Getting the best vacation deal can be achieved through research, comparison, and timing. Booking a packaged vacation inclusive of flight, accommodations, and land transportation can be time-saving and sometimes cheaper – but it isn’t always the case. The best approach is to identify your options and browse through them to be able to make a comparison of different vacation deal combinations, and you will be surprised.
Sometimes, it is better to book your flight separately or your car rentals separately as some are cheaper that way. If you are planning to have a vacation and are on the hunt for the best deals, below are some of the sites that you can check out first.
7 Funjet Vacations
From the unspoiled natural beauty of Molokai to the vibrant metropolis of Honolulu, the Hawaiian Islands have something for everyone! Visit our website today and discover the spirit of aloha for yourself! ☀️🏝️ https://t.co/jHN0LqC0I1 pic.twitter.com/BJqPzOaycx
— Funjet Vacations (@FunjetVacations) June 29, 2021
The Funjet Vacations site currently offers 2 options for vacation packages – hotel and car or flight and hotel. Although a workaround would be adding an option for car rental.Sorting options are also plenty and you can filter hotel names, prices, distance, location, and ratings. While the map view in the site needs improvement as you cannot enlarge or reduce the view, it is there and you can use it to search for establishments that are near tourist attractions.
As an added service, discount coupons are automatically populated and applied to your cart before checkout.
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— KAYAK (@KAYAK) May 6, 2021
Considered among the famous meta-search sites, Kayak helps vacationers save time by providing plenty of options for the best travel packages of different booking sites with a click of a button. One drawback would be that the search algorithm of the site only extracts flight and hotel packages by default.
However, it makes up for its shortcomings by letting you add a car rental option later in your registration. Kayak’s search results provide the most affordable vacation packages available for sites like CheapCarribean, Expedia, and its parent company, Priceline.And as in every meta-search site, some of the results, especially the rates differ from the actual site the deal was taken from, so the need to double-check is essential.
5 Cheap Caribbean
The only thing better than a breathtaking Bahamas vacation is saving a few dollars in the process! 🤑🏝 RT if you agree.
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— CheapCaribbean (@cheapcaribbean) June 25, 2021
As the name suggests, the site CheapCaribbean.com specifically caters to vacationers who plan to spend time and relax in the Caribbean, where honeymoons are popular.
Compared to other sites, an “all-inclusive” option can be selected to save the hassle of providing information on different aspects of your vacation one by one, and by the end of the registration, results can be filtered by “family-friendly”, “luxury” or “adults only” options.
Another plus for this site is the “Deals of Fortune” package where the destination is known but the resort is a secret until a week before the booking date. This caters best to vacationers on a budget and for spontaneous travelers.
Similar to Expedia and other popular booking sites, Priceline lists all possible packages for flights, accommodations, and car rental. The search results page is a breeze to navigate, has tons of sorting and filter options, and includes hotel map views.
If we were to nitpick, the departure and flights going back are pre-bundled, denying you the option to choose them separately. Although this saves time loading plenty of windows, it will be offset if you are particular to the combination of your flight’s departure and return schedules.
An advantage of Priceline is that it keeps your previous package selections, saving you time as you search for other options.
One of the many booking sites owned by Expedia, Travelocity offers similar search results and prices with its parent. It also offers all possible combinations of a hotel, flight, and car rental.
There are times though when prices are a bit higher by a few dollars compared to Expedia, but it is still in the affordable range. As a bonus, Travelocity has a “direct flights only” option for travelers who want to avoid the long lines and multiple stops when flying. Also, this feature is not available on Expedia, which is an advantage to the sister site.
Branded among the best travel booking sites, Expedia offers a lot of combination options for all your travel needs. Not only that, with Expedia, you can book any flight that will take you to any corner of the world. Price-wise, it also offers the most competitive rates in the market today.
Aside from these, Expedia also has a lot of user-friendly filters that let you choose and sort hotels and rooms by distance from a place’s attractions, package discounts, ratings of guests, property class, and price. Maps are also available to check hotel locations. Flights on the other hand can be sorted via passenger ratings regarding flight duration, aircraft type, offers, and flight amenities.
1 Apple Vacations
Apple Vacations is considered one of the biggest vacation companies that offer all-in vacation packages going to different destinations like Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
When it says all-in, Apple Vacations is not joking. Aside from the standard roundtrip flights, meals, room accommodations, and back and forth airport to hotel transport, they also have snacks, refreshments, alcohol, and free activities at the place you are staying. As a guide, they have the “Golden Apple” branded hotels that are among their recommended establishments.
The selling point of this site will be their Travel Protection Plus Plan, an add-on to their travel packages that lets you cancel your bookings and get refunded in full (less the cost of the plan per person).
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