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Discount Travel

 
Discount Travel also goes by the names budget travel and cheap travel. 



Jump down to our Discount Travel Resources chart.

Discount Travel also goes by the names budget travel and cheap travel.  Almost all the major on-line travel agencies offer discounts for air, cruises, hotel, car rentals and vacation packages and let you search and compare prices. Discount applies to any kind of reduced prices for airlines, cruises, hotels, car rentals, etc. Some offer Internet discounts that you only see if you are on their website or subscribe to their email special deals. Many travel websites are now charging if you book via phone instead of making your booking online. Check them out!

Any budget traveler these days should become familiar with searching the web for information to help you save money, especially when traveling overseas or to a place you have never been.  Good web research will help you understand your options getting to your destination and while there. With travel blogs and forums and people in every country able to get on the web and post things or let you communicate with them via forums and email, you can do a much better job of planning a trip that will save you money.  Also, so many more hotels and hostels and other services are now available to book and pre-pay using a credit card than ever before.  This removes some of the anxiety from arriving in a small town in a remote part of the world.
 

Understanding Discount Prices


Understanding Discount Prices. 
You should understand about fares and how they can be legitimately cheaper. Many travel agency sites and, of course, online and print travel guides will explain how you can get cheaper rates for just about any aspect of travel. 

Consolidators. Consolidators buy seats on specific flights directly from scheduled airlines, cabins on specific voyages from cruise lines, or  hotel rooms from hotel companies, and tour seats from tour companies at wholesale prices. The consolidator then resell them to the public or to a travel agency who in turn sells them to you. Buying a consolidator air ticket with a credit card from a reputable travel agent is usually a very safe bet.

Aggregators. Aggregators are able to create data bases of the fares for flights from airlines and then display those fares so you can comparison shop.  Travel sites like Expedia and Travelocity are aggregators.

Last Minute Deals. Travel companies, such as airlines, cruise lines and tour companies that find they have seats available just before departure will offer them as last-minute deals. 

A travel site may be both a consolidator and an aggregator and offer last minute deals.

On the other hand, that promotion for 7-days in Hawaii for $110 is a much more risky proposition. If it is too good to be true, it probably is!
 
 
 
 
Discount

Discount Travel Resources

 
 

 

 

 

 These are comprehensive, popular websites that give you background information on budget and discount travel and have extensive links to websites that offer discounted fares.
 
 
Travel Science Resources Description
Travel Agencies

We link to all major and popular travel agencies including many that focus on discount travel.

Student Travel

Good links to all the major student travel websites.

Travel Auctions

Links to all the major travel auction websites.

 
Some Specific Websites  Description
Budget Travel

This is the popular and well-known Frommer's Travel Guides website with one of the best sources of budget travel information on the web.

Let's Go

Let's Go is the website of the popular travel guide series for student and young and budget-savvy travelers They offer what they call an "authentic perspective".

On The Go Publishing

They have nice links to various travel resources to help you spend less money and have a more enjoyable experience. This includes links to both airline and hotel consolidator sources plus a lot of other good information.

Travelsecret.com

They have consolidator tickets and a wealth of budget travel information.

Smarter Travel

They are one of the best sites on the web to find out the latest in discount travel, whether airfares, car rentals, hotels or other travel offers.

Backpack Europe On A  Budget

One of the best website for backpackers going to Europe. Oh, to be young again!

TravelHub.com

They cover discounts for airfares, lodging, car rentals, cruises and other categories.

Travelpunk.com

Backpacking, student and budget hostels, hotels, Eurail, air fares, budget tips, currency, vaccinations, weather and an extensive list of many useful links.

Discount Air Travel Resources
You can always try a web search.  Example:  Lowest airfare Atlanta to Paris January 2008 cheap flights, budget, discount flights
To Search The Web. Looking for discount flights between two cities, countries or continents?  Enter your originating and destination names, the general dates you want to travel as fares vary greatly at different times of the year to different places, along with words like: discount flights, discount tickets, cheap tickets. Example:  Atlanta to Paris discount flights January 2008.
Travel Science Resources Especially if you are Description
Airfares

Anyone

Our Airfare page has easy-to-use links to all major, popular and other highly rated travel websites.

Air Couriers

Solo, experienced international travelers with flexible travel plans such as students on summer breaks and people who are retired.

Our Air Couriers page tells you all about being an air courier and has links to the major air courier organizations. Savings can be 40% to 70% off economy air fares.

Air Passes

Anyone

Air passes are special deals for traveling in a region of the world or within a country available to people who will arrive from outside the region or country. Some good savings.

Consolidators

Anyone

Our page on the subject tells you all about consolidators, how to know a good consolidator and avoid trouble.  We have links to some consolidator websites. They offer good discounts.

Euro Low-Fare Air

Anyone going to Europe.

We have links to all the major European low-fare airlines and aggregators.

Last Minute Travel

Someone with flexible travel plans.

We have links to some good last-minute air travel websites.

Student Travel

Students

We have links to all the major student travel websites.

Some Specific Websites  Description
Cheapoair

They also cover cruises, hotels, cars, rail and vacation packages and have seasonal deals.

Cheapairtravelclub

They specialize in providing information on cheap air fares including first class discounts.

SkyAuction

Travel auctions covering air, cruises and vacation packages.

StudentUniverse

A good website that covers student travel with information on flights, rail, cars and hostels.

Discount Cruise Travel Resources
You can always try a web search.  Example:  Discount cheap cruise Caribbean January 2008
Find Discount Cruise Travel using:  Google Yahoo! Search MSN Live Search AOL Search  Ask Dogpile
 
Travel Science Resources Especially if you are Description
Cruises

Anyone

Our Cruises page has easy-to-use links to all major, popular and other highly rated cruise and cruise aggregators websites.

Last Minute Travel

Those with flexible travel plans.

We have links to some good last-minute cruise travel websites.

Some Specific Websites  Description
BargainTravelCruises They have a nice cruise finder search - select a cruise line, destination, dates, price range and number of days.
CruiseCheap World coverage.  They also have a toll-free 800 number you can call to talk to a cruise specialist.
CruiseCritic- Bargain Deals Bargain cruises over the next 4-5 months.
Discount Hotel Resources
You can always try a web search.  Example:  Lowest hotel price New York City January 2008 cheap hotels, budget, discount hotels
Find Discount Hotel Travel using:  Google Yahoo! Search MSN Live Search AOL Search  Ask Dogpile
 
Travel Science Resources Especially if you are Description
Housesitting Those who plan to stay 2-4 weeks. We have links to sites where you can advertise your home or find a home that does house-sitting .
Hostels Students and young people We list and link to all the major hostel websites.
Hotels Anyone We include all the major hotel websites and then some.
Last Minute Travel Someone with flexible travel plans. We have links to some good last-minute hotel deals.
Student Travel

Students

We have links to all the major student travel websites.
Some Specific Websites  Description
Kayak - Hotels

They let you search, compare and make reservation for over 100 travel sites that offer cheap hotels.

IndependentTraveler This is the Bargain Box section of the Independent Traveler website with Discount Hotel deals.
BudgetTravel- Hotel Deals

Worldwide hotel deals organized by continent.

Discount Car Rental Resources

You can always try a web search.  Example:  Lowest cheap budget car rental rates Los Angeles  [putting in a specific date or month will not help narrow the search]
Find Discount Car Rental using:  Google Yahoo! Search MSN Live Search AOL Search  Ask Dogpile
 
Travel Science Resources Description
Car Rental

Anyone

Last Minute Travel

We list some last minute travel websites for car rentals.

Some Specific Websites  Description
Kayak - Car Rentals

They let you search, compare and make reservation for over 100 travel sites that offer cheap car rentals.

IndependentTraveler This is the Bargain Box section of the Independent Traveler website with Discount Car Rentals.
Hotwire - Car Rentals This is well-recognized travel site with excellent car rental discount prices.
Discount Vacation Package Resources
You can always try a web search.  Example:  discount budget cheap vacation packages to Bermuda January 2008
 
Travel Science Resources Especially if you are Description
Vacation Deals

Couples and families

 
Last Minute Travel

Someone with flexible travel plans.

We have links to some good last-minute vacation travel websites.

Some Specific Websites  Description
VacationsToGo They have a good selection of discount vacation packages.
IndependentTraveler This is the Bargain Box section of the Independent Traveler website with Discount Vacation deals.
Orbitz Vacations this is an alphabetical list of their discount vacation packages.
Discount Rail Resources
You can always try a web search.  Example:  best train fares Europe January 2008  [Basically, the only discount you may get is if you purchase a railpass!]
Find Discount Rail Travel using:  Google Yahoo! Search MSN Live Search AOL Search  Ask Dogpile
 
Travel Science Resources Especially if you are Description
Rail Passes

Anyone spending 1-4 weeks overseas.

We have extensive links to railpass websites by continent.

Train Travel

Anyone who loves trains.

We have links to train websites and directories.

Last Minute Travel

Someone with flexible travel plans.

We have links to some good last-minute rail travel websites.

Student Travel

Students

We have good links to all the major student travel websites.

Some Specific Websites  Description
IndependentTraveler This is the Bargain Box section of the Independent Traveler website with Discount Train Deals
StudentUniverse

A good website that covers student travel with information on flights, rail, cars and hostels.

RailEurope

They have a large selection of rail fares and rail passes for Europe.

 
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