There are hundreds of site out there offering the cheapest travel deals. However which ones are great and which not so great? After travelling and using these sites for a number of years (poorly for a while) I have come back to only a small handful of sites which I use. These are the best sites to get cheap travel.
Whilst there are many travel websites on the internet, there is no best site. Each site provides different features, strengths and weaknesses. It is important to research through each site when booking travel to get the best deals. These are the websites I personally use and have yielded great prices, experiences and travel in the past.
Just a quick note that there is no affiliation with these sites. I just want to provide you with the best information to get value for your money.
The first website on this list is Skyscanner. This site allows you to research and book travel, including flights, hotel and car hire. The site is basically a search engine of all the biggest travel sites out there. By searching Skyscanner, it saves time searching each other site individually.
Skyscanner offers some great features that I use quite regularly. An amazing feature is the world map option. Simply put in your departing city, the month you want to travel and the site gives you the cheapest prices to anywhere in the world that month. I have used the feature so many times when looking for great deals!
The site searches all of the airlines also, at least in Australia. This isn’t the case with the other sites which is handy to not have to check the budget airlines directly. Skyscanner is always my first go to site when booking flights.
Expedia is my favourite website for bundling packages together. The website has a flights and hotel option, allowing you to save money by booking all on Expedia. Like Skyscanner, you are able to book flights, hotels and cars on Expedia. They also offer experiences, cruises and holiday rentals for bookings.
The downside of Expedia is the lack of some airlines, particularly budget airlines. As Expedia works on a commission for taking bookings, this does not fit into budget airlines business models. It is worth checking the airlines directly to see if there are better deals around. However if you are planning to travel on non budget airlines, Expedia will serve you well.
If you are after just a hotel, Booking.com is your go to site. Featuring over 24 million hotels and properties, you are definitely going to find somewhere to stay on this site.
Booking.com offers free cancellation on the majority of their bookings which is a very handy feature to have. As well as really good support and close to 100 million reviews, the site is a great option if you need a place to sleep.
Booking.com is one of the most popular travel search engines and has the biggest directory of accommodation on the internet. It is well worth spending the time searching the site for a cheap deal.
Google has a flight search engine! Did you know? I have spoken to a lot of people who didn’t. Booking trips and the explore functions are the big features of Google Flights.
Search flights and hotels for the cheapest price, as well as give the search a date range and departure city and you can find somewhere amazing to go. Feeling adventurous? Try the “I’m feeling lucky” button which Google is well known for, it’s also in Flights.
Google Flights is lightning fast, has calendar based fare view and multiple airport based searches so it is definitely worth spending the time crawling and searching for flights. You might be surprised what you find!
Sometimes the best price isn’t through a search engine, it’s going directly to the source. Booking direct is sometimes cheaper than through the travel websites, even if the airline or hotel is quoted. In my article on “Are Travel Agents a Waste of Money?” I had an example of an airline price being cheaper directly through the website than the booking website.
You have more flexibility with airlines and hotels when booking directly through them. A lot of businesses will price match the difference if the travel sites are cheaper. This is a great way to get the same price whilst still maintaining the perks of booking direct.
Research when booking travel is extremely important. Check every website, every airline and hotel directly before booking. Check out my article on saving money when booking to assist you in getting the cheapest prices and best value for money.
Whilst not a direct booking website, the Reddit community is great for learning and building knowledge around travel. There are many subreddits dedicated to travelling cheap, travelling solo, finding travel partners, and basically any subject you can think of. Some of my favourite communities for travel knowledge are:
There is literally thousands of different communities, with people willing to help each other in finding the best deals and having amazing experiences. There is no website like Reddit and it’s really worth checking out!
Also Read: How Much Money Should I Save For Travelling?
If I can give one final tip to getting the best prices on travel, it is be flexible and be willing to put in the hard work. Putting in the research, looking at different times such as the off peak season and shopping around will get you the best prices. These are the best sites to get cheap travel, however you still need to search thoroughly through them to get the best prices.