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Old 04-08-2015, 05:34 AM   #21
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I like as well as many of the sites already mentioned.

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Old 04-08-2015, 07:52 AM   #22
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For my flight, I'm gonna play the timing game. From reading, as a rule of thumb (and there are plenty) is not booking too early or too late, but more like around 6 weeks before the day of flying for domestic fights.

As for hotel, I may book earlier.

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Old 04-08-2015, 08:05 AM   #23
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I was pleasantly surprised when found a business class flight for not that much more than coach for my trip this summer. It is using 3 different airlines (American to Europe, with a Vueling leg in Europe, then USAIR return.) Yet it's ticketed through British Airways. Kayak did not pull the same combo. Even the BA customer service rep was surprised by a) the price, b) the combo of flights - but it was legit.
That's really good to know; DH and I use Business on long-hauls because Coach is just too hard on him (and now he's got some issues with circulation in the veins in his legs so he really needs to stretch out and occasionally get up and move). I found one site that claims to have access to sales on Business Class but they required a paid membership. Fortunately, we got a good rate to Iceland in August but I'll try Google Flights next time.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:56 PM   #24
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I use Costco for car rentals at the airport, but have found much better deals by going off airport and just using available discount codes.

For example, in Portland, I've used Hertz with stacked discount codes from their website to book a car downtown and save about half. The car rental place is just off the light rail route, so it is no a big inconvenience and I return the car directly to the airport for little or no upcharge.
Depending on the city, off-airport car rentals can be no inconvenience and have saved me $70 a week or more. Enterprise has a lot of city locations, but hours of operation are very limited. On Maui, Advantage is off airport, but has an airport shuttle. Thrifty/Dollar are just off airport in Honolulu, with airport shuttle. LAX does not allow this, along with banning Uber.
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Old 04-12-2015, 12:35 PM   #25
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We use most of the sites including the opaque ones such as Hotwire, Priceline etc. We find Priceline bidding good for some cities, not so good for others. We always refer to or

Some of our very best hotel deals have actually come directly from the hotel chains. We belong to the Marriott plan and also the Accor hotels plan. Both send of us offers.

On our most recent trip we had excellent deals in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur by booking special offers from Accor and Marriott respectively. Much better than any of the booking sites. Often the price may look the same but the extras they include have value. The rub is that one usually has to make a non refundable booking for a minimum number of nights-usually three.

For cars in NA we book via Costco. In Europe we use (or .ca) for great prices and great service. We have never been able to beat their prices.
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Old 04-12-2015, 01:30 PM   #26
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I just checked Costco for a car rental in Kona, where there are no off-airport options. What a deal! No $10-13 a day extra driver charge with Avis, at least. AAA has the same agreement with Hertz, but the rates are higher.
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:53 PM   #27
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Last time we rented a car in Toronto the off airport price for a three week rental was just about half of the airport rental charge.

Same for our three week rental in Orlando. We took a cab to town, stayed overnight, and then picked up the car downtown (Avis). About half the price.

Both were Costco rentals. I typically price out auto club, a large corporate discount that I am entitled to use, and Costco. The only time the corporate discount was less was for a one day rental in Miami between Christmas and New Years. Holiday demand pushed up the rental rates but the corporate discount price was based on a straight per diem charge any day of the week.
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:28 AM   #28
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Many of the online sites are the same.

Go for the ones with the best price but a lot of times if you contact the hotel or airline directly, they will price match.

Another thing I like to do is look at the pictures which have been taken by visitors instead of the professionally photoshopped management pictures.

NEVER trust the images that are on the website, you could be setting yourself up for a huge disappointment when you arrive.

Hope this helps.

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