Travel Site Review: What is the best site to get airline tickets and travel advice???

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Are you a travel fanatic? Well I am one, and have always tried to the best deals for my air tickets. So I have made a list of my favorite websites and some of my experiences with them.

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With the recent boom in travel, there has been a lot of new websites that offer cheap airfare tickets. However, are they really cheaper than anywhere else or is it just another false promise? To answer this question, I have conducted an extensive research on different airfare monitors. This project came up because of my long trip to various countries in summer of 2008. I wanted to get the best deal since I needed more than 18 flight tickets. After comparing variety of travel ticketing sites such as Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, I have concluded Kayak to be the cheapest ticketing site.

In addition to air tickets, I had to plan out my trip, which required extensive research of the area. After reviewing through many different travel guide sites such as Lonely Planet and Fodors, I concluded Frommers to be the best travel guide search.

In this blog, I will go in details of how these websites differ from others. In addition I will explain each of the features in detail while going over my experience with each of the websites.

Best Air Ticketing Site: Kayak

What is Kayak and how does it work?

Kayak is basically a travel search engine that helps the users to locate cheap airline tickets, hotel stays, and car rentals. It works very similar to Orbitz where they aggregate travel ticketing prices from hundreds of different travel websites. Kayak then consolidates all of the information and links them its result page. This site makes money by charging per click to external sites (essentially revenue from advertisement). Therefore, the users will not be charged for processing and cannot directly book their flight through Kayak.

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Features

There is variety of useful features on this website, but I will only focus on the air flight features. First, users can select what type of travel tickets they are looking for (i.e. one-way, round trip, etc.). Then they are prompted to select dates. Although surfers can specify specific dates, they also have the option to widen their travel date preferences. Furthermore, users can also request for non-stop flights. For convenience, there is a calendar on the right side that shows the consumers what the prices might be on certain dates. There is also an option to compare Kayak’s services to its competitors such as Expedia and Priceline.

Once the search is executed, the users have more options. They now can narrow by flight takeoff or landing times in addition to which carriers users would prefer to take. The users can also narrow the results by choosing layover or trip duration. The most important part for me was the price. Comparing it to other sites Kayak had by far the largest number of flight tickets while being cheaper by almost $50 on average.

Overall, my experience with this site has been very positive. I have never had a problem with booking through their links and I like the fact that I don’t have to pay to utilize their services. In addition, they have many useful options that can narrow my search, which saves me a lot of time.

Pros
Easy to use
Many different features
A lot of search results
Accurate/cheap findings
Cons
Experience isn’t exciting

What is Kayak all about…

Best Travel Advice Site: Frommer’s

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Frommers is basically a travel guide publishing business that recently launched its own website. It has a long legacy of creating unique travel books since 1957 and has expanded its coverage to all over the world. The site has many excellent features that aim to help users establish a plan for their vacation and for them to understand the environment of their destination.

I love the wide variety of features that this site has to offer. First they have a specific web-page for each major city and have intense details regarding each location. These details include a section on background, list of tourist attraction, maps of the location, and suggested itineraries.

Overall, I enjoyed their sample itineraries, which I utilized to form my vacation plans. The attraction lists were helpful to establish my interests at certain destination while being able to select different restaurants on the way. There is also a blog section that allows me to talk to other people who have already been there. I was able to get prompt answers for my question while providing me with numerous different perspective on different locations.

Pros
Extensive coverage on different locations
Community posts where people can write about their perspective (blog)
Different option (itineraries, photos, maps)
Helpful guides for each location
Cons
Some aspects of the sites is complicated to use
Few minor cities do not have much coverage

How to utilize Frommers.com Community

Conclusion

If you like to travel are looking for a great deal on flight tickets, I would recommend using Kayak to purchase your ticket. Even before getting to this step, I would recommend understanding the environment of your destination before making up your mind. In order to do this, I would recommend using Frommers, which gives wide coverage of major tourist attraction sites. I really enjoyed using these sites for many years, and I hope you enjoy them too…

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