Thinking about planning your summer vacation? Before you do, check out these 5 websites to see how they can potentially save you money on your next vacation.
This website will gather airline rates for you and gives you the most comprehensive list of low fares. It also flags red-eye flights, long layovers, and short connection times. Once you choose your fare, you'll be directed to that airline's site. (Kayak.com doesn't search Southwest Airlines but will redirect you to its site.)
This website will track the price of a flight before and after you book it, and then alert you (by e-mail or Twitter) if the rate drops. Contact the airline directly for a refund; Or pay a $15 fee for Yapta to get you a refund.
This website will help you find the best deal on hotels, vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and resorts. They list over 85,000 properties, so finding a great rate shouldn't be too hard. They also offer a Price Match guarantee (find a site with a lower rate, and hotels.com will refund the difference)
The perfect website to help with those last minute decisions to get out of town. Just click on their Last-Second Deals link for packages that include flights, hotels, and car rentals by date and destination.
This website posts airline "fire sale" prices.