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How to Find the Best Travel Deals using Popular Search Engines

openingmonitor.jpgThe Internet has revolutionized the way in which we find airline tickets, hotels and vacation packages. Back in the old days, you had to trudge on over to your local travel agent and wait for them to come up with the prices on your various options. It was time consuming and often you ended getting deals that benefited the travel agents more than they benefited you.

These days anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can be their own travel agent. If you are reading this post, I’m going to bet that you have booked a flight or a hotel or made some other kind of travel arrangement online before. In fact, you might even be an expert.

Regardless if you have booked hundreds of tickets online or if you are still new to the game, there are some things that you should know about how to best utilize the various search sites. If you learn their ins and outs, you can save time and money. Here are some thorough guides to how to search the most popular travel sites.

How to search…..

Expedia
Travelocity
Orbitz
Priceline
Kayak
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College: The Best Eight Years of My Life

college.jpgYou know something, I like the airline search engine Kayak.com. The thing works pretty darn well and they send out emails that have a bit of personality to them. Just today, I received one that is all about going back to college. Even though I am not a student, I was intrigued enough to read that they have some good deals brewing at four locations where the really smart kids hang out.

Before you get all afraid and have visions of sitting in musty library stacks dancing through your head, consider the four brainy spots: San Francisco, Boston, London and Bologna. Even if you pack a dunce cap with you when you go to these places, you’ll have a good time.

US hotel capacity expanding faster than demand

According to PFK Consulting, there will be some excess rooms available in most major US cities next year.

Construction and recent building has added to the supply, and demand is not growing quite as strongly.

What does this mean for cheap travelers? An excess of rooms to be sold at great rates on Kayak, Travelocity and other travel sites. However, the discrepancy is not high enough that travelers should expect available rooms during peak travel periods or events.

Los Angeles – San Francisco from $59 one way

LA to SFO – Book Your Ticket

Explore another part of the state! Enjoy fares from $59 one way and frequent service between Los Angeles and San Francisco!

Beginning June 29, United Airlines started offering expanded service so you can fly at times that fit your schedule. For a limited time, take advantage of fares that start at only $59 one way, plus taxes and fees.

United has:
Daily flights beginning August 4 from Monday through Friday; more than the second, third and fourth largest carrier in the market combined

Book your ticket on United – or search to see if other carriers are matching the price – at Kayak.

Track the Best Deals from Your City with Kayak

Kayak.com Fare Buzz

We were trolling around on Kayak the other day and noticed a cool new feature.

The ‘buzz away’ section highlights the most searched-for routes departing from your city in the past two days, and highlights them in various colors, depending on their price range.

This way, you can see what has the best deals, where people are going, and what’s available from your city, all in one place!

To get to the buzz away section, go to Kayak and click on ‘Fare Buzz’

Kayak.com Fare Buzz

Kayak – seach 100 sites at once

We have these issues with airlines. We hate how prices are constantly changing on tickets, making us stressed out when we know we have to find a flight home for our brother’s high school graduation. And, now that there are multiple search engines to serach (like Orbitz, Travelocity, etc), we get even more confused!

Thankfully, that’s where Kayak comes in. Kayak lets us do all of our searching – in one place! We love the fact it can ‘check the checkers’ and takes us directly to the site to book. Now, if they can just come up with a way to do a ‘cheapest day’ option directly from the site…

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