<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/shutterstock_3272519a1.png”>Airline tickets and other associated travel expenses constantly change within hours or days. Booking a flight just two or three days before or after your planned departure date could cost or save you up to a few hundred dollars. But with some online searching, and some flexibility in your schedule, you can possibly find great travel deals that will make your trip less costly and possibly more enjoyable.
We recently posted about a travel site called Virtual Tourist that contains lots of traveler recommendations for planning your next trip. But there are several websites geared to helping you find some of the best travel deals around. These sites are easy to navigate and they provide tools for alerting you when long and short-term deals arise.
Airfarewatchdog seems to be the most straightforward site when it comes to locating the best airfare deals. Airfarewatchdog prides itself on being a team of real people who personally seek out low airfare rates by scouring the net and posting listings as they find them.
Airfarewatchdog post deals for domestic and international flights. They list promo codes, specify if flights are non-stop, and provide comparative rates from “every conceivable airport”.
If you have a really flexible schedule, you can take advantage of their “Today’s Lowest Fares” listing. You can be alerted about travel fares for less than $100, depending of course on your location. All you have to do is provide Airfarewatchdog with an email address to get alerts. You can also follow Airfarewatchdog on Twitter and Facebook.
If you’re planning some group travel, check out Triporama. This site lists package deals for not only airline fares but also deals for hotels, tourist spots, dining and shopping.
Packages can be explored by various themes, including Weekend and Girlfriend Getaways, Skiing, Golf, and Family Travel, as well as Beach Vacations, and Sporting Events.
When you sign up for a free account, you can add and tag all your research in your Group Trip Planner. From there you and your group can research and collaborate on the best deals.
TravelAdvisor also provides best deals on flights, restaurant meals, cruises and vacation rentals. Simply input your travel dates and TravelAdvisor will deliver you comparative rates from related sources.
The site also has free mobile apps for researching travel deals and locations.
It also features reviews from travelers from around the world who provide tips and critiques of travel hotspots. The idea behind TravelAdvisors is to provide lots of reviews and advice on hotels, resorts, flights, vacation rentals and vacation packages, so you can get the most out of your travel.
IgoUgo saves you the trouble of having to search various websites to compare prices. After providing your travel dates and destinations, you can select other travel websites, including Travelocity, Priceline, and Expedia, which you want IgoUgo to search.
IgoUgo also includes traveler photos and onsite blog tips about various tourist destinations.
TravelZoo is an easy-to-use deal search site that evaluates and tests thousands of deals among more than 2,000 travel companies, including Travelocity, Orbitz, JetBlue, United, Priceline, Delta, and American Airlines.
TravelZoo, which claims over 2 million subscribers, also finds deals for airfares, hotels, cruises, car rentals, and vacations. You can sign up to get their Top 20 alerts, that recently included such deals as a 4-Night Bahamas Getaway for $299, a Spring 5-Night Royal Caribbean Cruise for $399 ($250 savings), and 4 Cocktails with Tapas at New W Lounge in NYC for $35 (Reg. $108).
If a cruise getaway is what you’re looking for, check out Cruise Compete. Agents working for this site can provide you free Cruise Quotes for the best deals.
You simply submit a ship name and sail dates, with a few pieces of relevant information, to get feedback about available prices and savings.
Cruise Compete has information about deals and packages for cruises throughout the world, and it can also provide you with information about group rates.
As you search for travel prices, you will find there’s hardly any standard fees for airfares, car rentals, hotels, or cruises. Prices seem to go up and down constantly, so taking advantage of these deal sites is the best way to possibly save some money for your trip.
There are many other travel deal sites online, so let us know which ones you have found useful.