Booking Sites & Travel Deals
In the following pages, you will discover options for planning and booking your travel. Sites that can save you thousands on your next journey.
Online Travel Agents (OTA’s) & Booking Sites
ONLINE BOOKING TRAVEL SITES & ONLINE TRAVEL AGENTS
Booking online….most people of done it sometime in their travel life.
A lot has changed over the years – over the ‘travel’ years. Once upon a time you needed to go into a travel agency and book the lot. Leaving you to put your hard-earned dollars to a great and trustworthy travel agent.
You can also book the lot through various travel websites and have every booking tool available.
5 top tips when booking any travel online
1. Are they licensed?
When booking via an online travel provider, make sure they are licenced. Any good online travel agent (with nothing to hide) is going to have a travel agent licence. If they have no licence, then go somewhere else. This doesn’t mean that things can’t go wrong if they’re licensed either.
2. You may be directed to another site.
Many comparison sites – and travel sites in general – divert to other booking sites, and so on, when you actually ‘click on the deal’. For example, you may research flights on Skyscanner for the best deals, then it may take you to the actual airline site, or another online travel agent.
3. Contact Details
Check whether they have a telephone service/customer care service phone number. This is so that if you have any questions or queries, you can call them at any time. THIS IS IMPERATIVE. If they don’t have a telephone number, then they’re obviously hiding something
4. Online V Direct – booking online is not always going to be the cheapest
Going online is not always the cheapest. Sometimes going direct to the source (the supplier of whatever it is that you’re booking) can be cheaper overall.
5. FIRST TIME USERS & a little warning
If you’re a first time user, or have not experimented well with online bookings, make sure you get a good feel of the system before you make the final purchase. And remember, only to click once at the final end when you press ‘confirm’.
For a more customised and specific booking topic, go directly to:
For the best TRAVEL COMPARISON sites, click here.
For booking FLIGHTS only, click here.
For booking HOTELS only, click here.
For booking PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION only, click here.
For booking CAR HIRE only, click here.
For booking DAY TOURS only, click here.
For booking LOCAL TOUR GUIDES only, click here.
For booking HOLIDAY PACKAGES, click here.
THE BIG 2 Online Travel Agents
Booking and comparison sites
If you use any of these sites, you can’t go wrong. You could located anywhere in the world, any of these sites will help achieve your travel dreams!
1. Booking Holdings www.bookingholdings.com
6 major travel booking sites
One of the best and largest accommodation booking sites on the planet. Easy to use, easy to read, easy to navigate. Perhaps the world’s leading booking site.
Great and amazing travel deals on a daily basis.
Kayak www.kayak.com (comparison site)
One of the original comparison sites for flights and hotels. Great layout. And easy to use.
Massive online accommodation site. Thousands of hotels at your fingertips.
Rental Cars www.rentalcars.com
Rental cars compares car rental companies around the world. From small to large companies. Bills itself as the largest.
Open Table www.opentable.com
Online restaurant reservations and reviews.
2. Expedia Group www.expediagroup.com
Expedia is the largest travel company now on the planet. Here are the travel sites to book:
10 major travel booking sites.
Biggest travel site with the lost. Enough said. Flights, accommodation, car hire, packages.
Just as the name suggests. Thousands of hotels on inventory. Great layout. Beautiful design.
Private accommodation around the world, includes houses, homes, apartments, villas, cabins, condos and more.
Trivago www.trivago.com (comparison site)
Online comparison site for thousands of hotels.
Huge online all-round travel site, one of the original huge travel sites. Flight, car, hotel, cruises and packages on offer. Look out for their Orbitz Rewards!
One of the original all-round online travel agents founded back in ‘96. Acquired by Expedia.
Another original site acquired by Expedia.
Massive travel brand originated in Australia. Plenty of accommodation on offer, alongside all the other travel stuff.
Expedia Local Expert
- Cheap Flights
- Flight Centre
- Last Minute
- American Express
Oldest travel site on the planet. Still surviving. Doesn’t look pretty but it does the job.
One of Australia’s most popular booking sites.
COMPARISON SITES & Travel Search Engines.
Compare prices on flights, hotels and car
Okay, so we all know that TripAdvisor is a juggernaut, and perhaps the largest travel site on the planet. In recent times they’ve turned ‘travel agent’ and because a hotel comparison site. Oh, and off course they do hotel reviews too 🙂
So, to recap the comparison sites – which research and extract the best deals from a number of booking sites:
Famous mainly for comparing flights, but also hotels and car hire
The comparison site with the lot – air, hotels, cars and deals. One of the originals and the best
Momondo has also been around for a while – flights, hotels and car hire all on the one site.
The lot, flights, hotels, car hire.
The lot (although this is not the best and user friendly as the others – AND probably the most outdated.
Google now compares flights and hotels.
Car Hire Comparison Sites ONLY
Discover Car Hire
Rental Cars – compare car rentals
Part of the Booking.com empire. One of the largest car comparison sites on the planet.
Vroom Vroom Vroom – compare car rentals
DriveNow – compare car rentals
Travel Deals / Travel Coupon Deals / Holidays Deals
And lastly, don’t forget holiday coupon deal sites!
There are plenty of travel deals on the market these days. PLENTY of them. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up.
Travel deals come from all sorts of forms. From booking sites, online travel agents, travel agents, airlines, hotels…etc., as shown above. The list goes on.
However, there are SPECIAL TRAVEL DEAL ONLINE SITES that have one-off special deals.
Please also check out these booking sites/travel deal sites – which have a multitude of offers, that off course incorporate a huge amount of travel deals.
Trip a Deal