When you are traveling you have many choices to book your airline and hotel. You can use a traditional travel agent or you can use an online travel website such as Expedia or Travelocity. You can also use a site such as Kayak.com which will help show you when the rates are the cheapest. You enter in your trip details and it will show you various prices depending upon the date. Sometimes traveling 1or 2 days earlier or later then you had originally planned can sometimes lead to hundreds of dollars in savings. If your travel dates are flexible then you will be able to save money by picking the dates to travel when your airline and hotel package will be the cheapest.
When booking a trip online at travel websites such as Expedia and Travelocity you can save money by booking your hotel and airline tickets at the same time as a package. Saving money is the only reason people book there hotel and airline combo tickets. The main reason people book the Hotel and airline tickets together is for the ease of mind. It really is a lot simpler to book your hotel and airline tickets at the same time and with the same online travel website.
If you prefer using a traditional travel agent but you like the savings you can get by using an online travel website such as Expedia or Travelocity then you are in luck. You can call Travelocity and Expedia up and book your trip over the phone after speaking with one of there travel representatives.
When looking to book a cruise then you can also use Travelocity and Expedia. Even if you want to book with a traditional travel agent you can still do massive amounts of research on Expedia. Expedia and Travelocity have reviews by actual customers of all the cruise lines, hotels, and airlines. If you are looking to book a cruise and will use a traditional travel agent you should still consider reading the review for the particular cruise line or hotel you are considering booking. Many reviews will contain at least one or two negative comments but if you see the vast majority of reviews are negative then you may want to shy away and choose a different hotel or cruise line to stay with.
The number of people that use online travel websites such as Expedia and Travelocity is huge. Online travel websites have force many independent travel agents out of business. It is not just vacationing families that book there travel online with Expedia. Many companies use Expedia and Travelocity to book all of there business travelers hotel and airline tickets.
Always get on the mailing list for Expedia and Travelocity. Occasionally they will send out a last minute deal and you can get a great vacation for little money. If a cruise is about to leave within a few days and they still have a lot of cabins empty they will usually steeply discount the cost of the cruise and hope to make the money back by you spending additional money on board on things such a gambling, alcohol, and artwork.
If you have never booked a trip on
Expedia then you should take the time to at least window shop prices.
Compare that too what your local travel agent can get the same trip
for and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Expedia, Pushing
traditional travel agents out of business since 1996! Image Credit: (Flickr/kerry vaughan)