CheapTickets Cruises

cheaptickets.com
5 Voted

Founded in 1986, CheapTickets is a travel website offering discounted rates on hotels, air fares, cruises, car rental, vacation packages, last-minute trips, and events. As a company owned by Expedia, their site is laid out in almost exactly the same way, with a selection of icons to choose from, followed by a drop down menu where you can select your destination, departure month and number of passengers. Like Expedia, the homepage feels immediately overcrowded with information, lacking the attention to one particular function that other websites dedicated to cruise booking have.

 

In the modern age of travel, people have come to rely increasingly on their smartphones for everything from GPS to reserving a room in a hotel. Booking cruises is no exception, and I personally find the availability of a mobile application to be a great benefit, as it means you can constantly keep your eye on choice and prices. The CheapTickets app is free to download on both Android and iOS, and allows users to get access to exclusive offers, as well as book and manage itineraries on the go.

 

Another feature that I found impressive when using CheapTickets was the generous CheapCash loyalty programme, which provides rewards to repeat customers. It is free to sign up and, once enrolled, means that you can instantly start earning money back on your bookings, with each $1 USD in CheapCash the equivalent to $1 USD in savings on future bookings. This is a very simple, yet effective rewards scheme that offers customers something for nothing, and does not require hundreds of points to become worthwhile.

 

Finally, I thought that the CheapTickets travel blog was a good addition to the site, providing a fine array of travel-related articles for those on a budget. Articles such as ‘10 Best Cheap Places To Travel in 2019’ and ‘Barcelona on a Budget’ offer great advice on visiting various destinations without the need to break the bank. These are especially useful for young backpackers who may be put off by cities such as Barcelona as they believe them to be too expensive, with the blog giving suggestions on how to visit on the cheap.

Pros
  • Free smartphone application
  • CheapCash loyalty programme offers money off future bookings
  • Blog featuring useful travel articles
Cons
  • Overcrowded homepage