The Internet seems to have been made for ferreting out travel savings. So many sites that offer information on hotel and transportation vendors exist that there really is a need for a way to compare these offers. And that exists too. There are several websites that will compare tours and individual transportation and hotel rates to any given destination by price and customer rating.
Our site is an especially useful website that helps you to create your own travel itinerary. It allows you to store the destinations, hotels, attractions and restaurants you have uncovered and other information for your trip. It is then an easy matter to print this information out and take it with you. Custom maps and driving route plans can also be generated for your trip.
Other great travel websites are Expedia, Cheap Trips and Price Line. These are websites that offer comparison shopping par excellence and their resources for discounted transportation and places to stay are vast and all encompassing. Some of these are booking agents that get vacancies from the hotels and airlines and broker them to the public. Others work by buying up a certain number of flights or hotel rooms at a bulk price and reselling them to their customers. In either case, they offer savings that the average traveler would not find on his or her own, or at least not without a considerable number of hours spent searching.
Using a travel agent can sometimes represent a savings in travel. They have connections with transport companies and hotels and keep an ear to the ground for bargains. Even more likely to provide travel savings is a travel booker, who works with the airlines, car rental agencies and major hotels to turn their un-booked or under booked vacancies into real savings for the travel consumer.
When looking for travel savings, don’t omit going directly to airlines’ websites for specials they may be offering. Cash in your frequent flyer club miles if you have them, don’t forget you may have been accumulating these all along through your credit card. Just 10,000 miles will get you a domestic, round trip economy class ticket. If you are short of this number, most airlines allow you to purchase miles. For a few hundred dollars you may have the transportation segment of your travel solved.
This strategy also applies to hotel booking. It is possible that you can apply your airline miles to the cost of a hotel room, or your credit card companies may be offering an incentive with a partner hotel chain that will result in getting great accommodations at an equally great savings.
Bear in mind that the Internet is a terrific source of travel savings and the amount you save will probably be proportionate to the amount of research you put in. But, as you leave for your holiday with the knowledge that you have saved enough to take another, or at least a long weekend, you know your hard work was well worth it.