CheapTickets Review

CheapTickets stands out by offering substantial discounts and a streamlined search experience to locate the best deals. However, their minimal mobile tools keep them slightly behind the top companies in the industry.

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The Good

Easy to find what you're looking for

Using CheapTickets’ search and filter tools, you can easily pinpoint the travel arrangements that fit your budget and schedule. Start by determining what you need for your vacation. If it’s just a hotel, you can run a hotel-only search. Their vacation package search tool is ideal for individuals who need to book a flight, hotel, and rental car or any combination of the three. Once you’ve chosen your search tool, enter your travel dates, destination, and any other information. You’re then brought to a list of results, which you can narrow down even further using the numerous filtering options. Budget-conscious travelers can limit their search by price, while frequent flier or hotel rewards members can look at only those results that involve a specific hotel or airline. In addition, customer ratings are available on the majority of properties and you can use these to further clarify what you’re after as well.

Many savings opportunities

The Deals section of CheapTickets’ website is a good place to begin if you’re trying to save on your next vacation. There, you can see all of the promotions the company is running on hotels, flights, vacation packages, and more. Some of these special offers help you save as much as 50% on hotels around the world, which is considerably better than many of the deals you’ll find with other travel websites. Spontaneous travelers looking to arrange a trip without much notice should look into CheapTickets’ last-minute deals as well. These deals change frequently, so it’s important to keep checking back to see what new offers are available. If you really want the best deals, though, sign up for CheapTickets’ email newsletter, which you can unsubscribe from at any time. You receive exclusive promo codes and an extra 20% discount when you book certain hotels and flights together.

Compare rates with other companies

CheapTickets enables you to compare rates on hotels with other travel sites, including CheapTickets’ own parent company, Orbitz. This is something that isn’t found with many companies outside of travel search engines, but it can be extremely valuable when it comes to making sure you’re getting the best possible deal on your hotel. Just look for the Compare tab under the property you’re looking at and choose what companies you’d like to check. Clicking on the link takes you to that company’s website where you can view their listing for the same property and verify the nightly rate before completing your purchase.

Score tickets to all types of events

CheapTickets has a special search tool on their website to help you find tickets to all kinds of national and local events. Sports fans can search by their favorite teams to quickly find tickets to upcoming games. Music lovers are sure to find something to interest them among the list of all the concerts, music festivals, and Broadway shows, and theme park tickets are available for family vacations. You can narrow your search by dates or by choosing to view only events in your area. Alternatively, you can search by team, artist, or another keyword to find what you’re looking for. While there are many other travel sites that offer activity searches, it’s rare to see such a wide selection of options as you’ll find with CheapTickets.

Browse by theme

If you need some inspiration to help you decide on your next vacation destination, try browsing through the various theme vacation guides on CheapTickets. For example, if you know you want to head somewhere with a beach, take a look at the beach vacation guide, which lists several popular destinations and recommended hotels. There are also guides for ski, family, and all-inclusive vacations. Individuals interested in taking a cruise vacation have similar theme options to choose from.

Mix and match flights

CheapTickets gives you relatively more options for flights by enabling you to mix and match airline carriers. This means you can select one airline for your departing flight and choose a different one on the way back. Not only does this widen the possibility of more convenient flight times for you, but it also gives you a chance to earn some additional savings. Aside from a few other companies like CheapAir, CheapTickets is one of the rare sites that allow you to mix and match airlines to suit your needs, so they’re definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in going this route. If you’re loyal to one airline, no worries — there’s always the option to purchase roundtrip tickets on a single carrier as well.

The Bad

No Windows Phone app

Windows phone users must use the mobile version of the CheapTickets website to book while on the go because the mobile app only works on Android and iOS devices. This shouldn’t cause any major problems for most people, particularly because the mobile website offers many of the same features as the mobile app, including the ability to book flights and hotels from anywhere.

The Details

Travel Site Type

  • Travel Deals: Flight, Hotel, Rental Car, Cruise, Other
  • Travel Site Type: Travel Booking Site

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