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Ade, and anyone else with experience in this topic, and it is a little off-topic, I'm looking to book a couple of days in New York in a couple of weeks, I always use SkyScanner to search my flights, and pick up a hotel later.

 

Is it any cheaper in your experiences to book a packaged deal? Are there any other sites that you find better to use or search to get a better deal?

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Yes that's the best way Danny. You can sometimes find a deal on something like expedia, but they have a limited range of accommodation, and it seldom saves much. You end up comprising on flight times or location or something.

 

When you do find accommodation through a booking site, always call the hotel directly, or check their website, to see if you can find a better deal by going direct (they might have the same room at same price but throw in breakfast for example).

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Yes that's the best way Danny. You can sometimes find a deal on something like expedia, but they have a limited range of accommodation, and it seldom saves much. You end up comprising on flight times or location or something.

 

When you do find accommodation through a booking site, always call the hotel directly, or check their website, to see if you can find a better deal by going direct (they might have the same room at same price but throw in breakfast for example).

Looked on expedia, tried a few different combinations, in the 2 minutes it took to put my details in, on 3 separate occasions, coincidentally a price alert popped up with increased each price...and as a man of principle, I swiftly closed. When I searched again, the original price was still displaying. Disgusting. I'd be more impressed if I got to the check out and a price alert displayed with it being even cheaper.

 

Ended up getting a good deal on the flight separately, and also got a good deal on the Hilton Doubletree on the 3rd night. Ended up grouping night 1 & 2 in some glorified hostel which claims it's a 4 start hotel, either way, saved a few $'s!

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Yes that's the best way Danny. You can sometimes find a deal on something like expedia, but they have a limited range of accommodation, and it seldom saves much. You end up comprising on flight times or location or something.

 

When you do find accommodation through a booking site, always call the hotel directly, or check their website, to see if you can find a better deal by going direct (they might have the same room at same price but throw in breakfast for example).

Looked on expedia, tried a few different combinations, in the 2 minutes it took to put my details in, on 3 separate occasions, coincidentally a price alert popped up with increased each price...and as a man of principle, I swiftly closed. When I searched again, the original price was still displaying. Disgusting. I'd be more impressed if I got to the check out and a price alert displayed with it being even cheaper.

 

Ended up getting a good deal on the flight separately, and also got a good deal on the Hilton Doubletree on the 3rd night. Ended up grouping night 1 & 2 in some glorified hostel which claims it's a 4 start hotel, either way, saved a few $'s!

 

 

In English please

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Yes that's the best way Danny. You can sometimes find a deal on something like expedia, but they have a limited range of accommodation, and it seldom saves much. You end up comprising on flight times or location or something.

 

When you do find accommodation through a booking site, always call the hotel directly, or check their website, to see if you can find a better deal by going direct (they might have the same room at same price but throw in breakfast for example).

Looked on expedia, tried a few different combinations, in the 2 minutes it took to put my details in, on 3 separate occasions, coincidentally a price alert popped up with increased each price...and as a man of principle, I swiftly closed. When I searched again, the original price was still displaying. Disgusting. I'd be more impressed if I got to the check out and a price alert displayed with it being even cheaper.

 

Ended up getting a good deal on the flight separately, and also got a good deal on the Hilton Doubletree on the 3rd night. Ended up grouping night 1 & 2 in some glorified hostel which claims it's a 4 start hotel, either way, saved a few $'s!

 

 

In English please

 

Expedia tried to screw him so he booked his flights and hotel separately and saved money but is slumming it for a couple of nights

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Yes that's the best way Danny. You can sometimes find a deal on something like expedia, but they have a limited range of accommodation, and it seldom saves much. You end up comprising on flight times or location or something.

 

When you do find accommodation through a booking site, always call the hotel directly, or check their website, to see if you can find a better deal by going direct (they might have the same room at same price but throw in breakfast for example).

Looked on expedia, tried a few different combinations, in the 2 minutes it took to put my details in, on 3 separate occasions, coincidentally a price alert popped up with increased each price...and as a man of principle, I swiftly closed. When I searched again, the original price was still displaying. Disgusting. I'd be more impressed if I got to the check out and a price alert displayed with it being even cheaper.

 

Ended up getting a good deal on the flight separately, and also got a good deal on the Hilton Doubletree on the 3rd night. Ended up grouping night 1 & 2 in some glorified hostel which claims it's a 4 start hotel, either way, saved a few $'s!

 

 

In English please

 

Expedia tried to screw him so he booked his flights and hotel separately and saved money but is slumming it for a couple of nights

 

Haha well done! :P

 

I searched Expedia, found a combination of a flight/hotel I wanted, and each time I selected something, by the time I got to the "pay" page, there was a price alert. This alert was informing the price increased. It did this 3 times, so I figure they're just a bunch of con artists. Each time I re-searched, the original price was displaying from when I first clicked the deal!

 

Cheers Wazza, I'll bare that in mind next time!

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Hello all,

 

Bit of a random question. My ESTA expired and I was about to apply for a new one. But since my last one expired, I now have 5 year L-1 visa which I haven't yet activated as I haven't been down to the States since it was approved.

 

Do I need to get an ESTA, or will they activate my L-1 when I fly into Denver? I don't really need to activate it any time soon as I don't anticipate needing to travel for work. The time it will take in the airport to activate too, I'd rather just spend in Denver as I'm on there for 2 days. I know a few of you have had business in the States in the past, and just wondering what you did.

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