TRAVEL RESOURCES

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Search Engines

While it’s tempting to book directly with hotels and airlines (and we often do), using an OTA (online travel agencies) allows for better cancellation policies, (often) a price guarantee, and you can easily compare all your options side by side on one platform. You can book just about every travel reservation possible on these sites and bundle for added discounts. These are our favorites;

  • Expedia - There is a reason it’s one of the most popular travel procurement websites worldwide. We find Expedia offers excellent reward programs and finds the smartest value overall.

  • Booking.com - Focuses on smaller local hotel brands, European transportation and even offers restaurant reservations on OpenTable.com. Booking offers more expansive availability than other OTAs, vetted reviews and a great cancellation policy. Additionally we find their map feature is the best around.

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Airfare Resources

  • Skyscanner - This search and recommendation aggregator pushes out to the best options in airfare. You can also set up a price alert email, instead of scouring the internet everyday for the lowest price, this handy tool will let you know via email or through their downloadable app. when prices changes on the destinations you have flagged.

  • Momondo - Some say this is the best kept secret in travel. Particularly wonderful for cheap flights, flexible dates and searching Southwest Airlines — which most search engines do not have access to.

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Accommodations

  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith - This is a premier resource for finding thoughtfully curated boutique properties. Free membership earns you points (and gifts!). If small, unique properties are a priority when you travel, you should be using this website. Additionally they offer exceptional personal concierge services at all of the properties they represent.

  • Hilton or Raddison Blu - You can use reward points directly with these brands. It’s always nice to earn a free night stay and it is great for business travelers. Better yet, use it for business and earn free nights for you own travel.

  • Loews Hotels & Resorts - 25 iconic properties located in key city and resort destinations throughout the United States and Canada. We find the Loews brand usually has the nicest rooms of the larger sized hotel chains.

  • Hotels.com - Covers the gamut of properties worldwide, including low price options like hostels. The best part, easy rewards — simply stay 10 nights and get one free.

  • VRBO / HomeAway - premier resources for finding alternative lodging, these sites connect you with homeowners who rent their homes or in some cases their castle, tree house or apartment. Established, trustworthy brands, offering the comforts of home, and greats for groups.

  • Kid & Coe - Perfect for families, their properties are unique and well equipped. Enter promo code READYROAM75 at checkout for $75 off a stay at any of their hand selected properties in over 50 locations around the world.

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Transportation

  • Rentalcars.com- also accessed through booking.com, they search all major car rental brands and will find the best price.

  • Eurail- They offer a range of discounted passes to travel by train affordably through Europe. They are trusted and well-established, selling the majority of their passes to U.S. customers.

  • CityPASS- tickets contain admission to the most famous and popular attractions in major U.S. cities (think the Empire State Building and the Guggenheim) combined they are priced up to 50% less. It’s a good deal, check it out.

  • Walks Tours - Beautifully designed tours to help add structure and intimacy to sightseeing activities on vacation.


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