Flights, Cruises & Getting Around Town
We use all of these providers because they each serve their own purpose when finding the best flight deals. We prefer booking with CruiseDirect because booking is instant and they often give you $20 additional free credit!
Skyscanner is the best for comparing airlines. The search flights from XYZ to Everywhere is a really useful brainstorming tool.
Kiwi searches combine from airlines who do not normally collaborate onto a single itinerary. We were hooked after finding flights from Puerto Vallarta to Costa Rica via Mexico City including 2 x 25kg bags for $25 USD!
Adioso allows you to search for flights to everywhere or to a continent or region (e.g. Central America). The save fare alert is useful if you are planning ahead.
Our go to site for great accommodation is booking.com because we trust their review system more than other sites. We found Hotwire to be very useful for finding affordable higher-end accommodation in the USA and Canada.
Booking.com has a very complete section of hotel options. We trust their review scores over any other site. Rates a hotel’s wifi too, which usually prevents a lot of disappointment.
Hotwire offers really good last minute accommodation, particularly in big cities like Las Vegas, New York or Seattle. They offer mystery deals on branded hotels who can’t openly advertise their heavily discounted rates.
We prefer to search using car rental search engines. We find AutoEurope works best for most destinations in North America, Australia and Europe. When we’ve found better ways of renting a car we always let you know, like in Costa Rica we prefer Adobe Car Rental or when taking a cruise in Miami we use Sixt because of its close proximity to the port. Read more about how to find cheap car rental here.
AutoEurope searches hundreds of car rental agencies. On AutoEurope UK the results normally include insurance which is far cheaper than if you pre-purchase it rather than purchasing insurance at the counter.
In Costa Rica we found traditional search engines to be of limited use because most car rental agencies required huge deposits. The exception was Adobe Rent A Car. We wrote about Adobe here. Adobe has given us a discount code so make sure you use it by clicking here!
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