I can’t count how many times I’ve explained to people that they are not “Booking it themselves!”
In fact, they are just sending a larger travel agent (Barry Diller most likely) the commission.
You’re just making sure his already rich kids get into college instead of lining your friendly neighborhood travel agent, Roklan’s pockets.
It’s still a challenge to steer people over to my site www.passportkings.com instead of 1 of Barry’s sites.
But who am I kidding, Barry and his major competitors have put together some pretty smooth, well-working, and heavily marketed websites that can, most times, easily get the job of booking a flight or hotel, done in a flash.
I’m guilty of using their sites sometimes too!
Sometimes I’m willing to forgo my own commission in order to get the vacation plans booked quicker and easier than going through my own travel booking services
With all of the tips and things that I’ve learned by being an advisor, I’ve also learned how to “work” many of their systems and come to the best prices with the most “Bang for my Buck.”
These top search engines will get the job done of making sure you are right in the midst of the action while in faraway lands.
With so many different travel sites out there, how can we determine which one will be the best for your immediate needs?
Well in this video, I gotcha covered!
To answer this question, I am going to look at a variety of factors, including ease of use, the site’s financial backing, customer satisfaction, reviews of rendered services, and price guarantees.
In the end, I’ll also show you a way to save thousands when using one of the most popular “name your price” booking engines.
The best site for booking cheap flights
booking.passportkings.com is your absolute best option when it comes to low airfare prices
If you’ve been keeping up with my online presence, you probably know that I am a Travel Agent and my host Agency is Inteletravel.
However, Inteletravel is not where booking.passportkings.com gets its flight prices from. The newly updated website compares flight engines and companies. This way you are comparing all of the prices in 1 place and getting them sorted down to the lowest prices.
Sometimes I find it very hard to explain to people that I can book your travel through any of the sites that have national commercials and you are used to.
People think they are throwing it in my face when they say they are “booking their own travel” online by themselves.
If they knew what they were really doing, they wouldn’t even mention such a silly sentiment.
I’ve made an entire video about what they are REALLY DOING and you can check it out here:
But if Passport Kings is using the same Travel Sites as them, Why use PPK?
The difference is, that I can still check the hotel that you are settling on for any added discounts, perks, and Specials.
I also have access to millions of hotels and can compare the prices up against each other.
Passport Kings is my Online Travel Agency, so of course, I will tell people to run their travel by me before settling for somewhere else.
Many times I can beat the deal, but if worse comes to worst, I will match the deal you found.
When I’m only able to match the deal, at least you will have peace of mind knowing that you supported a local business that cares about your Vacation.
The commission that was going to go to somebody regardless, will be going to the person (Me) who spent my time to Discover, Preview, and make Videos to familiarize you with the destination.
But only being able to match the price rarely happens.
I’m usually able to beat the prices because travel companies want to keep us recommending them.
They get nothing from a customer who is just 1 and done after they “Book for themselves” Man Traveling to Cabo San Lucas Mexico
So, other than myself, especially for the lowest prices on flights, here is the rest of the list of the best online travel engines to use if you insist on doing it yourself, and paying for Barry Diller’s extravagant life.
The best site for getting a Hotel room
When I was convinced that I “BOOKED TRAVEL BY MYSELF,” Booking.com was my 1 favorite.
Their prices always seemed better than the others. Plus up until inteletravel upgraded its results 3 years ago to include smaller hotels, they gave options offering little local accommodations that I could not find on other sites.
They also bragged about their option to let me pay at the hotel when I arrived, instead of upfront while booking the reservation. I haven’t seen many other websites offer this option.
Booking is the #1 online booking platform for accommodations around the world. They have zero booking fees and they speak almost every language, for people who are booking and don’t speak English
Booking.com is the #1 travel site in terms of Customer Satisfaction by J. D. Power. They have a unique direct long-term relationship with more than 900,000 accommodations. I used to think I was cheating the system when I booked with booking.com.
I even made one of my first YouTube Travel videos about them which I’m posting below.
If you insist on being “your own Travel Agent,” (doing all of the work and giving someone else the commission,) then booking.com is probably where you will get the cheapest results from any booking engine.
Best Travel Site for All-Inclusive Packages
Expedia: This site has the smoothest search engine which makes finding and comparing options easy.
I’m not sure how they do it because other websites jump around, feel clunky to navigate and promise things they can’t deliver.
When you search on expedia.com you get the feeling that everything is done by a well-paid computer programmer that quite frankly, all of the other search engine builders should hire.
It’s just another 1 of Barry’s companies. It seems he would have spread this smoothness across the board…but the price tag for upgrading all of his sites may have taken away from the size of one of his new Yachts
Expedia will do very well without my endorsement because they pay a lot of money for advertising.
It’s rare that you will complete an entire day without seeing an ad for Expedia. Their exposure mission is the only thing I have against them.
I’m not one to count another person’s pockets, but they certainly have to be collecting their advertisement money from somewhere, and it’s most likely you.
But I’m not a hater. Go to Expedia’s website to see if you can get what you need in an all-inclusive package.
I ask that you give me a chance to see if I can beat it.
Where to book your cruise yourself
With cruises, you’d be silly to do all of your bookings online on any site. Your 2nd best bet is to call the cruise line directly, and your first best bet is to call your travel agent…ME!
Cruise prices change dramatically depending on the routes, the time of year, the demand for cruises, etc.
I’ve seen cruise prices drop by half just hours before disembarkation
when you have someone on the phone, they will be telling you up-to-date information that may not be showing on the websites yet
That information is only shared among themselves and all of the perks like free nights, free liquor, etc is offered to the travel agents to try to fill the boat up
going online and “booking it yourself” will most likely cost you a few hundred dollars
Booking far in advance is most beneficial if it’s 6 months to a year in advance or if you are trying to coordinate a large group of friends and family.
The extra time will give everyone in your group a chance to get their finances in order
Where to get the best reviews on Vacations and Holidays
Reviews! Reviews! Reviews! When I started my Youtube page, Trip Advisor was strictly a travel reviews site.
In my imagination, they saw what I was doing and took everything Passport Kings was known for.
Yeah, you can get my reviews about flights, Cities, and Resorts, but Trip Advisor gives you reviews about those experiences from almost everyone that has been anywhere.
This (As I can vouch for) is a great combination when anyone is trying to decide where travelers would like to visit around the world.
The Best Booking Aggregators to research and compare Everything
What is an Aggregator
To make it simple, imagine a google search
Google itself doesn’t answer your questions, what google does is search billions of sites to find the right answer for you
Aggregators are the same when it comes to travel
They comb through hundreds to thousands of sites looking for either the lowest price.
Which Aggregator to use?
Trivago’s hotel search allows users to compare hotel prices in just a few clicks.
You will get to choose from more than 300 booking sites for more than 5.0 million hotels and other types of accommodation in over 190 countries.
My Passport Kings website does this with hotels and rental cars as well but I believe Trivago was the first with the concept
Trivago shows you what a lot of other engines hide.
They show you the process of comparing how low each Hotel or Flight is willing to go.
You will ac
tually see many pages jump up on your screen and Trivago doing its magic to weed out what works and what doesn’t.
This process can be messy to watch and there is no emotion put into the decisions.
Algorithms are making all of the decisions.
Do you really want your vacation decided by math?
Some people are like, hell yes, I just want to get to the bottom of the barrel for my vacation plans
Others prefer a human with some travel experience to call shots so they can get the BEST EXPERIENCE while traveling
But if you can get over the fact that a computer is choosing everything for you, then go to Trivago and watch the magic as it happens and get a great price
Best Overall Travel Booking Experience
The way I felt about booking.com for hotels, in the same way, I felt about CheapOair when it came to flights. They are cheap.
The more I learned about airfare, after becoming a Travel Agent, the more I realized why I liked CheapOair so much.
Their search engine provides flight options that other search engines may not even mention.
CheapOair is one of the fastest-growing online travel companies in the US.
With a dedicated team with over 15 years of experience in serving travel needs online, CheapOair decided to take their expertise to the web and develop amazing software to improve every aspect of the travel process.
I used to be all about saving a dollar any way I could when I first started traveling. Now I’m more of 1 of those convenience guys that I used to look at as pretentious. lol
Bottom line. if you want to compare all prices before making your pick, and I mean everything,CheapOair is great at these tasks and your pockets will feel the difference.
Thanks for checking out this countdown. Now I implore you to get your group together and travel like a King…
Honorable mention: Google Flights
My Opinion: They biting off of Kayak and Trivago
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