The number of websites for travelers is staggering (see my Ultimate List of Top Travel Sites for some of my favorites) and each week I seem to stumble across a site I wasn’t aware of.  Here are a few gems maybe you haven’t heard of before; they all offer different takes on getting great bargains, and at least one of these may be a bit controversial (but it offers crazy resort deals)…

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Wotif.com LogoWotif (“What If?”) is an Australian site not particularly well known in the U.S., but it’s developing a reputation as a great site for discovering last minute bargains at a number of hotels in 45+ countries ranging from Austria to Sri Lanka to  Vietnam.  Australia figures prominently, of course, but terrific bargains can be had in the U.K., Ireland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and select U.S. cities.  The site’s interface, if not especially attractive, is quite simple; just select your destination country, city, arrival date, and the type of property and amenities you’re interested in (click for a close-up):

Wotif Search Parameters

Results show the hotel’s full rate in comparison to the deals that are available.  Filtering the results doesn’t seem to be possible; there are some great deals here, but you’ll have to scroll through the results or modify your search parameters to find them.  Also of note is the fact that the locations aren’t mapped; you’ll have to compare addresses to the sites you want to visit, or train stations and the like.

Wotif Search Results (Euros) - Paris

Occasionally the site will show “Wot Hotel?” deals wherein the hotel’s identity isn’t revealed; note also that particularly hot deals are denoted with flames beneath the prices:

Wotif Singapore

Each of the searches I tried resulted in many results; find something of interest, and just click on the property’s name.

Visit Wotif by clicking here:  Wotif – Now with 3 months of deals

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EuroCheapo Search ParametersEuroCheapo has been around for quite some time, but it’s recently enhanced its ability to find budget lodgings by extending its searches to other, more mainstream hotel search engines like Venere and Hostelworld.com.  As with any of these sites, the search portal is quite simple and straightforward (see above left).

Search results are displayed in a no-nonsense, attractive layout; “Editor’s Picks” for the best values are prominently highlighted:

EuroCheapo Rome Search Results

Unlike Wotif, it’s easy to sort the results by price, rating, guest rating, or Editor’s Pick; as a result this site is much user friendlier than is Wotif.  Also, as you can see below, the results are also mapped for your convenience and planning.

When you find a deal that’s intriguing or appealing, just click on “More Details” beneath the hotel name and you’ll be provided full information:

EuroCheapo Hotel Detail

Finally, when you’re ready to book (it’d be wise to compare the results you get at EuroCheapo to those from the big name aggregators – Kayak, Mobissimo, and the like – before doing so), click on the “Select” button and you’ll be directed to the hotel or a service like HostelWorld, Venere, or LateRooms to complete your reservation.

Visit EuroCheapo here:  EuroCheapo – we’ve been there

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Finally:  and now for something completely different.  Some of you may find this appealing, and others may navigate away in horror.  If you can sit through a 90 minute timeshare presentation, there are some absurdly attractive (up to 66% OFF!) resort deals available through SaveOnResorts.com

SaveOnResorts.com LogoThe site is totally upfront regarding the inclusion of the timeshare presentation as part of the deal.  If you’re genuinely interested, fantastic.  If not, well, you face an ethical dilemma.  Whether you’re willing to accept a great deal on a resort stay in exchange for attending a timeshare presentation about which you have utterly no interest, only you can answer.

That said, the deals (which don’t include airfare) are very attractive. If you click on this image, you’ll get a sense of some of the destinations involved.  There are ~20 in the U.S., a bunch in Mexico, the Caribbean, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Aruba, China, and others.

SaveOnResorts.com Search Drop Down Menu

As an example, here’s a 6 day/5 night / 1 bedroom suite deal in the Canary Islands – for $299 including hotel taxes and parking ($299 for 2 people, that is):

SaveOnResorts Search Results - Canary Islands

As you might imagine, you can visit this site at SaveOnResorts.com

Have you used any of these sites?  If yes, or you have others you’d like to recommend to your fellow Practical Hacks readers, please do so by commenting!

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3 Comments on 3 websites for bargain hunting travelers that you may not be aware of

  1. pornpavee says:

    I’d like to suggest you to try using http://www.agoda.com and share your experiece.
    Agoda (www.Agoda.com) is Asia’s leading and fastest growing online hotel reservation service, focused on securing and providing the lowest available hotel prices in every destination worldwide. Agoda’s reach in the Asia-Pacific region is unmatched, with instant availability at more than 7,000 hotels. And, as part of Priceline.com, our connections are global, allowing us to offer the lowest prices in more than 100,000 hotels worldwide. Available in 21 different languages, Agoda has serviced millions of travelers in its 10-year history and shares the reviews and experiences of hundreds of thousands on its website.

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  2. travelnut says:

    A company we like to use for renting timeshares (a very budget-friendly way to vacation) is http://www.redweek.com. We discovered this company from an article on aarp.org by Ron Burly where Howard Nusbaum, head of the American Resort Development Association, recommended redweek.com. For less than hotel rates you can rent a timeshare (available all over the world) that gives you living space, a fully-equipped kitchen, and access to the resort’s amenities. Can’t be beat for economic travel.

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