TOP – is insistently recommended at any journey (updated version of August 15th, 2013)
2. Carrentals.co.uk – is a fair service (there is no better than this) for comparing car hire prices, which helps to find best variant among the leading car hire service owners and brokers (except Economycarrentals, Auto Europe and Rentalcars – check these brokers by hand). For car hiring it is also necessary to see (and check by hand – this will be more reliable) all best offers a little lower in the corresponding chapter! Don't forget to buy super insurance (no excess insurance) with a discount!
3. Skyscanner – is the best system of comparing air tickets among dozens of reservation systems in Internet. Aviasales web-site is also not bad, it shows comparison results without «deceiving» any reservation systems (see below what it is all about) and conveniently reflects search results on world map! Onetwotrip within the direct link is more expensive, than it is through Skyscanner, but the ticket may be paid for by Visa and Mastercard without extra fees!
4. On-line medical insurance policy purchase for travellers (tourists) from any part of the world!
The best car hire offers – start with them:
1. Economycarrentals with free of charge second driver, baby seat and insurance with super insurance included in a number of cities
3. Europcar (official web-site). If one is not lazy and searches for discount codes (EUROPCAR CODE PROMO CONTRACT), he can save 15-30% more. Either book Europcar through brokers Rentalcars – interface is more friendly, multilingual price support 20% lower than Europcar official website! Auto Europe also shows names of car hire service owners in the results – it is possible to choose only among Europcar, Sixt etc.
5. Simultaneous search and price comparison among more than 50 car hire service owners and brokers – Carrentals.co.uk – which, to be honest, is far from being ideal. It is better to check all the links by hand!
Insurance for people, leaving abroad (medical insurance for travelers and tourists)
A very convenient way of buying medical insurance policy for travellers on-line without leaving computer at any time and from any part of the world.
Originally, insurance from Insurance4carhire was very popular – now it is available for purchase only for ЕС countries citizens. There are 2 excellent much better variants:
Variant No1: Your rental car super insurance (full comprehensive insurance) from Questor. The policy's price is £39.98 (all prices are given in British pounds – £). There is 10% discount till the end of 2013 – code SKD2060QUE (or JML2033INS). In case of insurable event the insurance will cover the reduction franchise, which is usually available at car hire service owner. It is MUCH MORE profitable to buy this insurance on a direct basis, than buy the same from car hire broker or car hire service owner. The insurance covers wheels, windows, glasses, headlight, top and bottom, key loss, wrong fueling up, recovery and much more — that is, it covers all, that is not covered by ordinary super insurance. The insurance covers unlimited number of car hires (usually not more than 31 days each, but it is possible to expire to 60 days) within 12 months, but the sum of the one-time compensation shall not exceed £5000! For extra £10 one may exceed the duration of each hire from 31 till 60 days. For extra £19.99 one may include another person into the policy, this person may live at the same address and he/she may use this policy independently from each other.
Variant No2: Your rental car super insurance (full comprehensive insurance) from Worlwideinsure – there are 2 variants of policies. Economical (Standard) for £37.8 (bobtailed, I would not advise to take it) and full (Deluxe) for £45 – providing coverage for each insurance event of up to £5000 and providing coverage for all the risks (key losses, wrong refueling etc.). The advantage of this type of insurance is an unlimited number of extra drivers (if they are mentioned car hire agreement), which (beside policy owner) are covered with the policy – at Questor it is possible to include 6 drivers maximum. Delux policy may also be expanded for a person, who lives at the same address with you and it is also possible to expand the duration of each car hire from 31 to 60 days – I haven't found the price for it on the website. The advantage of Worlwideinsure insurance is the possibility of insurance coverage when hiring in your country and city.
insurance are not provided for cars with the price over
£50000 and older than 20 years (in Questor
older than 10
and also for motor homes, camper vans, trailers or caravans, trucks,
vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds, motorbikes, off-road vehicles,
vehicles and passenger vans and other cars with passenger capacity of
9 seats. When buying: 1. Choose the number of days for coverage (or a
insurance). 2. Fill in your personal information details. 3. Confirm
the terms of insurance. 4. Pay for the policy with your bank card and
policy on your e-mail address.
Economycarrentals – one of the world's most famous brokers – estimate its offers. The price includes insurance without franchising at road traffic incidents. But there are different cunnings, like police references (the insurance does not also cover damage to glasses, headlight, top, bottom, key loss – everything is covered by super insurance and it is cheaper).
Rentalcars broker (former Traveljigsaw) – is a British broker with multilingual call-centre. It offers services for car hire all over the world by such rental car companies as Hertz, Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Alamo, National Car Rental, Dollar and many others. The website is available in different languages – the prices are the same as the other brokers have, but everything is in mother-tongue! The advantage of Rentalcars is that is has only proven suppliers (website is the part of the same holding as Booking.com), free of charge phone calls from Russia, free of charge cancellation of up to 48 hours before car hire start, payments by bank card without commission, prices in your currency and payments also in your currency (without exchange expenses).
Auto Europe – one of the largest car rental brokers, in accordance with the experience, in 90-95% they offer the best price on the market, having excellent terms of change and cancellation! Best price guarantee (that is, if you find lower price in future, write down an inquiry to them and they shall decrease their price)! It is possible to find more profitable prices, than market majors have, with all possible discounts, but anyway, physically, you'll get a car in Europcar, Hertz etc. A convenient cancellation system (without fees of up to 48 hours till the time of getting a car). Warning: it is necessary to check two links of this broker: English website Autoeurope (in British pounds, the rate may be received by clicking the following link) and Autoeurope Irish website. Choose between websites for better price (it's occasional, it is necessary to check both). At the stage of making an order state your real nationality – the price will not change anymore! Auto Europe shows rental car companies among the results (it is possible only to choose Europcar, Sixt and etc.) – which is very convenient (one should not guess, which car rental company offers such price).
Economybookings – is a popular car hire broker. Multilingual support. Competitive prices.
Europcar – is one of the best car rental companies! One should try to reserve a car on-line using special discounts (codes), putting them down into the line CODE PROMO/CONTRACT. The discount varies between 10 to 35% and often (but not always) helps to get the best price for car hire in a respectable agency, than from a broker. The following codes with maximum discount are known for Europcar: 44571243 (the discount is approximately 15%, it may be easily applied without asking anyone about anything at the desk), 51229206 (the discount is 15%), 42194502 (for the owners of chain hotels premium card Hilton Hotels), 42191972 (for Citibank cards owners), 44035484 (for Diners Club cards owners), 45797144 (for the owners of Air France premium cards), 50451544 (maximum discount for cards Europcar First owners – the card is to be shown at the reception desk!). Check all the codes!!! It is also possible to try changing the habitation and state, for example, Latvia or Greece, this will give 10% more discount from the average price (you may reside in any country, and no one asks you about your nationality). Or reserve Europcar through broker Rentalcars – interface is much friendly, everything is in habitual language, multilingual support, price are 20% lower than at the official website of Europcar (Rentalcars within this link will reflect only cars from Europcar! Auto Europe as well shows names of car rental companies and such companies as Europcar, Sixt etc. may be chosen among them.
Hertz – is one of the largest car rental companies. The best of generally availiable discount codes – CDP 1757580, 1789649, 652831б (~20% discounts from Internet rate Hertz), 575189 (MASTERCARD GOLD RUSSIA), 751683 (IKEA Family), 656733, 211762, 739284, 739482, 737701, 737700, 737694, 737696, 701920, 678086. There is also code 706900 (Travel Partners Club) for company agents, and a number of people take risk of using it because of great discount (especially in Italy). Warning: after applying discount code, take care, that standard insurance is included in the final cost – sometimes Hertz excludes it, but it is essential! Code for free of charge car class increase (Hertz free one class upgrade coupon) – 213161. One more voucher for free of charge car class increase (to be printed).
Avis – is usually one of the most expensive car rental companies. The price is considerably decreased (a discount is offered) by providing special codes AWD, which are either generally available (for example, A442100 for Visa card owners) or for definite groups (you use them at the risk and peril) – for tourism industry workers (P400000), Costco (A108303, A108325, A108335), for Avis staff (A153700), for unknown companies (A108300, B999000).
Sixt UK – have offered great prices recently. It is possible to get a 25% discount if you pay for hiring a car on the website, there is also 10% discount for teachers (no one will check the references). Sixt have no general available codes for discounts, however, Sixt Platinum Card owners, have a little discount (about ~15%) and free of charge car class increase from their own room. This card may be received in Sixt, if you are the owner of premium bonus cards of air line companies or bank cards. A wonderful alternative to reservation on Sixt official web-site – reservation through an excellent broker Auto Europe, which shows Sixt cars, and has the best prices throughout Internet!
Cartrawler broker – is one of the oldest and most respectable British car rental brokers. The prices are sometimes attractive!
A brilliant broker is Argus Rentals – it cooperates with several car rental agencies and, as a matter of fact, you'll get a car in Hertz, Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Alamo etc. If you enter their loyalty program – you'll collect discounts. I would advise to compare Europcar and brokers' prices thoroughly.
Alamo Rent A Car – is one of the world's leaders among car rental companies, having respectable prices. Check also Alamo through broker Rentalcars – you will get the same car in Alamo, but with 10% discount!
Affordable Car Hire – is one of the leading British car rental companies, working with more than 160 car rental companies. Without hidden additional payments!
Holiday Autos – one may often find the best prices for car hire on this car rental company's (broker's) website. Pay attention to the order cancellation terms!
Payless Car Rental – is a popular car rental company in North and South America, the Carribeans and Europe with low prices.
National Car Rental – is one of the oldest and largest world car rental companies!
Enterprise – is one of the largest American car rental companies. For Germany it offers the cheapest car rental rates on weekends — from Friday till Monday. They do not work anywhere in Europe, there are no their desks in the airports — they give a ride to their offices in the nearest town.
Car rental order through Expedia – may be a profitable offer, if you take a package and apply a discount coupon (it may be found in Internet).
There is an opinion, that broker NovaCarHire is also worth paying attention.
There are also a few aggregators, which compare prices in different offices at one website – an adequate and may be the best website Carrentals.co.uk, there is also Rental Car Group, and one more (it may be particularly useful for Spain) – Booking Centre Online.
Hotelscombined – is the world’s best system for comparing hotels and inns reservation prices (the prices are often better than directly in the hotels). Compare, read comments, choose the most profitable price and then visit the website of a definite reservation operator. One may choose hotels in the given radius from a desired place. Extremely convenient – I recommend it emphatically! There is also a rival – Trivago, but it compares among smaller number of reservation systems.
Booking.com – is one of the best and top reservation systems all over the world. It often (but not always) offers the best prices, conditions and convenient cancellation system. There is a better price guarantee – it has been checked and it works! Money is not taken off (if it is not 100% advance payment rate) – you pay in accordance with hotel notice of departure at check-out! The prices are often the same as on venere.com, that is why it is more convenient to reserve a hotel room through venere.com, after getting convinced, that venere.com and booking.com are the best for your date (this is not a 100% fact).
Hotelopia – hotels reservation system, transfer and other services from TUI world’s leading tourist group.
Lastminute.com – is another universal system of hotels reservation, transfer, car hire and other services. It often offers the best prices!
Laterooms – is the largest system of hotels reservation, it often offers the lowest prices, but reservation conditions are far from being convenient (advance payment, fees for cancellation, etc.).
Luxury Link – is the collection of specially selected hotels world over with a particular glamour and charm. There is an excellent opportunity of making choice! And one may reserve a hotel room in another cheaper place.
There is another similar service – Mr. & Mrs. Smith – a number of high-quality hotels, best price guarantee, special benefits at checking in.
And there is one more web-site, which selects best hotels and places them to its catalogue – Prestigia, with 5% discount.
HRS – is one of the best reservation systems all over the world. It is also convenient, because often there is no need to use credit card for reservation!
Venere – is one of the best reservation systems all over the world. Often (but not always) it offers best prices, conditions and convenient cancellation system. Money is not taken off - you pay in accordance with hotel notice of departure at check-out!
Booked.net – is one of the newest reservation systems all over the world with multilingual interface! It is something intermediary in interface between Venere and Booking.com. Payment is not made at reservation, one shall pay in the hotel at check-out.
Otel.com – are often the most profitable. But there is also 100% advance payment almost always. They give reservation voucher (for the Embassy). At cancellation, they will return everything within less than 4 days (thus, Booking.com won’t return anything in accordance with advance payments). Later they will take off first night price (it is possible to compete with support for this case – once I reconquered this fee back – they made me a favour). The advantage of this system is also the fact, that after each reservation, they charge 5% of the amount to the bonus account=this money may be later spent for decreasing payments for further reservations.
Hotels.com – is an American reservation system. There is better price guarantee, they take 100% advance payment at once, there is also rewards program.
Hotels Hotels Hotels – is the British system of hotels reservation, they often offer the best prices in Internet.
RatesToGo – is all the same. It is possible to find unique prices. Multilingual website! It is worth checking!
Hotelclub – is a famous American reservation system, the prices are often reasonable, but there is 100% advance payment. There is also bonus scheme.
Expedia – is a popular top American hotels, airline tickets, cars reservation system. There may be interesting package offers.
Hotel.info (the same is Hotel.de) – I personally use it for searching a hotel within a radius from a definite object (for example, an airport). It is possible to put down radius there, for example, 100 km, and it will show all the hotels in the nearest surrounding (which are known). This is convenient. But then I usually check the hotels I like through Hotelscombined and it turns out, that hotels price is lower in other reservation systems. In Germany they may really offer a better price and terms of reservation are good, often without fees.
Hotels4u.com – is the website of the second largest European tourist company Thomas Cook. If you need an alternative to “all inclusive” packages, this agency gives you such opportunity, specializing on countries, where “all inclusive” is often the only way of living.
Onhotels – is another hotel reservation system, worth paying attention.
Search and reservation of hostels, budget hotels and apartments on the web-site Hostelworld all over the world from market leader – is not a bad variant for undemanding tourists and students! Their rival, which writes, that his prices are 9% lower – Hostelbookers – check up, which will be more cost-effective!
Hotels may be also searched for through Tripadvisor – it is convenient, because it’s possible to search for hotels in big cities in accordance with given parameters.
An excellent system of apartments reservation (not hotels) all over the world – Only-apartments.com – there is a multilingual interface, real time reservation, travelers comments, a small warranty payment (advance payment) is taken for reservation, there is a discount code (it varies from 2 to 5%) – PCMA246MYAJO.
Owners Direct – is a very large base, a convenient search, connection with the owner or his representative (further direct communication).
Bedandbreakfast.com – is a large base of B&B, apartments etc.
Skyscanner – is the best Internet system of comparing prices for airline tickets among dozens of reservation systems. According to the personal experience, it qualitatively looks for and finds cheaper tickets, than Momondo, Aviasales and others. Very often reservation systems offer through Skyscanner more reasonable prices than direct prices on their websites (for example, Onetwotrip does this way– it is also an excellent reservation system), thus, when paying for airline ticket, pay attention to commissions – often for the purpose of showing the lowest price, websites hide commission for payments by the most widespread bank cards (these are the shortcomings of Tripsta, Supersaver, Bravoavia – avoid them or use rare cards without commission being taken). I strongly recommend to start searching airline tickets through Skyscanner and Aviasales!
Onetwotrip – is best in functionality and prices airline tickets reservation service with a multilingual support! Very often the prices are lower, than on air companies’ website! Frequent flyer program – is a real opportunity to issue really free of charge tickets (not tickets with payment of duties, as it is in airline companies loyalty programs)! Onetwotrip directly is a little more expensive, than it is through Skyscanner, but the ticket can be paid for by Visa and Mastercard without extra commissions!
Aviasales – is another excellent tickets reservation system. Average prices are a little higher than the cheapest variants, which may be found through Skyscanner, but it is worth to mention a convenient interface, reflecting search results on world map, prices are final (without various operations with commissions when paying with bank cards) etc.
For those, who like low-cost transport operators, (low-cost) – is website Wegolo. A very convenient website for searching and buying a cheap airline ticket among 75 budget airlines! It is possible to combine a few companies. There is also a search service for low-cost companies Whichbudget.
A very convenient system for searching airline tickets (there are not all airline companies) – http://matrix.itasoftware.com – there is a search service for airports in the radius of more than 300 miles from the required, there is an opportunity to find the cheapest flight dates for the given days or weekend.
Separate airline companies
Air Berlin – an excellent company, offering really great prices for flights throughout Europe! Great service, a member of One World alliance. There are frequent bargain sales, when it is possible to buy return tickets with all charges at a price of approximately 100 Euro. Check out!
There is a number of companies, which offer transfer services for passengers from the airport (station) to the place of recreation throughout the world and almost in all world countries. For example, Сlicktransfers – transfer order on popular tourist directions and free of charge cancellation and reservation change. Transport operator for New-York is worth mentioning separately.
Tickets for entertainments and excursions
– is a world
leader for selling tickets for entertainments, including Disney World
Alton Towers, Siam Park, Universal Studios, London Eye, Disneyland
Aventura. In 2006 and 2007 it won the contest "Best Ticketing
Company". Best price guarantee!
Airports business halls access program Priority Pass
Priority Pass – is an extremely convenient program for access to airports business halls independently from the class of your flight (even charter)! It is no use considering the competitors of this company – they are all behind it by way of service and program card application volume (nowadays it is possible to enter more than 600 business halls throughout the world). In fact, it is a black card of a bank card size, which (depending on the service plan) helps to enter a business hall for a fixed price (about 30 dollars), or have 10 paid for in advance entrances within 1 year, or unlimited access to business hall for card owner (30 dollars shall be paid for each guest anyway). The list of all halls throughout the world is available on the program website Priority Pass.
Cities aggregate mapsParis Sightseeing Pass – "travel card" to 55 museums of Paris and free transportation in public transport for 2, 4 or 6 days. The same card for New-York – New York Pass (there is a discount code – nyp5pc2007). In Stockholm Stockholm a la Carte (if you reserve a hotel room from their website, you won’t need to buy a card – you’ll be presented with it). London card London Pass. Berlin card – Berlin Pass.
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