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February 2011
by ConsumerSearch

Best for discounted rooms

  • Booking of all types of travel
  • Steep discounts through blind bidding
  • Apps for iPhone and Android
  • No refunds or changes on blind bids
  • No alerts for price changes
Where to Buy
  • Airfare, Hotels, Rental Cars, Vacation Packages

If you don't mind a little uncertainty, can deliver significant travel savings, reports say. However, the catch is that Priceline's best deals are available through blind bidding. You won't know the full details of the flights you've booked or the hotels you've selected until the bids you've placed on them have been accepted and paid for. That said, users still have some control -- you do get to specify a hotel's rating and general neighborhood, and has instituted guarantees that light times, connections and layovers won't be unreasonable. also has a standard booking engine that works just like those at other major travel sites, such as If you don't like the idea of bidding, experts say that does the best job of scouring booking sites -- including the company sites of airlines and hotel chains -- to find the best deals.

Although is recommended in quite a few sources, the praise is strictly for the bidding aspects of the site, rather than using it to book travel at published prices. It's included in a recent list of best travel sites at Travel and Leisure magazine as well as in a slightly older list of top travel sites at We found other favorable reviews for at and

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Our Sources

1. Travel and Leisure

Travel and Leisure magazine provides a comprehensive list of travel sites in 28 categories. beats out in the "score a cut rate room" category.

Review: Best Travel Websites, Tom Samiljan, Oct. 2010

2. publishes personal finance advice and business forecasts. Although doesn't rate recognition for finding the cheapest flights, Stacy Rapacon says " Negotiator offers the best bargains for luxury hotel lodging."

Review: 28 Best Travel Sites, Stacy Rapacon, Aug. 2009

3. Budget Travel, which continuously tests travel sites to find the best ones for booking travel, includes in this list. The site is commended for its low rates on luxury accommodations.

Review: Five great travel booking sites, Brad Tuttle, May 19, 2009


Videos from the news-style online show,, cover a variety of travel topics. The episode titled "The Best Sites for Booking Flights" includes, as well as some other sites. Hosts John Palacio and Luz Montez recommend for bids at least 20 percent below published fares.

Review: Trip on a Deal, John Palacio and Luz Montez

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