Two Websites That Will Change The Way You Book Travel
Throughout my travels it’s not uncommon for me to strike up casual conversations with other travelers and once they find out that I write about travel professionally, this question always comes up, “So, what are the best travel websites and apps for booking travel?” Which 9 times out of 10 translates to, “I want to pay the lowest price possible with the most flexibility.”
OK, that’s fair, who doesn’t love deep discounts and want to know how to save money on travel? Especially when it comes to scoring awesome fares and top notch rooms.
Did you know that almost all airlines offer refunds or travel credits for price drops? It’s the truth. I swear. I’m not lying! Airlines like Alaska Airlines and Jet Blue actually offer refunds on ANY price drop. Airlines like Virgin America will extend a refund if the price you booked your flight dips $75 or more, Hawaiian Airlines $100 or more, and American Airlines, Delta, United and US Airways will honor credits when flight prices fall more than $200.
Looking to the sky to save me…
Yapta is one of the websites in my arsenal that I use the most. It’s my travel planning bestie and I’m positive it will be yours as well. Once you receive your airline confirmation, head over to Yapta.com and add your flight details to your profile. Should the fare drop at anytime prior to your flight, Yapta will automatically notify you with an email alert letting you know that you qualify for refund credits with that airline!
Tip: Know when to make your purchase. Airlines announce their most lucrative deals online every Tuesday so make sure you follow them across social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for their deals to be delivered directly to your inbox.
Which way to the mini bar?
Those of us who are loyal Hilton Honors reward program members know how great it is that we get to choose our room when we check-in online. When a hotel gives you a privilege as big as this one, do yourself a favor and consult the Yelp of hotel rooms, Room 77. With Room 77, you can find out the 411 on specific room numbers which is beyond amazing! Find out the best floors to be on, live cam details what your view will be like and my favorite, which areas of the hotel are most quiet.
Editor’s note: Room 77 also scans the web for prices from online booking sites, but you will always enjoy the most benefits from booking directly on Hilton.com. Hilton also offers a Best Rate Guarantee — if you find a published rate that’s lower than what’s available on Hilton.com, we’ll match it and give you an additional $50. (See the website for details.)
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