Looking for suggestions for travel sites you like

Looking for suggestions for travel sites you like

I get to have some fun this weekend.

My brother-in-law, Gary Walters, is a professional musician based in Indianapolis. He often tours with Carrie Newcomer; he also is in a jazz ensemble, and teaches piano at Butler. (And he’s a really cool guy.)

He recently recorded a solo piano album and there’s a CD release party this weekend at the Jazz Kitchen in Indy. (I could go on about Indy, which has an awful lot going for it, and the Jazz Kitchen, which is a wonderful place, but I’ll just say if you’re in Indy and you like jazz, go there.)

Here’s the thing. My brother-in-law and his wife, my sister, have already given away their guest room for the weekend, so I had to find a hotel room. I turned to Priceline and got a heck of a deal on a downtown Indy hotel, one I’ve stayed at before.

As I’ve said on Twitter, I dislike Priceline in some circumstances. I’ve had good luck with it at hotels, but I’ve had uniformly bad experiences with it for car rentals, so much so that I won’t use it any more. Agents, in my case, have been only remotely interested in my business once they find it’s a Priceline rental. Their tone has changed to withdrawn and in a couple cases, downright unfriendly. It’s been that way with multiple rental agencies in different cities, from Las Vegas to Fort Lauderdale. Maybe it’s me, except that all these times, I’ve been on vacation and in a pretty good mood.

So while I will use Priceline for hotels in some circumstances, I prefer Travelocity for keeping an eye on things generally in the routes that interest me.

But I’m always afraid someone else has found a better travel site, a better service that notifies users about good travel deals. So please, share your knowledge and tell us which travel sites you use, what you like about them and what their weaknesses are.


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Mike Howie wrote on June 24, 2010 at 11:06 am
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We have a vote via Twitter for Travelzoo. Anyone else use it? Like it? Hate it?

Mike Howie wrote on June 24, 2010 at 12:06 pm
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And a vote for Bing's farecast.com. Anyone have experience with that?

Mike Howie wrote on June 24, 2010 at 12:06 pm
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And for students and faculty, a recommendation for studentuniverse.com, which is a new one to me.

adamb2000 wrote on June 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I recently used Kayak to search for hotels for a trip to NY. In case you haven't used it, you don't actually book anything through Kayak itself, but rather, it searches all of the different travel sites (Expedia, Travelocity, Hotels.com, etc.) as well as the websites of the individual hotel chains themselves, which often have better deals than the travel sites. It was a HUGE timesaver in not having to search dozens of different websites. One tip, when you first go to search, UNCHECK the box that says "Open results in new window" or your browser will try to open like 10 windows at once.

Mike Howie wrote on June 24, 2010 at 2:06 pm
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Thanks for the info, and the tip. I'd heard of Kayak but hadn't used it.

cats kradle wrote on June 25, 2010 at 11:06 am

We use parksleepfly.com for hotels where you can get a shuttle to the airport and park your car for the duration of the trip. It has lots of hotels and airports and lots of customer reviews. And Yapta.com tracks airfares after you buy and tells you if the fare has dropped so that you can rebook at the cheaper price (if it's worth it after paying any cancellation fees). You can't book through Yapta though.

Mike Howie wrote on June 25, 2010 at 11:06 am
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Those both sounds like good sites to add to my list. Thanks for taking the time to share.

wow1 wrote on July 01, 2010 at 7:07 am

I also LOVE travelzoo. They have really good deals!