Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Where to look for Travel bargains…

Want to save money for that summer trip? Use the Internet to find your travel bargains. Check out more than one travel site. Each site usually maintains slightly different inventories. Some great sites to check out are:
http://www.expedia.com/, http://www.orbitz.com/ , http://www.travelocity.com/ - These are the most well known. A couple of other places that scour many other sites including consolidators and discounters are: http://www.bookingbuddy.com/ , http://www.sidestep.com/ and www.tripmania.com . These sites should give you the lowest prices available. If your traveling dates are flexible you might want to check out http://www.hotwire.com/ , http://www.lastminutedealfinder.com/ , http://www.lastminutetravel.com/ , http://www.site59.com/ . One of my favorite travel sites is http://www.smartertravel.com/ . Two years ago we got a deal from Houston to West Palm Beach for $ 99.00 each round trip. Four of us traveled to Florida to see the Grandparents right before the start of school. It was a great trip. The way Smarter Travel works is: You go to their webpage and sign up for the weekly Last Minute Travel news letter. Type in the city you live in and they will send you a newsletter every Wednesday for last minute travel on the coming weekend. You have until Friday at midnight to book your travel. You will fly on Saturday and come home either Monday or Tuesday. It’s as simple as that. A new site that I found just a few days ago is http://www.skyauction.com/ . They have trips up for auction and you bid for your travel with other bidders. Check it out.

Most of the major sites will also offer discount rates for car rentals and hotels. A few sites to check out here are: http://www.hotels.com/ , http://www.lodging.com/ ,and http://www.roomsearch.com/ . If you have an Entertainment book you can also look for great hotel deals there.

Want to take a cruise? Look for discounts at: http://www.vacationstogo.com

Want to know what to do when you get there? Check out http://www.citysearch.com/ for information about the city you are traveling to. They have info on tickets and events, and where to eat out. Need dinner reservations, check out http://www.opentable.com/ for info on 3,000 restaurants across the country.

Check out http://www.travel.yahoo.com/ for travel guides for everything you need to know about your travel. For other travel guides, go to: http://www.frommers.com/ , http://www.foders.com/ , http://www.tripadvisor.com/
After your trip is booked, you may want to check out a few other sites.
If you plan to travel abroad, check out: http://www.travel.state.gov/ for information on visas, travel advisories and what to do incase of an emergency in a foreign land. If you visit http://www.currencysource.com/ it lets you purchase foreign currency with your credit card so that you have local bills in hand when you land at an unfamiliar destination. Finally, visit http://www.weather.com/ for a 10-day forecast so you know what to wear.
Some of these website have come from an article in the Parade magazine and others I know from personal experience. Use these sites to keep your travel within your budget and have a good time.
I'm adding another site: www.travelzoo.com/top20
If any of you know of any other sites, please list them in the comment section so that we can all save on our travel.


At 7:01 PM, Blogger John & Elaine said...

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At 7:02 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Thanks John, I'll check it out.

At 7:03 PM, Blogger John & Elaine said...

A couple other good travel sites are:


At 10:16 PM, Blogger Bonfire said...

Sites like Expedia and Hotels.com are contracted to have the exact same rate as the published rate of the hotel. If you actually look up the rate on the website and then call the hotel, you will get the corporate rate. The way those sites make thier money is by getting a discounted rate from the hotel and then marking them up to meet the hotel's rate. A better way to get a discounted hotel rate without going to an opaque site such as hotwire/priceline is to go directly to the hotel's website (ihgonline.com, marriott.com, hyatt.com etc)

At 12:23 AM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Well, Bon bon, You ought to know, you are the hotel queen.

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Brouhaha said...

Hi, good stuff. Site59 is great, but you got the URL wrong... www.site59.com not www.sites59.com. Also, Bonnie, what you said about hotel rates is only true for many of the large, chain hotels. Smaller chains and independents give companies like Travelocity lower rates and allow them to be discounted to separate themselves from the pack, fyi. Also, the hotel websites you mention don't have lower rates, the rates are the same there due to the desire for 'price parity'.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Thanks Brouhaha, I'll go back and corret it.

At 4:53 AM, Blogger Barb said...

Hey, Lucy, you're a life saver! Greg is travelling to Omaha next week and I had to find a good price on tickets. Thanks to your blog, I got a great deal. Thanks!

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Brab, Glad you got a good deal on Gregs tickets. You just have to know where to look. I remember back in 2000 when my daughter decided to move her wedding date up. She called up and said, "Mom, Justin and I are getting married next weekend, do you want to come?" Yeks, we had 9 days notice. You should have seen me trying to get air fare at a decent price. I managed but it was almost impossible.


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