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 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:
What are your favorite sites for travel deals?