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Save Money on Travel Deals

Updated on February 22, 2008

If you are like me, you love to travel.

But, traveling can be both expensive and time consuming. Most of us simply don’t have enough time or money to travel as often as we would like to. It is possible to save money and find good travelling deals that won’t ruin your financial budget.

Finding ways to save money on travel deals has never been easier than it is now. By using online travel agents, you can find a deal that best suits your needs in just a few minutes. There are tons of travel offers available on the web, but only a few well-known companies that offer travel packages at discounted prices.

The most popular ones I often check out are:

- Expedia.com

- Orbitz.com

- cheapflights.com

- hotwire.com

When you compare prices between these sites, they are pretty much the same. Will using these sites really save you money, or are they just another bogus deal? The thing to realize is that all of the online travel agencies use the same database for ticket prices. If you really want to save money on an airline ticket or hotel reservation, you have to approach the problem differently.

Choosing to buy tickets online is a great choice if you want to save money, but you have to know about where to buy them and, the most crucial part, when to buy. Sometimes, you find that buying tickets straight from the airlines is a better deal than using an online agent. So, how do you know where to go for the best deal?

While planning a trip last year, my husband and I thought it would be great to be able to check all of the airline and travel agency prices on one website. Well, with the use of online technologies, some wishes come true.

A few months after booking our travel plans, I heard about a website called kayak.com. This site allows you to search through different travel deals offered directly from both airline companies and travel agencies. Currently, kayak.com lets us search for the best money savers between over 140 different websites. Kayak.com doesn’t sell you anything, as it sort of works like Google: it searches, and gives us links to the results.

Knowing where to buy your ticket is a money saver. However, knowing when to buy is even better. Farecast.com, a Seattle based start-up company, created a technology that forecasts the prices of airline tickets. That’s right, it forecasts the prices just like you can forecast the weather (but hopefully more reliably). We all know that the prices of airline tickets fluctuate, so sometimes buying earlier doesn’t mean you will save money. The farecast.com creators realized this, and created an algorithm that can fairly accurately tell us when to buy our travel tickets for the best prices. Learn more about farecast’s technology at www.farecast.com.

Saving money on airline tickets and travel deals has never been easier. As long as you know where and when to buy, you can save a lot on your next trip.

Do you have any tips or ideas to share about travel deals? Leave a comment in the box below.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Wow that's a cute website I'm definitly book marking this one! I recently wrote about it on my blog http://www.midlifetravel.com/blog/ I am off to try farecast on the Oz/NZ airfares now!

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