Finding the best price on your family vacation when travel planning isn’t always easy. There are so many travel deal websites, all offering different information. If you are a family with school-aged kids, it can be more complicated because you will probably be limited to when you can travel.
Before you book your next vacation, be sure to bookmark this post and check out these best travel deal sites. Also, don’t forget to go through Ebates and BeFrugal to see if there are any cashback deals that you can take advantage of once you decide how you will purchase.
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The Best Travel Deal Sites for Families
Cars, Flights, Hotels
Those with flexibility can get some fabulous deals on Priceline – including hotel and flight deals. 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.
Priceline offers major airline tickets, hotels, car rentals, and vacation packages. You’ll need to be flexible, and really should understand how the website works before committing.
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. When you purchase a hotel on Hotwire, you won’t be bidding. Check both websites 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 save money and 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 hotel deal 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.
Load the Hotel Tonight app on your phone, and when you are looking for a last-minute deal, you can search by location. It will generally show availability for that night around noon.
Generally, they offer a variety of different hotels. If you are traveling with your family, you’ll want to check to make sure the room accommodates everyone.
Don’t book a hotel stay without checking Trivago, which aggregates prices across over 250 websites. You can often find the best deal on hotels just by looking at this one site. This hotel search engine is often the quickest way to search for hotel deals.
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 flight price changes for you automatically.
I never book flights without looking at Google flights. You’ll start by searching for flights that fit into your criteria. Then, you’ll get a list of flights and prices, all from different airlines.
If you want to book one of the flights, you’ll be linked right to the airline website. Otherwise, you can choose to set an alert when the price changes. I do this all of the time when the prices start out high and have been able to take advantage of some great flight deals.
Check out the Bidding for Travel forums to see what deals other travelers have received on the bidding travel sites like Priceline. This is a great way to get a bit of insider information before placing a blind bid. You won’t be booking your travel on
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.
You’ll be able to put in all of the details of your trip, and InsureMyTrip will give you a variety of different policies that fit your situation. From there, you can choose the best option and make your purchase.
Tips for Using Travel Deal Sites
Even if you go through these best travel deal 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.
Check with your credit card to see what type of offers they may have. With American Express, for instance, I’ve been able to save money on specific chain hotels with a limited time offer.
Flash sales can often be a great way to save money, but make sure you understand the fine print. Often you’ll have to travel on specific days.
Read all of the terms before committing to any purchases. Many of these sites offer nonrefundable deals.
Remember that you often won’t receive hotel reward points or other benefits by booking through these sites. If that’s important to you, factor that in when choosing where to book your travel plans.
Originally written in 2015, updated in 2019.