Saturday, June 14, 2014

Travel search tools - Expedia

Expedia claims to be the 'World's largest online travel agency'.
Use Expedia to search for and, if you wish, book flights, flights and holidays, accommodation, cruises and car hire. The Expedia website can also be used to assist in planning a holiday.
Choose a city, for example Paris.
Use the tabs to investigate Holiday Deals, Hotels, Need to Know, Experience Paris and Suggested Itineraries. Information in Need to Know includes how to get around Paris by train, taxi, bus or boat. Experience Paris and Selected Activities provide information about a selection of sites and activities. Information about the weather and a currency converter can be found in the side bar of the website.
Use the Search for Holidays box to check the availability and price of hotels and / or flights. If looking for a hotel, select the area where you would like to stay and type in the dates accommodation is required. Fill in other information as required. In this example we looked for information about a specific hotel.
Ratings are provided for each hotel and there is also a link to reviews. Click the title link to locate additional information about the hotel. If you want to make a booking click the Book button and complete the online forms.

If you have selected the Flight + Hotel option you can also search for available flights to and from your destination and, if you want to, add the flight details to your booking. Transport charges to and from the airport can also be booked and added to the account.
You will then receive a Trip Summary.
Ensure that you read the conditions of the booking.
If you want to go ahead with the booking you will be provided with details of the hotel and / or flight and / transport that you have booked. Double check that this is what you really want. After that fill in the forms confirming the booking and providing payment details. The final step is to use the Complete Booking button to complete the booking.

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