Just about everyone who uses the Internet is aware that you can book your travel reservations online, but some of us can still use a little help with figuring out how to plan efficiently and how to avoid costly or irritating mistakes. Here are some tips and hints that can make booking travel online a pleasant and timesaving experience rather than a frustrating venture into the unknown.
HERE IS WORD’S OF CAUTIONS: Make sure you do your research before you bid or buy. You should know what the trip or travel package you are bidding on or buying is really worth, or you might not be getting a bargain.
If you are bidding, set a limit for your bid that is just a bit below the average price you could get anywhere else, and stick to it. Don’t let yourself get caught up in auction fever, or you could find yourself spending more than you would have spent if you had booked the trip from a regular travel site.
TRAVEL WEB SITES DON’T ALWAYS GET THE BEST DEAL:
Don’t limit yourself to using a single online site to book your travel. No matter how good a travel-booking site is, no single site always has or knows about the best rate or fare that is currently available. Besides that, the agreements between airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, and the like often vary among travel sites. For example, one travel site may have an agreement with a specific hotel chain that lets it offer you greatly discounted rates, while another site has no such agreement with a hotel but instead offers a free rental car for a weekend.
Most major domestic airlines now offer ticketless travel, or Electronic Tickets (e-tickets). When you book your travel online, you can request an e-ticket (availability varies by airline). This method alleviates worry about picking up your ticket, having it mailed to you, losing it, or having it stolen
NEWS TRAVEL FAST:
Whether you travel often, or only once or twice a year, travel only on business or only on vacation, you should subscribe to e-mail travel newsletters. Online travel newsletters are a good way to keep abreast of current travel promotions and sales, travel discounts, new travel Web sites, and news for travelers who fall into specific categories, such as business travelers, family vacation travelers, honeymooners, senior citizens, and the like.