Long distance parents travel. A lot. Sometimes that also means companion tickets for the little ones. When my son was too small to fly unaccompanied, I would get up early in the morning, fly to Tennessee, pick him up, fly with him back to California in the same day. Then at the end of his visit, I’d turn around and do it again. Sometimes, I’d go to visit him, which meant wrangling a rental car and a hotel too. That’s when travel sites made an entrance into my life.
Travel sites like Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz make travel reservations so much simpler by offering everything in one place and sometimes you can get a pretty killer deal on fares through them. Here are the ones I’ve used and what I liked about them.
On a road trip last year, I saved about $50 by using expedia for two hotel reservations just by virtue of them having lower prices listed than other sites. They have a rewards program, which allows you to earn points on travel booked through them that you can then use for later travel. They also offer a price match guarantee that is kind of killer. If you find a lower price within a day of booking through them, they will match it AND give you a $50 travel voucher.
I’ve booked more than one round trip flight to Tennessee to pick up my son through Orbitz.