosen routes to be notified if prices drop. As with any flight deal site, be sure to check directly with the airline to ensure that the price you're seeing is the lowest.
Check out how we feel about the travel deals site in our Momondo review here!
As for KAYAK, they're a meta-search engine for travel, hosting tons of listings, flights, and services worldwide, with advanced filtering options to get really specific on what kind of accommodation you'd like to stay at or what kind of flights you'd like to book.
KAYAK offers price alerts where you'll receive notifications whenever the price fluctuates, which also makes it a good site to track travel deals.
Check out our full KAYAK review for more details!
Tripadvisor used to be my favorite place to look for inspiration and recommendations on where to go. Still, they've become more of a booking platform than a community-driven travel site.
What is Tripadvisor? The platform has changed so much; they're apparently also now a go-to place for travel deals. Tripadvisor highlights the cheapest days to book on their platform, with powerful filtering capabilities to help you find a good deal.
What's great about Tripadvisor is that you can filter your search to only accommodation between certain price points, helping you stay within budget while potentially finding some good surprise deals.
Personally, I don't go to Tripadvisor for travel deals, but many others do, so that's why it's featured. A big reason is that prices are often higher on checkout than on what is displayed.
Tripadvisor will also tell you whenever you're receiving a discount, so you know you're getting the best price.
If you need a refresher on what Tripadvisor is, including why or why not book with them, check out our detailed review now!
OTAs vs. Direct Hotel Bookings: Which is better?
There are a lot of questions and assumptions made around booking through OTAs like Booking.com or Expedia versus booking directly through the hotel, so as a travel veteran who's booked from both many times, I'll provide some tips on which is better.
In general, if you're looking to get the most out of your stay, compare the prices of both before booking. Direct booking have greater chances of better deals, but that's not always the case.
In cases where OTA has better prices, make sure to check the hotel page itself, as they sometimes offer exclusive perks to direct booking travelers, like room upgrades or hotel credits.
If you book through an OTA, chances are information may be concealed from the hotel, so they're not able to curate a better experience for you. When I travel for special occasions, I always either book directly with the hotel or call them up to give them notes on my stay so they can better prepare for my arrival.
Oh, get a good travel credit card so you can earn points from your accommodation and travel expenses for cool perks!
All-Inclusive or Vacation Packages Deal Sites
Who says all-inclusive deals or vacation packages have to be expensive?
It certainly doesn't.
If you're looking for luxury travel or all-in-one vacation packages, I've got you covered as well. A lot of companies we've covered thus far offer decent vacation package deals, such as Expedia and Travelocity, but we'll cover more here.
When it comes to vacation bundles or all-inclusive packages, Orbitz is often the go-to for this particular service.
On Orbitz's main site, you'll be able to search from a combination of flights, hotels, and car rentals, with additional filtering options. Orbitz also has its own rewards program called Orbucks, which you'll be able to use on flights, packages, and hotels booked through Orbitz.
The biggest value for Orbitz is the bundles, as the rewards aren't as good as some of the deal sites mentioned here.
Learn more about Orbitz Hotels & Flights before you book with them!
2. Gate 1 Travel
Not many people know about Gate 1, but they're known for some cool, organized tours around the world.
While they're not exactly branded as an all-inclusive or vacation deal package, their tours come in different travel styles, which range from Value to Deluxe, depending on which suits you the best.
They're also offering flash sales or last-minute deals, some of which are all-inclusive or vacation packages, with extra savings. I'd check them out if booking organized tours is your thing!
The biggest downside is that Gate 1 is not meant for solo travelers and people who like to take control during their trip.
Find out about Gate 1 Travel reviews before booking tours with them through our review!
3. Secret Escapes
Secret Escapes is a service that helps travelers find luxury hotels and deals in the UK and other countries. They act as travel agents, helping you source the best online luxury deals and saving time and money.
They also have collections to search for trips based on keywords (i.e., boutique hotels, all-inclusive holidays, Lake District breaks, or Northern Lights holidays), as well as experiences.
Some downsides include geographic restrictions for memberships and varied experiences. If you're looking for luxury accommodations, packages, or bundles, feel free to check them out. The membership is free!
If you're looking for more details like how does Secret Escape work , check out our detailed guide!
Other Notable Mentions for Travel Deals
Here are some more great travel deal sites that I think you should check out! I don't think it's a fair comparison to put them against the likes of Booking and Expedia, so here are some travel deal websites that travelers have come to love.
1. TravelZoo - Great for last-minute deals
Travelzoo is a great place if you're looking for last-minute deals.
Pulling together all kinds of deals from providers, you'll be able to go through their top 20 list of deals or filter by "deal kind" to find what fits your travel goals best.
Travelzoo is a great way to see what's out there, but be mindful that it's a third-party company and is not directly responsible for any bookings.
Learn what TravelZoo is and if they're legit in our detailed review!
2. Priceline - Great last-minute vacation packages
While Priceline offers all of the basic travel deals that most other platforms on here feature, similarly to Orbitz, they also offer bundles and packages.
Perhaps the best feature of Priceline is its map-focused search, which is very useful for quick scans of which accommodation is the best within a given area. What's great is that you're also able to add on and customize for selected packages (at a cost).
With Express Deals on Priceline, you can save on hotels up to 60%, which is why they're featured on this list.
While they don't display the hotel brands until after you book with them, you'll see general features like star ratings, guest ratings, and the general area of where the accommodation is located.
If you're still wondering, " is Priceline Legit ?", we cover that and more in detail on our blogs!
3. Holidu - Great Vacation Rental deals
Holidu is a great vacation rental place to source deals from.
Using your travel dates, you can search for your chosen destination, and Holidu will pull up the best deals across multiple sites.
There's an option to filter through different types of properties, and you can even view the property using Google Street View.
Their list of budget-friendly accommodations means you'll be able to find your perfect fit at the right price point.
I'd say Holidu's biggest drawback is its extent of listings and the varied customer service.
Learn more about what Holidu reviews say before you book!
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