Make sure you book your next Grand Canyon tour online. Besides the prices being a lot less expensive, booking that way is a whole lot more convenient. Sometimes Cheaper Really Is BetterWhy are Grand Canyon tours cheaper when you book them online? Well, the main reason is that it costs the tour operator less to sell a ticket online than over the phone. It's simple, really-the tour operator has to pay the phone rep a commission along with their salary and benefits. Those extra expenses are passed on to travelers through more expensive tickets. Tickets bought online are cheaper because a phone rep's salary,telescope lens wholesale commission and benefits never come into the picture. What's more, when you book online you'll also have greater access to marked-down sightseeing trips that still need passengers to fill them.
That being said, make sure you read the fine print about any online discounts and deals you find. Some of them (especially last-minute deals) have restrictive terms and conditions. Personally, I think the most annoying restriction on deals for sightseeing trips is the one that makes the lower price only apply to the tours that start at a specific time of day. Non-refundable tickets are a pain too. Book AheadBy booking well in advance, you're almost guaranteed to get a great price. I usually suggest buying your tickets at least two weeks ahead. Plus, if the helicopter tour you want is already sold out, consider taking a plane tour-planes hold more passengers and there are more tickets for sale. If you're interested in one of the motor coach Grand Canyon tours, booking 72 hours ahead usually works. Don't push your luck too far, though. Tour BasicsPlane, helicopter, bus and raft tours are the most popular Grand Canyon sightseeing trips. They leave from Tusayan, Arizona (at the South Rim) and Las Vegas, Nevada. Vegas plane tours go to the West or the South Rim, but helicopters out of Vegas only cover the West Rim.
All Tusayan flights (planes and 'copters) stay at the South. Las Vegas bus tours do either rim, but all South Rim buses stay there. Both rims offer exciting one-day rafting tours, departing from Vegas and Tusayan, respectively. Speaking of which, the West Rim float trip (departing from Vegas) kicks off with a thrilling chopper ride to the canyon floor, followed by a ride to the base of Hoover Dam. That's where the cruise down the Colorado starts. The water portion of the South Rim version (departing from Tusayan) starts at the base of Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Arizona and ends at Lee's Ferry (a bus then takes you back to the South Rim). Both trips are extremely popular, so book yours well ahead. ConclusionTours like these are always cheaper when you book them online. If you really want to talk to a sales rep, consider completing your purchase online and then contacting a rep to answer your questions. You won't pay more if you phone a rep after you've locked down your tickets. Remember to print and pack a copy of your emailed booking confirmation (and store it in your cell phone too). Then get ready - you'll have the time of your life!