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Online Travel Deals

It is a fact that for many people, traveling has been considered a great way of spending their vacation time — this, despite the fact that a large number of these people also travel extensively for work. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you should be sure to investigate the variety of online travel deals available at your fingertips. If you don’t, you’re missing a great opportunity for saving money on your travel expenses.

Of course, there are some travelers who have plenty of money and don’t worry about finding the best travel deals; however, if you’re reading this article, we assume you’re not in this camp!

Far and away the most popular place to find online deals these days is through the online travel aggregators such as Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak, and Priceline. Though many of them initially focused solely on one segment of travel (such as flights or hotels only), these sites now offer price comparison shopping for flights, hotels, car rentals, and even package deals combining multiple components. These types of sites scour the internet to try to provide the best deals for any imaginable itinerary — Priceline even offers a ‘name your own price’ option to possibly get even better deals. These

Although the travel aggregators outlined above offer some great deals, don’t overlook the possibility of travel agencies. Many travel agencies advertise their offers online, enabling potential travelers to find their holiday destinations with discount packages. The travel agencies often have deals available that aren’t publicized on the large websites. Sometimes this is due to the agencies finding last minute deals; other times, it is due to the fact that only a limited number of discounted packages are available, and the packages never even get published online.

In addition to the travel aggregators and travel agencies, also consider the possibility of looking for discount travel through vendors directly. For example, if I see a United flight for $300 on Expedia, I sometimes check the same flight on United.com, and find a slightly better fare. The same can be true for hotels and car rentals.

Keep in mind while you’re looking for your travel deals that booking early often times leads to greater discounts. Sure, there is the occasional great last minute deal, but a) those are not the norm, and b) you need to have an extremely flexible travel schedule to take advantage of these deals — that’s not too easy when you’re trying to get your family away during your children’s school spring break!

 

International Air Travel Deals – Avoid the High Cost

Every day you are inundated with new information about travel. Where to get the best prices, who has the best deals; packages left right and sides ways. But when it comes to international air travel deals, how do you know for sure you are really getting the best price?

Thankfully, the internet has truly made finding the best deals in air travel, be it local or international, simple.

To start, go to travel comparison websites. This makes it quick and easy to find out prices on all of the discount travel websites. They compare each website back to back to see which offers the best deal.

However, keep in mind that these websites may not be your best option for international flights. So what can you do?

First, you can try a travel agent. Although you are better off using a booking website for U.S. flights, for international fares a travel agent may be privy to information on bargains you would not otherwise find, and will be able to assist you in working within your budget. Try to find a destination specialist when looking for international air travel deals. They will negotiate with airlines on restricted routes and help you find the best times for your flight.
Of course, you should still do your research before you take this option. Make sure you are going to a fully legitimate agent so as to avoid being scammed with phony tickets.

Another option is to check airlines’ websites. The airline you are traveling with may, in fact, be cheaper than the discount websites.

Still not finding just the right price? Well, if you are particularly adventurous, there is another option. You could become a courier. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Actually, it is quite common. You see, a courier will fill a seat that a company has purchased so as to send goods or important documents. These companies will resell their tickets at hugely discounted prices to guarantee quick transportation of these items and to make sure they get where they need to be.
These are the lowest international air travel deals, coming in at about a 50% discount or more. The drawback, though, is that travel times can be very unpredictable.

In the end, when it comes to flying–whether in the U.S. or throughout the world–there are a few golden rules that will make the whole experience quicker, easier and cheaper:

Start early! The longer in advance you start searching for a flight, the better. Alternatively, you can try for last minute tickets, which can also be quite inexpensive. However, for international flights, this might be a bit iffy.

Consider alternative airports. Big city flights often cost a good deal more than their more rural neighbors.

Finally, remember that prices change from a day to day basis. So the more flexible you are, the better.