Shopping tips for holiday travel gifts

What's The Deal

November 30, 2008|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | Michelle Deal-Zimmerman,

This is the weekend when just about everybody is looking for a good deal. Black Friday launched the holiday gift-buying season a few days ago, and tomorrow is what's become known as Cyber Monday, a day when online retailers kick off their own selling season.

But what if you want to give the gift of travel instead of a sweater or an iPod - where can you find the best deals?

Online travel shopping is certainly easy and definitely packed with a plethora of deals. But you have to be careful where you look. A few online travel sites offered their own Black Friday deals last week, among them, which is offering a $50 discount on vacation packages and 15 percent on hotel stays.

When I'm shopping for travel deals, holiday or otherwise, I often use these Web sites: - Good deals and travel information from the editors of the magazine by the same name. - Great deals and even better insight about travel trends. - Offers a weekly list of the 25 best deals. -'s new sister site has bargains galore. - If you're a cruise fan, this site caters to your interests. - Join this site's mailing list to receive weekly updates of its best travel offers.

There are many others to peruse - too many to name here - but the key, as with any shopping, is to do your research before you seal the deal.

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