20 Tips to get the most out of travel planning

By Andrea Charriez

Whether you’re booking a flight, hotel or rental car, KAYAK searches hundreds of other travel sites at once to find you the information you need to make the right decision. You probably already know us for search, but did you know KAYAK also has many other useful tricks that help make planning and managing your travel even better?

    1. Use Explore to see how far your budget can take you.

      Even if your budget is tighter than a pair of skinny jeans, you can still realize your travel dreams with KAYAK Explore. Set the amount you want to spend on airfare and we’ll find you all the amazing places
      you can travel to.

    2. Book with confidence using Price Forecast.

      Not sure if you should book now or wait? The Price Forecast tool in your flight results uses historical and real-time data to predict whether airfares will rise or fall in the next 7 days.

    3. Easily share your trip ideas with others.

      If you need to crowdsource opinions or are trying to plan a group trip, our “Share” function allows you to easily get the job done. Just look for the “Share” button in the details of each of your preferred flight, hotel or car results and start sharing away.

    4. Use filters to find your perfect hotel.


      Looking for a pet-friendly hotel that includes free breakfast and a pool near a golf course? Our filters help you find the perfect hotel from over 900,000 options.

    5. Read verified hotel guest reviews.


      Want the scoop on that $300/night room (and if it’s really worth it)? Check out any of our millions of verified reviews for 900,000+ hotels, giving you first-hand insights from people who actually stayed there.

    6. Search vacation rentals, too.

      If you’re looking to live like a local, we have 350,000+ vacation rentals available on our site, ready for the taking.  Just perform a hotel search and filter by “Rental” property type to seek out your options.

    7. Use “map view” to see what’s around your hotel.


      Want to stay near where the party is (or isn’t)? Select “Map View” during a hotel search to pull up a heat map showing a hotel’s proximity to popular shopping, eating, sightseeing or nightlife areas.

    8. Set Price Alerts to find the best deal.


      Planning a trip to Grandma’s in Boca? Find out when prices change with Price Alerts, which searches while you’re offline and notifies you with a text or email when hotel rates or airfare change.

    9. Compare fares to see if straying from your loyalty program is worth it.

      It’s not cheating if you use KAYAK to see how fares from your favorite airline match up to competitors. Because KAYAK is a search engine, not a retailer, we’re not trying to sell you anything. Instead, we’re showing you what you need to know to choose your best option.

    10. Book two one-ways with Hacker Fares to save money.

      Ever wonder if booking two one-way tickets would be less expensive than round-trip? “Hacker Fare” results in flight searches combine multiple one-way flights to get you the best price on airfare.

    11. Save up to 35% on rental cars.


      Instead of searching dozens of different websites when trying to find the best prices on rental cars, KAYAK’s car search searches all of these sites (and more) at once to show you the best prices for your ideal rental with savings of up to 35%.

    12. Organize your travel (and life) with KAYAK Trips.

      An upcoming trip shouldn’t mean a messy inbox. KAYAK Trips is your free personal travel assistant that organizes all of your booking details (including loyalty program and confirmation numbers) in one easy-to-read itinerary. Need to share your plans with others? Easily send your itinerary to whomever you choose.

    13. Add events to your KAYAK Trips itinerary, no matter where they were booked.

      Whether you’re heading to a concert, gallery opening, conference or the beach, you can add any event to your Trips itinerary, regardless of where it was booked.If you’re a Gmail user, you can even activate Trips Email Sync and turn booking confirmation emails and receipts into itineraries, automatically. Other users can simply forward these confirmations to trips@kayak.com and the event will automatically be added to your schedule. If you don’t have a receipt (or like to keep it old school) you can always enter the details by hand.

    14. Save searches to review later.


      Find a rate you like but not sure if it’s right? Click the “Save” star on individual results to quickly add your favorite flight, hotel and rental car options to your KAYAK Trips account. Continue browsing and book later or review your options and pick the best one for you.

    15. Stay up to date on your flight status.

      Did you ever get up crazy early only to learn at the airport that your flight was canceled? KAYAK Trips provides alerts to notify you of what’s important when traveling, like flight cancellations, delays and gate changes.

    16. Plan your trip wherever you are with the KAYAK app.

      The KAYAK app takes the power of our desktop site and adds airport navigation, flight tracking and other useful tools that help you get where you’re going when you’re on-the-go.

    17. Make your dates flexible to find the deals.

      Selecting the +/- 3-day Flex Search option when searching for flights shows you if leaving 3 days before or after your arrival and departure dates will save you serious cash.

    18. Find the month’s best fares.

      For trip dates that are really flexible, signed-in users can access Flex Month when inputting dates for flight search, giving you a 30-day calendar view of available fares.

    19. Unlock Private Deals.


      The benefits continue for logged-in users, who can also access Private Deals from our hotel providers, with savings of up to 35% (just look for the green “lock” icon). (P.S. Signing up for an account is completely free and takes only 30 seconds.)

    20. Stay up to date on the latest travel tips and trends.

      Looking for more? Our Travel Hacker Blog takes our site’s wealth of travel data and keeps you informed with regular insights, trends and tips. Connect with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest travel information.


Just 20 more ways to help you make the best travel decisions. Travel Problem Solved.