Let’s face it, traveling has become increasingly stressful. Air travel requires facing a brutal set of obstacles from the time you set foot at the airport and now with fuel prices skyrocketing, it’s harder than ever to find travel bargains. But fear not – with the right tools you can find yourself basking in the sun for much less than you imagined.
Enter Kayak, the unassuming web site with the incredibly powerful search and information sorting system. Unlike most travel planning web sites, Kayak provides unbiased visibility into the best air fares, hotel prices, car rentals, and cruises by gathering data from literally thousands of web sites around the globe and presenting the information in one of many amazingly digestible formats.
Want to limit your search results to those from American and Continental exclusively? Need to land between 6:30 and 7:30am? Looking for a four star hotel within five miles of Disneyworld? No problem at all. Above all else, Kayak is unique because it does not sell travel services directly to users but rather provides the flexibility and control to purchase travel from a variety of sources. Kayak derives the majority of its revenue from advertising sponsors but does not skew the search results in favor of its advertising sponsors.
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Another alternative which people tend to forget about is Dohop.com, all the features Kayak has, faster with a better UI.