NBC: J.D. Power report ranks independent travel websites Hotels - I know many who use booking.com to survey various options. I've had good luck with Hotwire for hotels. Airline tickets - I've used Expedia and Travelocity in the past and had a good experience, although I generally book flights via the carriers' websites. Given concerns about 3rd party sites tickets earning full elite miles, I'll continue to do so. Saving a couple of $$ is not worth giving up MQM/EQM for me.