WASHINGTON – Along with good tidings and midnight toasts, the holidays can really bring about the need for a vacation.
Fortunately, there are a growing number of places to score a deal.
Travel websites have grown from simple queries looking for cheap getaways. Now, they offer a variety of custom options, including destinations based on budget and price alerts when a ticket drops after purchase.
Take, for example, Kayak.com/explore. Here, users can enter a travel budget, and the site returns a map of the world with destinations that fit the price range.
Yapta.com is insurance for those prone to buyer’s remorse. It tracks the price of a flight even after you purchase. If a fare drops enough to cancel out a change fee, you’ll get an email or tweet to rebook.
The New York Times has settled on a list of 19 travel websites that can save money this year.
For those travelers with some flexibility, Itasoftware.com shows the cheapest dates to fly (hint: you have to click “airfare search.”)