5 Apps To Travel Cheap
Posted on 28 September 2016
If you're anything like us, your list of needs goes something like this...food, water, travel,etc. In fact, the only thing that keeps you from spending weeks on end in the Caribbean is that feast or famine (well mostly famine) bank account. Even if you could scrape up enough money for the flight, you'd be sleeping in the streets and trying to ration plane peanuts during your "vacation". Next time you find yourself in this situation, try these apps and websites to book the perfect trip that won't break the bank.
1. Deal Ray
With over 500,000 members, Deal Ray has quickly become one of the best ways to find cheap flights to amazing places across the world. How do they do it? The team at Deal Ray couples complex algorithms with manual research to find airfare pricing deals and glitches. Just listen to a couple of reviews from their customers:
Best money I've spent--without DealRay I would have completely missed getting a round-trip flight for $70. - Hayden F. to Mexico
DealRay let me know about a airfare price glitch that let me get a $850 ticket for $200, thanks! - Jamie R. to New Zealand
Deal Ray sends the best deals straight to you through text message. Worried about getting spammed? Don't be! The team limits how much they text you and you'll often see a deal every day or even every other day with departures that are close to you.
The two biggest knocks on Deal Ray are it's $9.99 subscription fee and the inability to control your destination. However, they do offer a one month free trial so you can get your feet wet and see if it's something you like. Here's some of the deals their customers have received:
Looking to have more control over your destination? Try out our next option.
2. Airfare Watchdog
Their easy-to-use filtering system lets you specify your departure and arrival date as well as your departure and arrival airports. While they have some mixed reviews (some love it and others say the deal prices aren't what was advertised), it's worth a try if you're already set on the destination.
Out of curiosity, we looked for flights from Salt Lake to New York (we may or may not be seriously considering this) and found some amazing round trip deals!
Not too bad to visit the Big Apple! Learn more about their deals on their website.
With hundreds of hotel comparison sites, you could easily spend days comparing prices for the exact same room. Luckily, you don't have to. Trivago automatically compares sites like Hotwire, Priceline, and Orbitz to find you the best deal.
As well, you'll love Trivago's intuitive filtering options which allow you to search by price, distance from a certain point (say Time Square), and the quality of your hotel. It's best to use their service if you're set on where you want to stay but are just looking for the best price for that room. If you don't plan on spending much time in the room or if you're just looking for the cheapest way to visit your destination, try our next option.
While a hotel is great, it's extremely difficult to find a cheap hotel in New York City no matter what time of year you're considering. However, with Airbnb we found a one bedroom shared living space near central park for a little over $70/night (it was a girls only option but let's face it, this is a girl's trip anyways). If you're really looking to travel cheap and plan to spend most of your time outside of the apartment then Airbnb is exactly what you're looking for.
While not a necessity for all trips, it's usually a good idea to rent a car. Next time you're traveling, skip the usually car rental options and rent a car through Turo, the airbnb of car rentals. If you can't tell already, we're big fan of economy sharing apps like this because more often than not, that's where you find the best deals!
Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
(Featured Photo Credit The Sunday Chapter)