Here's a list of frugal travel booking tips that work well for me. Moving forward I'd like to fly less and explore more in my own country...but who can resist the occasional trip abroad to new places and new adventures? Travel safe.BOOKING YOUR FLIGHT
Step One: go to itasoftware.com
and use their airfare search to find the cheapest flight. I love this site because itasoftware has developed the software that other search engines like Orbitz and Kayak use for their airfare searches. However, nine times out of ten you find a cheaper flight using itasoftware.com directly. Hmm. You can't book your flight through this website but it will give you an exact itinerary which is what you need for step two.
Step Two: once you have your itinerary from itasoftware.com, go directly to the airline site and book your ticket. Plug in the exact flight details you've discovered in step one. If you don't have time to book your own flight, provide your travel agent with the itinerary and have them try and find something better OR book it for you.
No more guessing which departure and return to select to get the best price. This two step process is quick and I feel pretty confident I'm getting the best price possible.BOOKING YOUR HOTEL
and search for "hotels". This will provide you with some online (or printable) coupons that you can put towards your hotel booking. I want to love coupons.ca but find it isn't as comprehensive as it could be. Having said that, I still make sure to visit it each and every time before making an online purchase in hopes I can find a promo code.
If you like to gamble and take some risks (sometimes I do!) priceline.com
is still a great way to book cheaper hotel stays. Before I bid on anything, I go to betterbidding.com
. This is a fascinating forum because it lists successful bids people have made on priceline (or hotwire) for different cities around the world. Once you know which bids are being approved you can go to priceline.com and bid with knowledge and will likely have a high rate of success.STAYING ORGANIZED
Talk about one powerful app! TripIt
is pretty amazing and is so popular it's now available for almost all handheld devices and also as a PC or Mac application. We all know keeping track of all your confirmation details and reservation numbers can be a hassle when traveling. TripIt solves the problem by consolidating all your trip information into one place. With some friendly graphics you end up with a cool app that keeps you organized while you're on the road. It's pretty simple to use...just email all your confirmations (flight, hotel, car rental, sport events, etc.) to one email address and TripIt will build your itinerary for you so you can access it easily in one spot.