Figuring out the best place to look
for travel deals can be stressful. That's why Cheap
Family Fun has gone ahead and placed a link to Consumer's Union of USA,
Inc.'s WebWatch report on online travel deals
(Consumer's Union produces "Consumer Reports") to back up what we're
about to tell you.
Most Internet users look through at least
three sites before purchasing any type of online travel -- the
builders of this site included. In most every travel
situation, Cheap Family Fun recommends checking Expedia or
Travelocity first. The report linked to above does show that
online travel discounters can generally net you better deals than
the Sabre system used by travel agents (however we still recommend
seeing what your travel agent can do for you because you just never
The Consumer's Union study did find that
Priceline.com had the best deals more often than any other travel
discounter ... however, if you're like us, we're not fond of
"opaque" sites where you don't get to find out your itinerary until
after you've paid (a site called biddingfortravel.com
offers advise for navigating sites like Priceline). Expedia
and Travelocity came in right behind Priceline in the
Anyway, we've worked hard to help you
find the best-of-the-best in online travel deals and broken
them down in specific travel types below:
Accommodations -- You'll find a
variety of sources for saving big on campsites on this page, but
you'll also find some other great surprises! Ever thought of
vacationing in a Lighthouse? How about just bunking down in an
airport? Maybe renting an RV? You know, sometimes staying in a
Hostel or at the Y can save you even more money than camping.
Explore all your great options here.
Airfare -- Again, we stick with the
recommendations listed in the opening paragraph on this page, but
we've also listed some of the discount airlines. You just never know
what kind of awesome deal you might find on any given day.
Buses -- If you have plenty of time
to get to your destination, buses can be one of the least expensive
ways of all to travel. Traveling in a group on a motor coach can be
one of the biggest memory builders you will ever experience. You'll
find links on this page to the top sources for finding bus routes
and fares across the country as well as the parent motor coach
companies. Each motor coach link has a list of affiliates involved
in each network. This is especially helpful if a big group of
families desire to travel together and save as much money as
possible. Many pre-arranged tours are availabe as well.
Cruises -- I've never been on a
cruise myself -- too chicken. I hear, though, that they offer some
wonderful family packages. This page links to two of the biggest
online cruise discounters as well as our standard faves -- Expedia
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Dining -- Once you've figured out
how you're going to get there and where you're going to stay,
there's still hundreds of additional dollars that can be saved
through careful planning.
Entertainment -- Save even more
money by getting those tickets and planning what you will do and see
well in advance.
Package Deals -- Even though we
still say Expedia and Travelocity first, we're mesmerised by sites
like SkyAuction.com or eBay and the tremendous package deals you can
find if you're in the right place at the right time.
Rail -- Simply put, I LOVE TRAIN
TRAVEL! It's so relaxing and kid-friendly! I would LOVE to work my
way through Europe someday by train. In the meantime, I've found
train travel in the U.S. to be inexpensive, enjoyable, safe, and
great fun for the whole family.
Rental Cars -- With the right
strategy, renting a car can save a huge chunk of your vacation
dollars. Keep in mind that one-way travel is expensive -- especially
if you plan to leave the car in a popular tourist area. I've found
that, sometimes, renting a car round-trip is cheaper than driving my
own vehicle, but I drive a huge van!
Students -- This site was built
specifically for the student travel. I've listed it for those of you
who have teens in your home who are looking for Spring Break
activities or great deals for gap year.
Tours -- When hitting a city I'm not
familiar with, I like to let the pros show me around to avoid
headaches. Being a Washington, DC native, I know firsthand how
essential it is to have a good handle on the ground transportation
in your destination city well in
The 2004 Entertainment Savings Book features discounts of up to 50% at national and
local merchants! Get
great savings on:
*Top restaurants like McDonald’s, Subway and local fine
*Brand names like J.Crew and Foot
*Quick getaways with United Airlines, Hertz Rental Car and
*Movie Tickets at places like AMC and Regal Entertainment
*Everyday Essentials from Ralph’s and Kroger grocery
**And new for 2004, get valuable savings on home improvement
and products/activities for kids! You’ll also save hundreds of dollars more right in your own
Book prices range from $25-$45! Starting
April 1st, all books are reduced to $10 for Entertainment's Spring
You can also browse the book before you buy…check
out the top 10 discounts in your area, or see if your favorite
restaurant, attraction, or sporting event is part of the
Entertainment discount program! These coupon books can save
your family BIG BUCKS!