Smarter Travel is a search engine that finds your requested information on other travel sites.
It has much more to offer than the other online travel search engines. The first thing you may notice on their homepage is the "Editor's Pick's: Airfare Deals" section, click on any fare and it will bring up the requested info plus a host of others.
- Easy to use Homepage
- Free newsletter
- Editor's pick airfare deals
- Easily compare results with all the major travel sites
- Great Booking Options
Expedia is an travel website based in the US, localised for over 22 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, UK, US).
It books airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and various attractions and services. Expedia keeps coming up with innovations such as the "Trend Tracker," which offers a list of destinations, then shows you the best time of year to go by showing a history of airfare prices, hotel rates and weather trends.
- Low price guarantee
- Trend tracker
- Low booking fees
Orbitz is a leading online travel company which enables travelers to research, plan and book a broad range of travel products, flight searches and hotel searches every day.
They offer something most other online travel sites don't: a search option. Instead of navigating around the site, type in a keyword, click, and you'll get to the page with the information you’re looking for.
- Amazing Search option
- Last minute flight deals
- No booking fees
Travelocity is an online travel agency with many great features. Some recently added features such as: a hotel 'Price Guarantee,' and the elimination of both flight booking fees and Travelocity-based charges for changing your hotel or vacation package itinerary makes this site much more competitive in the online travel community
Kayak searches hundreds of websites at one time, turning up the web's best flight deals.
You can also set fare alerts for flights. Choose preferred travel dates to destinations of your choice. Kayak fare alerts can be scheduled as daily, weekly or monthly emails.
Kayak's interface also lays out airfare to a particular place across a span of a month or more. Travelers can then pinpoint the lowest rates and the cheapest dates to fly. The company also offers exclusive deals from "Secret Carriers" — airlines are revealed after purchase. Kayak's money-saving management tools also include price alerts.
AirGorrilla is an air flight "consolidator." They contract from airlines for blocks of tickets for seats that would otherwise go unsold, allowing them to offer those seats at a discount. They also offer deals on hotels, cruises, vacation packages (including vacation home rentals) and vehicle rentals. But there are other reasons than price to look at Air Gorilla’s web site. You have the unusual options — rent a cell phone or GPS, buy luggage, find street maps, youth hostels and more — that make this site a winner.
OneTravel can book reservations for flights, hotels, cars and cruises. A great feature about this website is that all taxes and fees are included with the price shown in your search.
OneTravel.com provides you with several flight, hotel, car and cruise options when searching or scheduling your reservation. These include preferred airline, nearby airports, hotel amenities and vehicle transmission type.
They have a "lowest fare guarantee" which states, if you purchase a ticket with a lower fare than the ticket you purchased from OneTravel.com they will give you a refund on the original ticket price. The second purchase must be made within 24 hours of buying the ticket from OneTravel.com. Both tickets must be identical including same passenger, airline, date, flight numbers, cities and flight times.
Some other great resources available to you through OneTravel are weather reports, a currency converter and passport information.
CheapAir is a great site with a powerful search engine.
One major concern: check the URL in your browser before clicking on a site. In this case, if you see "http://www.cheapair.com/", in the top line, you're on the right site. If the browser shows "http://airfare.cheapoair.com/", you're not.
Priceline is a website that helps users obtain discount rates for travel-related purchases such as airline tickets and hotel stays. The company is not a direct supplier of these services; instead it facilitates the provision of travel services by its suppliers to its customers.
Priceline.com has suffered numerous complains in the pass however, plenty of people still successfully use the online travel service — to be on the safe side read the fine print before completing any purchases.
Hotwire is a discount travel website that offers low prices on airfare, hotel, rental cars, and vacation packages by selling off unsold travel inventory at discounted prices.
Hotwire.com uses an opaque sales model which means you have to make your purchase blind for flights and hotels; you won’t know the airline, routing or exact time of your flight; or the name and address of your hotel, until after you pay.
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