How to Book a Vacation Package on Expedia

Looking to book a complete getaway from the daily grind? Expedia lets you book all of your travel accommodations at once!

Expedia considers a "Vacation Package" to be two or more of any of these services booked together: flight, hotel, or rental car.

Cruises are a bit of a different animal; see our Expedia Cruises tutorial for more information.

Even though you're booking more than one travel service at once, you can still micro-manage each of them. That means:

  • For flights, you can pick where you want to depart and arrive, what airline you want to use, what class of seat you want, what date and time you want your flights to be at, and so on.

  • For hotels, you can select the general location that you want to be in, the type of lodging it is, and what features it has. You can also sort by star rating, guest rating, price, and so on.

  • For car rentals, you can select the time, date, and location that you want to pick up and drop off your car. You can also pick what class of car you want and what rental car company you want to get it from.

How to book a vacation package through Expedia

  1. Go to www.expedia.com in your web browser and click Bundle Deals in the menu across the top.

  2. You'll set things up using the window on the left side of the screen.  Click the  buttons in the screenshot below for an explanation of what you need to do at each spot.

     

    Service Select

    Click the respective buttons here to select what accommodations you’ll need for your trip. We’ll assume that you need a flight, hotel, and rental car.

     

    Leaving From

    Click the box here and type in the place that you want to depart from.

     

    Departing

    Click the box here and select from the calendar pop-up the date that you want to leave on your vacation.

     

    Going To

    Click the box here and type in the place that you want to go.

     

    Returning

    Click the box here and select from the calendar pop-up the date that you want to come back from your vacation.

     

    Rooms

    Click the drop-down menu here to select how many rooms you want to book for your hotel.

     

    Room Guests

    Click the drop-down menus here to select how many adults, seniors, and children (respectively) will be staying in each hotel room.

     

    Search

    When you’ve entered all of your information, click here to continue.

  3. If Expedia can't find certain departure points or destinations (or there is more than one place with the same name), it will make suggestions for you on this page. You can click an option to select it, or accept Expedia's suggestion, and then click Search.

  4. Expedia will come up with a whole bunch of custom travel packages that you can choose from. This page has a lot of information on it, so click the  buttons in the screenshot below to learn about the different options.

     

    Hotel Amenities

    You can click here to narrow your search by specifying features that you want your hotel to have.

     

    Hotel Area

    Click this drop-down menu to select a specific area of your destination that you want your hotel to be in. Then click Go to filter your search.

     

    Package Sort

    Click the buttons here to sort your vacation packages based on:

    – Expedia’s value-versus-quality recommendations
    – The total price of the package
    – How much money you’re saving off the regular price
    – Hotel names, in alphabetical order
    – What city the hotel is in
    – The star rating of the hotel

     

    Change Flight

    If you want to look for a flight that better meets your needs or budget, click here.

    See our Expedia Flights tutorial for more information on choosing flights.

     

    Change Car

    If you want to look for a rental car that better meets your needs or budget, click here.

    See our Expedia Car Rentals tutorial for more information on choosing rental cars..

     

    Select and Continue

    Click here once you see a package you like and have made any changes to it that you want.

  5. Once you select a package, you'll review the details. First is your flight(s). If you want to look for a flight that better meets your needs or budget, Choose a Different Flight for this Package. See our Expedia Flights tutorial for more information on selecting flights.

  6. Next is your hotel. Some hotels may have different rates for different classes of rooms; click the button beside the one you want. You can also click Choose a Different Hotel for this Package if what you have doesn't meet your needs or budget. See our Expedia Hotels tutorial for more information on choosing hotels.

  7. Last is your rental car. You can click the buttons highlighted here to decide whether or not you want a rental car after all. You can also click Need a Different Car? to select a different class of car, or click Choose a Different Car Class or Vendor for this Package if you want to change not only your class of car, but also the company lending it to you.  See our Expedia Car Rentals tutorial for more information on selecting cars to rent.

  8. If you've made any changes, click Reprice at the bottom of the screen to get a new total cost for your trip. You might also want to click Review Full Rules and Restrictions just so you're prepared for anything. When you're ready, click Continue.

  9. You can now add local attractions to your package. Click the check box labelled "Add Item" to add an attraction to your package. If there is a drop-down menu immediately beside this box, click it and select the date that you want to participate in this attraction. Then click the drop-down menus to the far right to select how many people of each age group will be participating in this attraction.If you've made any changes, click Reprice at the bottom of the screen to get a new total cost for your trip. When you're ready, click Continue Booking this Trip.

  10. You will now have to enter your traveler information.  Click the  buttons in the screenshot below for information on what goes where.

     

    Name

    Click in each of these boxes and type in your first, middle, and last names, respectively. Make sure that you type in your first and last name exactly as they are spelt on your passport or driver’s license, (whichever you will be using when you check in at the airport). Your middle name is optional.

     

    Email Address

    Click in this box and type in your email address so that you can receive your booking confirmation and information.

     

    Phone Country Code

    Click this drop-down menu and select your country so that Expedia or one of its travel partners will know which country code to use if they need to contact you.

     

    Phone Number

    Click here and type in your phone number in case Expedia or one of its travel partners needs to contact you.

     

    Gender

    Click the drop-down menu here and select your gender.

     

    Date of Birth

    Click each of the drop-down menus here and select from them, respectively, the month, day, and year of your birth.

  11. If you'd like, you can use the second half of the window to enter special flight requests or emergency contact information. When you're done, click Continue Checkout.

  12. You can now enter your travel preferences, or change them if you've already made them. If you're okay with what you have, just make sure to click the drop-down menus marked with an asterisk (*) and select the name of the primary traveler or travelers (presumably, you and perhaps your spouse or adult children).

  13. When you're done, click Continue Booking at the bottom of the screen.

  14. There are two other main things you need to do to finish booking your trip. The first is decide if you want extra travel insurance -- in case you need to cancel your trip or have some other mishap -- or car insurance from Expedia. Click the button beside the plan(s) that you want, or click the buttons beside "No, I don't need travel protection" and/or "No, I don't need car rental insurance" if you want to rely on your regular insurance to cover things.

  15. The other thing you need to do is fill in your billing information.  Click the buttons ins the screenshot below for information on what goes where.

     

    Credit Card Number

    Click in this box and type in your credit card number as it appears on the front of your credit card, with no spaced.

     

    Credit Card Type

    Click this drop-down menu and select your brand of credit card.

     

    Expiration Date

    Click each of these drop-down menus to select, respectively, the month and year that your credit card expires.

     

    Card Identification Number

    Click in this box and type in your credit card’s security code (usually 3 or 4 digits). Click What’s This? if you need help finding this number on your credit card.

     

    Cardholder Name

    Click in each of these boxes and type in, respectively, your first and last names as they appear on your credit card.

     

    Billing Country

    Click one of these buttons to select whether your billing address is in the U.S. or elsewhere.

     

    Street Address

    Click in this box and type in the address of your residence. You can also click in the second line or the box marked “Flat or Apt.” to enter your unit address, but this is optional.

     

    Town or City

    Click in this box and type in the city or town where you live.

     

    State/Province/Country

    Click in this box and type in the region of your country where you live.

     

    ZIP/Postal Code

    Click here and type in your mailing code.

     

    Country

    Click this drop-down menu and select what country you live in.

     

    Phone Country Code

    Click this drop-down menu and select your country so that Expedia or one of its travel partners will know which country code to use if they need to contact you.

     

    Phone Number

    Click here and type in your phone number in case Expedia or one of its travel partners needs to contact you.

  16. When you're done, you might want to read the rules and regulations of Expedia, just so that you're prepared for anything. Then click Complete This Booking. You will receive a confirmation email from Expedia.

Congratulations on booking a complete vacation package from Expedia! Enjoy your getaway!

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