Putting discount travel sites to the test

Planning a great vacation doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to do it. If you can’t wait to book a getaway before summer ends, check out the video above. Our Chief National Consumer Correspondent, Jeff Rossen, is testing vacation booking sites to see which ones will give you the most bang for your buck. Tips for Finding the Best Deals: Want to save on airline tickets? Group your trip on booking sites. Rather than just booking your hotel and a car, add airline tickets as well. Expedia says it gets special lower rates from airline and hotel partners that we can only offer as part of a package. This is what makes groupage one of the best and most underrated ways to save on travel. Expedia told Rossen Reports that there are times when you will find higher or lower prices on fares, but in general the fares will be the same as displayed on the airline’s websites. Become a “member” on vacation booking sites. If you’re a Rewards member, you can also earn and redeem points on things like flights, hotels, and activities. Found a good price? Insiders tells us, contact the hotel directly. Most hotels will offer a price match or lowest price guarantee. If you’re willing to be flexible – maybe even spontaneous – most vacation booking sites have “last minute” deals and vacations. Expedia lists them all. You can save on certain flights, hotels and packages if you travel within the next 2 weeks. Want to save on hotels? Priceline has a new tool called “Pricebreakers”. You don’t know which hotel you get until the end! You choose from three popular hotels at a heavily discounted price. You can even save 50% on your hotel stay. There will be groupings of three hotels for you to choose from with a displayed price. They are assembled based on ratings and conveniences. Once you have confirmed your choice and entered your information, one of the three properties will be revealed as the hotel you have chosen and your reservation is considered final. Not interested in scanning every website for the best hotel deals? Use Trivago. It’s a search engine that will compare prices on all the different sites and give you the best deal. If there is a better deal on the hotel website, it will tell you that too. It’s an easy way to scan websites without doing the job yourself. Have a good trip ! UPDATE: After this story was released, Best Western contacted Rossen Reports. The company claims that its “Low rate, guaranteed!” The program ensures that customers find the lowest rates by booking directly through its website. They researched and found “that there is a third party, with whom we do not have a managed relationship, who uses deceptive consumer practices to post deceptive lower rates If the rate is indeed booked by the consumer, the third party then inflates the advertised rate by adding hidden charges. Ultimately, as a result of these deceptive tactics, the final rate charged to the consumer will be different from what was originally displayed. “The company further stated,” We are evaluating our legal options to ensure that this third party puts an end to these deceptive consumer practices. ”

Planning a great vacation doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to do it.

If you can’t wait to book a getaway before summer ends, check out the video above. Our Chief National Consumer Correspondent, Jeff Rossen, is testing vacation booking sites to see which ones will give you the most bang for your buck.

Tips for finding the best deals:

  • Want to save on plane tickets? Group your trip on booking sites. Rather than just booking your hotel and a car, add airline tickets as well. Expedia says it gets special lower rates from airline and hotel partners that we can only offer as part of a package. This is what makes groupage one of the best and most underrated ways to save on travel. Expedia told Rossen Reports that there are times when you will find higher or lower prices on fares, but in general the fares will be the same as displayed on the airline’s websites.
  • Become a “member” on vacation booking sites. If you’re a Rewards member, you can also earn and redeem points on things like flights, hotels, and activities.
  • Found a good price? Insiders tells us, contact the hotel directly. Most hotels will offer a price match or lowest price guarantee.
  • If you’re willing to be flexible – maybe even spontaneous – most vacation booking sites have “last minute” deals and vacations. Expedia lists them all. You can save on certain flights, hotels and packages if you travel within the next 2 weeks.
  • Want to save on hotels? Priceline has a new tool called “Pricebreakers”. You don’t know which hotel you get until the end! You choose from three popular hotels at a heavily discounted price. You can even save 50% on your hotel stay. There will be groupings of three hotels for you to choose from with a displayed price. They are assembled based on ratings and conveniences. Once you have confirmed your choice and entered your information, one of the three properties will be revealed as the hotel you have chosen and your reservation is considered final.
  • Not interested in scanning every website for the best hotel deals? Use Trivago. It’s a search engine that will compare the prices on all the different sites and give you the best deal. If there is a better deal on the hotel website, it will tell you that too. It’s an easy way to scan websites without doing the job yourself.

Have a good trip!

UPDATE: After this story was released, Best Western contacted Rossen Reports. The company claims that its “Low rate, guaranteed!” Guarantees customers to find the lowest rates by booking directly on its website.

They researched and found “that there is a third party, with whom we do not have a managed relationship, who uses deceptive consumer practices to display deceptively lower prices. If the rate is actually reserved by the consumer, the third party then inflates the advertised rate by adding hidden costs. Ultimately, due to these deceptive tactics, the final price charged to the consumer will be different from what was originally displayed. The company further stated, “We are evaluating our legal options to ensure that this third party puts an end to these deceptive consumer practices. “