A Few Tips And Tricks To Getting The Lowest Prices On Travel

The travel industry continues to grow each year. As more and more people around the world enjoy the benefits of travel, companies are springing up to fill the need. Most travel is now booked online rather than through a travel agent. The problem is trying to find the best deal is tough. For a few years I had to travel on a weekly basis. There are a few tricks that can help you find the very best travel deals.

Most people assume that if you book very early you can always find the best discounts. While this used to be true, with the advent of the internet this is now only partially true. Hotels, airlines and cruise ships now have multiple outlets to ensure a certain amount of occupancy. There is not as much demand from them to get things booked as early as possible, which enables them to vary rates all the time to maximize revenue. One trick that has been well documented is the changing of the rate based upon the day of the week. Some days the rates for the same hotel room or airline flight are higher than others. In general, Monday or Tuesday is the best day for booking airfare, while Sunday is the best day to search for hotel rooms.

There are many travel “deal” sites out there, such as Hotwire.com and Priceline.com. They can and do save people money at the expense of knowing what hotel you will be staying in ahead of time or leaving the departure times open for airlines. For hotels, here is a good trick to “uncover” what the actual hotel is before booking. The one thing they all these discount sites have in common is they all show you the amenities, star rating and general location of a hotel, but not the name. With this information it is possible to go to a site like Expedia.com or Hotels.com and then search by star rating and location. You can then get a narrowed down list of hotel properties that meet this criteria. You can then further narrow the list by comparing the amenities shown on the discount site to the amenities shown on Expedia or Hotels.com. I have found it quite easy to narrow down the name to just a few hotels. This also allows you to see the rates for just these few and then compare these to the deal sites. This method can be quite accurate in predicting what hotel or group of hotels the price quoted is for. Obviously the higher the star rating the easier this becomes as there are less hotels that meet the criteria. Read More https://www.travelkings.net/how-to-travel-safely-with-pets/

One of the key methods hotels and airlines use to maximize profit is to “hide” historical data from consumers. They are under no obligation to tell consumers this data, but just think how easy it would be to shop if you had access to this information. If you do not know how much a room or airfare is supposed to cost, it is difficult to tell if the price shown is actually a good price or not. The only way to get a handle on this is to have enough experience with booking travel to know what price you should hold out for. The travel comparison websites help a bit, but the problem there is they mostly all pull from the same data feeds. A few of them do get exclusive deals for certain hotels, airlines or car rentals but it is not consistent. Your only recourse here is to start comparison shopping a few weeks before you actually want to book your trip to get a feel of what prices are like each day. It is important when doing this to erase cookies and web history each day so that you start fresh rather than have the site get access to your prior queries. Keep a written log of the site, prices and data searched. While this type of homework can be tedious, for those going on and extended trip the savings can be quite large and easily add up into the hundreds of dollars of savings.

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