There are several good and reliable travel sites on the Internet where you can find great travel deals and save big bucks on your next holidays. However, getting the best deals is not always as easy as we think. Even though there are hundreds of travel sites out there, getting a bargain is not always simple.
Some of the well known sites, which I have personally used without any problem, are: Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, Cheap tickets, Ebookers and Last minute.
Still, to find a good deal within these sites is not straightforward, a digging job has to be done to find the gold, despite the easy to use and wonderful sites these brands above and other companies have.
One of the activities that should not be missed is comparing your traveling schedule among the sites of your choice, because no one has the best prices, for all routes, always. Each one has its own specials and when someone has a bargain in certain route, usually the others have not the same special price.
To do this job, there are some websites which compare among these popular travel sites for the destination of your choice and after spotting the lowest fare, you can always go back to the lowest fare site to review the conditions and make the purchase, if you wish.
Major airline sites, often have special deals which are not published through travel sites, so taking a look to the airline sites, which travel to your selected destination, could give you surprisingly good fares for your flight.
Regardless the site or sites you choose to look for your travel information keep in mind the following tips when planning your next holiday.
Book as advanced as you can. Airlines fares increase as the time for departure approaches.
Try to arrive and depart in a mid-week day. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
If you have flexible dates, chances to get a bargain will increase. Sometimes, a trade show or a special event will make the city of your destination very expensive for a given week, while a couple of days later or earlier, the prices could drop sharply.
For obvious reasons, avoid holidays. It is practically impossible to find a bargain during holidays, even more, airlines increase prices during holidays.
If you are traveling during Christmas, usually the Christmas day itself is cheaper than the days before. The same applies to Thanksgiving and other crowded holidays.
Try to use several websites to research your travel information, and then you will identify the most appropriate website for your needs.
When traveling to Europe from the US, try getting to a major city like London, and then use the local cheap fare airlines to travel around Europe.
When booking a hotel, use Expedia or Travelocity to see the pictures and location of the hotel, even if you book later in other site with better price.
Use as many sites as needed to book different parts of your holidays, if you get the best price in each one of them.
After you select a flight or hotel in any travel site, get into the airline and hotel sites directly and compare prices.
Verify that the site where you are purchasing has good reputation and uses SSL encryption when you pay online with a credit card.
After you receive the confirmation code from the travel site where you made the purchase, mail directly to the hotel and/or airline and confirm that they got your reservation exactly as the one you purchased.
Following these tips will give you the lowest fares available on the Internet and will avoid you unpleasant surprises when traveling.