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Hotel and rental car saving sites

Hotel and rental car saving sites

Credit: AP

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on February 9, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 11 at 8:40 AM

This is the perfect time of year to start thinking about spring break trips. If you’re looking to save some money, and who isn’t, keep reading.

You may think you know all the tricks but I’ve been talking with several travel experts and have some terrific sites you likely haven’t tried.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Tonight at ten I’ll have five travel tricks that you don’t see mentioned here but that saved one of our viewers $145.

Hotel Deals

Looking to save money on a hotel room? Check out Quikbook.com.

This is a great site that finds unadvertised hotel deals.  It’s been around for a few years and has been named a best site by Forbes for three years running. It lists hotel amenities, the proximity to shopping and entertainment and has comments from people who’ve stayed there before.

Another good site to check out is Hotels Combined.com.

It’s been around since 2005 and provides searches for deals on more than 30 different travel sites. You can sort by price, location and popularity. It also tells you the taxes and fees.

Both of these sites are worth checking out if you’re trying to save some money.

There’s also a new site called Get a room.com that promises to give you savings of up to 50 percent on hotel rooms across the country. You can also call the 800 number (800-HOTELS-8 (800-468-3578) to receive unpublished prices.  It was started by the former CEO of Hotels.com who wanted to provide an alternative for people. The site offers a Best Rate Guarantee and has a deals page too.You’ll find deals to places like Las Vegas and Cancun.

 Car Rental Deals

This is by far my favorite place to look for car rental deals. It’s called Auto Slash.com. The site launched May 8th of last year and is different than other car rental sites in that it scours all the vendors, compares coupons and discount codes to find the best rental car deals for you.

CEO Jonathan Weinberg said, “We’ve signed up for all the mailing lists and we figure out the best discounts. Once you book, we keep looking and there’s a 25 to 30 percent chance that we can lower your rate even further.”

So if the rate drops after you book, you get the cheaper price. You don’t need your credit card to reserve a car, which means you can cancel at any time. Have a club card? Just check the box there on the front page and it will factor in that savings for you as well.

The site also has an entire section devoted to coupons in case you want to check out the deals yourself.

I asked Weinberg how the site makes money. He said the site gets commission on each booking from the rental car companies and it makes money through paid advertising which you’ll see on the site.

I shared this site with Tyler and my producer Sandra a few months ago and it by far found the best rates of any of the sites they searched. It’s a great way to check prices across a lot of different sites without having to do the work.