A vacation is something you want to make sure you’re paying for exactly what you get, and that means booking through a website you trust. Though Expedia won’t charge you money to cancel a hotel, rental car, or activity as part of a vacation package, the companies that provide these services may charge you fees to change or cancel them, as per their rules and restrictions (which you can read in your itinerary).
While much of its focus is mainstream in theme, there are many tempting deals, especially in heavily discounted transportation, and excellent travel tips and articles on destinations that make this site a valuable addition to the alternative traveler’s information portfolio.
Articles range from ;Traveling with Children-Pets-Handicapped-Teens; to ;How to Avoid Travel Scams.; It’s easy to navigate, loaded with information, and not at all sales motivated, so you get all of the advice you need without feeling like you’re being sold on a week in Disney.
That advice strikes fear into OTAs like Expedia and For an OTA, the user journey of going to their website, looking up a hotel price, then leaving and going to that hotel’s website, and seeing that if you book direct it is cheaper – that process is extremely harmful to their business model,” said Dori Stein, CEO of Fornova , another start-up that works with hotels to boost direct bookings.
Rather than providing detailed search tools, these sites generally focus on offering advertised specials, such as last-minute sales from travel suppliers eager to deplete unused inventory; therefore, these sites often work best for consumers who are flexible about destinations and other key itinerary components.