"Vacation planning made simple."
"The best deals online."
Every travel website claims to save you money. In fact, more people than ever are planning their trips themselves using their computer.
But we thought, if you are, should you take the first deal you see, even if it looks like a bargain?
First, lets fly.
We took flights from DFW Airport on October 1st and returning on the 7th.
Going to Las Vegas:
Time after time we looked for domestic travel, the airlines own sites meet or beat the fare listed elsewhere.
Some other examples we didn't have time to show you on the air:
American Airlines: $134.70
United Airlines: $103.70
Delta Airlines: $103.70
The lowest? Southwest Airlines website at www.iflyswa.com had a fare at $79.20. Their flight leaves from Dallas Love Field.
DFW-Washington D.C. (Dulles, Reagan National, or BWI)
United Airlines: $238.20
Delta Airlines: $219.40
Northwest Airlines: $214.40
The lowest? American Airlines website at www.aa.com had a fare at $198.20.
DFW-Chicago O'Hare Airport
United Airlines: $178.20
AirTran Airways: $176.90
Delta Airlines: $169.40
The lowest? Again, American Airlines website had a fare of $158.20.
But what about that island vacation? Long-distance and international travel is where we started racking up savings.
Going from DFW to Honolulu, Hawaii.
United Airlines: $754.26
American Airlines: $749.30
Northwest Airlines: $644.80
The lowest? Orbitz.com offered us a seat for just $561.
Orbitz.com also had the lowest fare for a flight from DFW to London, at $602, while all other sites and the airlines had fares from $646 to $691 per person.
It also pays to shop for a hotel. For instance: