You may know Priceline.com for its quirky commercials featuring William Shatner, and for its name-your-own-price system. But did you know that Priceline also offers a published-price system? And check out new site features such as Hotel Freebies and Pay When You Stay Hotels, which — contrary to online booking practices that entail paying in advance for the entire stay — let you pay at the end of your stay. With the Mix-And-Match Flights feature, you can buy outbound and return tickets on different airlines if the price is cheaper than a roundtrip ticket. In June, Priceline plans to introduce a Spanish-language version of their hotel service, for both published-price hotels and name-your-own-price hotels.
If you prefer to book travel directly with your favorite airline, you can now find full vacation packages on many sites. Early adoptors of the Spanish-language website, airlines are continually enhancing the functionality of those sites. Prominent examples include American Airlines, Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air, Delta and Jet Blue.
Compare, compare, compare
If you’re an avid comparison shopper, you may want to visit Kayak.com (kayak.es in Spanish). The travel search engine compares deals from hundreds of sites to deliver deals on flights, hotels, cars and vacation packages. Try the Explore feature by typing in your budget and desired length of stay. A map of potential destinations appears, providing a world of travel choices in your price range.
Are you the type who has trouble making decisions? Take a look at BingTravel.com. Features such as Price Predictor and Hotel Rate Indicator help you decide if you should make that travel purchase now or hold out for a better deal. And if you often suffer from buyer’s remorse, consider Tingo.com. The newly launched hotel-booking site will automatically refund money to your credit card if your hotel price drops.