Here are some of the most useful and informative travel sites on the web that I've found. You should also be aware that if you know a foreign language, you can research online local or country-specific travel websites for the best deals. If you know of more, contact me.FLIGHTS
Site Address: Kayak.com
Kayak is, in my opinion, the easiest, most comprehensive travel site on the web in terms of shopping around for flight deals and hotels. It's an aggregator of most major travel sites, airline flights, hotels and transportation websites. You can find great deals on flights and hotels. The download time is fairly fast considering that Kayak pulls data from so many sources. I like the user-friendly interface. Kayak's site is logical, easy to navigate and comes up with abundant choices. You can organize information by sorting alpahbetically, dates, prices, etc. One of the best features of Kayak is that for flights, Kayak has options for multi-destination trips.
Site Address: www.bookingbuddy.com
Booking Buddy is flight aggregator that will compare fare prices for you. It aggregates sites such as Kayak, Travelocity, Cheap Tickets, etc. The only drawback to Booking Buddy is that it does not offer a multi-destination option which Kayak does. But, it is fairly easy to use for roundtrip tickets.
Site Address: www.agoda.com
Agoda seems to have the best hotel deals around. Hotels that normally cost $150/night, can often cost around $70. It often offers the best online hotel rates of the websites I've listed. It also provides, like many other sites, reviews of the hotels, picture galleries and ratings. You can find great deals for hotels here for most any destination. As well, you guarantee a hotel room instantly with your credit card.
Site Address: www.asiarooms.com
Asia Rooms is a good site to find deals on hotel rooms in Asian countries. It used to offer better deals, however. The reviews of hotels in this site are very candid. Often, however, the reviewers write in their own languages so you can't understand what they are writing. However, the site does have a good consumer rating system of stars for hotels. As of late, rates on Asia Rooms seem to have gone up. This may reflect inflation or just the cut Asia Rooms takes in to make revenue goals. Who knows!
Site Address: www.hotel-rates.com
Hotel Rates is owned by Hotels.com. Here, you can find great, last minute deals for hotel rooms in Europe. The customer service representatives via phones answer quickly.
Site Address: www.venere.com
This is another site that you can find great deals on hotels in Europe. The only problem with Venere is that you think you get instant booking with a hotel but you'll receive, days later, an email from them that a booking may have been cancelled by the hotel itself. The communication time with Venere is slow.
Site Address: www.booking.com
Sometimes this site has the most competitive pricing for hotel rates and promotions. It's kind of hit and miss but it does stay competitive.
Site Address: www.chinatour.net
You can find great deals on this site for hotel rooms in China. It is, os the name implies, a Chinese owned company. You can book hotel rooms with or without a credit card. You can expect a confirmation email within 24 hours.