Technology has greatly helped to make our lives easier by reducing the amount of work that we have to do. It allowed many industries, especially product seller and services providers to improve their products and services and offer them to a bigger market. One of the industries that was greatly affected by these changes in technology is the travel industry. Because of these recent improvements, a lot of travel agencies were able to offer their services online, giving their clients more options for their bookings and making the process easier and more convenient for their time-starved customers. In this review, we will take a look at the Top 10 Online Travel Agencies for 2017, the products and services they offer to their customers.
Launched in 2012, Flighthub is an online travel services provider based in Ontario, Canada. Since its launching, Flighthub has been one of the country’s fastest growing online travel companies, serving millions of Canadians every year. This company has a team of travel specialists and technology experts with more than 20 years of providing Canada’s travel needs offline. Taking their expertise on the web has enabled Flighthub to offer cheap flight option from more 150 different airlines, have more than 900,000 hotels, apartments, and condos that clients can choose from and book car rental service from their partnered brands such as AVIS, Budget, Enterprise and more. With more than 30,000 car rental location in 170 countries, Flighthub’s clients can explore thousands of destination.
Justfly is an online travel company that offers flights, hotels and car rental services launched in 2014. With its technology, clients can search through thousands of flight options from more than 150 airlines, choose to book their accommodations from over 900,000 hotels, apartments and condo units, and get car hire services from trusted brands such as Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and several others. Justfly’s customers may browse through over 87 million verified guest reviews to help them get information that is not written on the hotel’s description so they can make wise decisions in choosing the best place that can accommodate their needs. Justfly also offers car rental services in more than 30,000 car rental locations in not less than 170 countries.
Kayak is an metasearch engine and travel fares aggregator. Kayak searches through thousands of travel websites to find affordable flights, hotel rooms, and car rental services so their clients won’t have to. This allows the clients to save time and money whenever they book with the company. Kayak’s products and services are available in 18 languages and customers can use their Kayak accounts to manage their trips and access other important travel information saved on their personal accounts. Kayak is a subsidiary of The Priceline Group, an online service provider based in the United States.
Expedia is an online travel fares aggregator and metasearch engine lets their customers search for flights, hotels, car rental services, cruises, activities and other travel deals. The company offers hundreds of flight options from over 130 different airlines, hotel rooms from more 140,000 hotels and access other pre-packaged travel deals. Aside from these online services, Expedia also has a team of customer service agents who work 24/7 in order to provide assistance and answer the queries of the customers about their booking and other travel related information they might require during the trip.
Priceline.com is a company and commercial website based in the United States which first became famous for its unique “name your own price” system. This “name your own price” system allows its customers to find discount rates and make other travel related purchases that do not go beyond the travel budget set by the customer. With this system, Priceline customers could set their preferred price or price limit when looking for airline tickets, car rentals, hotel rooms and vacation packages. They can also use other filters to improve the results of their searches accordingly.
Orbitz is a travel fares aggregator and metasearch engine headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The company has been offering online services to book flights, hotels, car hires, activities and other travel deals to their customers since the website was launched in 2001. Orbitz allows their customers to see and manage personal information and other details of their upcoming trip, access address information, get maps for directions, receive flight alerts and notifications on hotel check out times and other important travel details that they might find useful on their journey.
Airbnb is an online marketplaces that offers short-term lodgings like vacation and apartment rentals, hotel rooms, hostel beds or homestays. Airbnb’s technology allows their customers to find and rent short-term lodging in hotels, apartments and even on residential properties. With this unique system, the cost for the accommodation is determined by the owner of the property and the company will be given percentage service fee from both the host and the guests with every booking. The company has listed more than 3,000,000 properties in not less than 65,000 cities in over 191 countries.
Booking.com is a Dutch online travel fares aggregator and metasearch which uses a technology that allows their customers to search for lodging reservations. Since 2005, Booking.com has been owned and operated by United States based travel services provider, The Priceline Group. Booking.com has approximately 1,200,000 listings and books 1,200,000 room nights per day and their website is available in 40 languages.
Last MInute Travel is an online travel agency that provides different kinds of travel deals to their clients since the company was founded in 1996. The company offers hotels, commercial flights, charter flights, rental car services, cruises, vacation homes, things to do, vacation packages and other services to their time-starved customers who are booking on the latest possible moment or for a few months in advance. The company has partnered with more than 175 airlines and offers more than 10,000 activities in different destination, and over 120,000 hotels in over 4,500 cities around the world.
Opodo is an online travel fares aggregator and metasearch engine that lets their customers find travel deals in regular and charter flights, low-cost airlines, hotels, cruises, holiday packages, travel insurance and car rental services. Opodo’s technology saves personal information provided by the clients fort its auto-fill features that allow their customers to save time whenever they book with the company. It also saves other travel information entered by clients and allow access to personal information, travel itineraries and other travel related information.