If you play your cards right and can be somewhat flexible with your travel dates, it’s actually relatively easy to find bargains on luxury — you just have to know where to look. Sites like Expedia and Orbitz offer deals, but there are several lesser-known travel sites that deal specifically with luxury travel.
And we’ve found the best of them.
You can immediately plug in dates and travel information under the front page slide show and get instant pricing. Better yet, you can navigate the menu to the right of the page and check out the current special offers and packages.
You need to sign up for a free membership, but it only takes a few seconds. Then you get access to high-end deals and are notified by e-mail when new packages and offers are released. The site offers up to 60 percent off high-end packages and is easy to use once “inside the club.” Keep your eye on your mobile phone, too, for their member-exclusive, last-minute “flash sales.” You may find yourself calling in sick with a case of the Mondays…from Fiji.
The company has been around since 1962 and puts together affordable packages to some of the most exotic destinations in the world. No, they don’t also sell cargo shorts…but the exotic locales they specialize in are suitable places to photograph scantily clad models. Whether you’re going on a safari or touring Europe, the site can help you assemble a luxury package without emptying your bank account.
Hotels and resorts are the main focus here, and there are plenty of deals to choose from. You have the option to include your travel arrangements in the package to make it an even sweeter deal. The site is a little weak on the other travel elements of your trip, but the dough you save on the travel and accommodations makes up for it.
This site has travel packages all over the world and boasts up to 65-percent off going rates. It also has a community section where you can read tips from other travelers who have gone before you. Most notable, though, is the auction function. Like eBay for resort-hoppers, it allows you to bid against others to score deals on last-second travel packages.
The site looks like it was designed by your mom in 1998, but it actually offers great luxury travel deals broken down into different helpful categories. The site also has a library of travel videos pimping different destinations, which can be both helpful travel tools and great ways to zone out at your desk.
We’d be more excited if the site were LuxuryTravelMonkeyButler.com, but it’s still pretty good. You can be added to its informative newsletter without having to become a member; it provides details about different trips being offered. The site also does a great job of offering packages based around big events (like Carnaval).