Travel plans on your mind? You have a couple of destinations to visit and you have finalized them too. Everything is in place and all you have to do now is complete the booking. But wait! Are you getting the best price for your vacation? How do you know if there could be a better deal?
Finding the best travel deals is all about timing with some research. Travelling can be expensive but, incredible deals can help you cut down on expenses and save money for other things. There are specific deals that last for a very short time and you need to act really quick. That can be a real challenge, especially if the deal is on for a couple of days only.
However, most deals are available for a few months in the future, giving you the time and space to plan in advance.
When it comes to travelling, there are a host of requirements that cannot be overlooked. In fact, booking for your vacation consists of:
- Flight deals
- Cruise deals
- Hotel/Hostel/Homestays/Home Rental deals
- Transportation deals
- Travel insurance deals
- Tour/Holiday/Vacation deals
Considering this, be aware that, very often, irresistible deals meeting all the requirements are not always available on a single platform. Though there are websites that offer deals on multiple needs, dedicated websites are available that provide hot deals only for specific requirements.
Apart from these, specific websites are recommended by travel experts to book flights, cruises, hotels or other needs. Let’s start off by analysing each one and the ideal websites to grab the best deals.
Airfarewatchdog has a team of people who handpick the best fares from over 20,000 routes every day. They have been in the industry for over ten years and can instantly recognize a killer deal. A standout feature is Airfarewatchdog constantly monitors exclusive airline sites to extract only the greatest deals and discounts. What’s more? It also has catchy deals to almost anywhere worldwide for spontaneous travellers.
You can trust Google to extract numerous data and compare several airlines and agencies to guarantee a great deal. The distinct quality is, Google can clearly show the difference between good flights and cheap flights. Travellers can set certain parameters while searching for the best deals. Google Flights provides enhanced flexibility while modifying search options. If you are looking for random places to travel to, the “explore map” and “I’m feeling lucky” links show the best trip for the weekend. You can also get the cheapest days to fly to a destination if you are flexible with dates.
Offersworld aggregates daily flight deals from leading airline sources to top destinations. The vast network enables Offers world to bring only the best deal to your kitty in the shortest time possible.
A pioneer in global travel search sites, Skyscanner is available in 30 languages and in 70 currencies. The service has a unique ownership with everything in the travel industry to connect people directly to the latest deals and offers. Skyscanner has tied up with over 1,200 partners to bring in amazing deals.
A world-famous travel metasearch website, Momondo brings authentic results by comparing multiple airlines and booking sites. Travellers can get attractive deals based on price, speed, route or by a combination of two or more factors. You can check the price graph that displays the cheapest dates to fly in case you are flexible.
Hotel/Hostel/Homestay/Home Rental Deals
One of the leading travel e-commerce giants in the world, Booking.com connects travellers to a humongous network of incredible places to stay. Covering over 153,551 destinations across 228 countries, travelling for business or leisure is a cakewalk. Among multiple filtering options, filter option for landmarks within a certain radius is the unique one.There are more than the choicest options to stay for any type of traveller.
This remains an all-time favourite even among the most discerning travellers. A subsidiary of Expedia Group, Hotels.com is the go-to hotel booking site among millions of travellers. The website provides incomparable offers with the best price guarantee. Its rewards program is the icing on the cake. Travellers can enjoy incredible deals on independent hotels and famous chain hotels. Alternatively, exciting deals are updated regularly on flight & hotel packages.
If you are looking for the biggest choice of accommodation from anywhere in the world, Airbnb is your one-stop destination. Incredible deals and discounts on every type of accommodation are updated on a daily basis. Irrespective of where you travel to, Airbnb makes sure you will always get the best deal for your stay.
It’s the most unique online marketplace for hospitality service where you can filter your choice of accommodation unlike any other. You can search by neighbourhood, home rules & regulations, amenities and the property type. That’s not the end. Travellers can also book restaurants and experiences close to their location at attractively low prices.
This is a great option to book unique accommodations for solo travellers. There is an ocean of B&Bs, budget hotels, apartments and more. The website has city guides, travel features, videos & podcasts related to hostels and backpacking options. The website offers the best discounts on B&B, campsites, hostels and even hotels. You can choose to share a room with others or book a hostel with individual rooms depending on the number of travellers.
It’s a renowned name and a proven aggregator of travel options in the modern world. Offersworld emphasizes on providing unique holiday experiences, including comfortable stays at some of the best prices. Their expansive network of hospitality providers throws up new deals on distinct accommodations a regular basis. You can easily compare the prices and book the cheapest but the best option.
The best deals on the finest cruises minus the hidden charges. That’s CruiseSheet, the world’s leading online marketplace to book any type of cruise based on your duration of travel. There’s always some discount or the other available with an easy-to-use interface. Check out for some of the hottest deals available on transoceanic cruises lasting up to 30 days.
For never-before deals on cruises, this platform keeps enthusiastic travellers on cloud nine. This is the only source where travellers will find unbelievable deals on a host of last-minute cruises on the best cruise lines. It also has a unique “Find a Bargain” tool that stocks early bird discounts, two for the price of one offers and other incredible promotional offers.
Ideal for the flexible and spontaneous traveller, Seascanner brings a fine selection of last-minute cruises at the most attractive prices. These cruises usually range for 14 days and are suitable for last-minute family travel, adventure and couple getaways. They provide amazing value for your money without any hidden charges.
Nothing beats Expedia while it comes to comparing several car rental companies and sealing the best deal. Filter by date, time, the pick-up and drop-off location and, voila, you have a selection of cars to choose from. Enjoy the hottest deals while filtering by car type and specifications. That’s not the only thing. You can also choose the neighbourhood from where you want to book the car.
Owned by Expedia Group, Orbitz curates a wide selection of amazing deals on the finest car rental providers. Also known for discounted hotel, flight and cruise bookings, Orbitz offers personalized car rental experience including one-way car deals, deals on road trips and a combination of car & hotel booking. It offers seamless experience for users with constant updates on the latest deals.
Again owned by the Expedia Group, travellers can expect the cheapest rentals and hottest deals on their choice of car. Booking your car with Travelocity breaks the tourist traps and experience the adventure as you increase your savings.
Last-minute deals, weekend getaways, family trips, etc. Whatever your type of travel, Offersworld keeps you delighted with a host of irresistible holiday deals worldwide. Most holiday packages include flight bookings and certain ones, a combination of others. Whether you are looking for theme park tours, beach getaways, outdoor adventure or sightseeing options, Offersworld a great deal on the hottest destinations.
If you are looking for the bet vacations in affordable packages, Travelocity should be your choice. They craft the finest international vacations that combine flight, accommodation and local transportation in an economical bundle. Travellers can choose discounted packages for specific destinations or select regions. Whatever the choice, travellers are bound to enjoy the hottest deals on memorable vacation packages.
Grab the best deals from an extensive variety of travel packages, based on the destination and the theme. Intrepid Travel is home to the most exuberant adventure travel options available at prices that surprise. The small group adventure travel enterprise provides the biggest deals on unique travel experiences.
Travel Insurance Deals
Injury, health issues, accidents, theft & loss and other uncertain moments can mar your holiday. Kick them out of your vacation with reliable travel insurance. Reliable travel insurance means heading to World Nomads. This go-to travel insurance company offers comprehensive coverage with unmatched customer service to maximise your safety and enjoyment. Once you have their travel insurance in your kitty, travelling will be the way of life. You can pick flexible travel insurance for various activities and several destinations, including safety advice as you travel with confidence and in high spirits.
Once you buy travel insurance from World Nomads, you can claim online from anywhere worldwide.
Insure My Trip
This is yet another trusted and reliable travel insurance company providing several coverages and exclusive plans. You can choose plans at economical prices ranging from comprehensive, medical, evacuation, accidental death and vacation rental damage.
Travellers can also choose group plans or multi-trip plans and travel stress-free with confidence. You can conveniently choose from top plans for your trip. Get them for unbeatable prices and, if not satisfied, get your money back.
The Final Word
Travelling is not just about travelling to your favourite destination but travelling the economical way. Proper groundwork and well-planned itinerary with offers help you accumulate money for your next adventure. Signing up for newsletters and acquiring membership on travel sites opens you to receive attractive deals on a variety of destinations.
Staying updated with the latest happenings in the travel industry increases your chances to grab the finest deals on travelling.
Sterling rises above $1.37 for first time since 2018; UK inflation rises
By Elizabeth Howcroft
LONDON (Reuters) – A combination of heightened risk appetite in global markets and UK-specific optimism lifted the pound on Wednesday, as it strengthened to its highest in nearly three years against the dollar and five-month highs against the euro.
The dollar weakened against major currencies for the third straight session, helped by U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen’s urging lawmakers to “act big” on spending and worry about debt later.
The pound rose above $1.37, hitting $1.3720 — its highest since May 2018 — at 1045 GMT. By 1136 GMT it had eased some gains and changed hands at $1.3687, up 0.4% on the day and up 0.2% so far this year.
Versus the euro, the pound hit a five-month high of 88.38 pence per euro, before easing to 88.51 at 1137 GMT, up around 0.5% on the day.
The pound’s recent strengthening can be attributed in part to relief among investors that the impact of Brexit has not caused the chaos some feared, as well as a lessening of negative rates expectations, said Neil Jones, head of FX sales at Mizuho.
“Going into early 2021, there was a bearish sentiment building into the pound on the Brexit deal, in terms of maybe it had a limited reach, and then secondly an expectation of negative rates and so to some extent the market has been cutting down on sterling shorts because neither of those things have been quite so apparent as they were,” he said.
Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said last week that there were “lots of issues” with cutting interest rates below zero – a comment which caused sterling to jump.
The UK’s progress in rolling out vaccines is also seen as a positive for investors, Jones said.
Currently, the United Kingdom has vaccinated 4.27 million people with a first dose of the vaccine, among the best in the world per head of population.
“Further progress in vaccinations (a pick-up in the daily rate) by the time the BoE MPC meeting takes place on 4th February may prove enough to hold off on any additional monetary easing,” wrote Derek Halpenny, head of research for global markets at MUFG.
Inflation data for December showed that prices in the UK picked up by more than expected in December, to a 0.6% annual rate.0.6
Inflation has been below the Bank of England’s 2% target since mid-2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic pushed it close to zero as the economy tanked.
(Graphic: CFTC: https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/mkt/oakpeyayxpr/CFTC.png)
(Reporting by Elizabeth Howcroft, editing by Larry King)
Euro sinks amid broader risk rally against dollar
By Ritvik Carvalho
LONDON (Reuters) – The euro struggled to join a broader risk rally against the dollar on Wednesday as analysts said the risk of extended lockdowns in Europe to combat the spread of COVID-19 and the continent’s lag in a vaccine rollout were weighing on the currency.
Down 0.1% against the dollar at $1.2117 by 1130 GMT, Europe’s shared currency had only the safe-haven Swiss franc and Sweden’s crown for company in resisting a broad rally against the greenback by the G-10 group of currencies.
“We’re getting more headlines that the current lockdowns will be extended further, which could mean that the euro zone would be flirting with a double-dip recession before long,” said Valentin Marinov, head of G10 FX research at Credit Agricole, noting Europe’s lag in rolling out a coronavirus vaccine compared to the United States and Britain.
“So all of that plays into the story that tomorrow’s ECB meeting, while uneventful in terms of policy announcements, could convey a relatively dovish message to the market. On top of that, President Lagarde could once again jawbone the euro, so the euro is kind of lagging behind.”
Marinov also noted price action in the pound, which hit $1.3720 – a 2-1/2-year high – and 88.38 pence – its highest since May 2020 against the euro – as a contributing factor to euro weakness. [GBP/]
There was also focus on a story by Bloomberg News, which reported the European Central Bank was conducting its bond purchases with specific yield spreads in mind, a strategy that would be reminiscent of yield curve control.
Elsewhere, the risk-sensitive Australian dollar gained 0.4% to $0.7727. The New Zealand dollar, also a commodity currency like the Aussie, gained 0.25% to $0.7133.
While the world will be watching Joe Biden’s inauguration as U.S. president at noon in Washington (1700 GMT), traders were more focused on his policies than the ceremony.
U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen urged lawmakers at her confirmation hearing to “act big” on stimulus spending and said she believes in market-determined exchange rates, without expressing a view on the dollar’s direction.
The index that measures the dollar’s strength against a basket of peers was up almost 0.1% at 90.510. The euro forms nearly 60% of the dollar index by weight.
It also fell 0.1% against the Japanese yen to 103.81 yen per dollar.
While the dollar has perked up in recent weeks on the back of a rise in U.S. Treasury yields, investors still expect the currency to weaken.
“We remain bearish U.S. dollar, and expect the downtrend to resume as U.S. real yields top out,” said Ebrahim Rahbari, FX strategist at CitiFX.
“Continued Fed dovishness remains important for our view, in addition to global recovery, so we’ll watch upcoming Fed-speak closely.”
Positioning data shows investors are overwhelmingly short dollars as they figure that budget and current account deficits will weigh on the greenback.
(Graphic: Dollar positioning: https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/mkt/oakveyombvr/Pasted%20image%201611132945366.png)
UBS Global Wealth Management’s chief investment officer Mark Haefele reiterated a bearish view on the dollar, saying that pro-cyclical currencies such as the euro, commodity-producer currencies, and the pound would benefit “from a broadening economic recovery supported by vaccine rollouts”.
The cryptocurrency Bitcoin fell 4%, trading at $34,468.
(Reporting by Ritvik Carvalho; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
Britain to publish new weekly consumer spending data
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s statistics office said it would publish new weekly consumer spending data from Thursday, based on credit and debit card payments information collected by the Bank of England.
The figures come from Britain’s CHAPS high-value payments data and cover the proceeds of recent credit and debit card payments made by payments processors to around 100 major retailers.
The ONS said the figures would provide greater insight into spending on social activities and other consumer services that are not captured by its monthly retail sales data.
(Reporting by David Milliken, editing by Elizabeth Piper)
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