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Travel Tip of the Day

It may seem like you’ve found a great deal, but never book anything without checking the price directly with the airline, hotel, rental company or other travel provider. The cost could be comparable and the cancellation and/or trip-change policy could be a thousand times more amenable—which may be worth few extra bucks anyway. Some hotels might even match the price you’ve found with a consolidator. It never hurts to ask.

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80% of Travellers Use Smartphones on Trips, But Not To Book

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…)

12 Travel Booking and Deals Sites You Should Be Using

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…)

Canada Gets Google Flight Search Tool

By SHANNON KELLY

Screenshot: Google.ca/flights

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…)

Easier, More Streamlined Flight Searches with Hipmunk and Superfly

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…)

Orbitz’s “Mobile Steals” Offers Last-Minute Hotel Discounts

Orbitz.com

By Carissa Bluestone

Earlier this week, online travel booker Orbitz launched an updated—i.e., faster, more intuitive—version of its mobile website. Of the new features, “Mobile Steals,” which offers discounts of up to 50% for same-day hotel bookings (and discounts for future bookings, too), is getting the most attention. So far, select hotels in more than 50 cities worldwide are participating. These deals are only available through the mobile site or any of the Orbitz apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. (more…)

Look Beyond Travel Search Engines for Cheaper Flights in Canada

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…)

Google’s New Flight Search Tool

By Carissa Bluestone

Look out, Expedia. After launching its Hotel Finder this summer, Google expanded its travel-related tools last week with Flight Search. (more…)