What is the top travel website?
By Aimee Heckel
Buying airline tickets used to be simple. You drove to the travel agency, told them your dates and destination, and the agent clicked around on a keyboard, analyzing the various prices from different airlines and helped you pick the best one.
You’d think it would be even easier today; you don’t have to leave your couch.
But it seems like there’s too much information — and no real human to help you decipher it all and make a choice.
For example, type in “buy tickets from Denver to San Francisco” and Google gives you 115 million hits. Scroll through the pages and it may feel like just as many different travel websites to check. How can you ever know if you’re getting the best deal? With that much information, you will never know, definitively.
Perhaps the majority of travelers know the best website.
When comparing estimated visits to travel websites this January, Booking.com rose far to the top of the clicks, garnering a total of 166 million visitors.
The interesting thing: In our above experiment, looking for tickets from Denver to San Fran, Booking.com didn’t even show up on Googles top five page results (that’s where we stopped looking for it) — suggesting that so many people are using Booking.com, not because it gets high search-engine results (i.e. is Google’s teacher’s pet), but because they are seeking it out themselves.
So what kind of deals can you find on Booking.com? Is it worth the hype?
Here are some specials we found for this month:
- No booking fees and free cancellation with “Secret Deals.”
- Get 4 percent Cash Back on your Booking.com purchase from ShopAtHome.com.
- Save 25 percent on seven nights at The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York.
- Book now, pay when you stay. Best price guaranteed.
- See more Booking.com coupons here.
- Read more articles about saving money at Booking.com here.
- Find more travel coupons, to save on everything from rental cars to hotels, here.
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