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Top 10 Travel Deal Sites

Traveling can be expensive, so finding the best deals for your travels can be crucial to your overall enjoyment. Saving money on airfare, car rentals and lodging can be the difference between visiting the actual Leaning Tower of Pisa and buying a simple replica. Check below for our top ten travel deal sites.

Kayak.com
Kayak.com, like many other travel deal websites, scours through the hundreds of online airfare sites for the cheapest fares available to you. The further in advance you plan your trip, the better the deals will be through Kayak. The website has features that allow you to search for dates three days before or after your desired travel date. It also has a nifty world map feature that allows you to look at all the places you can travel to based on your budget.

Kayak also has a “Price Predictor” feature that forecasts whether or not your flight price will go up or down and tells you whether you should buy the ticket now or wait. The “Price Predictor” isn’t 100 percent accurate, but it does come with confidence level ratings for each flight prediction, giving you a better idea how much you will have to spend to get where you need to go.

AirfareWatchdog.com
AirfareWatchdog.com is made for the people who are ready to travel at the drop of a hat. With actual people searching through various websites for the best deals available, AirfareWatchdog stays up to date on airfare discounts. As of last November, AirfareWatchdog also included a HotelWatchdog feature as well.

WhichBudget.com

WhichBudget.com is great for building a complete overseas flight plan that will be as inexpensive as possible in the end. Great for international travel, WhichBudget.com allows you to select overseas starting and end points, then returns to you a list of airlines that serve each route you’ll be traveling.

Hotels.com

With a name like Hotels.com, it’s no wonder they’re one of the leaders in hotel reservations. Hundreds of deals are available at thousands of properties worldwide through this site, with great last-minute deals that are updated daily. It also has a rewards program that can potentially gain you free nights at great hotels.

Priceline.com

Priceline is an online travel agent service that touts itself as the one stop shop for all your travel needs, at a great price. With the Priceline negotiator, visitors can almost haggle prices on everything from airfare to hotels to car rentals, saving up to a potential 60 percent off the published rates. Priceline is great for last-minute deals, and with the Name Your Own Price feature, you’ll be sure to travel under your budget.

TripAdvisor.com

TripAdvisor.com is actually the most popular hotel-review site in the world, with millions of reviews available from both professional and amateur critics. This site is great if you already know where you’re going and are looking for the best accommodations in the area for your budget. Filter the results based on a number of criteria including: price, family-friendliness and nearby attractions.

HomeExchange.com

The name of this site says it all. If you’re looking for a great deal on your trip, consider swapping homes with somebody in the country you are staying in. With the largest network of home swapping, 26 percent of the listings are in the United States and the rest spread throughout the major tourist areas in the world, like Britain, Australia, France and Italy. HomeExchange.com is great for those who don’t mind letting somebody stay in their house. Membership is $119 a year, with an unlimited number of times you can swap.

JetSetter.com

JetSetter.com has become a popular luxury hotel deal website. With a JetSetter membership, you will be privy to the best luxury-hotel deals available. Some of them come during JetSetter’s “flash sales,” when the prices are deeply discounted, sometimes up to 50 percent off the published rates.

CruiseCompete.com

On CruiseCompete, over 300 travel agencies vie for your patronage by posting the lowest prices for each date, port and ship available. With a CruiseCompete account, you receive deals as they arrive. The site also employs live agents who can help guide you through the process.

Hotwire.com

Hotwire.com is known mostly for its great car rental deals, which it gets by collecting rates from eight major car rental companies including: Alamo, Hertz and Enterprise. It also has a Hot Rate feature which allows you to make a blind booking with a rental company for a deeply discounted rate. You won’t see the car you are getting until you arrive, but the price is guaranteed.