Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Travelzoo Versus Kayak

Today is Wednesday, and so what, you might say. Well, every Wednesday two big travel sites release their Top Deals of the Week around the same time - 12 Noon. It's an interesting battle for the best deal and travelers are looking for the site that will give them exactly this: the best deal.

I love Travelzoo ( Whenever I want to find a good deal I search this site for hotels, resorts, cars, shows, cruises. And several times I found great deals in the US, but they also list international hotel deals. I booked the Hilton in Niagara Falls last year including breakfast, dinner, money for gambling, courtesy of Travelzoo.

These are Travelzoo's Top Deals for this week, released today:

$699 Spend a Long Weekend in Moscow: 4 Nights & Air Gate 1 Travel
$29 & up JetBlue Launches New Spring Fare Sale JetBlue Airways
$399 Last Minute: Oahu or Maui 4-Star Getaways w/Air Pleasant Holidays
$99 Orlando 2-Bedroom Suite w/$20 Daily Credit, Half OFF Nickelodeon Suites Resort
$499 Cabo All-Inclusive Beachfront Getaway incl. Air
$139 Upscale Paris Hotel through Summer, 50% OFF Le Meridien Etoile
$1499 14-Night Cruise to South America w/Air, $150 Credit CruCon Cruise Outlet
$89 San Francisco Boutique Hotel into July, 40% OFF Hotel Rex
$44 & up Nationwide Fares on Sale into November AirTran Airways
$1899 Exotic Tahiti & Bora Bora Vacation w/Air, $900 OFF Tahiti Tourisme
$20 Las Vegas: Stay Right off The Strip w/$100 Slot Play Hooters Casino Hotel
$799 Barcelona in Spring or Fall: 6 Nights & Air Europe Vacations
$464 Caribbean 7-Night Cruise on Top-Rated Princess Ship
$798 Costa Rica 8-Night Beach & Rainforest Package w/Air
$99 Upstate NY Indoor Waterpark Package (Reg. $189) Six Flags Great Escape Lodge
$305 & up France: Spring Fare Sale from Across the U.S. Air France
$125 Puerto Rico: Suite at 4-Diamond Resort, 40% OFF Gran Melia Puerto Rico
$188 Chicago from San Francisco (Roundtrip) incl. Taxes
$99 Scottsdale 5-Diamond Resort w/$50 Spa Credit Fairmont Scottsdale
$899 Balcony Cabin on 9-Night Caribbean Cruise, Save $400 Cruises-N-More / American Express

 And what about Kayak is basically a travel search site. You can find the best price available  for airlines, hotels, cars, cruises through their search mechanism. But they also have that brings similar deals to Travelzoo's site, but "Prices starting at " is always deceiving, since the amount listed is never available for the date that you want. These are their deals for this week:

Flight $44*
& up
Nationwide Fare Sale to/from 60+ Cities, Each Way
Visit Orlando, New York, Vegas, San Francisco into November
AirTran Airways

Hotel $20
& up
Las Vegas Hotels On & Off the Strip This April & May
Choose from the Palazzo, Sahara, Hard Rock, many more More Las Vegas Hotels

Flight $478*
& up
Ends Friday: Hawaii Flights This Spring & Summer, R/T
Fly out of Los Angeles, Seattle, and 8 other western cities
Hawaiian Airlines

Hotel $80
& up
All-Inclusive Luxury Playa del Carmen Resort at 40% OFF
Stay in the newly renovated beachfront property through June
BlueBay Grand Esmeralda

Cruise $319
& up
Balcony Blowout Sale on Top Cruise Lines Worldwide
Plus get FREE onboard spending, discounted excursions, more
CruisesOnly More Cruise Deals

Package $729
& up
10+ European Tours w/Hotels, Activities, Some Meals
Use exclusive promo code for extra $150 OFF 5+ night trips
Contiki Vacations

Flight $265*
& up
Mexico Flights on Sale into Autumn, R/T
Valid on select dates to Los Cabos, Cancun, more
Expedia More International Flights

Vacation $499
& up
Costa Rica Multi-City 6-Night Trip w/Air & Car Rental
See San Jose, Arenal, and Monteverde with $50 promo code
Gate 1 Travel

Hotel $65
& up
Oceanfront Myrtle Beach Resort This Spring up to 45% OFF
Private balcony on all rooms, 20 pools, spas, and fountains
Crown Reef Resort

Flight $226*
& up
Europe Flights on Sale into May, Each Way
Visit London, Paris, Rome, or 11 other cities - r/t req'd
Lufthansa More Europe Flights

Vacation $599
& up
All-Incl. Dominican Republic 4+ Night Vacations w/Air
Choose from over 20 resort options and save with promo codes More Punta Cana Vacations

Vacation $1169
& up
Explore Cairo: 5-Night October Vacation, Incl. Flights
The pyramids, Sphinx, and Egyptian Museum await

So I keep using Kayak to find the best airlines deals and Travelzoo for everything else.
If you want to receive the weekly Top Deals, subscribe on their websites and wait for the e-mail every Wednesday around noon!

Kayak just released their own app. It's the best travel app I've used.
 Imagine if your flight is canceled and you have to find a hotel or another flight
at the airport. Now, all you need is your iphone or ipad and the deals will be waiting for you.

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