Today, travelers have options. Not just options pertaining to what airline they fly, hotel they stay in and transportation they use to get around when at their destination – but options pertaining to how exactly they book their travel. These options are largely thanks to the Internet. The Internet has revolutionized so much, from news media to the way a local defensive driving course is conducted – and travel booking sites are certainly no exception.
These sites help consumers book the best possible trip at the lowest price available. But with such a large number of online booking sites, it can be tough to separate the good from the bad. In this post, we’ve done the dirty work for you on three popular online booking sites – Expedia, Travelzoo and Travelocity. Here’s a look about what’s good and what’s not good about each site so you can make the best decision for you when it comes to booking your next trip:
Low overall prices and great last-minute deals are some of the best things about Expedia, but there’s a lot more to like about this top-ranked travel site. Yes, the website is very easy to use and navigate, you can chat online with customer service reps and its rewards program is great for earning points toward your next trip.
Because of the number of providers it works with, it can take some time going through your options. Also, because of the last-minute deals offered through the site, it can encourage procrastination, something that many consumers have a challenging time with.
⚖ Our Verdict:
It’s one of – if not the best – travel site. Bookmark it and make it one of your traveling go-to sites when you’re planning your next trip. It’s always worth a search.
It’s an Expedia property, so it has a similar, user-friendly feel. Like Expedia, Travelocity also offers low rates. However, arguably the best thing about Travelocity is its price match guarantee, which states that the site will match any price that is offered by a competing company.
Despite being a user-friendly platform, the transaction process tends to be tedious, especially to those who aren’t familiar with online booking.
⚖ Our Verdict:
Be sure to bookmark this page as well, as the price match guarantee and overall low prices are certainly worth exploring prior to your next trip – even if you decide to book through another platform.
Unlike the other two websites on this list, Travelzoo is a site that promotes various deals at around the time that they are occurring, so it can be great for the spontaneous traveler that wants to go somewhere, but just isn’t sure what makes sense at the time. In fact, the site features a weekly “Top 20” list of the best deals to various destinations.
Many people confuse Travelzoo for a booking site, similar to Expedia – and that’s not the case. What’s more is to see the site’s best deals, users are required to register with a user name and log into the site, which can be a turn off for some consumers (even though registration is free). Finally, there’s no way to get in touch with a customer service rep if you need help.
⚖ Our Verdict:
If you want to go on a trip in two weeks, but aren’t sure where – this is the site for you, the spontaneous traveler. But if you want to book a trip in advance at a low rate, stick to one of the sites we listed above.