Booking travel online
By Kate Fratar
The opportunity to travel always sounds great. Whether it’s a quick weekend trip, a few relaxing days somewhere remote, or a more exotic destination to take in new sights, tastes and cultures, the lure to travel is strong. Unfortunately, the planning that’s required to book a trip can put a damper on the vacation mood, especially when you’re on the lookout for reasonable rates. But it doesn’t always take a travel agent to get you to your dream destination with plenty of savings on hand to enjoy once you’re there.
Location and timing
Flexibility on when and where you travel can go a long way in helping you get out of town. Popular domestic and international destinations frequently pop up with getaway packages that offer such deals as a free extra night’s stay or discounts for booking flights and hotel together. Sites like Travelocity and Expedia make it easy to browse discount options for current hot spots. For travelers with a more set itinerary in mind, CheapAir can help you find the flight that meets your location, travel date and budget needs.
Check flight status
Sometimes, a specific destination calls to us. In these cases, booking with a traditional airline may be a better bet for locking down your arrival and departure dates. The online services of American Airlines and Southwest Vacations are a place to start to find out more about available flight times from your city and when the best fares will be.
Once you’re there
If getting to your vacation spot is half the battle of planning a trip, figuring out where to stay and how to get around is the other half. Hotel Planner specializes in searching rates for groups traveling together and looking to book several rooms. To start taking in the sights, most places (outside of large cities where public transportation is likely to be available) require a car. Thrifty Car Rental works around your travel plans, allowing you to search for available cars by model, location or current deals.