It's the time of year when many of us are daydreaming of a summer getaway, which means it's also the time of year for media outlets and experts to start touting their best tips to find travel deals. Often these come in the form of general tricks to get the best possible ticket prices, or advice on working the system to get upgrades and other perks from airlines.
Those are all useful of course, but recently the blog of personal finance site Mint.com got way more specific.
In a post, professional travel blogger Tessa Juliette does share a few tips for finding hotel deals and gaming the airlines' system for setting ticket prices (it's a good one for those not afraid of a little quick decision making), but she also gets into the nitty gritty details of which sites she uses to plan her many adventures. For those looking for specific resources to book their summer getaway on the cheap, it's a goldmine of ideas.
For the cheapest flights: Scotts Cheap Flights
Juliette names a whole bunch of different newsletters and fare trackers you might want to subscribe to if you're on the hunt for cheap airline tickets, but if you're also not willing to clutter up your inbox with a million different emails, she has one top suggestion: "If you only want to subscribe to one, then it has to be Scotts Cheap Flights."
For the cheapest activities and attractions: Travel Zoo
OK, you know where you're going and where you're staying, now you just have to figure out what to do when you get there. Juliette has a suggestion for where to find the best activities at the best prices, though it won't work for you type-A planners out there.
"When it comes to planning the details, I'm a huge procrastinator. Because of this, I basically exclusively use the app Travel Zoo to book last minute tours, shows, and even car rentals. This app lets you search by city for any deals and often they have last-minute flash sales (which works perfectly for my bad procrastination habit)," she explains.
For the cheapest package tours: Intrepid Travel and Busabout
Not the type to plan everything yourself? Then sit back and let the professionals figure out the details with a package tour. Juliette suggests two of the best places to find goon ones. "Make sure you subscribe to Intrepid Travel (great for small group tours) and Busabout (Hop on, hop off bus trips and sailing adventures in Europe). They will occasionally send out deals and flash-sales to popular trips that are easily booked," she notes.
For the cheapest cruises: Cruise Sheet
Juliette is definitive here: "The only site worth mentioning is Cruise Sheet. Their interface is so easy to use (with minimal ads and popups) and they always have the best deals."
Are there any other sites you'd add to this list of recommendations?