Tips for Booking Travel Online

Book online travel is a growing practice worldwide and it is expected that by 2015 the market will grow 20%. The online booking of accommodation, air tickets, etc. is increasingly simple task and saves money by ensuring a quality service. However, it requires some time and dedication.

Basic Tips to Book Cheap Travels

1. Book as early as possible: the sooner the better, except of the last minute promotions (but it is always a risk, because they can never appear to the desired destination).

2. Have flexibility in departure and arrival dates and search in next few days (3 or 4 days apart). Sometimes it is cheaper to travel mid-week than on weekends and holidays.

3. Travel outside high season: Avoid the dates of peak demand such as Christmas, Easter and July / August. Also check the local holidays since those dates prices may be higher.

4. Compare prices before booking.

Book flights

Start with the proposals for an aggregator of booking sites like Tripsta, which searches through more than 800 airlines, including low cost flights, offering the most competitive prices of flight tickets.

Thanks to our innovative system, Best Price Mix, Tripsta offers customers the ability to search through a wide variety of scheduled and low cost flights from more then 800 airlines with more possible combinations than any other existing system. This ensures finding the most competitive prices of flight tickets with no hidden charges. On top of the above mentioned, our 5-star services turned more than 700,000 people into our happy clients and the number keeps growing.

To make sure you got the cheapest flight, it is advisable to consult for the same flight the airline’s website (like Lufthansa website).

If not set the holiday destination yet, you can choose a destination that can be reached via direct flight. Thus, the trip will be probably cheaper and quicker. Check out the direct flights to Porto airport and the respective airlines, including low costs as Ryanair and easyJet.

If the flight is not direct, prefer to buy all flights on a single ticket to assure the connecting between the flights. If you can not, make sure the connection time covers potential delays.

Book Accommodation

Booking is one of the most known and respected travel sites, allowing you to find hotels, resorts, guesthouses, local apartments and hostels. The site is simple and easy to navigate, allowing sorting and filtering by price, stars, etc. The results and prices are true and in real time. The comments are from guests who were actually housed in hotels.

Alternatively, or additionally, you can check an aggregator of booking sites to make price comparison to the same hotel, as Tripadvisor.

Book Tours, Activities and Transfers

Book activities, transfers and tours before traveling. You can then make a more considered choice, save time at the destination and save money. See online offers from Viator and Get your Guide to your destination.

Rent Car

Rent a car online before leaving allows you to save money.

Rental Cars is the world’s largest car rental booking platform, offering a wide range of cars at competitive prices, in partnership with prestigious companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

To compare prices you can visit directly the sites of major international brands of car rental, including companies Europcar, Avis, Hertz, Budget and Sixt.

Travel insurance

Depending on your destination, it may be advisable to take out travel insurance. If you are traveling within the Schengen area, check out the AXA travel insurance.

Travel Guides

Take a good guide book like the ones from American Express or Lonely Planet.

Before choosing the holiday destination or before traveling, visit the Weather2travel to check the temperatures throughout the year.

Before traveling, check even if your destination is tax free.