I love to save money, but I have no time to monitor for price drops on hotel rooms and car rentals, even cruises. Fortunately, I don’t have to since there are a number of websites that want to do the work for me. Take a look at six of my favorite websites that are keeping more travel money in my pocket:
The free AutoSlash service hunts for the best daily and weekly rates across available rental car companies at your pick-up location, then monitors the rates and automatically re-books you if and when the rates drop. AutoSlash also checks the rates at other rental car companies at your location and will re-book you with another company at a lower rate with your permission.
It’s tempting to hop on a non-refundable hotel deal because the price is that much better than the rates that allow for free cancellation. But, what do you do when you can’t use the hotel room after all? You put it up on Roomer so other travelers can scoop up your room. When they do, you’ll earn back a chunk of what you paid for the room. Super simple. And, it’s free.
Booking your stay at boutique hotels from Fifteen Beacon in Boston to Soho Beach House in Miami is as easy as sending a tweet to @Stayful using the #TweetStay hashtag with your dates of travel, price range (e.g., budget, mid-range, etc.) and dates. You’ll then receive a tweet back with some hotel deals that Stayful has negotiated on your behalf at no charge.
There are many ways to earn reward miles, from online shopping to airline credit cards to actual flights, but Rocketmiles makes it a snap to earn at least 1,000 miles per night with your favorite airline rewards program by booking hotel rooms through their website. While you sleep you’ll earn miles that can later be applied toward future travels.
5. Cruise Fare Monitor
For those who like to cruise, it’s a must to bookmark Cruise Fare Monitor, which tracks the cruise prices by specific line, ship, departure date and stateroom category, then lets you know about price drops. Unfortunately, not every cruise line can be monitored, but many of the major lines are listed, including Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian.
Since you pay upfront when you book an airline ticket, you never really know whether you’re getting the best deal. Sites like Kayak will advise you whether you should buy or wait given the current fares, but what if the price drops after you’ve bought your ticket? Head to Tingo, enter your flight details and look out for an email if the price of your flight drops below the airline’s change fee.
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