By SHANNON KELLY
Recent data shows that travellers are (figuratively and literally) tethered to their smartphones for trip planning and on the ground while travelling. The study, from eMarketer Inc., found that approximately 80 per cent of respondents use their mobile phone “all the time” while away. It also found that some 36.4 million Americans are expected to do travel research on their phones in 2012, with an anticipated 72 million using their phones for trip research by 2016. However, less than half of that number will, apparently, book their travel using their phone. (more…)
By WAHEEDA HARRIS
Gîte du Pont Flottant B&B near Quebec City, found via BBCanada.com (Photo: Margot Mood)
These days, deal-seeking for a hotel, car or attraction almost always starts online. We’ve culled a dozen Web sites to bookmark to find your best options and best prices this summer. (more…)
By SHANNON KELLY
In September last year, Google launched its Flight Search tool, which was only available for U.S. departures and destinations. But as as of yesterday, users can find and book flights departing from Canadian airports, too, from Google Canada. (more…)
By Carissa Bluestone
Do a flight search on websites Hipmunk or Superfly and, essentially, you get the same information that’s available from Expedia or Kayak. But both of these buzzed-about relative newcomers are tweaking the familiar flight-search formats to make them more user-friendly and customizable. (more…)
Common travel search engines used in Canada include Hipmunk, Orbitz and Kayak.
By Candice Walsh
Turning to travel search engines for comparing prices on flights, car rentals and hotels is the norm these days—especially during the hoopla of holiday travel. Comparison and booking websites like Orbitz, Kayak and Hipmunk offer ways to weigh costs, layovers and duration. They can also help you book your trip quickly and painlessly.
But are you really getting the best bang for your buck? (more…)