If you're a Kayak user like me, you're always looking for new ways to use the travel search engine to find good deals.
Kayak this week revamped a tool that makes it easier to compare the price of airfare-hotel vacation packages from a variety of online travel companies -- and lets you know when it's cheaper to book them separately.
On a search of "packages" from the menu bar, Kayak users will see in one glance the lowest prices from Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia, Priceline, JetBlue, US Airways Vacations and Funjet. The additional K-Pack price, as it's called, shows whether it's best to grab the package or make separate flight-hotel reservations.
Prices are based on two travelers, and Kayak sends you to whatever provider you choose to seal the deal.
The same search showed a cost of $711 per person on Travelocity and Expedia to stay at the Bellagio -- a vacation that would cost $1,189 to book separately.
One caveat: When I searched for LAX-Berlin packages on the same dates, only some entries showed the 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.]