Using Expedia to Plan a Trip

Using Expedia to Plan a Trip or Vacation is Definitely a Great Choice.

If you love traveling and you’re also an enterprising person, you’ve certainly come across the website of one of the giants of the tourism world: Expedia.

Along with Booking.com and a few others, Expedia monopolizes the results in Google’s SERPs and is always present when you use the search engine to look for information about your trips or vacations.

The development of the internet and the increasing digitalization of users have completely changed the scenario in the last 20 years, and today we are all able to independently organize trips and vacations to every corner of the world!

Using Expedia is definitely one of the simplest, safest, and most effective ways we have to autonomously (and freely) do the work that until not long ago was exclusively the prerogative of Travel Agents and Tour Operators.

Clear purchase conditions combined with the possibility to book choosing among the clauses of “free cancellation,” “pay later,” or “pay on arrival” put any user at ease and in a position to plan and manage every detail of their trip.

Nothing could be simpler!

Using Expedia to Plan a Trip

Let’s start by seeing how the portal works and try to understand how to best use Expedia:

  • The different options on the site enable you to book or purchase:
    • A round-trip flight
    • Flight plus Hotel
    • Flight, hotel, car rental, and activities to do once at the destination
    • A complete travel package
    • Hotel only

Indeed, once you’ve registered on the portal (and I recommend you do it right away, I’ll explain why shortly…) you have the following search options available:

  • Accommodations
  • Flight
  • Car
  • Packages
  • Things to do
  • Travel deals

Like all online booking portals, from the moment you register (and have agreed to the Privacy Policy) you are tracked; this is not at all bad, on the contrary, if you know how to take advantage of how the algorithm works, you can use Expedia to purchase your trips at very low prices. Here’s how:

Each time you conduct a search, you are “telling” the algorithm that you intend to take a trip. Think about it! From that moment on, the algorithm knows:

  • Where you’d like to go
  • By what means
  • What type of trip you want to make
  • What interests you
  • How much you’d like to spend
  • The type of hotel you’d like to stay in
  • The activities you’d like to do once you reach your destination

All this information is collected and stored by Expedia and will be used to improve your “user experience” each time you return to the site.

Moreover, the site offers you the possibility to further personalize your search by applying filters that serve a dual function:

  • They allow you to refine your search and display only the results aligned with your request. For example, only hotels that offer free cancellation or only direct flights (without a layover) to a specific destination.
  • They allow the algorithm to further profile you. This is not a bad thing! But instead, it guarantees a personalized “user experience” and, as we will see later, gives you an additional opportunity to “manipulate” the algorithm to your liking.

In this way, each time you conduct searches, the results will always be more in line with your standards and tend to satisfy you more and more.

Remember, though, Expedia doesn’t just want to make you “feel good” and encourage you to visit the portal often! Expedia mainly wants to sell you trips!

Therefore, the more you use the site (always logging in!) and the more your searches (and over time, your purchases!) increase, the more Expedia will recognize you and try to offer you what you are more inclined to buy (or what you want to make the algorithm believe).

Using Expedia to Plan a Trip.

How to Use Expedia to Save Money: The Wishlist

A very powerful tool at your disposal once you sign up for Expedia is the “Wishlist”:

By using the portal’s functionalities, you can select various travel options and put together customized packages. Once you’re done, if you don’t want to buy or book immediately, you have the option to save your trip or one of the selected options (hotel, flight, service) in your “Wishlist.”

This way, you’re telling the Expedia algorithm that you’re interested in that hotel, that destination, or that particular flight. Continuing to use the portal (and possibly purchasing some service) will increase your score, and your profile will be increasingly well-regarded by the algorithm. The result? Soon you will start receiving offers on the various options you’ve added to your wishlist!

Using Expedia to Save Money: Other Possible Options

If you want to use Expedia to save money, you must adopt the true saver’s mindset: when you go to the supermarket, you only buy products on offer, postponing the purchase of other things until there are active promotions.

If you want to save on travel too, you must use the same method and be ready to depart for a destination when you find the right and irresistible offer.

But where to find offers on Expedia?

First of all, if you have used the “Wishlist” well, you should receive them via email. Otherwise, upon logging into the portal, Expedia will propose them in your Feed.

If instead, you want to actively search for them, here’s how: The first option at your disposal is clearly visible in the top menu of the portal: Travel Deals.

Always remember to log in as soon as you access Expedia. Then just click the link to go directly to the page where complete packages will be immediately proposed to you (if you have well exploited the algorithm by profiling yourself, they will be in line with your desires) that you can purchase “turnkey” or, taking advantage of the free cancellation option, plan well in advance of the departure date.

The site itself suggests that planning your trips more in advance can save you more. So, buying your summer vacation when you are still in winter guarantees you a favorable price.

Continue navigating on Expedia’s Travel Deals page, and you will find a series of links (periodically updated) with the best offers of the moment.

Do not neglect to visit the links found on this page! Most of the time, they refer to listings that tourism operators have paid to be highlighted by Expedia and can represent unmissable and extremely advantageous opportunities!

Among all the links you find, pay special attention to this one: Expedia Last Minute, which gives you access to another search engine where you can enter the destination, departure and return date, and the number of participants. By clicking on “Search,” you will get all the promotions active at that moment on the chosen destination.

Another possible option is to use the Wishlist link for inspiration, which proposes offers based on the preferences you expressed while browsing the site or saving travel itineraries.

Finally, at the bottom of the Expedia Travel Deals Page, you will find a series of very useful links to find affordable offers to take advantage of immediately. Do not neglect to open these links if you really want to use Expedia to save on your travels:

How (Not) to Use Expedia to Save Money: Tricks and Tips

Even Expedia’s algorithm and booking system can be “circumvented” by an unscrupulous tourist who does not hesitate to operate at the limits of legality. In How (Not) to Use Booking to Save Money, I described the practice of booking in numerous hotels (taking advantage of the free cancellation option) to lower the price of offers and then book at a lower price by canceling the previous reservations. Expedia’s algorithm can also be deceived in this way, and it is possible to save quite a bit by operating in this manner.

Using Expedia to Plan a Trip

Finally, I recommend reading “How to Choose a Hotel” to have all the necessary information to organize and plan your trips, avoiding any form of intermediation and in complete autonomy.

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