The Ultimate Guide to Travel Search Engines: What You Need to Know
There are a ton of travel sites out there that make the promise of helping you save money on your next trip. However, it’s really hard to know if you’re getting the best deal and which travel site to use! If you are a little lost by all the travel search engines and their specifics, here is what you need to know about travel search engines.
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Travel search engines aren’t always cheaper
Before you book through a travel search engine, do a little price comparison shopping. Many search engines end up being more expensive than booking directly with the airline or hotel company you are looking for.
Search engines have reward points for members
It’s free to sign up to be a member, but this can be a great way to earn money off your next trip! Each search engine has its own rewards program and this can add up quickly if you travel a lot. You can also stack these rewards with hotel rewards programs and other rewards you might have.
Don’t forget to use your rewards programs
There are so many hotel and flight rewards programs out there! Make sure to add these in when you book so that you don’t miss out on rewards for your trip! If you forget to add them in when you book, call and add them in after booking!
Read the fine print
Some travel search engines don’t allow you to get the price difference if a hotel drops their price or a flight gets cheaper. This means you can essentially end up spending more for your trip than if you’d booked directly! Many airlines and hotels will allow you to price match all the way up until your trip! So check the fine print so you don’t end up leaving money on the table.
Use a cashback website when you book
Cashback websites such as Ebates have amazing offers for travel sites! Ebates can sometimes help you get three or even up to nine percent back on your trip! This can be a great way to make up the cost of a last minute flight or an expensive trip!
Price shop between travel search engines
While many search engines will have similar prices, there is usually one that is the best deal! They may only vary by a few dollars, but a few dollars can add up quickly! Be sure to check around on multiple different sites using an incognito window to avoid high prices.
Don’t forget about Google Flights
Many people don’t know about Google Flights and it’s a tool that I use all the time! You can turn on price tracking for flights and then log on and book when it’s cheap! You can also get a good baseline price idea on your flights by using Google Flights too.
Travel search engines can be a great way to save money! However, they could end up making you spend more if you aren’t prepared! Make sure you keep this guide handy the next time you go to book a trip using a travel search engine.
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