Review: Cheaptickets.com Vacation PackageDEALS, FINANCES, HOTELS & MOTELS, QUEBEC, Reviews — By Milli Thornton on April 2, 2011 at 18:47
Reviewed by Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Brian Williams.
THERE ARE SO many discount travel sites on the Web these days, it can be overwhelming trying to single one out. BookingBuddy, Orbitz, Expedia, Kayak, Priceline . . . and those are just some of the big guys we’ve all heard of.
My solution is usually to avoid the big guys and hunt for amazing deals on lesser-known sites. This paid off for me when I was booking a Caribbean cruise and found the best deal was with Montrose Travel, where I was assigned my own travel agent. But when I was booking our trip to the Montréal Jazz Festival, I learned that one must stay flexible and consider every option.
And sometimes the first deal you find really is the best one.
I had barely begun my search when I found a killer flight + hotel + car deal on Cheaptickets.com. Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE) to Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau (YUL): direct flights both ways. A boutique hotel with great French style: Château Versailles.
Dutifully, and even though I was hankering to stay in a château, I searched high and low for a better price. But even if we had stayed in a plain Jane American hotel, such as the Day’s Inn, I could not find a better price. And this was during Montréal’s peak season, the 30th anniversary of the jazz festival.
What was I waiting for? I quit obsessively searching pages of results and booked our trip.
Three little tips I would add to save you a phone call. If you’ve never booked this kind of package before, you may not know that portions of the package will be billed separately. I was checking my account frequently to ensure nothing busted. At first I was concerned that the charges seemed wrong, but after several days all of the charges appeared in our account and they added up correctly to the cent.
Another slight frustration was trying to choose good seats for our flight. I logged in to Cheaptickets.com several times to do this but it never seemed to “take.” Finally, I visited Continental.com and found out there was no online seat selection on flights of that type.Our package allowed for only a double-bed room. I did look into upgrading to a fancier room but it was more than I wanted to pay. By studying the fine print, I found out you cannot call any of the providers direct to make changes. With a package of this nature, you must go through the booking company. If you need to make changes, always be sure to read the terms of service first. Cheaptickets.com would have billed me extra for any changes I wanted to make.
My final opinion on Cheaptickets.com? A great deal all round. The website was easy to use, I received timely email confirmations and travel reminders, and the deal was exactly as advertised.
Milli Thornton (aka Milliver) is the author of Fear of Writing: for writers & closet writers. She is owner of the Fear of Writing Online Course, where her mission is to put the fun back into writing. Milli blogs at the Fear of Writing Blog and coaches writers individually at Writer’s Muse Coaching Service.
FTC Compliance: This is an independent review that I wrote because I had a good experience using Cheaptickets.com. None of the included links are affiliate links and I was not compensated in any way for writing this review.