Getting More For Less: Consider buying your airfare and hotel room as a package from sites like Expedia, Orbitz, or Travelocity. A recent search saved 20 percent versus booking the two separately. Be Tech Savvy: Use the new websites DealAngel, Tingo, and Room 77 to your advantage. DealAngel aggregates bargains, sorts them by price, and compares the offered rate with the hotel’s average to assess just how good a deal you’re getting. Tingo monitors your rate after you make a reservation: If the price goes down, Tingo automatically secures you a new reservation and cancels your old one. Room 77 scans prices and availability through numerous online travel agencies and automatically contacts the hotel you choose to request a room that matches your preferences. Timing is Everything: Check in later in the day for a better chance of getting an upgrade (and don’t forget to ask upon arrival!). Hotel rates can also vary a lot depending on the time of year you’re visiting a destination. For example, prices in New York City drop in mid-July to mid-August, while rates in Park City, Utah are more than half-off winter rates from May through November. Get the full story at