So the boss finally gave you a few weeks off, and now you’re planning your next vacation or trip. You’re on your computer hunting for the best deals on flights and hotels. But not all trip planning sites are created equal. Some are more interactive and have great interfaces, while others offer cheaper, better deals. Here at EnAble Japan we’ve created a list of our favorite websites we use when it comes time to plan a getaway.
We compared all of the sites with a roundtrip flight for 1 passenger in coach from Narita (Tokyo) to KIX (Osaka). Here’s how they compare, from the cheapest to the most expensive:
Hipmunk is an awesome site with a cool interface. The name might be a bit deceiving, but this site offers some of the cheapest flights, hotels, rental cars, and travel packages. Also, you can download their app for either the iPhone or Android for quick savings right from your mobile device. Hipmunk has an easy to use, interactive platform where you simply slide bars in order choose the time that best fits you.
Skyscanner is another great site we love, and it was just a few bucks more expensive than Hipmunk. Skyscanner specializes in flights, hotels, and car rental services—so unfortunately, you won’t find any package deals here. Skyscanner also has both an iPhone and Android app, so booking from your phone is quick and easy.
Kayak is one of my personal favorites, and it offers all travel services including travel packages. Kayak has a nice sleek design and is very easy to navigate and use. It also offers an interactive map, so if you’re not sure where you want to go, you can quickly check the prices of flights to anywhere in the world. Kayak also offers its services in its convenient apps for iPhone and Android.
Surprisingly, Cheapoair didn’t live up to its name in our search, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth using. Cheapoair offers more than just your usual flight, car rental, and hotel services; it also offers vacation deals and cruise packages through third-party sites. So if you want more than just a flight+hotel, head over to Cheapoair and download the iPhone and Android apps.
Expedia is the largest of all of these sites, and the most popular for sure. Expedia has some pretty sweet deals, such as savings of up to 100% off the hotel price if you book the hotel and the flight together!
If you’re a deal hunter we strongly advise taking 10-15 minutes out of your day to go through these sites, and find what’s best for you. Next up: Best hotel booking sites.