I'll get this off my chest: Expedia is offering up to 50 percent off on minimum four-night stays at more than 125 hotels. You must book by Sept. 2 for travel by Sept. 30, so if you have a trip planned but haven't reserved rooms yet go get your hotel stay at half off! Not traveling before September's end? Here are some tips on finding the best deals from industry gurus and experienced travelers.
- Before booking a flight, compare baseline fares at your favorite travel site like Orbitz, Expedia, or Travlocity. Then, if you're a frequent flier on a particular carrier, reference your preferred carrier's website. If you're not sure you've found the best deal, search the other fare comparison sites you haven't yet visited.
- Use travel sites to find the cheapest hotel fares, but don't book until you've called the hotel directly and attempt to get an even better deal.
- Invest time in searching for the best deals and pay attention to the unique perks of each travel site. For example, the Price Assurance program on Orbitz reimburses a customer for the difference in her ticket if another traveler paid less for the same flight.