Advantages Cheap Prices, Easy To Use
Disadvantages None I Can Think Of
Only this afternoon I asked the good people at Ciao to add Expedia to the site so I could write a lovely review for all you great readers out there and low and behold they have outdone themselves and added it already, so here goes.I will admit I have only used the expedia website on one occasion, but I cannot fault them at all.
Their site is so simple to use, you pick whether you want flights, flight & hotel or flights, hotel & car hire all together. It's then as simple as picking your dates, how many adults are going, how many children (including their ages). You pick your departure airport and your destination, then you just hit the search button and it does a very fast search. Unlike most travel sites (going paces, etc) they do not have a cut off time for searching for your holiday, I noticed a lot of them shut this function off at midnight, only to resume the next morning (weird huh?), Expedia are there for you 24/7.Once it has finished the search it displays a list of various different holidays to match your criteria, including pictures of the hotel. You can then narrow your search down:
If you want flights only, you pick the cheapest or the dearest depending on how rich you are. You can also pick from numerous different airlines depending on which you prefer to use (for example, Virgin, Fly Be, Continental Airlines, United Air, etc).If you are looking for flights and a hotel you pick your airline and then you can narrow down your hotel search by picking the different amenities you want - you just tick the boxes and hit search again and it brings up all the matching hotels. If you want a particular area you can also decide upon this from a drop-down menu. For example, I went to Florida and I could pick from International Drive/Universal Area, Disney Area, Kissimmee Area, Lake Buena Vista Area, etc etc. You can also get information on the particular hotel by clicking on more hotel info. This opens in the same page by the way, you cannot tab it open into a new page. This section is great - You get pictures/videos of the rooms, eating areas, pools, etc you also get an overview of the hotel, a list of hotel and room amenities, any extra changes upon arrival, check in and out information, a map of the location, where the hotel is near, how far it is from the airport and how much this will cost via taxi, bus, etc. They also have a travellers opinion section for each hotel which is a great way to get all the real people's opinion on the place and a rating out of 5 - This section also provides you with helpful traveller tips and hints.
If your holiday includes a car you can pick from various types and costs of car. I don't really know what way this bit works as I did not require a car.Once you have decided upon your perfect holiday you click the continue button and it shows you a breakdown/overview of you choices and the total cost. It automatically adds on travel insurance for all of your group members, you can choose to keep this or you can unselect it and recalculate your price, I guess this is for people who have their own insurance or for if you want to look for somewhere cheaper.
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