Close to half of everyone is booking travel online these days, but it can get tricky. Everyone claims to offer the best rates and satisfaction guarantees but how can you really make the best of your booking experience? Here are 3 tips to keep in mind to make your experience a little better.
1) Booking Travel On Specific Dates
If you’re only able to travel on certain dates, your bargaining powers are disadvantaged. Maybe you’re going to a destination wedding or on a business trip. Either way, having time constraints means you should book your reservations early. The closer you get to your travel date, the fewer options you’ll have to choose from, and the more expensive they’ll be. So remember to plan ahead. However, last minute flights and weekend deals are often available, so make sure you do some searching if you’re stuck booking on short notice!
2) Comparing Fares
There are tons of websites out there geared toward booking flights and hotel reservations. It doesn’t hurt to double-check all of them. Make sure that you pay close attention to any third-party added fees, along with the additional taxes the airline will charge you. Oftentimes the initial price on the listing isn’t that close to what your total will be. Make sure you shop around for the best available prices – and remember, discount airlines force their big competitors to lower their prices as well. So be sure to check all airlines and websites frequently.
3) How Long Are You Staying
The length of your stay often affects the prices you’ll be paying. If you’re staying less than three days, it’s sometimes cheaper to book two one-way flights instead of a round-trip. If you’re staying for an extended period, most hotels and car rental companies offer big discounts. Be sure to check it out and price the different options.
No matter your destination or purpose, travel can and should be easy and comfortable. With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to a successful online travel booking experience.
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