Travel Booking Resources
Use these tools to save money on travel. Note that these resources are displayed alphabetically within their subtopic.
ClarkHoward.com Travel Deals – the financial guru shares where the best deals are right now and how to get them.
Cleverlayover – a flight search engine to find cheaper flights by comparing regular fares to discounted prices that combine two separately purchased round-trip tickets.
Fly4Free – cheap flight alerts, saving hundreds of dollars per ticket. Join the email newsletter or follow on social media networks for immediate alerts.
Google Flights – best for searching domestic flights.
Hipmunk – sign up for fare alerts so when a price drops you’re notified right away. They cover all the big airlines except for Southwest, so you’ll have to search that one separately.
Hopper – smart device application to help you know when to fly and buy to score the lowest fares.
Kayak Explore – with fluctuations in local economies worldwide, if you book travel when it’s the least expensive to go to a given location versus just because you want to go there now, you’ll likely get a much better deal and eventually you’ll get around to everywhere on your wish list. So, next time you want to take a vacation, schedule the time off and then when the time gets close, see where the best deal is at that moment and go there.
Mobissimo – best for searching international flights.
Momondo – part of the Priceline family, known for cheap airfare and hotel deals. In Money Magazine’s September 2017 issue: “Frommer’s compared prices quoted by airfare search engines, aggregators, and booking websites for 25 popular routes, both for last-minute flights and those booked six weeks ahead. The results? Momondo is the best place to find the cheapest airfare. Skyscanner came in second. Frommer’s ran a similar test for hotel booking sites and found that Booking.com came out on top, especially for travelers looking for city-center spots under $200 a night.”
Scott’s Cheap International Flight Deals – cheap flight alerts, saving hundreds of dollars per ticket. Join the email newsletter or follow on social media networks for immediate alerts.
SecretFlying – save up to 80% on flights around the world.
Skiplagged – so long as you’re ok carrying on baggage, this site will help you search for the lowest cost airfare from point A to point C by laying over at point B. Note, you may be able to check bags at the departure location all the way through, but most often you’ll have to pickup bags and go through security all over again, so it’s best you carry on.
TheFlightDeal – cheap flight alerts, saving hundreds of dollars per ticket. Join the email newsletter or follow on social media networks for immediate alerts.
Private Jet (more costly)
Jet Suite – private jet charter flights / rental service.
Surf Air – private air travel membership.
Airbnb – rooms or homes for rent by owner.
Booking.com – comes out on top, according to Frommer’s in the September 2017 Money Magazine issue.
CancelOn – rooms that are to go unused by the original party, now up for grabs at a discounted rate.Book your first night on the Hotel Tonight app for $25 off with promo code: ALIPSIUS Click To Tweet
NightSwapping – home exchange that helps individuals with spare room to host travelers in exchange for a free stay.
Priceline – click on the “Search Express Deals” button.
RoomerTravel – book your hotel room from people that can’t use theirs.
Third Home – home exchange club for luxury second homeowners.
Vacatia – rent a resort residence.
VRBO – part of the HomeAway Family, vacation rentals by owner.
Cruise Critic – research cruise ships and destinations.
Cruise Compete – put your group cruise out to bid.
Costco Travel – rebates much of the cruise sales commission to the member.
Mouse Savers – strategies for saving money on your trip to Disney / Orlando.
TripAdvisor – hotels, excursion, restaurant reviews.
PacSafe – anti-theft bags.
For Additional Research
- Travel Booking and Planning Guide from financial guru, Clark Howard
- New websites aim to provide a hotel experience with Airbnb-style booking
- Atlanta Travel Deals – deals from originating from Atlanta; opt-into Clark Howard’s Travel Deals email newsletter too
- Costa Rica Travel Guide – no-obligation, custom itinerary with specific hotels and activities including a no-nonsense price quote
- Costco Travel – members get discounted vacation packages, cruises, rental cars
- Entertainment.com – members get discounted hotel and rental car bookings
- REI Adventures – experience something new
- Condé Nast Traveler: 4 Flight Discounts You Didn’t Know About
I took this blog post’s Featured Image in 2013 at the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. Please do not use my photos without my permission.