Get the Scoop: Here's the Truth About Those 80% Off Sales

Now that we have your attention, are you ready to find out why you shouldn't believe those overhyped advertisements?

First off, those enticing "65% Off!", "70% Off!" and "80% Off!" ads generally refer to "discounts" off the highest-priced, most-restricted ticket classes (refundable, etc.). What the carriers are really saying is that there are cheaper flights out there than the most expensive tickets. News flash! In most cases, they're providing absolutely no support that any of those discounts exist under any circumstances.

Here's the bottom line: Most leisure travellers never actually buy the costliest, most-restricted tickets. Those are generally picked up by business travellers, shopping using company pounds. With low-cost airlines, online travel agents and flexible date searches all factoring into your price hunting, it's rare that you'd ever pay the highest possible price anyway. So that 80% off "discount" doesn't apply to any flight you're likely to book.

For the best strategy, search flights from a wide variety of providers. Comparing rates is the only way to ensure you're getting a competitive price. It's the closest thing you've got to a foolproof strategy for booking flights. Here are our top tips:

  • Most domestic airlines release sales on Tuesdays, with the majority of competitors matching these deals within 24 hours. To take advantage of these airfare sales and have the largest amount of seats to choose from, search for fares on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Historically, Saturdays have also proved fair prices for domestic travel.
  • When heading to a destination serviced by multiple airports, be sure to check them all to ensure you're getting the best fare. For example, if you're flying to New York City, search for the major airports (JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark), as well as smaller options (Long Island/Islip and White Plains).
  • Be flexible with your dates. Searching a range of dates gives you a good estimate of you can expect to spend on airfare.
  • Search, then search again. Frequently checking fares for your preferred route over a fixed period of time (e.g. once or twice per day over a week or two) gives you an in-depth, realistic understanding of what your airfare costs should be. Then, when you see a price you think is fair, book with confidence, knowing you've locked-in the best fare for your route and budget.

BookingBuddy allows you to search various partner sites at once so you can compare the prices and options offered. Offers and savings are based on information available on these sites. There is no guarantee that these prices, savings, hotels or dates will be available at the time of booking. Please check the site for the most recent details. When you book travel, your booking is handled by one of those sites directly, not by BookingBuddy. Transactions, and all subsequent customer care, are directly handled by the site where you booked your travel. BookingBuddy does not control the price, rules, regulations or restrictions surrounding the price. Please read all rules and regulations before booking.

Get the Scoop: Here's the Truth About Those 70% Off Hotel Deals

You may have seen an enticing ad boasting huge discounts on hotel rooms. Though it got your attention, the deal's unlikely to hold up when subject to scrutiny. Here, we detail why:

  • That discount is likely "subtracted" from the room's rack rate (the highest price for the room on specific days during the peak booking season). Since it's unlikely that you'll ever be charged that price, the discount isn't really a discount at all.
  • Advertisers also like to add "extras" to the room rate to artificially inflate that "70% off" and sometimes even "80% off" claim. This "value" often includes daily breakfast, internet access and other surcharge-carrying services in the nightly rate. The discount, therefore, isn't based on just the room but is based on all the related services that might not be of use to you.
  • Hotel rates are constantly changing. If an event is coming to town, room rates will skyrocket since demand is at a premium. Conversely, if there are extended periods of lower vacancy (hurricane season in the Caribbean, for example), room prices plummet. Attempting to determine the value of a percentage saving from such volatile price points is, at best, an inexact science.

Here are our top tips for getting the best hotel deals every time:

  • Don't only check one site and call it a day. By comparing prices across several providers, major online travel agencies, and your favourite hotel brand's site, you may find that one price point undercuts the rest – or offers a little something extra for the same price.
  • Go for it, go opaque. You'll see the room class, neighborhood, amenities, price and reviews before you book, but if you're willing to take a chance with the hotel brand, opaque sites such as our partners Hotwire and Priceline are great ways to save big.
  • Forget the oranges, only compare apples to apples. Make sure you're comparing the same offerings across providers. And to ensure you're getting an even better deal, you'll want to compare prices for similar room types at all hotels.
  • Look for discounts. Oftentimes, hotels offer additional savings for AAA and AARP members, students, military personnel and their families, teachers and other groups.
  • Join a private sale site. Sign up for a luxury discount-hotels site, such as JetSetter, which offers exclusive, members-only discounts at the finest properties throughout the world.

BookingBuddy allows you to search various partner sites at once so you can compare the prices and options offered. Offers and savings are based on information available on these sites. There is no guarantee that these prices, savings, hotels or dates will be available at the time of booking. Please check the site for the most recent details. When you book travel, your booking is handled by one of those sites directly, not by BookingBuddy. Transactions, and all subsequent customer care, are directly handled by the site where you booked your travel. BookingBuddy does not control the price, rules, regulations or restrictions surrounding the price. Please read all rules and regulations before booking.

Always Get Low-Price Guarantees!

You may have seen low– or best-price guarantees for hotel rooms. But what does that low-price guarantee for hotels actually mean? The answer, as you'll see below, is a little complicated. Best-price guarantees for hotels promise the following:

  • The price you pay for your hotel room is the lowest available. You won't find a cheaper rate for that hotel room during your preferred travel dates anywhere else.
  • If you find a lower price for your hotel room after booking, you can get that cheaper rate, a refund in the amount of the difference or a fixed-guarantee payout.

But how can competing hotel providers all guarantee to have the best price for the same hotel room, you ask? The answer is simple: They all have plenty of "out" built in to their "guarantees" to get around those promises. For example:

  • Most hotel providers only honour identical "apples to apples" claims (e.g. same-class room for the same travel period, etc.), with absolutely no room for deviation. Maybe you're staying two nights; someone else could be getting a better price for one or three nights.
  • The refund process for hotel price guarantees is typically lengthy and confusing. You might be able to get a refund for said hotel room, but you'll have to work hard for it.

So, how do you know that you're truly getting the lowest price for your hotel room? By comparing hotel prices across several providers, that's how. Shopping around is the closest there is to a foolproof strategy for booking the best hotel rate. Here are our top tips:

  • Be as flexible as possible.
  • Know the destination.
  • Keep in mind seasonality.
  • Search, and search often.

BookingBuddy allows you to search various partner sites at once so you can compare the prices and options offered. Offers and savings are based on information available on these sites. There is no guarantee that these prices, savings, hotels or dates will be available at the time of booking. Please check the site for the most recent details. When you book travel, your booking is handled by one of those sites directly, not by BookingBuddy. Transactions, and all subsequent customer care, are directly handled by the site where you booked your travel. BookingBuddy does not control the price, rules, regulations or restrictions surrounding the price. Please read all rules and regulations before booking.

Hotel Deals

The price point featured on BookingBuddy.com is the average price of all hotels searched within the city by the site's users within the last two weeks for travel dates beginning on or after today's date and extending through any number of nights. This rate is reflective of the price offered on average by the travel websites featured on this site (such as Expedia.com, Hotels.com and Booking.com). The actual rate found by users may differ from the price listed due to pricing and inventory changes but should be within a reasonable range of the price point stated by this site.

BookingBuddy allows you to search various partner sites at once so you can compare the prices and options offered. Offers and savings are based on information available on these sites. There is no guarantee that these prices, savings, hotels or dates will be available at the time of booking. Please check the site for the most recent details. When you book travel, your booking is handled by one of those sites directly, not by BookingBuddy. Transactions, and all subsequent customer care, are directly handled by the site where you booked your travel. BookingBuddy does not control the price, rules, regulations or restrictions surrounding the price. Please read all rules and regulations before booking.

Hotel Deals: Up To 60% Off Hotels!

Our advertising partners offer great deals with savings of up to 60%.

  • Priceline.com offers savings of up to 60% using their 'Name Your Own Price' program. Priceline's 'Name Your Own Price' reservation system is different from other online travel sites. With Priceline's 'Name Your Own Price' reservation system, the exact hotel is shown only after purchase. Over the last 12 months, a substantial percentage of accepted offers have resulted in savings of up to 60% in comparison to the lowest published rates on other leading online travel sites for the same itinerary. There is no guarantee that hotels, dates or prices will be available and savings are not guaranteed. Actual prices and availability are always subject to change.
  • You can also save up to 55% at Hotwire with 'Hotwire Hot Rates'.
  • These are just two examples of amazing offers our partners are offering. Visit Booking.com, Hotels.com, and many more sites for other super deals.

BookingBuddy allows you to search various partner sites at once so you can compare the prices and options offered. Offers and savings are based on information available on these sites. There is no guarantee that these prices, savings, hotels, or dates will be available at the time of booking. Please check the site for the most recent details. When you book travel, your booking is handled by one of those sites directly, not by BookingBuddy. Transactions, and all subsequent customer care, are directly handled by the site where you booked your travel. BookingBuddy does not control the price, rules, regulations, or restrictions surrounding the price. Please read all rules and regulations before booking.

The Truth About 70% Off Sales

Did that get your attention? Good. Now, are you ready to find out why you should be skeptical of such claims--or any other advertisements like it, for that matter?

Those enticing "65% Off!", "70% Off!", and "80% Off!" ads may refer to "discounts" off the highest-priced car hires at peak times, which may not apply to you. It's hard to determine the actual value in savings you're getting at any given time. Additionally, those advertised prices might just be the base rates, which don't include taxes, fees, or distance traveled.

When comparing your ultimate car hire price, keep in mind that:

  • Daily, weekly, and weekend rates usually vary.
  • Car-hire companies may charge fees beyond the time and distance charges of the car hire (think taxes, concession recovery fees, vehicle license recovery fees, and customer facility charges.)
  • Some offers only apply to specific categories of vehicle.
  • There may be holiday, weekend, or other blackout periods for advertised discounts.
  • Drivers must meet age and sometimes other requirements, which vary by location.

But don't worry! Start your price comparison by checking out these latest deals!

Searching BookingBuddy.com on 02 November 2017, we found these great deals:

  • Expedia.co.uk: Location - Madrid, Spain, from £10/day
  • Expedia.co.uk: Location - Paris, France, from £20/day

BookingBuddy allows you to search various partner sites at once so you can compare the prices and options offered. Offers and savings are based on information available on these sites. There is no guarantee that these prices, savings, hotels, or dates will be available at the time of booking. Please check the site for the most recent details. When you book travel, your booking is handled by one of those sites directly, not by BookingBuddy. Transactions, and all subsequent customer care, are directly handled by the site where you booked your travel. BookingBuddy does not control the price, rules, regulations, or restrictions surrounding the price. Please read all rules and regulations before booking.

Great Car Hires From £10/day!

Search our partners for car hire rates as low as £10/Day. Searching BookingBuddy.com on 02 November 2017, we found these deals advertised by our partners:

  • Expedia.co.uk: Location - Madrid, Spain, from £10/day
  • Expedia.co.uk: Location - Paris, France, from £20/day

BookingBuddy allows you to search various partner sites at once so you can compare the prices and options offered. Offers and savings are based on information available on these sites. There is no guarantee that these prices, savings, hotels, or dates will be available at the time of booking. Please check the site for the most recent details. When you book travel, your booking is handled by one of those sites directly, not by BookingBuddy. Transactions, and all subsequent customer care, are directly handled by the site where you booked your travel. BookingBuddy does not control the price, rules, regulations, or restrictions surrounding the price. Please read all rules and regulations before booking.

Save Big on Holiday Packages!

BookingBuddy allows you to search various partner sites at once so you can compare the prices and options offered. Offers and savings are based on information available on these sites. There is no guarantee that these prices, savings, hotels, or dates will be available at the time of booking. Please check the site for the most recent details. When you book travel, your booking is handled by one of those sites directly, not by BookingBuddy. Transactions, and all subsequent customer care, are directly handled by the site where you booked your travel. BookingBuddy does not control the price, rules, regulations, or restrictions surrounding the price. Please read all rules and regulations before booking.

Cruise Deals: Save as Much as 75% Off Cruises!

Search our partners for great deals and savings up to 75% off. Searching BookingBuddy.com on 02 November 2017, we found the following deals as advertised by our partners:

Those are just two examples of amazing offers from our partners. For more, visit BookingBuddy.com and check out American Discount Cruises, Cheap Cruises, and our other partners.

BookingBuddy allows you to search various partner sites at once so you can compare the prices and options offered. Offers and savings are based on information available on these sites. There is no guarantee that these prices, savings, hotels, or dates will be available at the time of booking. Please check the site for the most recent details. When you book travel, your booking is handled by one of those sites directly, not by BookingBuddy. Transactions, and all subsequent customer care, are directly handled by the site where you booked your travel. BookingBuddy does not control the price, rules, regulations, or restrictions surrounding the price. Please read all rules and regulations before booking.