The best of travel, according to travelers


There are a lot of decisions that go into planning the perfect trip. Where should I go? Who should I fly with? Is this hotel legit? Will I save money if I pick up my rental car downtown or right at the airport? To help take some of the guesswork out of your travel plans, we dove into our data to find the best airlines, hotels and more, according to actual travelers.

KAYAK’s 2019 Travel Hacker Awards feature rankings for every part of your trip. And apart from finding the best airline, hotel or rental car company to book, we’ve also highlighted the top stopover cities to fly to, when to book a Hacker Fare, the cheapest destinations for upcoming holiday weekends and the top Travel Hackers to follow on social media (we’re all about the ‘gram).

Here’s a look at what’s featured in our 2019 Travel Hacker Awards:

Best Hotels

These hotels are at the top of their game, according to KAYAK users. Based on traveler reviews, we’ve listed out the top places to stay. You can find the Best Hotels overall, top luxury accommodations, best budget stays, and more. Plus, we’ve rounded up the most-anticipated hotel openings of 2019. There’s also an entire when to book section to help you figure out the best days of the week to check in and out of your hotel, and how far ahead you should book your room for the best chance at getting a great deal.

See the Best Hotels


Best Airlines

Nowadays, there are so many options available when it comes to your flight. Which is why it helps with planning to know the airlines and destinations that other travelers love. We’ve rounded up a list of the top-rated airlines by region, so you can get the 411 from actual traveler reviews on what to expect. We’ve also highlighted the carriers that earn high marks for things like comfort, crew and in-flight amenities, so you can pick your airline by what’s important to you.

Plus, check out our Top Stopover Cities — where you can turn a connecting flight into a 2-for-1 vacay — and Top Hacker Fare Destinations — where booking 2 one-way tickets instead of a round-trip may save you. And, to help round out your spring and summer travel plans, we’ve dug into our data to find the top destinations and days to book for upcoming holiday weekends (think: Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day). All so you can be confident you’re booking the best trip ever.

See the Best Airlines


Best Rental Car Companies

We’ve rounded up a list of the top-rated rental car agencies, in categories from best overall to where you’ll get the best value for your money. And because these rankings are determined by reviews from actual travelers, you know you’re getting the real deal. We’ve also looked into our data to pinpoint how you can save money based on where you’re picking up your rental car, and what you can expect to pay based on car class. All that’s left is making the perfect road trip playlist.

See the Best Rental Car Companies


Top Travel Hackers

More than just a pretty picture. These travelers have taken to social media to help you better plan your trips. From vibrant images to inside scoops on exciting destinations, we definitely think they’re worth a follow.

See the Top Travel Hackers


When it comes to planning your next trip, we want to be sure you have the information you need to get it done. See what travelers have to say about your options with our 2019 Travel Hacker Awards.


Go here to see how we came up with our lists and data.