Sometimes, you just need to get away. A weekend in the countryside might do the trick, or maybe you’re thinking something along the lines of a week-long trip through the Greek islands. But how to get the best travel deals? Well, these 15 travel sites can help. Score amazing airline tickets, hotel stays, car rentals, and other sweet travel deals — so what are you waiting for?
What you’ll find: This quick and easy site gathers fares from other travel sites, so you have all the cheapest rates right at your fingertips (download the app for mobile-only deals). Have $200 to spare and want to take a trip? The “Explore” feature lets you check out cities you can fly to for that amount (or less) and shows you on Google Maps.
What you’ll find: Check out its “Deal of the Day,” where you enter where you’re traveling from and where you’d like to go (say, New York City to Chicago for two nights); the hotel deals that pop up can be up to $100 less than normally offered. You can also create an account to take advantage of its special coupons. They expire, so act quickly if you see a deal you like!
What you’ll find: Who doesn’t want to save money on a tropical getaway to a Caribbean island? Find all the latest affordable deals under its “Nice Packages” tab — a recent offering for an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic for five nights, including airfare, was going for $869 (down from $1,249).
What you’ll find: There are always good deals to be found right on the homepage, so you don’t have to go clicking around to see hot deals right away. A recent search saw an Emirates offer (from New York to Milan, starting at $497). Also, check out its “Trending Deals” section for the most up-to-date offerings.
What you’ll find: Like other sites, Travelocity offers a variety of promo code and coupon code discounts for its members. You can also check out the “Today’s Top Deals” section (a recent search saw up to 40% off Miami hotels). Another great feature is the 24/7 social media assistance via Facebook and Twitter.
What you’ll find: Download its new app for top savings, and if you sign up to receive its newsletter, you may quality for $150 in savings. But even if you just visit the site, you can still take advantage of some coupons and promo codes for general package deals (you can find especially good deals on all-inclusive resorts).
What you’ll find: This site is all about discounted flights. Click on its “Last Minute Deals” to find the absolute cheapest rates (if you’re interested, book it as soon as possible before it goes up). A recent sweet deal was a roundtrip flight from Philadelphia to Orlando for $108. There’s also a toll-free number to call to hear about unpublished fares.
What you’ll find: In addition to discounted flights and vacations packages, you can find some pretty terrific deals on car rentals on this site. A recent search saw a $10-per-day rental for an economy car from Ace in Las Vegas — and it even offers deals on international rentals, such as a full-size from U-Save in Cancun for $7.
What you’ll find: This low-airfare alert site covers all airlines (including Southwest), so there’s always a deal to be had — and if you’re flexible and can fly at a moment’s notice, there are some first-rate deals to be had. Sign up for the email alerts (you can even list your airline preference), and for more immediate results, follow them on Twitter.
What you’ll find: With its ‘Name Your Own Price feature, you can bid on hotels and score some pretty sweet deals — but you do need to be aware, that you won’t know which hotel you’ll be staying in (though you can choose the neighborhood and star rating, so you’ll have a general idea of the type of lodging you’ll be booked into).
What you’ll find: Didn’t know Groupon offered travel deals? Take a look at its air/hotel packages (a recent search turned up a seven-day Italy trip for $899, that also includes a rental car). You can search via geographic location or by special interest like beach, outdoor and adventure, romantic getaways, etc., and you’ll find lot of good deals by clicking on the “Last Minute” section.
What you’ll find: This site is a great resource for local things to do, but you can also tap into its travel deals (under the “Escapes” tab), which offer trips to a variety of destinations — both foreign and domestic. Check out its “Most Popular Deals” tab to see everything from a one-night stay at a Cape Cod inn for $109 to an eight-day hotel/air Ireland trip from $799.
What you’ll find: Members who stay 10 nights, whether it be a single-night stay or part of a multiday trip, receive a free night (the site has more than 270,000 properties around the world to choose from), and if you travel frequently, you can upgrade to its Silver or Gold membership, and receive deeper discounts and perks.
What you’ll find: If cruises are your thing — or even if you are a first timer — you can get quotes from multiple travel agencies to get the very best cruise deal, perhaps a seven-night Canada/England sailing from Holland America. You can also get special deals, such as two-for-one cruises and select sailings where kids cruise free.
What you’ll find: HomeAway, and its offshoot companies like Vrbo.com and VacationRentals.com, are a great option for large groups traveling together, such as a family heading to Disney or a girls’ getaway to Miami. You choose where, what type of lodging, how many bedrooms, and other amenities (pool, hot tub, etc.). Sign up for the newsletter to get the best deals.