TWT’s Favorite Sites for Travel Deals

True, your travel bug needs to be fed regularly in order to thrive. But you don’t need to feed it all of your money.

Check out my favorite travel sites to save a bundle on the destinations of your dreams:

Travelzoo. Sign up with this mini-search engine with your home zip code and airport, and you’ll get the Travelzoo Top 20, a weekly email with both long-term and last-minute travel deals that pertain to you. In addition to airfare, cruise, car rental and vacation package specials, Travelzoofeatures savings on sports events and entertainment; in 2009, we saved 50% on Spamalot tickets here in L.A.

Jetsetter. Once you sign up for access, Jetsetter offers advance notice when high-end hotel rooms around the world go on sale. Their weekly email is absolutely gorgeous, sure to stoke your travel lust. I recently used Jetsetter to book a room at The Cooper Square Hotel in New York City (for TBEX ’10, a travel bloggers’ conference), and saved $140 per night off the hotel site’s published room rate.

Voyage Prive. Providing (free) members-only access to drop-dead sexy properties at up to 60% off of rack rates. Their weekly email is also a beauty, and offers a virtual flip-book on each featured property and direct links to each sale. I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy seeing numbers cut in half, especially when surrounded by words like “luxury hideaway,” “culinary,” and “5-star.”

Sherman’s Travel. Offers deals on flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises and vacation packages from mid- to high-end. Sign up for their Top 25 Deals newsletter or try a free copy of their Sherman’s Travel Smart Luxury Magazine.

Cheap Tickets. This site offers deals on everything from trains to entertainment, but I use it largely for booking flights and rental cars. I take at least one yearly round-trip to Baltimore, and have saved as much as $225 by booking flights/cars through Cheap Tickets.

FareCompare. This site is a software marvel. You can sign up for weekly emails with the best flight deals from your home airport. Or, direct from the site, type in your chosen destination in the FareCompare Labs section; besides seeing the best prices for your chosen flight from a slew of sites and airlines, gain access to features like Where-to-Go™, which shows handy maps of North America, the Caribbean and Europe tagged with your airport’s best deals.

And in case you’re not overwhelmed quite yet, here are a few more to try:

Hotwire Travel-Ticker
Smarter Travel

What are your favorite sites for travel deals?


  1. Thanks for introducing Voyage Prive to me, I am now a huge fan! Just wanted to add that In case you are going for the best deal in Europe, be sure to check out It’s by far the best site for cheap airfare in central Europe! To give you an idea, I have been able to get round-trip tickets from France to Spain, Portugal, Italy or Morocco for less than 60€!

  2. @terhiPR, I’m glad to hear it! Thank you in kind for the suggestion of Skyscanner — it seems like the perfect tool to help us get around Europe this Fall. 🙂

  3. Sites like Wego and Hotwire serve as great platform for companies to extend their deals to a broader audience. We all benefit from the increased competition! Thanks again for putting this post together!

  4. Hi Melanie!

    I like and use several of the sites you mentioned for finding cheap plane tickets, but you’ve forgotten a key area – hotels!

    I use trivago for this. The site compares hotel prices from travel sites like Expedia and and shows you the cheapest offers. I like it because the community is fairly active, and there are a lot of reviews for hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

  5. Thanks, Peter — I hadn’t heard of trivago:

    Have no fear, though: two of the sites I’ve listed above are specifically geared towards hotel deals, and several more feature hotel deals along with other travel specials.


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