Are you looking for the top travel websites used by Canadians? If you are planning to book a flight, hotel or just exploring options, this will surely help.
In recent research done by digital marketing specialists, it was found that some sites are popular based on the Google search volume. This post will give you a concise description of the best travel sites in Canada. Please note that this blog post is not sorted according to any sort of ranking (random order).
Tripadvisor.ca makes planning your trip very convenient. If you are looking for a good resourceful site for reviewing hotels, fast foods, and beautiful scenery, then there is no better site.
In the Tripadvisor forum, you can ask any question to a local expert. You should note that not all the other sites have a review for fast foods.
Expedia.ca is a popular site and a usual first for most Canadians. You can book easily with its user interface.
If you are the kind to fly often then you probably should consider using Aircanada.com.
Aircanada.com is the biggest airline in Canada and reaches over 180 travel destinations. With that coverage, they pretty much go anywhere in the world. You should consider them if you are the kind to travel very often to various places.
If you are also considering redeeming your travel points in different ways use Aircanada.com.
Anyone who travels by air a lot usually goes on and on about their service. They recently increased their reach to Europe with a new branch. They improved their loyalty program so; higher tiers are easily reachable.
If you sign up with them with a WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard you will get a $250 Westjet dollars as a bonus, if you have a primary card, your first bag is checked for free, also you are given an annual companion voucher that starts at $99.
The headquarters of Booking.com is located in Amsterdam and was fully established in Europe before making a name in North American countries.
There are more than 1,400,000 features on the site with properties in over 200 countries. It is usually easy for you to search between the many property types given they have many inventories.
Kayak.com is a travel metasearch engine that lets you search many websites at a time. It isn’t however ranked so high among travel websites.
Many of the listed websites are partners with kayak.com and kayak.com lets you research for what you are looking for on multiple sites at a time. Kayak.com also has a price alert that keeps you up to date with changes in prices.
Hotel.com has close to 300,000 properties in different parts of the world. They are however well known for their loyalty program.
Every 10 nights you take, you get one without charge. These nights are not claimable in all their properties, you can access over 200,000 without blackout dates or restrictions. Among the travel sites used by Canadians Hotel.com is highly placed.
Sunwing.ca gives you an all-inclusive gateway at very affordable prices.
Many resorts have deals with sunwing.ca and you can get good prices with them particularly if you are flying impromptu.
They give seasonal flights in Canada, the US, and Europe. It is one I consider referable because they have one of the biggest integrated travel companies in North America. Their prices are wonderful, they let you travel to over 45 locations. They offer good child-friendly properties.
Moreover, The site has a good filter that makes it easy to find the perfect location for you.
Redtag.ca is fully owned and operated by a Canadian Corporation.
No other travel agency is owned and operated by a Canadian Corporation. They offer all-inclusive packages of cruises, flights, hotels, and car rentals. You might be interested in the price drop offered by Red Tag but there are conditions to be met before you make that claim.
If you are flying in the future you should consider picking one of the travel credits cards in the country to reduce the cost.
Red Tag gives an amazing welcome bonus and also, you earn points on all you purchase. Their American Express Platinum card allows you to get a bonus of 60,000 American Express Membership points that are worth $600 or more especially if you transfer them to Aeroplan or Marriott Bonvoy.
The Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite card gives a bonus of $250 when you sign up.
If you stay at Marriott hotel you get Marriott Bonvoy points and you can redeem these in over 7,000 properties and over 100 countries.
Marriott is very attractive because they give fantastic prices. If you use the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card, it gives you the chance to earn extra points when you book with their website or you choose to use their hotels.
11. Prince of Travel
If you have many travel points you should consider using Prince of Travel.
The site is run by a blogger and teaches you how to maximize points-paying less in travel fees. Anybody using this site will learn a lot even if you always travel.
12. G Adventures
G Adventure will give you a real adventuristic journey, in more than 100 countries about 700 tours.
You really experience the people, the wildlife and whole environments. They focus on supporting local communities giving you new experiences. Top destinations are South Africa, Japan, and Sri Lanka
13. Urban Adventures
If you have confirmed your travel dates, you could swing by Urban Adventures to check out the tours they offer in your destination.
They have close to 200 travel destinations with more than 1,000 experiences in total.
If you check them out you are very likely to see something good. The tours run for about an hour and are good if you aren’t planning on investing too much time in tours.
If you do not have time to plan your trip a tour is usually a good idea. TourRadar will help you find the perfect tour in the midst of thousands of tours to pick from.
TourRadar is a wonderful search engine for this exact purpose. Despite having to compare over 30,000 tours and more than 1,000 operators they seem to make it easy by giving a clear picture of what you’ll be getting
15. Next Departure
Next Departure gives very cheap prices for flights.
The founders are not traveling agents or insiders in the industry but seem to know all the available tools to get the best deals for departure from some Canadian cities. Recently they found a cheap flight from Toronto to Thailand for $675.
If you are looking for a way to go between two travel locations, try Rome2rio.
All you have to do is key in the two travel locations and Rome2rio will find you a train, bus, ferry or flight options, and will let you know how long it will take for the journey.
Thanks for reading, please let me know your thoughts and comments below.
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