According to Statista.com, consumers can find cheap travel deals if they know where to look online, with almost 60 percent using online travel agencies to make hotel reservations and nearly half to book airfare. The key, of course, is to know where to look. Whether you’re in Atlanta, San Francisco or somewhere in between, as long as you have Internet access you’ll have access to scoring some great bargains online.
Discounts and Coupons
You might be surprised at how many travel-related coupons and discounts can be found online. Promotional sites like Groupon and Living Social often have special offers. Groupon Getaways, in conjunction with Expedia, features handpicked deals on hotels and results with a booking guarantee while GrouponLive provides discount entertainment tickets. Save on meals while traveling by heading to Restaurant.com.
Airfarewatchdog is staffed by actual humans who spend their days searching out the very best airfares, standing out from the rest by monitoring the airline’s websites for discounts and sales. They do the research for you – all you have to do is sit back and wait for the deals to come in. It tends to be especially lucrative for more impulsive last-minute travelers, such as the “mea culpa” fares that result due to airline mistakes. Unlike many other sites, Airfarewatchdog also incorporates smaller airlines like Southwest Airlines and others that are famous for their great deals but aren’t usually included on third-party sites like Expedia.
Google Flights may be the very best site to start out with when it comes to airfare as you’ll be able to compare pretty much all the airlines and see the difference in prices from one day to the next. The most impressive feature is the ability to search within a date range. For example, say you want to travel somewhere in Europe in September. You can select the dates you’re available, and Google will figure out which are the best days to fly, along with the best destinations. If you have no idea where you want to go, play with the map – you’ll be able to see destinations and airfares across the globe.
Sign up for the tracker too, it’s a great tool that will keep you updated when prices go up or down. Be sure to use Google Flights in combination with the airline websites as some airlines guarantee the lowest fares when booked on their own sites.
If you’re looking for last-minute shows, tours or even car rentals, TravelZoo is the place to go. The app lets you search by city for deals and frequently offers last-minute flash sales that are ideal for those procrastinators out there.
For cruisers there is really no site better than CruiseSheet. It’s simply a website aggregator that crawls the Internet and then displays the cheapest last-minute fares, but it consistently provides some of the lowest rates you’ll find out there as it makes finding an inexpensive cruise easy.