Finding the best price on your family vacation isn’t always easy. There are so many travel websites, all offering different information. Before you book your next vacation, be sure to bookmark this post and check out these 12 travel deal sites. Also, don’t forget to go through Ebates and BeFrugal to see if there are any cash back deals that you can take advantage of.
Even if you go through these sites, be sure to compare prices. Sometimes, it actually ends up being cheaper by booking directly through the hotels and airlines, and you may be able to get additional perks, like hotel rewards points. We also recommend looking at vacation package deals through the airlines, because those can also offer great deals.
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12 Of The Best Travel Deal Sites
Cars, Flights, Hotels
Those with flexibility can get some fabulous deals on Priceline. Make sure you read this post with expert tips on how to best use Priceline for your family vacation. You’ll want to know these tips before committing to a price.
I’ve used Priceline extensively, especially before I had kids. I love the “name your own price” function, and it’s so fun to wait to see what hotel you get. We’ve had the opportunity to stay in some really fun places that we never would have booked on our own.
Hotwire can also offer fantastic deals – often on different properties than Priceline. Remember that you won’t always know the name of the property that you are purchasing. It does work a bit differently, but sometimes Hotwire will have deals available that are different from locations that Priceline offers. Check both if you can.
I’ve written about Last Minute Travel before – their selection can be limited, but if you find what you are looking for, you can get a great deal. Read the small print to make sure you understand the policies around your purchase.
In the past, I’ve gotten a great deal on the Hyatt Regency at Orlando International Airport from Last Minute Travel. They had a price that I wasn’t able to find anywhere else. Although the name may indicate that it’s only good when you are purchasing at the last minute, you can also find advance deals on the site and the app.
Looking for a hotel at the last minute? The Hotel Tonight app is a great way to get a same-day deal. Unlike Last Minute Travel, it really does work at the last minute, so it’s something you’ll want to use when taking an impulsive trip.
Don’t book a hotel stay without checking Trivago, which aggregates prices across over 250 websites. Check out our full review of Trivago here. You can often find the best deal on hotels just by looking at this one site.
The Hopper app (and website) can tell you when the best time to book flights is. It doesn’t include every airline though, so you’ll want to check those separately. As always, you’ll want to look at Southwest separately, because they aren’t included in any of the deal or aggregator sites.
Flights and Cars
Yapta can help you get the best price on flights and cars and can even tell you when you are eligible for a refund. I’ve used Yapta in the past and gotten money back in the form of a credit when the cost of my flight decreased. I definitely recommend adding your flight information to the site once you’ve booked, and then it will monitor everything for you automatically.
Check out the Bidding for Travel forums to see what deals other travelers have received on the bidding travel sites. This is a great way to get a bit of insider information before placing a blind bid.
These sites aggregate information from hundreds of sites and show you the best prices. Look at all of them because there may be various deals offered to the individual sites.
Looking to book travel insurance? I like InsureMyTrip.com, where you can compare prices from multiple companies. I almost always book my travel insurance through this site, because they typically have the best prices.