Kayak Vacation Package Search Now Offers More Cost Comparisons

If you are a Kayak user like me, you are always looking for new ways to use the travel search engine to find great deals.

Kayak This week, we’ve revamped a tool that makes it easy to compare the prices of airfare-hotel vacation packages from a variety of travel agencies online – and lets you know when it’s cheapest to book them separately.

On a to look for of “packages” in the menu bar, Kayak users will see at a glance the lowest prices of Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia, Price line, JetBlue, Vacations with US Airways and Funjet. The additional price of the K-Pack, as it’s called, indicates whether it’s better to take the package or make separate flight and hotel reservations.

Prices are based on two travelers and Kayak sends you to the supplier of your choice to close the deal.

I tried the search by looking for a seven night Las Vegas package departing from LAX on June 1st. At a glance I saw a stay at Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter, it would cost $ 673 per person on Travelocity, $ 681 on Expedia, and $ 682 on Priceline. The K-pack costs: $ 993.

The same research showed a cost of $ 711 per person on Travelocity and Expedia to stay at the Bellagio – vacations that would cost $ 1,189 to book separately.

Then I went to Honolulu for a week (same dates) and found a stay package at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach for $ 1,431 on Priceline and US Airways Vacations – and booking separately would cost an additional $ 265.

One caveat: When I searched for LAX-Berlin packages on the same dates, only some entries showed comparative prices.

[Updated 11 a.m. PDT March 18: An earlier version of this post said hotel-airfare packages without pricing information were caused by a glitch in the system that would be fixed. A spokeswoman says the lack of pricing options indicates that there are no package providers for the hotel displayed.]

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