As you begin to plan for your summer getaway – here are a few travel websites that may make the process a bit easier for you and may even save you some money.
Kayak.com gathers fares from more than 120 sources. Click on the best deal, and Kayak.com will send you to a site where you can buy the ticket. If your travel dates are flexible, you can increase your chances of finding a deal by searching for dates up to three days before and after your ideal travel dates. Farecast.com predicts whether fares on most domestic routes will go up or down. Enter your itinerary and the site will let you know if you should purchase your ticket now or wait for a better fare that will be offered soon. To make these forecasts, the site analyzes past fare trends in airline databases and other factors. It updates its fares shortly after 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. eastern time.
AirfareWatchdog.com posts bargain airfares offered by airlines at unbelievably low fares on certain flights. These “fire sale” fares, “blooper fares” and “price war” fares are unpredictable. To take advantage of these bargain rates, you must book them right away. This site specializes in deals for flights departing from the 30 largest metro areas.
WebFlyer.com is the site for the frequent flyer who is interested in how to get the best seat or upgrade their miles earned. You can see how your miles convert between programs, learn about changes to your frequent flier program or discover how to max out the value of your mileage awards when you redeem them for merchandise or services.
TripAdvisor.com is the most comprehensive and easy-to-use listing of professional and amateur reviews of hotels in the U.S. and overseas, with about five million reviews. It contains photos of the properties and maps of the locations that are uniquely useful. TripAdvisor doesn’t sell rooms, but it lets you compare and book rates sold by Web travel agencies, such as Expedia.com, Orbitz.com and Hotels.com.
Site59.com is the site for the last minute traveler. It offers the easiest way to book a trip as early as 14 days before you go or as late as three hours before departure on domestic trips.
Travel insurance. The best value policies found on the internet are those sold directly by the leading travel insurance company, TravelGuard.com, an AIG Company.
To save money on airport parking, visit AirportDiscountParking.com, which will direct you to bargain lots.