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Booking guide: How to find airline tickets, hotel, car rental and travel

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Looking for your next trip? It can be difficult to find your way around the various search engines available on the internet, so we have created a guide on how to best find flights, hotels and car hire.
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Booking guide: How to find airline tickets, hotel, car rental and travel is written by Jens Skovgaard Andersen.

Use a travel agent for your booking

There are now many options for looking for hotels, plane tickets, travel and rental companies online, but that does not necessarily make it easier to see who to choose.

We will also always suggest you go to one or more Danish travel agencies, there are experts in where you want to go - it may be that they have the whole package for you.

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But if you are curious about what you can find out there yourself, then here you get the editors' bids for some obvious places to check before you decide.

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Best for airline tickets - Momondo

Our favorite is Momondo, as we believe they provide the best overview.

Momondo has one map display function, which is good for you who want to leave on certain dates, but are open to the destination. They also have a 'experience function', which provides good inspiration before you decide.

Momondo gives you an overview of both the cheapest, the most sustainable and also the best departures, where both price and travel time are assessed together.

It is rare for Momondo to overlook a flight connection or an airline. The only thing that is not completely accurate is their price indicator; it is more indicative than actually useful, so double check the price yourself.

See our entire guide here: How to get the cheapest plane tickets Momondo

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Get a free stopover on the road at Momondo

By using the "Stopover" filter on Momondo, when you search for a plane ticket, you can select the departures and airports yourself, so you can avoid waiting times at night, for example. Sometimes you get a free stop on the road for up to 1-2 days.

The trick is to choose your route, do a search and then look at the options with the filters.

You often get up to 15-20 hours somewhere on the road, which can be enough to experience an exciting city. You can move the cursor yourself to see how long a layover you can get on the trip.

This will typically be cheaper than buying an extra stage separately, as is done with the 'round trip' function, as the long transfer time means that the ticket is often sold cheaper.

You may also be lucky enough to get a free overnight stay with the purchase from the airline, for example in China or Dubai, if there is a long time between flights.

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Search for more airline tickets

When you are looking for tickets that have one or two stopovers, it can be an advantage to check departure both all the way from the departure airport to the destination and also the individual routes separately. It can, for example, be from Copenhagen via Amsterdam to Curacao.

Then you can search for Copenhagen - Amsterdam and Amsterdam - Curacao separately. The prices of airline tickets are not always logical in terms of price. It may be cheaper to buy separate tickets instead, and it's worth a try.

This is due to the competitive situation between the airlines, which means that they, for example, often dump the prices on a single shorter route in order to earn the money on the long routes.

If you end up booking separate tickets, remember to give yourself plenty of time between departures. After all, there can be delays, and you can risk losing the next plane ticket if you're unlucky, because the airline is not obliged to take you if you don't arrive on time and travel on separate tickets.

The cheapest airline tickets are not always the best

It often pays to refrain to buy the plane ticket from the cheapest provider.

There is usually only a few kroner difference between the unknown ticket provider and the established travel agency and the airline itself. In addition, you usually get a much better service, which can help to make the whole experience better - not least if you end up having to cancel or change the ticket, or the airline moves the times around.

Therefore, keep a close eye on who you are going to book plane tickets with.

On Momondo in each search result you can see the providers of the individual ticket. If you are in doubt about a provider, it may be beneficial to google the company before making a booking. As an established Danish travel agency, Kilroy Travels, for example, has a far better service than sites like Kiwi.

It may also be obvious to buy from the airline. Surprisingly, going from Momondo to the airline can be cheaper than if you check directly with the airline. This is because the airlines often give good discounts to the search engines in order to bring in more customers.

Momondo also has hotels and surprisingly many, so you might as well check it out at the same time when you buy tickets and make your booking here.

See our entire guide here: Cheap flights with Momondo

Expedia - best for package deals

Our favorite in online package solutions is Expedia. They are 100-meter champions in packages with plane tickets, hotel and car rental combined. They have a wide selection, and so their website works easily and efficiently. They also have many user reviews from those who have actually stayed at their hotels, so it's worth checking.

A good tip is to double-check the suggested hotels on one of the other search sites, so you are sure that it is a hotel of the quality you want to book.

It happens that Expedia suggests hotels that don't necessarily have the best reviews around, but as long as you're aware of that choice, it's still an excellent place to book package deals.

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Best for hotels - Booking.com

There is a lot of competition when it comes to hotel searches, but Booking.com is our favourite, and that's why we've made one too this guide to Booking.com. With an excellent overview of hotel options in different price ranges, areas and styles, it's one of the best places to start.

It is easy to find family rooms, which is an option that other booking sites do not always have. Their map and filter function makes it easy for you to find what you are looking for. Just like on Expedia, Booking.com also displays user reviews so you can read more about others' experiences with the hotel. The more user reviews a hotel has, the more you can count on them to provide a comprehensive picture of the hotel.

Remember to make your booking well in advance if you would like the hotel at the cheapest rate. Many hotels offer free cancellation until shortly before arrival, so you can often guard the weekend and book extra without burning anything inside. Remember to check the terms before you finally book.

You can also wait to book the hotel for the day itself or shortly before, which is a bit risky if you have chosen a particular hotel. Many hotels dump the price at short notice, so there can be a lot to save that way if you want to take the chance.

Below we have listed several websites where you can also look for your next hotel:

  • Momondo is perfect for providing a comprehensive overview of hotels around the world.
  • Trivago.dk collects the prices from many different hotel booking sites, and you can therefore see who has the best price.
  • Hotels.com also gives a really good overview. A tip is to check the prices several times, as we have experienced that they fluctuate a lot.
  • Hotel is a slightly overlooked site that occasionally has other hotels. Try their 'Nature' search filter.
  • Agoda are good for Asia. One tip is to ignore unrealistically high preliminary prices and correspondingly unlikely discounts, and instead just look at the real price before you decide.
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Best for booking hostels and alternative accommodation

TripAdvisor is our favorite here. It covers an incredibly wide range, both in relation to affordable accommodation in, for example, hostels and also to more special accommodation that provides different travel experiences.

It also works best on a computer/laptop, as you then get all the options. And we also like that there are so many user reviews.

One tip is to take the reviews with a grain of salt. Or two.

Look for trends in the reviews, such as many mentioning the location or noise. And if there are many very positive reviews from reviewers with few reviews, they will often be fake. Therefore, look for what the senior reviewers with 50+ reviews write.

Unfortunately, you can not filter by how many reviews the reviewers have made, but you can filter by those that have given 2, 3 and 4 stars, and then you often get the fake reviews removed from the owner's cousin, who has given 5 stars, or the competitor who has given 1…

There are also other options if you are specifically looking for apartments, houses: Wimdu, AirBnB.

Especially the latter is quite well known, but it is also our experience that the service has often become too expensive to use if you are only going to be there for a short time or if you are only 1-2 people, because their fees have increased in tandem with their celebrity factor, check the final price for yourself.

However, if you are looking for more alternative accommodation options such as holiday homes or camping, then you should definitely check out places like Interhome og Summer house rental out. They may be worth considering for a more homely or memorable experience.

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Best for booking a classic sun holiday

There are several good options here, and you can often find both better and cheaper solutions than you yourself would be able to book from home. Besides the known as TUI og Sunweb can we recommend Hideaways and the lesser-known Eliza was here, both of which specialize in finding small cozy hotels in southern Europe away from mass tourism.

You know, the kind of hotels you always hope to find by driving to the nearest village and seeing what there is. The difference is just that now you can find the hotel from home.

They also offer both package solutions, where there can be airline tickets, hotel and car included in the price. It is easy sun holiday without all the other tourists.

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Best for a ski holiday: Booking a winter holiday

The ski holiday market is another area with a lot of possibilities.

We can recommend Norsk Rejsebureau in the Nordics - they have many interesting places and price ranges.

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Best for booking special trips

There is a large and exciting market for special trips in Denmark, and gradually there are quite a few agencies, each with their own strengths.

We would always recommend choosing an agency that has a special focus on where you want to go, or on exactly the type of travel you are looking for. But there are also elements such as time and price that come into play, so here it's just a case of researching at travel fairs and here at RejsRejsRejs.dk, where we have collected travel offers from a number of leading Danish travel agencies.

Remember that the agencies are covered by the travel guarantee fund, and therefore it may be less important how big the agency is, as long as it is specialized enough in what you want.

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Car booking - AutoEurope

Car rental is always a bit of a jungle. Both in relation to finding the right provider and also in relation to finding the right insurances. Our recommendation is to go for one of the slightly larger providers or to book via a Danish agency. Especially in Italy and Spain, there is a bit too often cheating in the purchase with some of the smaller landlords, unfortunately.

We can recommend Auto Europe, which is a global company that also rents out motorcycles and motorhomes and Momondo which has an excellent car rental overview.

They find the cheapest prices through all the established car rental companies, and despite the name, they rent in many parts of the world – not just in Europe. For example, we have tried it ourselves in South America.

Here you can also choose the level of insurance. If you have proper annual travel insurance, 'Basis' should be good enough, but if you want to make it easy, you can simply choose a 'Super cover'. Another good alternative is Danish Oscar Car Rental, which also covers a number of destinations outside Denmark.

Regardless of who you look at for a rental car, camper or motorcycle, consider whether it is not worth spending a few extra kroner to choose a well-known company if you want to avoid surprises. It is a shame to have to spend time and effort discussing small or large extra bills with a car rental company on your trip.

Good luck with your booking, good luck finding flights, hotel and car rental!

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About the author

Jens Skovgaard Andersen, editor

Jens is a happy travel nerd who has traveled in over 60 countries from Kyrgyzstan and China to Australia and Albania. Jens is educated in China Studies, has lived in China for 1½ years and is a member of the Travel Club. He has extensive experience with the travel world as a tour guide, lecturer, advisor, author and photographer. And of course most important of all: As a traveler. Jens often goes to places where it is also possible to watch a good football match in the company of other incarnated fans and has a special fondness for Boldklubben FREM, where he sits on the board. For most people it is obvious to look up to Jens (he is barely two meters tall), and then he is a 14-time champion in the TV quiz Jeopardy and still single, so if you can not find him out in the world or on a football stadium, you can probably find him out touring in the Copenhagen quiz environment.

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